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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

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

NFC to account for 30% of mobile tickets

February 17th, 2014

More than 34 billion tickets will be delivered to mobile devices over the next five years, according to a new ABI Research forecast, with QR codes making up 48% of the total and NFC accounting… More

Bankinter to launch HCE-based NFC payments

February 17th, 2014

Spain’s Bankinter is to commercially launch an NFC mobile payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) during the second or third quarter of 2014. The launch follows the announcement last year of… More

Pylon seeks funds for WiFi access point with NFC

February 17th, 2014

Funding is being raised on Kickstarter to commercialize an ultra-slim wall plaque that enables visitors to connect to a host’s WiFi network without having to ask for and enter a password, by just tapping their… More

Fira de Barcelona to use NFC and QR to speed up food service

February 13th, 2014

Visitors attending events at the Mobile World Congress venue will soon be able to place food orders and make payments using a mobile app, and then check in to restaurants via NFC or QR. They… More

Jetco picks Gemalto for NFC payments

February 13th, 2014

Hong Kong’s Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited — Jetco — is to use Gemalto’s LinqUs trusted service management platform for the NFC payments service it is to offer consumers via its 30 member banks. “Jetco… More

Orange Cash goes live in France

February 13th, 2014

Orange Cash, the prepaid NFC payments service announced by Orange and Visa in November 2013, is now live in the French cities of Strasbourg and Caen. The launch is being supported with a credit of… More

Two in three phones to come with NFC in 2018

February 12th, 2014

NFC will be included in 64% of the mobile phones shipped in 2018, up from 18.2% in 2013, according to a new forecast from IHS Technology. Global shipments of NFC-enabled mobile phones will be more… More

Telus staff to get NFC access control

February 11th, 2014

Canadian carrier Telus is to provide its employees with the ability to access buildings, log on to company networks and securely share sensitive data using an NFC phone. Telus employees’ smartphones will be equipped with… More

GSMA updates NFC Handset Test Book

February 10th, 2014

The GSMA has published version 2.0 of its NFC Handset Test Book (PDF), a collection of test cases to be used for checking the NFC functionality in mobile devices. The Test Book provides test case… More

NXP reports slowdown in NFC revenue growth

February 10th, 2014

NXP Semiconductors has reported a slowdown in revenue growth for its NFC business in 2013 but says it is optimistic that business will pick up again during the second half of this year. During what… More

Hungarian mobile wallets get NFC event ticketing

February 7th, 2014

The NFC mobile wallet being tested by Hungarian carriers Magyar Telekom, Vodafone and Telenor with MasterCard, OTP Bank and loyalty scheme operator SuperShop is expanding its range of services to include ticketing for live events… More

Weve partners with MasterCard for NFC payments in the UK

February 6th, 2014

Weve, the mobile commerce joint venture between the UK’s three largest mobile network operators, has partnered with MasterCard to add NFC payments to its offering. “We are in dialogue with all the major banks” and… More

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