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    LitePoint white paper sets out the need for NFC device performance testing

    November 9th, 2015

    A white paper that explains the benefits of NFC device performance testing, explores the limitations of common production test methods and outlines best practices for ensuring the accuracy and effectiveness of devices under test is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Lisnr raises US$10m for sound-based proximity communication technology

    November 6th, 2015

    US startup Lisnr has secured US$10m in Series B funding for a technology that uses inaudible sound waves called SmartTones to connect devices. “It works like existing technology protocol Bluetooth, except Lisnr uses sound waves and does not require hardware or maintenance,” the company says. It is also working on making Lisnr the “go-to” technology for powering contactless payments, CEO Rodney Williams told TechCrunch.

    Mumbai airport launches augmented reality and BLE beacon app

    November 6th, 2015

    Passengers at Mumbai’s GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) can now navigate through Terminal 2 using a mobile app and interactive maps based on augmented reality and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. “The app works on an innovative platform developed on the combination of Indoor Atlas and iBeacon technologies that creates magnetically modelled maps and provides location-based information,” CSIA says.

    RapidNFC reports rise in demand for NFC within care sector

    November 5th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Bespoke NFC tag supplier and manufacturer RapidNFC has reported a substantial rise in the use of NFC within the care sector. “From April 2015 to September 2015, we have seen an incredible 164% rise in sales from the prior six months to both care providers and companies who provide tags and software solutions to care providers,” the company writes in a blog post.

    MIT technology identifies humans through walls

    November 5th, 2015

    Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have presented a new technology called RF Capture that uses wireless reflections to identify silhouettes through walls. “The device works by transmitting wireless signals that traverse the wall and reflect off a person’s body back to the device,” the researchers say. “The device captures these reflections and analyzes them in order to see the person’s silhouette.”

    Ypsomed to offer NFC autoinjectors that let patients track medications with their mobile phone

    November 4th, 2015

    NFC technology is to be included in a new range of autoinjectors for patients with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis who need to self-administer their medication via regular injections, enabling them to use their mobile phone to keep track of the medications they have taken, receive alerts when their next injection is due and access usage guidelines and refill instructions. More

    NFC gnomes store messages for lovers

    October 22nd, 2015

    Startup Gnoments has developed gnome soft toys that come equipped with NFC chips to allow consumers to add links to sound recordings, videos and photos that can be accessed with a tap of a loved… More

    Hublot lets customers check watch authenticity with NFC

    October 20th, 2015

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot is letting customers check the authenticity of their timepieces, download manuals and register for the brand’s Hublotista Club by tapping a contactless card against their phone. The service is being offered with all Hublot watches as the official method of certifying authenticity. More

    NXP backs NFC hackathon

    October 16th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP is sponsoring a series of hackathons centred on NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy and RFID technologies. The first TrackHack event takes place from November 20-22 in London. “We want to see how people work with NFC, what the main issues are, how easy they find NFC designs, what other tools they may need and, of course, which simple applications they can create in only a few hours,” NXP told NFC World.

    Carta launches turnkey tokenization platform for cloud-based payments

    October 15th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Transaction technology provider Carta Worldwide has introduced an appliance-based turnkey solution that aims to dramatically reduce the time it takes for large banks, processors and domestic networks to bring tokenized HCE mobile payment… More

    Zwipe raises $5m for fingerprint cards

    October 14th, 2015

    Zwipe, maker of a contactless payment card that includes an integrated fingerprint sensor, has raised US$5m in funding from Photon Future. “The Series B investment enables Zwipe to accelerate the commercialisation of its biometric authentication technology to finance further research and development activities,” the company says. The investment brings the total amount raised by Zwipe to $11m.

    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.

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