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Fime adds M-Tip testing

April 10th, 2013

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.

Nexperts puts PayPass in wallet

April 10th, 2013

NFC specialist Nexperts has introduced an NFC mobile wallet that comes with MasterCard Mobile PayPass certification. “The support of Mobile PayPass in our wallet framework eases significantly the time to market for MNOs and banks to issue advanced contactless solutions” says CEO Kurt Schmid.

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 parking meter gets update

April 10th, 2013

MacKay Meters has received EMV Level 1 Contactless Certification for the latest version of its Guardian Solo parking meter. “Meeting these standards clearly shows our customers that the Solo will behave consistently when accepting NFC payments and in line with the guidelines put forth by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and others through EMVCo,” says chief technology officer Adrian O’Neil.

AptiQ gets developer network

April 10th, 2013

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has started a developer network for its AptiQmobile NFC access control platform, which was piloted at the University of San Francisco in 2012. Membership of the AptiQ Developer Network offers “access to Ingersoll Rand resources that will work closely with the developer to help them write the appropriate interface between their software and Ingersoll Rand’s cloud-based AptiQmobile service,” 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.

Sony adds NFC hi-fi systems

April 10th, 2013

Sony is to release two NFC compatible micro hi-fi systems in Europe in May 2013. The CMT-BT80WB and CMT-BT60B can be paired with smartphones and tablets using NFC to stream music via Bluetooth. The BT80WB can also use WiFi for streaming from PCs.

RR Donnelley adds NFC printing

April 9th, 2013

Global print giant RR Donnelley has introduced support for NFC tags into its range of printed products, including retail displays, product packaging, shipping labels, catalogues and magazines. “Now we offer customers single-source convenience and control as we produce their RFID and NFC tags and integrate them with other materials that we create,” says president and CEO Thomas J Quinlan III.

M1 adds DBS NFC

April 8th, 2013

Singapore-based mobile network operator M1 and banking group DBS have teamed up to expand the NFC payments options available to their customers. DBS’ One.Tap virtual credit card was previously available only to Singtel StarHub subscribers while M1 customers were able to use either the carrier’s own M1 NFC Prepaid MasterCard or an EZ-Link prepaid card application.

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.

Identive adds Japanese NFC store

April 3rd, 2013

Identive has launched a Japanese version of its online NFC tag store. “In addition to an array of tags in the globally accepted NFC Forum Types 1, 2 and 4, for the Japanese market Identive also offers Type 3 tags based on Sony Corporation’s Felica Lite chip technology,” says Identive’s Dr Manfred Mueller.

BAC tests NFC in Costa Rica

March 27th, 2013

Banking group BAC Credomatic is to run an NFC payments pilot in Costa Rica, El Financiero reports. The increasing use of smartphones across the country, now at 29% of users, has prompted the trial according to the bank. NFC payments for public transport are also being considered for the future.

NHS uses NFC for drink campaign

March 27th, 2013

Marketing agency Charge has taken to the city streets in north east England to promote “Don’t let drink sneak up on you”, an alcohol abuse awareness campaign being run by the NHS’ Change 4 Life project. Passers-by were handed NFC-compatible wristbands which allowed those with an NFC phone to tap to download a drinks tracker app for their phone. Participants could also access the app by scanning QR codes on cards handed out during the campaign.

O2 Germany picks G&D NFC

March 26th, 2013

Telefónica O2 Germany is using technology from Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) in an NFC payments pilot, which began last month. G&D’s TSM solution and its NFC SIMs are both being used in the O2 Wallet pilot.

Rogers adds Suretap phones

March 21st, 2013

Canadian mobile network operator Rogers has added three Android and four BlackBerry NFC phones to the list of devices that work with its Suretap NFC payments service. The new phones are the LG Optimus G , Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Note II and the Blackberry Bold 9900Blackberry Curve 9360Blackberry Bold 9790 and Blackberry Z10.

NXP beats NFC forecast

March 18th, 2013

NXP Semiconductors shipped 125m NFC chips for smartphones and tablets in 2012, beating previous projections. The chip maker’s figures received a boost when Samsung shipped 40m Galaxy S III smartphones equipped with NXP chips in the final six months of the year. Samsung is, however, believed to be using Broadcom NFC technology in the new Galaxy S4.

ThinkPads to get NFC payments

March 18th, 2013

Lenovo is planning to bring out a range of ThinkPad tablets or Ultrabooks with NFC payments capabilities later this year. “Processing partnerships are still in the works,” Engadget reports.

Signbox partners with Proxama

March 13th, 2013

Interactive sign maker Signbox has chosen Proxama‘s TapPoint platform to deliver smart poster campaigns using its Enlighten NFC displays. The new partnership “creates a powerful and persuasive product offer for brand custodians, retailers and campaign managers, giving them an unrivalled opportunity to enhance relationships with customers and prospects,” says Mark Bartlett, managing director of Signbox.

NAB tests NFC payments

March 13th, 2013

National Australia Bank is testing a new service that uses NFC, QR codes, SMS and email to allow customers to make mobile payments in stores as well as to send and receive funds, ITNews reports. 1,000 staff are taking part in a 90-day trial of the new service, which is known internally as Kiss.

Invengo adds NFC tags

March 13th, 2013

US-based RFID specialist Invengo Technology has launched a range of NFC tags and inlays. The new Invengo NTouch and NLoop inlays and tags are compliant with the ISO 14443A and NFC Forum Type 2 Tag standards and will begin shipping in volume in April.

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