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    Air New Zealand gives children NFC wristbands to track their journey

    November 30th, 2015

    Children travelling alone on Air New Zealand services will now receive an NFC Airband wristband that gets scanned at key points in their journey and triggers text notifications to up to five nominated contacts. More

    PhilCare uses NFC phones to speed up health services in the Philippines

    November 23rd, 2015

    Customers of health care provider PhilCare can now hand over contactless membership cards to any of the company’s 200 service providers in the Philippines to provide access to their account details with a tap of a… More

    ST includes AMS NFC chip in dev kit for IoT and wearables

    November 19th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: AMS’s BoostedNFC technology has been included by STMicroelectronics in a new NFC board that will let developers quickly implement secure contactless technology in devices with tight space constraints, such as IoT nodes and… More

    NXP launches NFC blister packs and pill bottles for medication tracking

    November 18th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has launched NHS315x, a therapy adherence improvement platform that includes NFC sensors embedded in blister packs and pill bottles. The solution will let chronically ill patients use their smartphone to track which… More

    Synaptics takes biometrics to cars

    November 18th, 2015

    Drivers may soon be able to use their fingerprint to unlock their vehicle doors, cockpit and mirror adjustments, ignition, entertainment preferences and theft prevention system using biometrics provider Synaptics’ Natural ID fingerprint sensors. The sensors have been included in the company’s new automotive portfolio and will also allow for “personalisation usage targeting door handles, steering wheels and start buttons”.

    Mobile biometrics revenue to reach $9bn by 2018

    November 17th, 2015

    The inclusion of biometrics in mobile devices will generate US$9bn in revenue by 2018, a report by Biometrics Research Group predicts. “Worldwide revenues within the mobile biometrics sector will total US$45bn by 2020 and 650m people will be using biometrics on mobile devices by the end of 2015,” the company says. “Biometric smartphones will increase tenfold from 200m users in 2015 to 2bn users by 2020.”

    NFC necklace wins Unicef award

    November 16th, 2015

    A necklace that stores electronic health data to track child immunization via NFC has been named joint winner of the Wearables for Good challenge run by Unicef, ARM and Frog. “Khushi Baby is a data-storing necklace that provides a two year personal immunization record for children,” ARM explains. “Data is synced to the cloud and displayed on a dashboard accessible to health officials.”

    NFC glucose meter launches

    November 12th, 2015

    Medical products provider Nurse Rosie Products has begun offering an NFC glucose meter that lets diabetics access their blood glucose reading by tapping the meter against their NFC device. “Rosie SmartMeter can be equipped with or without NFC technology which allows for your meter to communicate with NFC-enabled devices just by touching them with your meter,” the company says.

    SimplyTapp white paper spells out the ABCs of HCE

    November 11th, 2015

    A white paper that explains how host card emulation (HCE) functions and examines its implications for the future of the payments industry is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    LitePoint white paper sets out the need for NFC device performance testing

    November 9th, 2015

    A white paper that explains the benefits of NFC device performance testing, explores the limitations of common production test methods and outlines best practices for ensuring the accuracy and effectiveness of devices under test is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Lisnr raises US$10m for sound-based proximity communication technology

    November 6th, 2015

    US startup Lisnr has secured US$10m in Series B funding for a technology that uses inaudible sound waves called SmartTones to connect devices. “It works like existing technology protocol Bluetooth, except Lisnr uses sound waves and does not require hardware or maintenance,” the company says. It is also working on making Lisnr the “go-to” technology for powering contactless payments, CEO Rodney Williams told TechCrunch.

    Mumbai airport launches augmented reality and BLE beacon app

    November 6th, 2015

    Passengers at Mumbai’s GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) can now navigate through Terminal 2 using a mobile app and interactive maps based on augmented reality and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. “The app works on an innovative platform developed on the combination of Indoor Atlas and iBeacon technologies that creates magnetically modelled maps and provides location-based information,” CSIA says.

    RapidNFC reports rise in demand for NFC within care sector

    November 5th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Bespoke NFC tag supplier and manufacturer RapidNFC has reported a substantial rise in the use of NFC within the care sector. “From April 2015 to September 2015, we have seen an incredible 164% rise in sales from the prior six months to both care providers and companies who provide tags and software solutions to care providers,” the company writes in a blog post.

    MIT technology identifies humans through walls

    November 5th, 2015

    Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have presented a new technology called RF Capture that uses wireless reflections to identify silhouettes through walls. “The device works by transmitting wireless signals that traverse the wall and reflect off a person’s body back to the device,” the researchers say. “The device captures these reflections and analyzes them in order to see the person’s silhouette.”

    Ypsomed to offer NFC autoinjectors that let patients track medications with their mobile phone

    November 4th, 2015

    NFC technology is to be included in a new range of autoinjectors for patients with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis who need to self-administer their medication via regular injections, enabling them to use their mobile phone to keep track of the medications they have taken, receive alerts when their next injection is due and access usage guidelines and refill instructions. More

    NFC gnomes store messages for lovers

    October 22nd, 2015

    Startup Gnoments has developed gnome soft toys that come equipped with NFC chips to allow consumers to add links to sound recordings, videos and photos that can be accessed with a tap of a loved… More

    Hublot lets customers check watch authenticity with NFC

    October 20th, 2015

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot is letting customers check the authenticity of their timepieces, download manuals and register for the brand’s Hublotista Club by tapping a contactless card against their phone. The service is being offered with all Hublot watches as the official method of certifying authenticity. More

    NXP backs NFC hackathon

    October 16th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP is sponsoring a series of hackathons centred on NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy and RFID technologies. The first TrackHack event takes place from November 20-22 in London. “We want to see how people work with NFC, what the main issues are, how easy they find NFC designs, what other tools they may need and, of course, which simple applications they can create in only a few hours,” NXP told NFC World.

    Carta launches turnkey tokenization platform for cloud-based payments

    October 15th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide has introduced an appliance-based turnkey solution that aims to dramatically reduce the time it takes for large banks, processors and domestic networks to bring tokenized HCE mobile payment… More

    Zwipe raises $5m for fingerprint cards

    October 14th, 2015

    Zwipe, maker of a contactless payment card that includes an integrated fingerprint sensor, has raised US$5m in funding from Photon Future. “The Series B investment enables Zwipe to accelerate the commercialisation of its biometric authentication technology to finance further research and development activities,” the company says. The investment brings the total amount raised by Zwipe to $11m.

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