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    Credit union to add Touch ID

    June 11th, 2015

    Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union is working with digital banking provider Digital Insight to add Touch ID to its mobile banking apps. Users will be able to log into their mobile banking, store their fingerprints on their mobile devices and safeguard sensitive financial information using the functionality.

    Google files contact lens authentication patent

    June 8th, 2015

    Google has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office that describes a contact lens which collects reflected light through sensors to assemble an image of the iris that is then matched against a stored image to authenticate the wearer. “In various implementations, the contact lens can be employed in systems and/or methods associated with authentication and identification,” the patent says.

    Brain waves could replace passwords

    June 8th, 2015

    Brain waves could be used to verify a person’s identity in the future, researchers from Binghamton University have demonstrated in a study published in academic journal Neurocomputing. Using a sample of 45 volunteers and a list of 75 acronyms, the ‘Brainprint’ study found that participants’ brains reacted differently to each acronym, enough that a computer system identified each person with 94% accuracy.

    HID Global brings government IDs to mobile

    June 4th, 2015

    ID card provider HID Global will use its Seos technology platform, which supports both NFC and BLE functionality, to let citizens carry government IDs on smartphones and other mobile devices. “The new offering builds on HID Global’s leadership in secure mobile ID provisioning and the management platforms already deployed in other arenas such as education and hospitality,” the company says.

    Tiny NXP diode to protect NFC chips

    June 3rd, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has introduced a component designed to protect NFC chips in mobile devices from voltage spikes. At just 0.6 by 0.3 by 0.3 mm the PESD18VF1BSF is ideal for space constrained applications such as smartphones, says the company. “NFC antennas are integrated into the battery’s cover or the battery itself, and are connected to the IC (integrated circuit) via small contacts on the phone,” explains NXP. “These contacts can act as entry points for ESD (electrostatic discharge) strikes which are potentially hazardous to the NFC controller IC.”

    1bn biometric banking consumers by 2017

    June 2nd, 2015

    More than 1bn consumers globally will be accessing banking services through biometric systems by 2017 and biometrics will become the predominant method of identification for accessing bank services by 2020, Goode Intelligence predicts. “We are forecasting that by 2020, it will contribute US$5.5bn in revenue for companies involved in delivering biometric systems to the banking industry,” the company adds.

    Chinese unveil face recognition ATM

    June 2nd, 2015

    Researchers at China’s Tsinghua University and technology company Tzekwan have unveiled an ATM with inbuilt facial recognition features. “The ATM camera captures facial images and compares them with the ID photos of users for verification,” Xinhua News Agency reports. “The machine will be able to identify the cardholders if their facial features have changed and avoid thieves who attempt to trick the machine.”

    Swatch smartwatch to launch in two countries

    June 1st, 2015

    Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group is to launch its NFC smartwatch in two countries this summer, Switzerland and “one big country”, CEO Nick Hayek revealed during the company’s annual general meeting. “He didn’t elaborate on the big country for the launch, but it is likely to be either the US or China,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

    LG G5 could launch with iris scanner

    June 1st, 2015

    LG’s next flagship smartphone, the LG G5, will reportedly come equipped with an iris scanner and recognition technology developed by Korea-based biometrics provider Irience. “It is expected that the iris scanner will enable LG G5 users to use a wide variety of biometric technologies on the market,” Whowired Korea reports. “In particular, the feature will strengthen the security in the mobile banking transactions.”

    BBVA adds card controls to mobile wallet

    June 1st, 2015

    Spanish bank BBVA has updated its BBVA Wallet app, allowing customers to use their mobile phone to limit plastic cards for ecommerce or ATM withdrawals, as well as turning cards ‘on’ and ‘off’ at any time. “The new version turns our customers’ smartphones into a remote control to do whatever they want with their cards,” says BBVA’s Mehmet Sezgin.

    Samsung files contactless fingerprint patent

    June 1st, 2015

    Samsung has filed a patent in the United States that reveals a touch-free fingerprint recognition system, using a device’s camera and matching the fingerprint to a stored image. “The present invention relates … more particularly to a method of recognising a contactless fingerprint using an electronic device configured to display a guide screen on a display of the electronic device,” the patent explains.

    Stora Enso and NXP to make intelligent packaging with NFC

    May 29th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Renewable packaging solutions provider Stora Enso is to begin integrating RFID technology supplied by NXP Semiconductors into its packaging. The move will allow products to be tracked and traced throughout the entire supply… More

    Marriott Hotels lets users check in with Apple Watch

    May 28th, 2015

    Hotel chain Marriott Hotels has released version 4.6 of its iOS mobile app that introduces support for Apple Watch, enabling users to check in, receive room-ready alerts and check out from their wrist. “Also, view the nearest hotel, your next reservation or your Marriott Rewards account details with a quick glance,” the company explains. Unlike the Starwoods Hotels app, users cannot unlock their hotel room doors using the device at this stage.

    DS Tags launches electronic luggage label with NFC and Bluetooth

    May 28th, 2015

    Netherlands-based DS Tags is at an advanced stage with “several top-tier airlines” in planning the delivery of DS Bagtag, a solution that incorporates an NFC- and Bluetooth-enabled electronic luggage label, a secure cloud-based travel document delivery… More

    AMS chips will allow cars to be unlocked and started with NFC phones

    May 27th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: AMS’ AS3914 NFC reader IC has been selected by automotive equipment supplier Marquardt for its new series of contactless door lock and ignition control modules due, says the chip maker, to the chip’s… More

    India’s ICICI Bank launches voice recognition service

    May 27th, 2015

    India’s largest private sector bank ICICI Bank has become the first in the country to launch a voice recognition-based service, allowing more than 33 million customers to make banking transactions through the bank’s call centre by authenticating themselves using their voice. “Our decision to invest in this new technology was primarily driven by the objective of enhancing the everyday banking experience of our customers,” said CEO Chanda Kochhar.

    Audi Q7 includes NFC tablet

    May 26th, 2015

    German car maker Audi’s new Q7 model features an NFC-enabled tablet, allowing passengers to transmit information and entertainment to and from their smartphones which can then be distributed throughout the vehicle. The Audi tablet uses the Android operating system and connects to the car’s MMI information and entertainment system via Wifi, allowing passengers to send a planned route to the driver’s navigation display, for example, or the driver can start a radio or media programme.

    Danske Bank pilots Zwipe biometric cards

    May 26th, 2015

    Denmark’s Danske Bank has become the latest financial institution to pilot a contactless biometric card developed by Norway-based Zwipe that features an integrated fingerprint sensor and has received the backing of MasterCard. “We’re working on this as one of our pilot projects,” Danske Bank told NFC World. “We are not ready to disclose any further [information] at this time.”

    Webinar on delivering NFC transport ticketing services at scale — See it now on NFC World

    May 22nd, 2015

    NFC World’s ‘Tap to travel: Delivering NFC transport ticketing services at scale’ webinar is now available to view online. Some 359 people signed up to take part in the live event and participants gave the… More

    Android to get fingerprint authentication

    May 22nd, 2015

    Android M, the next edition of Google’s mobile operating system, will include native fingerprint authentication to allow users to log in to their Android devices without entering a password, BuzzFeed reports. The feature is expected to be announced next week at Google I/O.

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