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Gemalto and Mahindra Comviva scoop awards

August 25th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Digital security specialist Gemalto and mobile financial services provider Mahindra Comviva have both picked up prizes in this year’s Juniper Research Future Digital Awards. Gemalto took the prize in the digital payments category and Mahindra Comviva scooped top spot in digital ticketing, as well as rating “highly commended” in the contactless payment category.

SimplyTapp picks up contactless payments award

August 25th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: HCE specialist SimplyTapp has been awarded Best Contactless Payments Solution of the Year at the 2015 Future Digital Awards, organised by UK-based firm Juniper Research. “We’re honored to win Best Contactless Payments Solution… More

US to get Samsung Pay in September

August 14th, 2015

Samsung Pay will launch in Korea on 20 August and in the US on 28 September, the handset maker confirmed as it announced two new flagship devices in New York yesterday. “Samsung plans to roll out the service in the UK, Spain and China as well,” the company says of its fingerprint-secured NFC- and MST-based mobile payment offering. “Select US users of Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be able to participate in a beta trial from 25 August ahead of the 28 September launch.”

Join NFC World for a live Q&A with HCE pioneer Doug Yeager

August 13th, 2015

The next event in NFC World’s free educational webinar series will be a unique opportunity to get answers to your technical, business and operational questions on mobile payments from host card emulation (HCE) pioneer Doug… More

ABI Research paper analyses payment and banking card technology market

August 5th, 2015

A six-page excerpt from ABI Research’s Payment & Banking Card Technologies report is now available to download free of charge from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre courtesy of Gemalto, which topped ABI’s vendor rankings in the report for the second consecutive year. More

HP picks Carta for NFC mobile payments

July 22nd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide has been selected to support the delivery of “tap-and-go” mobile payment services to HP customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Canada. “Flexible enough to be… More

Gemalto and InComm to deliver prepaid contactless cards to mobile devices

July 21st, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Digital security specialist Gemalto has partnered with prepaid card provider InComm to enable mobile wallet providers to offer prepaid NFC mobile payment services. “The InComm Mobile Platform (IMP) enables mobile wallet providers and… More

Gemalto pilots contactless wristbands for transport in China

July 9th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Digital security company Gemalto is supplying wristbands carrying an embedded Optelio Contactless Minitag and a fitness tracker across the transportation network in Wuhan — one of the most populous cities in central China —  to… More

Next iPhone to get NFC upgrade?

July 3rd, 2015

Pictures of a circuit board believed to be part of the next iPhone show the device includes a different NFC chip from NXP. Images published by 9to5Mac reveal the company’s 65V10 part, used in the iPhone 6, has been replaced by a new IC labelled 66VP2. NFC World has reached out to NXP for clarification of the capabilities of the chip, likely to be a version of the PN66T NFC controller launched in November 2014.

NXP introduces plug and play NFC solution for Internet of Things

June 23rd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a ‘plug and play’ NFC controller with integrated firmware and an NCI interface that is aimed at accelerating NFC adoption in the internet of things (IoT) by allowing hardware… More

Gemalto predicts fast uptake of Apple Pay in the UK

June 15th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: The prevalence of EMV in the UK, lower interchange fees and the existing contactless infrastructure will lead to faster adoption of Apple Pay in the UK than in the US, Gemalto’s Rémi de Fouchier forecasts. “We’re predicting that the number of users in the UK after six months will be comparable to the number of users the US had after a year. The UK should also have a better percentage of usage.”

White paper helps banks compare NFC mobile payment solutions

June 12th, 2015

A one-stop guide aimed at helping banks and financial institutions that want to deploy NFC mobile payment solutions, but are unsure about the right route to market, is now available to download from the NFC… More

Carta and YellowPepper take HCE to Latin America

June 8th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Carta Worldwide is to provide its host card emulation (HCE) technology to Latin American mobile payments specialist YellowPepper, allowing it to offer the “latest in mobile payments technology” to the region’s banks and merchants. “This… More

Verizon announces investment in SimplyTapp

June 4th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Verizon Ventures, the investment arm of US carrier Verizon, has revealed that it was the undisclosed lead investor in a Series B funding round for HCE specialist SimplyTapp that totalled US$6m. “We’re proud… More

Tiny NXP diode to protect NFC chips

June 3rd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: NXP has introduced a component designed to protect NFC chips in mobile devices from voltage spikes. At just 0.6 by 0.3 by 0.3 mm the PESD18VF1BSF is ideal for space constrained applications such as smartphones, says the company. “NFC antennas are integrated into the battery’s cover or the battery itself, and are connected to the IC (integrated circuit) via small contacts on the phone,” explains NXP. “These contacts can act as entry points for ESD (electrostatic discharge) strikes which are potentially hazardous to the NFC controller IC.”

White paper sets out the need to go beyond tokenization for cloud-based mobile payments

June 1st, 2015

Card issuers looking to deploy host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments should not rely on tokenization alone to secure their services, NFC technology provider Sequent recommends in a white paper that is now available to… More

Bell ID analyses Android Pay

May 29th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: In a blog published today, tokenization specialist Bell ID outlines the differences between Google’s Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, and discusses what the NFC service means for banks. “Will Android Pay dominate the market for mobile payments and go head to head with Apple Pay? Currently, it is looking unlikely,” writes Bell ID’s Martin Cox.

Stora Enso and NXP to make intelligent packaging with NFC

May 29th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Renewable packaging solutions provider Stora Enso is to begin integrating RFID technology supplied by NXP Semiconductors into its packaging. The move will allow products to be tracked and traced throughout the entire supply… More

Asia Pacific banks begin testing HCE mobile payments

May 28th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Several major banks in the Asia Pacific region have begun piloting NFC mobile payment services based on host card emulation, using an end-to-end, cloud-based payments solution put in place by HCE specialist SimplyTapp… More

AMS chips will allow cars to be unlocked and started with NFC phones

May 27th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: AMS’ AS3914 NFC reader IC has been selected by automotive equipment supplier Marquardt for its new series of contactless door lock and ignition control modules due, says the chip maker, to the chip’s… More

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