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76% of mobile developers want to use NFC in their apps

July 24th, 2013

More than 31% of mobile developers are supporting NFC in their mobile apps today and an additional 45% plan to support the technology in the next 12 months, according to a Mobile Development Survey released… More

NFC devices now account for 13.32% of mobile web traffic

June 26th, 2013

Mobile web specialist and device detection provider 51Degrees.mobi has released stats that reveal NFC enabled mobile device web traffic has reached 13.32% worldwide. According to the results, detailed in a blog post, the percentage has… More

Verizon and Discover join the NFC Forum

June 19th, 2013

The carrier and financial services provider have signed up to the NFC standards association as principal members, Smartrac has upgraded to principal level and thirteen other organisations have joined for the first time. More

ABI reports NFC chip market shares

June 12th, 2013

A total of 168m NFC controller ICs and 144m NFC secure element chips were shipped in 2012, according to ABI Research, and NXP topped the chip supplier list for both. For NFC controller chips, NXP… More

One in three mobile phones to come with NFC by 2017

June 5th, 2013

Between 2012 and 2017 the installed base of NFC-enabled handsets will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 65% to reach 2.1bn units, according to new research from Berg Insight. “The penetration rate for NFC across all handset segments will similarly increase to approximately 32% by 2017.” More

Gartner cuts NFC mobile payments forecast by 40%

June 5th, 2013

Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will reach US$235.4bn in 2013, a 44% increase on 2012′s $163.1bn, according to a new forecast from Gartner — but NFC transactions will account for a smaller than expected proportion… More

Survey reveals demand for contactless and NFC payments in Dubai

May 21st, 2013

A survey published by digital security specialist Gemalto has shown a high demand for contactless and NFC payments in Dubai, with 85% of those polled saying they would ‘like’ or ‘love’ to use their mobile handset… More

ABI: 125m NFC phones shipped in 2012

May 15th, 2013

A total of 125m NFC phones were shipped in 2012, according to ABI Research, along with 147m NFC secure elements. “There are multiple chip vendors offering a range of product alternatives to OEMs in various… More

GSMA calls for feedback on NFC loyalty and coupon proposals

May 10th, 2013

The GSMA has published a proposed technical specification for a common standard for managing loyalty cards, coupons and vouchers in a mobile wallet — and is asking for feedback on its proposals from retailers, loyalty… More

Has NFC missed the mobile payments boat or will the industry rise to the cloud payments challenge?

May 1st, 2013

In the April issue of Mobile Wallet Outlook the NFC World team examines why NFC is failing to gain traction in the mobile payments market, analyzes the range of cloud-based options available for those seeking to deliver mass market mobile wallets — and sets out in detail how MCX’s barcode and cloud-based wallet will work, when it’s likely to launch and who is already using the same approach today. More

MasterCard blames carriers for NFC payments delays

April 29th, 2013

“The telcos keep on doing the same thing, they get arrogant and then they get disintermediated,” MasterCard’s Jorn Lambert has told The Australian Financial Review. More

Inside Secure NFC chip sales fall

April 29th, 2013

Inside Secure has reported a fall in revenues of 68% year-on-year for its Mobile NFC division. Revenues were just US$4.5m in the first quarter of 2013, down 61% on the fourth quarter of 2012. “BlackBerry… More

Eurosmart ups NFC SE forecast

April 29th, 2013

250m NFC secure elements will be shipped in 2013, Eurosmart forecasts, up some 67% from the 150m units shipped in 2012 and an increase on the smart card trade body’s last estimation in November 2012. Smart secure contactless devices will also see a rise this year, from 660m units in 2012 to 895m in 2013, an increase of 36%.

Consumer awareness of NFC remains low across Europe

April 10th, 2013

Only 8% of European consumers are aware of NFC technology, up just 2% from a year ago, a survey of 9,000 people in six European countries has found. QR Codes, meanwhile, recorded a 14% rise… More

UL to offer Mifare testing

April 10th, 2013

UL Transaction Security is to develop and run a Mifare Test Centre, offering functional certification services for Mifare contactless cards and Mifare applications running on mobile devices. “The UL Mifare Test Center will guarantee interoperability across third party Mifare implementations in an increasingly global multi-vendor environment,” the company says.

NFC SIM shipments up 87%

April 10th, 2013

A total of 30m NFC SIMs were shipped globally by members of the SIMalliance in 2012 — an 87% increase on 2011. The Japan/Korea region was the largest market with 21m NFC SIMs shipped, followed by Western Europe at 6m. SimAlliance members, who account for 90% of the global market, shipped a total of 4.6bn SIMs in 2012, up 6% on 2011.

NBS gets Turkish TSM deal

April 4th, 2013

NBS Technologies has announced that its Xpressi Trusted Service Manager (TSM) platform has been chosen by an unnamed customer in Turkey. Installation is due to take place early this month.

MasterCard fights back against new payments players with increased transaction fees for digital wallets that don’t share data

March 20th, 2013

The new fee is to be applied to “staged” digital and mobile wallets that provide a way for transactions to be charged to a customer’s credit card without any details about the purchase being passed on to the payments network. PayPal and Google Wallet as well as a number of other new market entrants are all expected to be affected but “traditional” NFC wallets will not.  More

Inside Secure to cut jobs after “a disappointing performance in 2012”

March 7th, 2013

Up to 20% of the workforce could lose their jobs at the publicly listed NFC, contactless and security chip specialist following the announcement that revenues fell by 19% in 2012 and losses were “impacted by the disappointing performance from the NFC business”. More

AccelerateNFC offers funding to startups

March 6th, 2013

A new startup incubator dedicated to NFC-based projects has announced it will be offering funding of US$5,000 per founder as well as mentoring, legal advice and work space support to individuals and teams with the… More

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