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Broadcom introduces low cost, low power NFC chips for smartphones and wearables

February 24th, 2014

Chip maker Broadcom has unveiled a new generation of NFC controllers that reduce power consumption by 60%, lower the total cost for device manufacturers by 35% and cut antenna size by 50% — making them… More

Gemalto to offer Felica microSDs

February 24th, 2014

Sony and Gemalto are working together to add Sony FeliCa and NFC functionality to Gemalto microSD cards. “Incorporating a contactless IC and an antenna, Gemalto’s FeliCa/NFC equipped microSD cards will enable access to contactless card services simply by being inserted into mobile handsets and smartphones, including non-NFC handsets,” says Sony.

Accenture offers NFC wallet

February 24th, 2014

Accenture has introduced a mobile wallet platform that supports payments in stores via both NFC and QR as well as peer-to-peer payments, transport, loyalty and gift cards. The platform can also automatically suggest which of a range of offers should be presented to a particular customer when they enter the perimeter of a geo-fenced store or move within range of a Bluetooth LE beacon.

Toughshield adds rugged tablet

February 24th, 2014

Rugged device maker Toughshield has announced a waterproof 7-inch tablet with NFC. The Toughshield T700 is IP68-rated, offers dual SIM slots and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. “The T700 is ideal for a range of… More

Dementia patients get NFC help

February 24th, 2014

Taiwan Mobile has introduced an NFC bracelet that can be used to assist the elderly, and in particular those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, should they get lost. When someone comes across a lost person wearing one of the smart wristbands, they simply touch the bracelet to their smartphone to send an alert containing the ID of the bracelet and their GPS location to a pre-set list of family, friends and relevant authorities.

Huawei unveils NFC wearable

February 24th, 2014

Huawei has unveiled a smart wristband that can be paired with a user’s smartphone via NFC at MWC 2014. The TalkBand B1 combines a Bluetooth 4.1 earpiece for wireless calling with a 1.4-inch flexible OLED… More

MasterCard buys C-Sam

February 24th, 2014

MasterCard has agreed to acquire NFC technology provider C-Sam. “C-Sam’s on-device application and back-end infrastructure will aid development efforts to enable consumers to use MasterPass both in-store and online across multiple communications technologies, including NFC, QR, barcodes and remote checkout,” says MasterCard. C-Sam’s NFC customers include DNP, Eftpos Australia, Isis, Starhub and TrustNordics.

Royal Canadian Mint picks NFC for virtual currency pilot

February 20th, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint is piloting its MintChip digital currency in the cafeterias at its Ottawa and Winnipeg facilities — and is using NFC technology to enable employees to make purchases with the Bitcoin alternative…. More

ABnote to add HCE to TSM platform

February 20th, 2014

Global card manufacturer and NFC service provider ABnote is to integrate SimplyTapp’s host card emulation (HCE) technology into its trusted service manager (TSM) platform, enabling card issuers to deploy cloud-based NFC payments solutions to their… More

Proxama and Cryptomathic team up for HCE payments

February 20th, 2014

NFC specialist Proxama has partnered with security provider Cryptomathic to launch EMV Tokenised Transaction (EMV-TT), a mobile contactless payments solution that leverages host card emulation (HCE) technology. “With EMV-TT, any card issuer can now launch… More

NFC for Access Control webinar: See it now on NFC World

February 20th, 2014

NFC World’s “Tap to Pass: NFC for Access Control” webinar, featuring the latest consumer and administrator insights from multiple field trials, is now available to view online. 496 people registered to attend the live event… More

Visa unveils host card emulation specification for NFC payments

February 19th, 2014

Visa has introduced a new standard that uses host card emulation (HCE) to enable financial institutions to securely host Visa accounts in the cloud. The standard is available now and will include support for QR… More

MasterCard backs host card emulation for NFC payments

February 19th, 2014

MasterCard is to publish a new specification during the first half of 2014 that uses host card emulation (HCE) for NFC mobile payments — avoiding the need to have access to a secure element on… More

Nokia offers NFC Treasure Tags

February 19th, 2014

Nokia has introduced bright plastic tags that can be attached to a Lumia smartphone owner’s keys, bag, wallet and other valuables and emit “a loud tone” when they become separated from the phone. Additionally, an app can pinpoint the last place up to four paired Treasure Tags were “seen” on a map. The 30mm by 30mm by 10mm tags cost US$29.90 each, have a six month battery life and can be paired with a smartphone via either NFC or Bluetooth LE.

Octopus and Alibaba add NFC security to ecommerce

February 19th, 2014

Hong Kong prepaid card provider Octopus has partnered with Chinese online giant Alibaba’s Taobao ecommerce platform and Alipay mobile payments service to let customers make secure online purchases using a combination of contactless cards, QR codes and NFC phones. More

Orange to launch NFC transport ticketing in Malaga and Valencia

February 19th, 2014

Mobile network operator Orange is to commercially launch NFC ticketing services in the Spanish cities of Malaga and Valencia in the coming months, following successful pilot phases that have been underway in Malaga since February… More

GSMA upgrades NFC Badge validation for MWC 2014

February 19th, 2014

The GSMA has partnered with nine carriers to add extra functionality to its NFC Badge service at Mobile World Congress 2014, eliminating the need for visitors to present photo ID onsite. Customers of Bouygues Telecom,… More

iPhone users to get NFC badges at MWC

February 18th, 2014

iPhone users will be able to participate in the NFC Experience at Mobile World Congress for the first time this year, courtesy of free NFC iPhone cases being made available by event sponsor Incipio that… More

Fujitsu develops glove with NFC and gesture recognition

February 18th, 2014

A new glove-style wearable device that combines an NFC tag reader, gyro sensor and accelerometer is to be demonstrated by Fujitsu Laboratories at Mobile World Congress 2014. Aimed at maintenance and other on-site operations, it… More

Windows Phone users to get more NFC controls

February 18th, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 will increase the level of control users have over NFC payment cards provisioned to their NFC SIM when it ships in mid-2014, according to a series of leaked screenshots, as well as… More

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