August 23rd, 2016
Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has launched the Future Transport Beacon Innovation Challenge, asking for ideas from “tech savvy visionaries” to enable new use cases for a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons at Chatswood Station. “The best submissions will earn access to the trial beacon network from 10 October to 13 November,” Transport for NSW says. “If their concept is successful in trial, they will be invited to a live demo day to showcase their concepts to a panel of Transport for NSW leaders.”
August 16th, 2016
A group of students from MIT Media Lab have teamed up with Microsoft Research to develop interactive and customizable on-skin electronics equipped with an NFC chip for transferring information to a mobile device. As well…
August 10th, 2016
Eight out of ten Mastercard US consumer credit cards now include chips, representing an 88% increase in EMV adoption since the October 2015 liability shift. “The company also sees 1.7m chip-active merchant locations on its network, representing nearly 30% of the US merchant population and a 374% increase in chip terminal adoption since 1 October 2015,” Mastercard says.
August 9th, 2016
Customers of the Commercial Bank of Qatar will soon have the chance to withdraw cash from ATMs via biometric scanning. “Implementation of this technology means customers will be able to access their account at Commercial Bank ATMs where finger vein scanners are installed,” the bank says. The technology will also be extended to allow corporate and VIP customers access to their internet banking accounts.
July 29th, 2016
Global revenues for biometric banking technologies are expected to top US$4bn by 2021, ABI Research has revealed. “Biometric market hype is shifting away from consumer electronics and toward biometric banking technologies that appeal to millennials,” the firm says. “Ease of transaction, increased security and greater user experience are the top tier features that attract customers to biometric banking.”
July 29th, 2016
PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS has sold its NFC and RFID reader product lines to STMicroelectronics. AMS will continue to retain ownership of its NFC/RFID tag business, including the AS3955 NFC interface chip (NFiC) which AMS unveiled in May 2015.
July 28th, 2016
Microsoft is to extend its Windows Hello biometric authentication solution into apps and websites via the Microsoft Edge browser. “Beyond the hardware, Windows Hello will also give you instant access to paired apps and protected websites on Microsoft Edge — all while maintaining enterprise-level security,” Microsoft says. The update forms part of the company’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
July 18th, 2016
Players of augmented reality mobile app Pokemon Go will soon be able to trade the Pokemon they catch with other players through NFC, according to PokeGoFans. “Pokemon trading is one of the features that will be added to the game in upcoming updates,” the publication says. “Pokemon Go trading will be done using NFC — that is, sharing Pokemons without any cable by touching two phones together. There will be other trading options also available.”
July 12th, 2016
PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has published a blog post that lays out three key tips for mobile NFC success. “If NFC solution providers continue to prioritize positive user experiences and customer journeys, while informing people about the benefits of the technology, then we can see a very promising future ahead for service usage and deployment,” the company’s Rémi de Fouchier says. Case studies of Gemalto’s NFC deployments can be found here.
July 12th, 2016
Employees at NEC Corporation’s head office in Tokyo are trialling the use of facial recognition to authenticate purchases made in small shops inside the building. The trial began in June 2016 and will run until August as part of NEC’s efforts to “apply its biometrics authentication technologies to a range of services including cashless payment”.
July 11th, 2016
French NFC trade association AFSCM has partnered with three major mobile network operators to roll out SIM-based NFC services in France. The association is working with Oberthur Technologies (OT) to build a common hub with Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR which will enable a “massive launch of NFC services” in the country.
July 8th, 2016
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon manufacturer Estimote has added programmable NFC into its new range of Proximity Beacons to make it easier to identify and configure the devices and to enable a range of consumer experiences such as confirming payment, collecting loyalty points and clocking in.
July 6th, 2016
A Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company has partnered with printed electronics specialist Thinfilm to create an NFC OpenSense platform for medical devices. “The partners will leverage Thinfilm’s proprietary NFC technology as a means to improve patient adherence and enhance communication between patients and their caregivers,” Thinfilm says.
June 30th, 2016
PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP has released a high performance NFC controller designed for use in consumer electronic devices as well as developer demo kits that interface with a range of popular prototyping platforms.
June 29th, 2016
The Bluetooth-based mobile keyless entry solution unveiled by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in November 2014 has been extended to select Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton and Four Points hotels, with “many additional properties” expected to go…
June 16th, 2016
More than 200 products from global technology leaders are now Fido certified, the Fido Alliance has revealed. “This represents a 100% increase since the start of 2016,” the organisation says. “These latest certifications include the first Fido certified products that support Bluetooth for wireless strong authentication.” Fido was launched in 2013 as an open security authentication concept to replace passwords with a range of methods such as biometrics. Support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and NFC was added in July 2015.
June 13th, 2016
A case study which explores how one of London’s most iconic buildings has used NFC technology to streamline data key management, security patrol and contractor services into a single interface and deliver more accurate information in real time is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre.
June 6th, 2016
Microsoft is to open up its Windows Hello biometric authentication solution so users can unlock a Windows 10 PC or laptop with a wearable device, the company announced during a keynote at Computex in Taiwan. “The head of Microsoft’s Windows Interact division, Li-Chen Miller, demonstrated the technology using the Nymi Band,” CNET reports. “By swiping her wrist past an NFC reader on her laptop, Miller logged in using Windows Hello, saying the process was three times quicker than typing passwords.”
June 6th, 2016
A total of 17.7bn secure elements (SEs) based on GlobalPlatform specifications were deployed globally between 2010 and 2015, representing 41% of all SE shipments in that same period, the standards body has revealed. “This is a very significant announcement, which shows just how far the secure chip technology industry has advanced in recent years,” says GlobalPlatform’s Kevin Gillick.
May 26th, 2016
US startup Spendwallet is raising funds on Indiegogo for an electronic wallet device that can store up to 20 magnetic stripe cards and will let the owner make payments at the point of sale using the company’s self-developed Magnetic Flux Emulation (MFE) technology.