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    UK driving licenses may be added to Passbook

    May 19th, 2016

    Drivers in the UK may soon be able to store their driver’s license in Apple’s Passbook wallet, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). “There’s no telling when, or indeed if, the idea will make it to release,” SlashGear reports. “Right now, this is a prototype with no timescale for an actual release and were that to pan out, it would be offered in addition to, not replacing, the regular photo card.”

    OT to add biometrics to its Pearl embedded secure element

    May 17th, 2016

    Precise Biometrics has entered into an agreement with Oberthur Technologies (OT) licensing the integration of its Precise BioMatch Embedded fingerprint recognition solution into OT’s Pearl embedded secure element. “The partnership with Precise Biometrics enables OT to offer convenient and secure fingerprint identification for connection, authentication and payments in any type of device,” Precise Biometrics says. “The license agreement will generate royalty revenue based on sales of secure elements from OT that includes Precise BioMatch Embedded in the delivery.”

    Motorola’s new Moto G to include NFC?

    May 9th, 2016

    Motorola‘s forthcoming budget phone — the new Moto G — is to come in two variants and will include NFC, a components chart published on Twitter has revealed, making it the first Moto G to feature the technology. “The new phone is also expected to have a fingerprint scanner, since a Lenovo executive said earlier this year that all Motorola-branded phones would have fingerprint scanners in 2016,” The Verge reports. The new Moto G is expected to be unveiled on May 17.

    WhatsApp to add NFC for group invites?

    May 9th, 2016

    Social messaging service WhatsApp may soon enable users to send group invites and join groups via links, NFC and QR codes. “This would make it easier for businesses and communities to get more people inside their group without having to manually invite each and every person through their phone number,” Android Police reports.

    Citibank customers in New York get ATM access via BLE beacons

    May 6th, 2016

    Customers at Citibank’s smart banking branches in Manhattan, New York have been gaining cardless after-hours entry to ATM lobbies using their iPhone or Apple watch and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed by Gimbal. By… More

    Proxama integrates Discover’s D-PAS into EMV enablement solution

    May 3rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NFC and mobile payments pioneer Proxama has completed the integration of Discover’s D-Payment Application Specification (D-PAS) contactless product into its EMV enablement solution. The EMV solution will support the roll out and use of chip cards from multi-purpose charge card provider Diners Club South Africa.

    Google Authenticator to get NFC and BLE?

    May 3rd, 2016

    The Google Authenticator app, which generates two-step verification codes as an additional layer of security when signing in, will soon add support for NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), an APK teardown reported by Android Police reveals. “The obvious first question is whether or not NFC and BLE will be used to add accounts to the device or used to unlock other devices,” the publication says. “It could also be used for signing into various apps and services or even used to open an electronically locked door.”

    MasterCard to reduce EMV checkout time

    April 28th, 2016

    MasterCard has unveiled M/Chip Fast, a technology advancement designed to help speed up EMV transactions at the checkout. “A shopper inserts his or her card into an M/Chip Fast-enabled terminal,” the company explains. “M/Chip Fast provides counterfeit fraud protection by creating a unique code for each transaction. Once the code is generated, the card can be removed from the reader.” The announcement follows the unveiling of Visa’s Quick Chip for EMV service.

    Adidas builds NFC into racing suits for FIA authentication

    April 27th, 2016

    Adidas has developed a connected race suit that comes equipped with an NFC chip to confirm whether or not the product complies with current Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regulations. More

    NFC SIM shipment remains static in 2015 due to Softcard closure

    April 26th, 2016

    The global number of NFC SIM card shipments remained static during 2015 following the closure of the Softcard mobile wallet in the US last year, the SIMalliance has revealed, despite reporting significant NFC SIM growth across Asia and Europe. More

    NXP and HID Global to enable wearable devices to unlock doors

    April 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has teamed up with HID Global to work on enabling consumers to open electronic locks at commercial buildings, hotels and workplaces with a tap of an NFC wearable device.  More

    Google unveils Nexus live cases with NFC

    April 15th, 2016

    Google has unveiled a series of phone cases that interact with Nexus phones using NFC and enable users to customize their home screen with an animated wallpaper. More

    Proxama makes the case for digital PIN delivery

    March 24th, 2016

    A white paper that examines the advantages of using new, digital PIN delivery mechanisms to replace traditional PIN mailers is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. More

    Two billion smartphones to come with fingerprint sensors by 2021

    March 23rd, 2016

    The global biometrics market will reach more than US$30bn by 2021, representing a 118% increase from 2015, according to a new forecast from ABI Research. “Consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, continue to boost the biometrics market, with embedded fingerprint sensors anticipated to reach two billion shipments by 2021, at a 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR),” the firm says.

    Swatch to focus on mass market smartwatches

    March 18th, 2016

    Luxury watchmaker Swatch will focus its smartwatch activities on its plastic Swatch brand before considering the technology for its pricier models. “Making progress in the smartwatch market is crucial for Swatch, which is seen as the most vulnerable of the Swiss watchmakers to inroads by the Apple Watch and similar watches produced by Samsung Electronics and others,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The company launched its first NFC payments watch, the Swatch Bellamy, in China in October 2015.

    NFC Forum adds cloud-based connectivity to P2P spec

    March 18th, 2016

    The NFC Forum has added the ability to use the cloud to establish connections between two NFC devices in a new candidate version of Connection Handover, the technical specification that covers the way in which… More

    Digiwell implants NFC chips at CeBIT

    March 16th, 2016

    Visitors to this week’s CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany, can get an NFC chip implanted into their hand by visiting the Digiwell stand. “It will cost you €69 (US$77) including the special syringe to insert it,” PC World reports. “You can get chipped for free at CeBIT if you’ll submit to the procedure on stage.”

    iLoq unveils energy harvesting door lock powered by NFC phones

    March 15th, 2016

    Finnish digital lock mechanism specialist iLoq has unveiled the world’s first electronic door lock powered by a user’s NFC mobile phone, removing the need for the lock to be equipped with a battery or external power source. More

    NEC develops ear shape biometrics

    March 7th, 2016

    NEC has unveiled a biometric technology that uses the resonation of sound determined by the shape of human ear cavities to authenticate the identity of individuals. “The new technology instantaneously measures acoustic characteristics determined by the shape of the ear using an earphone with a built-in microphone to collect earphone-generated sounds as they resonate within ear cavities,” NEC says. The company will commercialise the technology in 2018 in a “wide range of applications”.

    MasterCard to include Daon technology in selfie pay service

    March 4th, 2016

    MasterCard is to make use of mobile biometric technology provider Daon’s IdentityX Platform as one of the authentication technologies for MasterCard Identity Check, the ‘selfie pay’ service it is rolling out to the US, Canada and parts of Europe this year. “The app-based authentication leverages a mobile device to secure online payments and mobile banking applications using fingerprint and facial recognition,” Daon says.

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