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    NFC Forum issues new technical specifications that widen tag support and enhance interoperability

    October 14th, 2015

    The NFC Forum has published one adopted and three candidate technical specifications, offering new capabilities that support improved RF communication, new and legacy tag support, NFC-V technology and active communication mode, which balances power consumption… More

    Tangerine tests facial recognition

    October 8th, 2015

    Scotiabank-owned direct bank Tangerine is reportedly experimenting with facial recognition technology on mobile devices. “The bank was the first in Canada to allow check deposits by taking photos with mobile phones in 2013 and to use fingerprint scanning and voice-enabled banking,” Bloomberg reports. “Tangerine is now delving deeper into such biometric technology to improve customer experience and security.”

    Microsoft adds Windows Hello to new devices

    October 7th, 2015

    Microsoft has added its Windows Hello biometric authentication solution to its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL devices, launched at a press event in New York this week. “Windows Hello Beta is an incredibly personal and secure way to unlock your Lumia 950/950 XL — simply wake up your device, look directly at the screen and our infrared camera technology automatically authenticates you,” Microsoft says.

    Vein recognition market to grow 27% a year

    October 6th, 2015

    The global vein recognition biometrics market in the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.83% from 2014-2019, research firm Technavio predicts. “Vein recognition biometrics is gaining importance in the BFSI sector for applications such as logical access control, physical access control, mobile banking, branch banking, kiosks, ATM and safe deposit locker,” the company adds.

    Moo launches range of NFC business cards

    October 6th, 2015

    UK-based printer Moo has launched a range of business cards that come equipped with NFC chips and an accompanying online platform, allowing the owner to upload the information of their choice and change or update it as and when they require. More

    Fingerprint sensor shipments to reach 1bn units by 2020

    October 5th, 2015

    Shipments of fingerprint sensors for smartphones are expected to reach 1bn units by 2020, representing a 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to ABI Research. “Other biometric modalities like face, voice and eye-based recognition are currently moving out of the fledgling phase and are to be integrated as highly-secure — albeit more expensive — biometric capabilities in smartphone devices with a five-year CAGR revenue growth of 144%,” the company says.

    Second generation NFC Ring seeks funding

    October 2nd, 2015

    The UK start-up that developed the NFC Ring in 2013 has begun raising funds on Kickstarter for its second generation device. “The 2016 NFC Ring boasts significant improvements,” the company says. “Most notable among these are improved operating range, improved storage size and a more refined user experience.” It is also in “active discussions” to add payment functionality.

    Worldpay tests facial recognition for payments in stores

    October 1st, 2015

    UK-based payment processor Worldpay is conducting trials of a facial biometric verification system for payments in stores, using a prototype device that includes an upward-facing camera embedded into a POS terminal. The PED Cam (PIN… More

    iPhone 6s includes NXP’s 66V10 NFC controller

    September 29th, 2015

    A teardown conducted by iFixit shows that Apple has included NXP’s 66V10 controller in the new iPhone 6s models — a different chip to the 65V10 module included in the iPhone 6. NXP declined to comment on the differences between the two parts when asked by NFC World.

    China’s FiiSmart to develop smartwatch that supports Alipay

    September 28th, 2015

    Shenzhen-based wearable device maker FiiSmart has launched a campaign on ecommerce giant Alibaba’s Taobao Crowdfunding website for a smartwatch that will support Ant Financial’s mobile payment platform Alipay and allow its wearers to make payments… More

    uBirds seeks funding for strap that brings NFC to any watch

    September 25th, 2015

    Warsaw-based start-up uBirds has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a leather strap that can be fitted onto any standard watch to add a range of smartwatch-like capabilities. The Unique strap includes a programmable… More

    CTIA visitors get NFC badges

    September 23rd, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Visitors at CTIA Super Mobility Week 2015 in Las Vegas and IBC 2015 in Amsterdam were able to capture and exchange business cards with other attendees using NFC badges powered by NXP’s Mifare DESFire EV1 chips. NFC event solutions provider ITN International’s BCard Reader and Interact mobile apps let visitors use their NFC mobile devices to read other attendee’s badges, add notes and save contacts.

    Pizza Hut installs Bluetooth beacons at 1,471 locations in China

    September 22nd, 2015

    Some 1,471 Pizza Hut restaurants in mainland China have installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons from Sensoro to send out coupons, WeChat movie ticket prizes, special offers and discounts directly to customers’ smartphones. “Customers in… More

    Tascent raises $18.5m for mobile iris ID

    September 21st, 2015

    Biometric identity solutions provider Tascent has announced a US$18.5m Series A funding round to build out its biometric technology platform. “The Series A round enables Tascent to develop new high-throughput iris recognition and mobile biometric identity solutions, enhancing its product lineup and further expanding its presence in government, enterprise and other market sectors,” the company says.

    iPad Mini 4 includes NXP NFC chip

    September 18th, 2015

    A teardown conducted by iFixit shows that Apple has included an NXP 65V10 NFC controller chip in its new iPad Mini 4 tablet. The same chip was included in the iPad Mini 3 and the iPad Air 2 as well as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    Pittsburgh Penguins fans get BLE offers

    September 17th, 2015

    Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey team will receive exclusive content on their mobile device when attending games at the Consol Energy Center throughout the 2015-2016 season via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. “Beacon-triggered content will include greeting fans as they enter the arena with special content, an interactive experience at the Mario Lemieux statue and concession offers and discounts,” platform provider Rover says.

    Absa Bank to pilot new Visa biometric chip card spec

    September 16th, 2015

    South Africa’s Absa Bank is to be the first to develop a proof of concept trial of a new Visa specification that will enable the use of biometrics to verify EMV chip card transactions. The… More

    Estimote uses BLE stickers for indoor location

    September 14th, 2015

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) specialist Estimote has released an indoor location solution incorporating Estimote Stickers, Estimote Cloud and a mobile app to enable a user to search for objects tagged with stickers in specific locations. “Simply enter the name of a nearable and you’ll know exactly where it’s located,” the company says. “It’ll be highlighted on a map of the relevant location.”

    HID Global white paper provides a guide to NFC use cases that go beyond payments

    September 10th, 2015

    A 12-page white paper that provides an introduction to NFC technology, its three modes of operation, NFC tags and a variety of use cases beyond the mobile payments arena is now available to download from… More

    Office 365 users get NFC access

    September 10th, 2015

    ID card provider HID Global has integrated its ActivID Tap Authentication solution with Microsoft’s Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) to allow users of Microsoft Office 365 to access corporate cloud applications, data and services by tapping a smartcard against an NFC device. “It supports Microsoft Windows laptops and desktops, Android-based tablets and other mobile devices via NFC,” HID Global says.

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