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    Join NFC World for a free webinar on NFC and the internet of things

    January 21st, 2016

    NFC World will host a free webinar on Wednesday 2 March that will explore how NFC is bringing plug-and-play simplicity to smart homes and the internet of things (IoT) and how the technology can be… More

    NXP and Guala add NFC security to wine and spirit bottle caps

    January 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Leading bottle cap supplier Guala Closures Group is working with chip maker NXP to develop NFC-enabled closures for wine and spirit bottles that will allow consumers to check the product’s authenticity and whether or not the beverage has been tampered with. More

    Estimote raises US$10.7m

    January 18th, 2016

    Beacon manufacturer Estimote has raised US$10.7m in a Series A investment round led by Javelin Venture Partners. “The investment will help us to accelerate innovation and expand our operations in New York, in our European office in Krakow and expand our San Francisco office,” the company says.

    UK consumers warm to biometric identification

    January 13th, 2016

    More than half of UK consumers (54%) are willing to authorise payments using biometric technology, research from Experian shows. Accessing online accounts (64%) topped the list of services people are most willing to use biometric… More

    Samsung unveils Smart Swing golf wear with NFC

    January 13th, 2016

    Samsung’s fashion division has developed a t-shirt designed for golfers that comes equipped with an NFC chip in its sleeve. When tapped with an NFC device, the chip launches a mobile app that provides the golfer with information about the course they’re playing on. More

    Mercedes shows NFC keys in Detroit

    January 12th, 2016

    Mercedes is showing its new E-Class cars with NFC entry for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show this week. “The drive authorisation system uses NFC and allows the driver’s smartphone to be used as a vehicle key,” the luxury car maker says. The E-Class also allows a phone to be paired with the car’s entertainment system via NFC by placing it on a Qi wireless charging pad built into the centre console. The new E-Class is expected to be available from the second quarter of 2016.

    CES hosts BLE scavenger hunt

    January 11th, 2016

    Attendees at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas had the chance to participate in a scavenger hunt that used Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons provided by Radius Networks. The devices alerted participants on their smartphones whenever they were near a hunt location and could earn scavenger hunt badges. Beacon solution provider Kontakt.io hosted a US$1m beacon hunt at the event last year.

    Facebook bots to enable Messenger commerce

    January 6th, 2016

    Facebook has given some developers access to an as yet unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and “bots” in Messenger for shopping, booking travel and more, according to TechCrunch. “The Chat SDK allows developers to create bots that users can send text messages to directly and that automatically respond with information, images, location services, product prices, buy buttons and more,” the publication reports. “The Chat SDK can also tap into Messenger’s built-in payments system to let users make purchases via bots.”

    Broadcom NFC controller offers faster HCE transactions

    January 6th, 2016

    Broadcom has unveiled an NFC controller with a new capability called Virtual Execution Environment (VEE) that “reduces HCE transactions to half their time, improves security without the need for a secure element and can perform transactions with the host off so users can still make a transaction when their device is powered off.” The new BCM20797 controller also features a smaller footprint, making it suitable for both mobile devices and wearables, Broadcom says.

    NXP unveils NFC frontend for contactless payment readers

    January 4th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has launched a new NFC frontend for contactless payment readers that simplifies the work needed to gain certification and delivers four times more output power than its previous model. The PN5180 supports… More

    NFC packaging to safeguard medicines

    December 23rd, 2015

    Patients will soon be able to identify whether pharmaceutical products are in a factory sealed or opened state and access contextual content with the tap of an NFC phone using a solution developed by Thinfilm and Jones Packaging. The technology will also enable pharmaceutical companies to authenticate products and track individual items. More

    Santa’s little helpers adopt NFC technology

    December 16th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Children visiting Santa’s Grotto in Blarney Woollen Mills, Ireland, are being given NFC wristbands that are pre-encoded with information provided by their parents. As the child approaches the grotto, the wristband gets scanned by an elf and Santa’s “naughty or nice” book is automatically updated with the information so that he can talk to the children on a personal level. More

    Gemalto brings PKI-based authentication to mobile devices over BLE

    December 11th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a solution which can bring public key infrastructure-based authentication and security to any device through a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. “SafeNet MobilePKI uses Bluetooth Smart technology… More

    London station offers audio navigation using BLE

    December 9th, 2015

    Blind and partially sighted people are being guided around London’s Euston station via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and Wayfindr, a venture between UK charity the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) and digital studio ustwo. “The Wayfindr standard will launch in early 2016, setting the first guidelines for audio navigation for vision impaired people,” the company says. It was recently awarded a US$1m grant from the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities programme.

    US startup raises funds for NFC necklace

    December 8th, 2015

    A US startup is raising funds on Kickstarter for its first production run of Lockett, a customisable necklace that can be tapped with an NFC phone to retrieve personal photos, videos and messages. “The limited early bird rewards begin at US$65 for a single sterling silver NFC necklace and $750 for 10 sterling silver necklaces customised with a logo,” says the company, which hopes to debut the product in Austin, Texas.

    Developers unveil electronic tattoos for payments and healthcare

    December 1st, 2015

    Creative studio Chaotic Moon has demonstrated a concept it calls Tech Tats, tattoo-like formations of components and conductive paint that create an electronic circuit which adheres to the wearer’s skin. The temporary tattoos include a microprocessor and the company envisages them performing tasks such as health monitoring or making payments. More

    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

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