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RBC adds HCE to mobile payments app

December 19th, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has added support for host card emulation (HCE) to its RBC mobile app, “allowing Canadians to pay with most Android mobile phones without worrying about being on the right mobile… More

SIMalliance updates OMAPI

December 10th, 2014

SIMalliance has published version 3.0 of its Open Mobile API Specification, bringing with it support for “every type of smartphone OS globally”. The specification sets out a standard way for mobile applications to access different secure elements — including SIM-based and embedded SEs —  within a mobile device and is currently implemented in more than 150 models of Android NFC smartphone.

Dongle-free mPOS on its way

November 18th, 2014

Oberthur Technologies (OT) has teamed up with NFC mPOS services provider Mobeewave for Flying mPOS, a solution that will enable NFC devices equipped with Oberthur’s Pearl embedded secure element to be used as a mobile POS terminal — without the need for a separate dongle or other add-on. “The commercial product will receive all Visa and MasterCard approval,” Mobeewave’s Vincent Alimi has told NFC World+.

NFC technology report available for free download

September 30th, 2014

NFC Technologies and Systems, a 98-page report that explains in detail the technology behind NFC tag reading and writing, the role and functionality of trusted service managers (TSMs), how secure elements work and how they… More

No support for carriers’ NFC SIMs in Apple devices?

September 10th, 2014

Softcard, the US carrier-backed NFC venture formerly known as Isis, won’t have access to the NFC support in the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch until 2015, a blog post by CEO… More

Amazon Fire phone packs NXP chip

July 28th, 2014

The NFC chip in Amazon’s new Fire phone is NXP’s 47803, an NFC controller and embedded secure element package based on the chipmaker’s PN547 controller, a teardown by iFixit of the online retail giant’s first smartphone has revealed.

Russian Standard Bank adds embedded NFC payments

June 30th, 2014

Russian Standard Bank has partnered with Samsung and MasterCard to offer NFC payments to consumers with a Galaxy S4 or Note 3 mobile phone. The service is the second embedded NFC payments service to be… More

China Telecom picks Gemalto NFC SIMs

June 10th, 2014

Gemalto is among the suppliers selected by China Telecom to supply SIMs to support the rollout of NFC services to its 183 million subscribers. The carrier will be using Gemalto’s UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIMs which come with embedded LTE management software, “enabling China Telecom subscribers to enjoy NFC services with the convenience and speed of mobile broadband”.

NFC detects fake wine

May 28th, 2014

An NFC-based solution to the growing threat of counterfeit wine sold worldwide has been launched by embedded mobile security firm Inside Secure and object identification specialist Selinko. The CapSeal system, using an embedded NFC tag and mobile app platform, allows consumers and traders to see whether a bottle has already been opened. Analysts say some 20% of wine sold worldwide is counterfeit, and up to 50% in some Asian countries, especially for high-end French wines.

Morgan Stanley predicts Apple will include NFC in iPhone 6 — and NXP will supply the controller chips

May 21st, 2014

“We see growing evidence Apple will adopt NFC as a core part of its mobile payments strategy,” a new report from investment firm Morgan Stanley says — and evidence suggests that NXP has already won… More

Sberbank to launch HCE payments in Russia

May 20th, 2014

Russia’s Sberbank, Europe’s third largest bank with more than 100million customers, has begun piloting NFC payments in Moscow using embedded secure elements. It will follow the trial with a service using host card emulation (HCE) later this… More

Ingenic unveils developer board for wearable devices with NFC

April 10th, 2014

Chinese embedded CPU provider Ingenic Semiconductor has unveiled a MIPS-based developer board that can be used to create wearable, healthcare and industrial devices that include a wide range of environmental sensors and wireless communications interfaces. More

Westpac to launch embedded NFC payments on Samsung devices

April 8th, 2014

Australia’s Westpac bank is to launch its NFC mobile payments service on Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 devices “over the next few weeks” with the functionality being “rolled out progressively” from this month. By 2015, the bank predicts, three million Australians will be using NFC to make payments. More

Famoco’s NFC tablet finds a home on buses

April 1st, 2014

Lisbon-based contactless ticketing provider Card4B is to offer Famoco’s FX 100 Android NFC tablet to public transportation operators for ticket validation applications on board buses and other services and, later, for topping up travel passes in retail outlets. More

Westpac readies embedded NFC

March 31st, 2014

Australia’s Westpac bank is to launch its NFC mobile payments service next month, with credentials stored in the embedded secure elements offered by some Android phones. “We are in the final stages of testing the embedded mobile payments functionality on the Android with a view to release this to customers by the end of April,” James Kirby, head of payments strategy at Westpac, has told NFC World.

Iberia to offer NFC boarding cards

March 4th, 2014

Spanish airline Iberia has partnered with Samsung to enable travellers to store their boarding passes on their NFC phones. The new service can also be used to speed up luggage check-in and download information in… More

Westpac to launch embedded NFC payments in New Year

December 13th, 2013

Australia’s Westpac bank is to introduce NFC payments from the beginning of 2014, using the secure elements embedded in some Android mobile phones. The bank is working with Visa on the project and says customers… More

MasterCard and Samsung introduce embedded NFC payments

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. More

AmEx certifies Pearl SE

December 10th, 2013

Oberthur Technologies’ Pearl embedded secure element has received certification from American Express. Pearl is also approved by MasterCard and Google and can be found in devices including the Xiaomi Mi3 and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

ST updates NFC SE

November 18th, 2013

STMicroelectronics has introduced the ST33G1M2, a secure microcontroller that can be used as an NFC secure element, either embedded into a mobile device or integrated into a SIM. “With its unique combination of support for NFC UICC and eSE applications and the entire Mifare portfolio, plus enhanced connectivity and large on-chip flash memory, this device dramatically extends opportunities for issuers to manage secure access to multiple services using the same card,” says ST’s Laurent Degauque.

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