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Mahindra adds NFC, QR and BLE wallet

March 13th, 2014

Mahindra Comviva has introduced Mobiquity Wallet, a digital wallet platform that supports QR codes, Bluetooth LE and NFC. The wallet is designed to deliver “context aware payments” and, says mobile financial solutions head Srinivas Nidugondi, “to support a large and complex ecosystem.”

Thinfilm to offer NFC temperature sensors for product packaging

March 13th, 2014

Printed electronics specialist Thinfilm is to introduce low cost NFC time and temperature sensors that can be incorporated into the packaging of food products and other perishable items, to enable consumers, distributors and merchants to… More

Proxama to offer secure coupons

March 12th, 2014

NFC specialist Proxama is to use HID Global’s Trusted Tag platform to add extra security to mobile coupon and loyalty schemes. The new service will generate a unique code each time an NFC tag is tapped to “avoid a situation where one transaction can lead to rewards being collected multiple times and allow a true customer proof-of-presence,” Proxama says.

Banco Sabadell picks Carta for HCE payments trial

March 4th, 2014

Spain’s Banco Sabadell is using a host card emulation (HCE) solution provided by Carta Worldwide for the NFC payments technology trial it is conducting in partnership with MasterCard. “The most notable feature of this pilot… More

Video shows Bankinter’s HCE payments service in action

February 27th, 2014

The HCE-based NFC payments solution to be deployed by Spain’s Bankinter this year has been demonstrated by the bank’s Alberto Perez Lafuente and technology provider Seglan’s Imanol Garcia in a video interview filmed by Visa… More

Samsung updates NFC controller

February 27th, 2014

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a third generation of its NFC controller offering at Mobile World Congress. The new chip is the first NFC controller to use the company’s 45nm embedded flash technology, designed to enable easy firmware updates and low power consumption. The solution is now being sampled and will enter mass production in the second quarter of 2014.

NXP demos Qi with NFC

February 27th, 2014

NXP is demonstrating two reference designs that combine Qi wireless charging and NFC functionality at MWC 14. “The next generation of Qi wireless charging pads with NFC will enable users to stream music to their Bluetooth speakers and deliver useful content to their mobile devices as they are charging — all the while economizing on overall power consumption,” says NXP’s Rick Dumont.

Carta adds HCE to mobile payments platform

February 26th, 2014

Transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide has added support for host card emulation (HCE) to its mobile payments platform — and is currently “supporting market trials in Europe and North America” that are expected to lead… More

NXP updates NFC controller for HCE

February 26th, 2014

NXP has updated its PN547 NFC controller‘s firmware and middleware to provide enhanced support for host card emulation (HCE) transactions. “NFC to a secure element is ultimately a routing function between the point of sale… More

LitePoint offers NFC testing

February 24th, 2014

US-based wireless test solutions provider LitePoint has introduced a test system designed to measure and verify the physical layer performance of NFC devices in a high-volume manufacturing environment. “The IQnfc provides quantitative NFC physical layer operation data, allowing the manufacturer to measure NFC device performance, ensure unit-to-unit consistency and ultimately deliver a quality user experience,” says LitePoint’s Curt Schmidek.

Visa: HCE will drive innovation in payments

February 24th, 2014

“We’ve seen this as a vehicle for innovation for financial institutions, for merchants, for others who want to enable payment using the mobile device,” Visa‘s Sam Shrauger has explained at MWC 2014, just a few… More

Broadcom introduces low cost, low power NFC chips for smartphones and wearables

February 24th, 2014

Chip maker Broadcom has unveiled a new generation of NFC controllers that reduce power consumption by 60%, lower the total cost for device manufacturers by 35% and cut antenna size by 50% — making them… More

Mahindra opens NFC test lab

February 24th, 2014

An NFC test lab has been opened in Bangalore, India by Tech Mahindra. The lab meets the NFC Forum’s first wave testing requirements and “also has the infrastructure to meet the upcoming wave two test requirements of the Forum.”

NXP offers prizes to NFC devs

February 24th, 2014

NXP has teamed up with Microsoft, Lenovo and Identive to run an NFC Windows Application Contest. Cash prizes totalling US$22,500 are on offer, plus NFC development kits and US$100 Amazon vouchers. The free-to-enter competition is a “unique opportunity to learn about NFC on Windows 8 and 8.1, propose application ideas and receive everything needed to prototype it,” says NXP.

Proxama and Cryptomathic team up for HCE payments

February 20th, 2014

NFC specialist Proxama has partnered with security provider Cryptomathic to launch EMV Tokenised Transaction (EMV-TT), a mobile contactless payments solution that leverages host card emulation (HCE) technology. “With EMV-TT, any card issuer can now launch… More

Fujitsu develops glove with NFC and gesture recognition

February 18th, 2014

A new glove-style wearable device that combines an NFC tag reader, gyro sensor and accelerometer is to be demonstrated by Fujitsu Laboratories at Mobile World Congress 2014. Aimed at maintenance and other on-site operations, it… More

ST offers NFC kit for IoT

February 14th, 2014

STMicroelectronics is introducing a kit for developers interested in using its M24SR dynamic NFC tags for internet of things applications. The M24SR Discovery kit “contains everything engineers need to start adding NFC connectivity to any kind of electrical device, from fitness watches and loudspeakers to washing machines and water meters,” says ST.

Fira de Barcelona to use NFC and QR to speed up food service

February 13th, 2014

Visitors attending events at the Mobile World Congress venue will soon be able to place food orders and make payments using a mobile app, and then check in to restaurants via NFC or QR. They… More

NFC Forum and SDA to promote NFC in memory cards

February 4th, 2014

The SD Association (SDA), the organisation responsible for setting memory card standards, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the NFC Forum “to jointly educate the market and help build the ecosystem for NFC among… More

W3C publishes draft NFC API

January 29th, 2014

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a draft specification for an NFC API that will provide web developers with a standard way to access the NFC functionality on an NFC-enabled device. The Web… More

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