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    350m NFC SEs shipped in 2014

    May 8th, 2015

    A total of 350m NFC secure elements were shipped in 2014, a 30% increase on the previous year, vendor association Eurosmart has revealed. It has also predicted that shipments will hit 550m this year. “The announcement of Apple Pay boosted the NFC market to an all-time high,” the association says. “We expect the growth in NFC secure elements to continue.”

    ATM operators report on EMV readiness

    February 3rd, 2015

    More than six in ten (61%) US ATM operators expect “the vast majority” of their network will be capable of handling EMV transactions by the end of 2016, the ATM Industry Association has revealed. “As of the end of 2014, 65% of respondents report having at least one ATM capable of handling EMV transactions,” the survey found.

    GSMA introduces code for mobile money providers

    November 10th, 2014

    The GSMA has launched a Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers, laying down eight common business principles designed to ensure the development of safe and responsible digital financial services. “The first mobile network operators to endorse the code are Airtel, Avea, Axiata, Etisalat, Millicom, MTN, Ooredoo, Orange, Telenor, Vodafone and Zain,” the mobile network operator’s association says. “Together, these MNO groups represent 21 mobile money deployments operating in 51 countries.”

    NRF defends retailers’ decision to block NFC payments

    October 28th, 2014

    “Merchants large and small make business decisions every single day based upon what makes the best sense for the business, their associates and most importantly, their customers,” says Mallory Duncan, senior vice president of the… More

    US payments body hits out at Rite Aid and CVS

    October 28th, 2014

    “The decision by CVS and Rite Aid to block mobile payments services like Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Softcard is anti-consumer and anti-competitive,” says US-based trade body the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), following the MCX consortium… More

    Apple joins NFC secure element standards body

    September 18th, 2014

    Apple has joined GlobalPlatform, the organisation responsible for defining standards for the secure elements used to store sensitive data in NFC phones. The move means that, when and if Apple provides developers with access to… More

    Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf form ATM security alliance

    July 9th, 2014

    ATM manufacturers Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf have partnered to found an association aimed at working to improve cash machine security. The ATM Security Association aims to compile information on recognised and potential attack scenarios, and share it with specific industry groups to rapidly deploy and implement counter-measures at a global level. Participation is open to institutional operators, global ATM manufacturers and their suppliers.

    Microsoft joins IoT alliance

    July 7th, 2014

    Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance, an association formed in December 2013 with the aim of creating a set of open standards for the Internet of Things (IoT). The alliance now has 51 members including Haier, LG Electronics, Qualcomm, Panasonic, Sharp, Silicon Image and TP-Link.

    French bank card association backs biometric payments

    June 16th, 2014

    Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB, the French bank card association which pioneered the use of chip cards for payments in the 1980s, expects to enable member banks to issue customers with keyfobs supporting fingerprint payments… More

    SIMalliance issues HCE security warning

    April 29th, 2014

    “Host card emulation is good for the NFC ecosystem as a whole, but remains immature, unstandardised and, relative to secure element based deployments, vulnerable to malicious attack,” says SIM card manufacturer association SIMalliance, which has… More

    SIMalliance reports 159% growth in NFC SIM shipments

    April 24th, 2014

    A total of 4.2bn SIMs were shipped in 2013 by members of the SIMalliance, an organisation that represents suppliers responsible for 86% of the global SIM market, 5% down on 2012. The drop was due… More

    Contactless cards up 41%

    November 19th, 2013

    Some 930m contactless smart cards will be shipped in 2013, an increase of 41% on 2012, Eurosmart has reported at Cartes 2013. The smart security industry trade body expects around 250m NFC secure elements to ship this year.

    Forum and Bluetooth SIG pair up

    November 13th, 2013

    The NFC Forum and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for overseeing the Bluetooth specification and brand, have signed an agreement that will see the two organisations work more closely to enhance interoperability between the two technologies via a formal liaison relationship. The two groups have previously collaborated on a developers’ guide to initiating Bluetooth pairing with NFC.

    NFC Forum appoints Paula Hunter as executive director

    September 18th, 2013

    The NFC Forum has chosen Paula Hunter as its new executive director. “Hunter comes to the NFC Forum with more than 18 years of leadership experience in technology association management, marketing, operations, and business development,”… More

    Hungarian national NFC service enters pilot testing phase

    July 9th, 2013

    The Hungarian Mobile Wallet Association, an alliance between mobile network operators Magyar Telekom, Vodafone and Telenor with MasterCard, OTP Bank and SuperShop, is launching a pilot to test a new NFC mobile payment solution in… More

    Verizon and Discover join the NFC Forum

    June 19th, 2013

    The carrier and financial services provider have signed up to the NFC standards association as principal members, Smartrac has upgraded to principal level and thirteen other organisations have joined for the first time. More

    GSMA calls for feedback on NFC loyalty and coupon proposals

    May 10th, 2013

    The GSMA has published a proposed technical specification for a common standard for managing loyalty cards, coupons and vouchers in a mobile wallet — and is asking for feedback on its proposals from retailers, loyalty… More

    Eurosmart ups NFC SE forecast

    April 29th, 2013

    250m NFC secure elements will be shipped in 2013, Eurosmart forecasts, up some 67% from the 150m units shipped in 2012 and an increase on the smart card trade body’s last estimation in November 2012. Smart secure contactless devices will also see a rise this year, from 660m units in 2012 to 895m in 2013, an increase of 36%.

    GSMA to showcase NFC at Mobile World Congress

    December 5th, 2012

    NFC use cases are to feature heavily at the 2013 Mobile World Congress as well as around the host city, Barcelona, during the February 2013 event. “As part of the NFC Experience, the GSMA will… More

    MasterCard floats forum for US move to EMV

    May 22nd, 2012

    MasterCard has proposed the formation of a cross-industry group designed to foster collaboration and alignment between all stakeholders in the coming move to EMV “chip and pin” technology in the United States. “We recognize that… More

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