NFC news in brief
29 April 2013, 12:20
Sony is set to launch a new range of soundbars complete with NFC for easy pairing, reports Pocket-Lint. The soundbars will also come with HDMI connectivity and are expected to be available from later this year.
29 April 2013, 10:16
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%.
24 April 2013, 12:43
One million NFC TOM (Tag on Metal) phone stickers have been ordered from Identive for "a banking and payment program in Africa", the company has announced. All the stickers will be shipped during the current quarter.
24 April 2013, 11:10
24 April 2013, 10:55
NFC-on-microSD specialist DeviceFidelity has been granted patent number ZL200880107195.2 in China, bringing the company's portfolio up to a total of 40 patents relating to NFC and security technologies. The newly-issued patent covers an NFC based mobile wallet implementation that uses a microSD-based secure element and credentials issued by multiple enterprises.
24 April 2013, 10:50
Identive has announced it has won an order for three million NFC tags from an unnamed retailer. The NFC Forum Type 2 tags "will be used for a mobile retail application in France", says Identive. 800,000 of the tags will be shipped this quarter.
23 April 2013, 16:04
Five hundred bus stops in the centre of Madrid have been equipped with NFC tags, allowing passengers to access arrival times and tourist information with their NFC phones. The tags form part of a new "Smart Madrid" project and have been supplied by Connecthings.
23 April 2013, 09:48
Unattended payments specialist USA Technologies (USAT) has added two new POS devices to its range. Both the ePort G9 and the ePort G10 support NFC payments and are "designed to bring greater functionality and value to business operators as they optimize their cashless payment platforms to develop new sales opportunities and greater operational efficiencies".
23 April 2013, 09:39
Public transportation users in the French city of Strasbourg are being invited by local transit operator CTS to take part in an NFC ticketing pilot. The trial will begin in June 2013.
23 April 2013, 09:20
"NFC handsets have reached a tipping point this year and global volumes will surge an impressive 138% in 2013", according to a new forecast by Strategy Analytics. "Most new LTE phones will launch with NFC in the future," the analysts say.
22 April 2013, 09:50
17 April 2013, 12:25
China UnionPay executive vice president Hongfeng Chai has demonstrated the payments network's Quick Pass contactless payments service in use on an Intel-powered NFC smartphone at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The two companies are now working together to develop mobile payments services that make use of both NFC and Intel's Identity Protection Technology.
17 April 2013, 11:07
PetHub has added NFC to its pet ID tags which are also equipped with a QR code, web address and 24-hour phone number. The tags store a link to information about the pet, such as emergency contact number, medication details, microchip number and insurance status.
17 April 2013, 09:21
Prepaid Financial Services has partnered with Carta Worldwide to develop and deliver NFC and mobile payment solutions to corporate clients. "Innovation is the key driver behind the selection of Carta's NFC payments technology extensions, as the Carta platform is already market ready with respect to certain capabilities that other technology providers are just starting to think about," says PFS CEO Noel Moran.
16 April 2013, 15:34
16 April 2013, 13:21
16 April 2013, 11:50
UL is to become the first laboratory to test mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) devices for certification under the Visa Ready Partner Program. "We are looking forward to guiding our customers through this new program that will greatly assist vendors in understanding their compliance requirements, ensuring their mPOS devices are fully approved and adaptable into the market," says UL's Jean-Luc Khaou.
12 April 2013, 10:49
10 April 2013, 16:36
Aconite's Mobile Application Manager has been selected by "a major European processor" to provide "a low-cost, fast-track enhancement of their existing authorization systems to support the broad range of EMV scripts needed to manage EMV applications on a mobile NFC handset". Aconite's solution will support counter resets, passcode changes and other scripts required to fully implement EMV in a mobile environment, the company says.
10 April 2013, 15:59
Testing specialist Fime has integrated the MasterCard Terminal Integration Process (M-TIP) questionnaire into its Savvi test tool, enabling it to validate that NFC payment terminals are compliant with MasterCard's latest PayPass terminal specification. "The latest requirements from MasterCard support advancements in mobile payments, including features such as PIN entry via a mobile device to authorise a transaction," says Fime.