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    250 products are now Fido certified

    September 22nd, 2016

    Some 250 products from global technology leaders are now Fido certified, the Fido Alliance has revealed. “This is growth of over 200% since this time last year,” the organisation says. Fido was launched in 2013 as an open security authentication concept to replace passwords with a range of methods such as biometrics. Support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and NFC was added in July 2015.

    Valeo and Gemalto launch mobile car keys for Bluetooth access

    September 22nd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Drivers will soon be able to use their smartphone or connected watch to lock or unlock their car, start it, control applications and remotely access useful vehicle information using Bluetooth technology and automotive… More

    Japanese firms team with NTT and Daon for biometric venture

    September 19th, 2016

    Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have signed an agreement with NTT Data and biometrics provider Daon for the commercialisation of services that will offer individual identification platforms utilizing several… More

    Japanese bank to roll out palm vein ID

    September 15th, 2016

    Customers of Japan’s Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank will soon be able to access services by using their palms for authentication. “The bank plans to install its palm scanning equipment at the counters of all its approximately 160 branches from next spring,” The Asahi Shimbun reports. “The expansion will cover almost all over-the-counter services, including purchases and cancellation of investment trust funds.” The bank developed the palm vein biometric identification system in 2012, but it has so far been limited to select ATMs.

    Ant Financial acquires EyeVerify

    September 14th, 2016

    Alipay parent company Ant Financial has acquired biometric provider EyeVerify. “Earlier this year, Ant Financial and EyeVerify entered into a licensing agreement in which Eyeprint ID was integrated into Ant Financial’s payment authentication platform,” Ant Financial says. The acquisition will allow the company’s Eyeprint ID technology to be integrated into more Ant Financial products and “secure hundreds of millions of consumers’ online data and transactions”. Eyeprint ID works by capturing an image of an eye and matching the unique vein pattern to verify identity. The acquisition cost $100m, Fortune reports.

    Plastic £5 notes enter circulation in the UK

    September 13th, 2016

    The Bank of England has begun rolling out plastic £5 (US$6.59) notes across the UK. The new fiver is made from polymer, a flexible plastic material, and features Sir Winston Churchill. “The new fiver is the first of the Bank of England’s new series of polymer notes, with the £10 (US$13.17) and £20 (US$26.34) notes to be replaced with polymer designs over the coming years,” the BofE says. Paper £5 notes will cease to be legal tender in May 2017.

    Cardiff Blues fans get BLE beacon messages

    September 9th, 2016

    Fans of Welsh rugby union club Cardiff Blues can now receive personalized messages and coupons on their mobile phone through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed at the team’s stadium. The beacons will initially be used to deliver welcome messages, discount coupons and reminders to vote for the fans’ man of the match. GCell provided the devices which work in conjunction with the Cardiff Blues mobile app.

    Apple Watch 2 features relocated NFC chip

    September 7th, 2016

    UK repair shop Byte has conducted a teardown of the Apple Watch 2 device, revealing an NFC chip incorporated in its display. “What appears to be the touchscreen controllers are sandwiched between the NFC chip on one side and capacitors on the other, a build that differs from the first generation devices,” MacRumors reports. “It’s not clear why NFC has been relocated to the display assembly, but it may save some internal space.” More details may be unveiled at Apple’s annual iPhone event at 5pm GMT on 7 September.

    HSBC offers selfie security checks

    September 6th, 2016

    Customers of UK bank HSBC can now complete ID security checks by scanning their face using a mobile phone. “The mobile application works through utilizing facial tracking technology to capture an initial headshot or selfie of a customer,” HSBC says. “The headshot is then assessed against an ID document uploaded by the customer, such as a driver’s licence or passport.”

    Proxama gains certification to use Google’s Eddystone beacons

    September 2nd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital payment solutions provider Proxama has gained certification from Google to deliver a range of consumer experiences that utilise the Eddystone open beacon format, after passing the technical requirements to demonstrate full stack integration…. More

    Transport for NSW seeks bright ideas

    August 23rd, 2016

    Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has launched the Future Transport Beacon Innovation Challenge, asking for ideas from “tech savvy visionaries” to enable new use cases for a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons at Chatswood Station. “The best submissions will earn access to the trial beacon network from 10 October to 13 November,” Transport for NSW says. “If their concept is successful in trial, they will be invited to a live demo day to showcase their concepts to a panel of Transport for NSW leaders.”

    Researchers develop NFC on-skin electronics

    August 16th, 2016

    A group of students from MIT Media Lab have teamed up with Microsoft Research to develop interactive and customizable on-skin electronics equipped with an NFC chip for transferring information to a mobile device. As well… More

    Mastercard sees US EMV growth

    August 10th, 2016

    Eight out of ten Mastercard US consumer credit cards now include chips, representing an 88% increase in EMV adoption since the October 2015 liability shift. “The company also sees 1.7m chip-active merchant locations on its network, representing nearly 30% of the US merchant population and a 374% increase in chip terminal adoption since 1 October 2015,” Mastercard says.

    Qatari bank to launch biometric ATMs

    August 9th, 2016

    Customers of the Commercial Bank of Qatar will soon have the chance to withdraw cash from ATMs via biometric scanning. “Implementation of this technology means customers will be able to access their account at Commercial Bank ATMs where finger vein scanners are installed,” the bank says. The technology will also be extended to allow corporate and VIP customers access to their internet banking accounts.

    Biometric banking to top $4bn by 2021

    July 29th, 2016

    Global revenues for biometric banking technologies are expected to top US$4bn by 2021, ABI Research has revealed. “Biometric market hype is shifting away from consumer electronics and toward biometric banking technologies that appeal to millennials,” the firm says. “Ease of transaction, increased security and greater user experience are the top tier features that attract customers to biometric banking.”

    AMS sells NFC and RFID reader business to STMicroelectronics

    July 29th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS has sold its NFC and RFID reader product lines to STMicroelectronics. AMS will continue to retain ownership of its NFC/RFID tag business, including the AS3955 NFC interface chip (NFiC) which AMS unveiled in May 2015. More

    Windows Hello heads to apps and websites

    July 28th, 2016

    Microsoft is to extend its Windows Hello biometric authentication solution into apps and websites via the Microsoft Edge browser. “Beyond the hardware, Windows Hello will also give you instant access to paired apps and protected websites on Microsoft Edge — all while maintaining enterprise-level security,” Microsoft says. The update forms part of the company’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

    Pokemon Go to add NFC for trading

    July 18th, 2016

    Players of augmented reality mobile app Pokemon Go will soon be able to trade the Pokemon they catch with other players through NFC, according to PokeGoFans. “Pokemon trading is one of the features that will be added to the game in upcoming updates,” the publication says. “Pokemon Go trading will be done using NFC — that is, sharing Pokemons without any cable by touching two phones together. There will be other trading options also available.”

    Gemalto unveils three tips for successful NFC deployment

    July 12th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has published a blog post that lays out three key tips for mobile NFC success. “If NFC solution providers continue to prioritize positive user experiences and customer journeys, while informing people about the benefits of the technology, then we can see a very promising future ahead for service usage and deployment,” the company’s Rémi de Fouchier says. Case studies of Gemalto’s NFC deployments can be found here.

    NEC employees trial facial recognition for payments

    July 12th, 2016

    Employees at NEC Corporation’s head office in Tokyo are trialling the use of facial recognition to authenticate purchases made in small shops inside the building. The trial began in June 2016 and will run until August as part of NEC’s efforts to “apply its biometrics authentication technologies to a range of services including cashless payment”. More

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