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.”
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
January 15th, 2014
Printed electronics specialist Thinfilm has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire Kovio’s printed NFC tag technology. Kovio’s NFC Barcodes use silicon ink and thin film technology and hold the promise of ultra low cost tags that can be directly printed onto product labels, coupons and packaging.
December 13th, 2013
Customers of Commonwealth Bank of Australia with a Samsung Galaxy S4 can make payments using a secure element embedded in their mobile phone today, and banks in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine are due to begin offering the solution in the first quarter of 2014.
December 11th, 2013
Qualcomm has introduced a 4G LTE chipset that is designed to be used in smartphones costing under US$150 and includes support for NFC. The new Snapdragon 410 chipsets are manufactured using 28nm process technology and…
December 10th, 2013
November 26th, 2013
Danish jewellery designer Shamballa Jewels is to add an NFC and QR-based anti-counterfeiting solution to all its products from next year. Product Alive was developed by NFC Danmark and enables consumers and businesses to check the authenticity of a product, as well as when and where it was bought, by scanning or tapping a tag attached to the item. “Between five and ten brands will adopt Product Alive by the end of this year,” says the company’s Søren Kragh.
November 19th, 2013
UL is now able to test NFC functionality for mobile network operators and handset manufacturers in accordance with the GSMA’s newly developed GSMA Handset Test Book (PDF). The test book allows companies to “know what the core operator requirements are, how to test them, and where to test them,” says the GSMA’s Pierre Combelles.
September 26th, 2013
“NFiC: A new, economical way to make a device NFC-compliant” has been produced by analog chip specialists AMS and is designed to help device makers understand the full range of options now available for adding NFC functionality to electronic products of all types.
September 9th, 2013
A newly published patent application shows that Apple has been working on ways to combine the fingerprint verification technology it acquired in July 2012 with NFC — and may also be eyeing a variation of…
June 12th, 2013
The SD Association has introduced a standard for MicroSD cards containing NFC secure elements. Smart microSD cards will make use of the Single Wire Protocol (SWP), originally introduced as a way to connect SIM cards…
June 5th, 2013
The new service enables keys, certificates and NFC credentials to be stored securely in a remote location, rather than in the mobile device, is fully compatible with standard EMV contactless payments terminals and enables card issuers to deploy NFC solutions without the need to partner with mobile network operators or other third parties.
May 15th, 2013
Chip maker AMS has announced full availability of a new NFC chip which is designed to be integrated into a wide range of electronic devices to enable them to interact with NFC phones. The AS3953,…
March 7th, 2013
“Active Boost technology from AMS changes the game because it enables NFC to become a ‘plug and play’ function for any device with a microSD, SD or SIM card slot,” says AMS’ Mark Dickson.