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GlobalPlatform releases secure element security specification

June 21st, 2012

Secure element standards body GlobalPlatform has released Secure Element Access Control, a new specification designed to ensure that unauthorised applications residing in a mobile device are unable to communicate with an NFC secure element (SE)…. More

Masabi’s Android app offers ITSO ticket insights

June 20th, 2012

Mobile ticketing supplier Masabi has developed an Android application that allows NFC phones to read and display the contents of transport ticketing smart cards based on the UK’s ITSO ticketing standard. The Smart Card Buddy… More

HTC to enter payments market?

June 18th, 2012

Phone maker HTC is set to announce a mobile payments partnership with Taiwan’s Cathay United Bank, transportation card issuer EasyCard and MasterCard, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency. “The PayPass card will become Taiwan’s first innovation to integrate the functions of a credit card and an EasyCard into a micro-sized memory card, enabling mobile payments on the island when it is inserted into the HTC Incredible E smartphone,” says CNA.

G&D adds Mifare to NFC SIMs

June 13th, 2012

Giesecke & Devrient has signed a licensing deal with NXP that will see the smart card and SIM maker adding support for Mifare contactless applications to its range of SIM cards. The license covers both… More

Ericsson and Aconite join on NFC

June 13th, 2012

Ericsson IPX and Aconite have announced they are now working together to provide banks and other secure service providers with a turnkey NFC application delivery and management solution. The new service enables a security domain to be created on any type of NFC secure element and for applets to be loaded, personalised, updated and deleted over-the-air.

Apple shows off Passbook mobile wallet

June 12th, 2012

Video coverage of the launch of Apple’s first mobile wallet app shows how it will enable developers to build mobile barcode-based ticketing, stored value, loyalty card and coupon apps for today’s iPhones — and hints at how these apps could migrate to NFC in the future. More

Apple debuts barcode-based Passbook mobile wallet

June 11th, 2012

Apple’s forthcoming iOS 6 is to include a new app billed as “the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.” Passbook, announced today at Apple’s WWDC developer conference in San Francisco, looks… More

Funkwerk to put phone boxes into cars

June 6th, 2012

NFC-enabled “phone boxes” built into cars are set to provide clearer connections, better GPS signals and a wireless charge for your smartphone while you drive. The phone box is a special tray into which a… More

Wayne fills up with NFC

May 30th, 2012

US drivers will soon be able to pay, claim loyalty points and redeem offers at the fuel pump using their NFC phones. Fuel dispenser maker Wayne has developed an EMV contactless and NFC option for its iX Pay Secure Payment modular in-dispenser terminals.

Megafon launches NFC transit ticketing service

May 30th, 2012

The Russian mobile network operator is providing customers in the city of Yekaterinburg with the ability to store bus, tram and metro tickets on either a mobile phone with built-in NFC or a SIM+antenna add-on that works with standard handsets. More

Gartner predicts 448m mobile payments users in 2016

May 30th, 2012

Global mobile payment transaction values are set to grow by 42% a year, say the analysts, but the market will be fragmented over the next two years and NFC payments won’t hit the mass market until 2015. More

Kenya gets Google payments

May 28th, 2012

Google has introduced a contactless prepaid card in Kenya, TechMtaa reports. The new Beba card can be loaded with up to Ksh 10,000 (US$115) and used to make payments on Nairobi’s Citi Hoppa buses.

Stagecoach partners with Everything Everywhere for NFC bus ticketing pilot

May 28th, 2012

The trial is set to lead to “a wider nationwide transport roll out” to buses and trains in 2013, says the leading UK-based public transport operator which carries 2.5m Brits every day. More

Transport for London delays arrival of new ticketing technology

May 23rd, 2012

A new ticketing infrastructure designed to support payments via open-loop contactless cards and NFC phones won’t now arrive in time for the Olympics, TfL has revealed. More

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport to test NFC check-ins

May 22nd, 2012

“With NFC technology, the mobile phone simplifies the passage of the flyer through the airport,” says the CEO of the first airport in the world to pilot the use of NFC phones to improve the airline passenger experience. More

Oakland gets NFC parking

May 21st, 2012

Drivers in Oakland, California can now pay for their parking by tapping their NFC phone on any of the city’s on-street parking meters. After setting up an account with operator Parkmobile, drivers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. Neighbouring San Francisco offers a similar system operated by PayByPhone.

NCR adds NFC to hotel check-ins

May 21st, 2012

NCR has launched NCR Express Key, a hotel check-in kiosk that lets guests who have checked in online or via a mobile phone collect their room key without queuing at reception. The kiosk allows guests to… More

Wireless goes contactless

May 16th, 2012

Pop fans will be able to leave their wallets at home during a three day music festival in London in July. All vendors at the Barclaycard-sponsored Wireless Festival will accept contactless payments, including NFC-based Quick Tap, PayTag stickers and Barclaycard’s soon-to-be-unveiled PayBand bracelets.

DeviceFidelity adds full NFC functionality to iPhone

May 16th, 2012

The NFC-on-microSD specialist’s new iCaisse4X iPhone case combines expanded battery life with NFC card emulation, tag reading/writing and peer-to-peer capabilities. More

Orange tests NFC ticketing at Stade de France

May 11th, 2012

Mobile network operator Orange has conducted an NFC trial at the Stade de France, the country’s national stadium. The trial took place on Saturday 5 May for a Top 14 rugby match between Racing Métro… More

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