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    Visa certifies Worldline for in-house cloud-based payments

    June 16th, 2016

    Payment processor Worldline has received end-to-end Visa certification to run its cloud-based payments solution in-house. “This solution enables issuers to provide their clients with Visa PayWave on their Android mobile NFC phones with embedded host card emulation (HCE) technology,” Worldline says. “These highly secured transactions will be accepted on all Visa enabled contactless terminals around the world.”

    Visa to supply athletes with NFC payment rings at Rio 2016

    June 3rd, 2016

    Athletes at this year’s Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be given an NFC payments ring linked to a Visa account that will let them make purchases by tapping their hand against contactless terminals. More

    Polish bank gets HCE mobile payments through First Data and Bell ID

    May 25th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers of Eurobank Poland can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments as a result of a collaboration between First Data Poland and tokenization and mobile payment specialist Bell ID which offers cloud-based mobile payments… More

    Fitbit buys Coin’s wearable payment assets

    May 19th, 2016

    Fitness wristband maker Fitbit has acquired the wearable payment assets of connected device maker Coin in a move that will enable the company to add NFC payment capability to its future devices. More

    US Smart City Challenge adds NXP’s RFID tagging solutions

    May 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has expanded its Smart City Challenge initiative to include NXP’s RFID tagging solutions and smart card ICs. The addition of NXP RFID tagging will enable automatic vehicle… More

    OT to add biometrics to its Pearl embedded secure element

    May 17th, 2016

    Precise Biometrics has entered into an agreement with Oberthur Technologies (OT) licensing the integration of its Precise BioMatch Embedded fingerprint recognition solution into OT’s Pearl embedded secure element. “The partnership with Precise Biometrics enables OT to offer convenient and secure fingerprint identification for connection, authentication and payments in any type of device,” Precise Biometrics says. “The license agreement will generate royalty revenue based on sales of secure elements from OT that includes Precise BioMatch Embedded in the delivery.”

    NXP and HID Global to enable wearable devices to unlock doors

    April 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has teamed up with HID Global to work on enabling consumers to open electronic locks at commercial buildings, hotels and workplaces with a tap of an NFC wearable device.  More

    Two billion smartphones to come with fingerprint sensors by 2021

    March 23rd, 2016

    The global biometrics market will reach more than US$30bn by 2021, representing a 118% increase from 2015, according to a new forecast from ABI Research. “Consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, continue to boost the biometrics market, with embedded fingerprint sensors anticipated to reach two billion shipments by 2021, at a 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR),” the firm says.

    NXP backs two new IoT development platforms

    February 24th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has put its support behind two new reference platforms that will enable “innovation and rapid development” for smart wearables. The platforms target a range of internet of things (IoT) applications with open-source hardware and software, form-factor flexibility and expandable solutions for designers to adapt to changing market needs. More

    Chase Pay goes to Starbucks mobile app

    February 24th, 2016

    Users of Chase Pay will soon be able to buy food and drinks at more than 7,500 Starbucks cafés in the US through the coffee chain’s own mobile app or with the Chase Pay app. “[The] Chase Pay mobile app will be accepted at 7,500 Starbucks locations by the end of this year,” JPMorgan Chase’s Gordon Smith revealed at the bank’s 2016 Investor Day. The solution will also be “embedded in the Starbucks mobile app”. Chase Pay, unveiled in October 2015, is a closed-loop barcode based mobile payment system available to holders of 94m credit, debit and prepaid card accounts.

    NXP launches improved NFC connected tags and reader chips

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled two new NFC products — an improved “connected tag” range designed to add intelligent tap-and-go connectivity to just about any electronic device and the PN7462 family of single chip NFC… More

    ARM includes AMS NFC payments booster in wearables reference design

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design for wearables from processor designer ARM includes high-performance NFC technology from AMS that enables small-footprint devices with tiny antennas to couple with NFC readers as easily and reliably as… More

    Visa expands Visa Ready Program to wider range of connected devices

    February 22nd, 2016

    Visa is expanding its Visa Ready certification program to include Internet of Things (IoT) companies such as manufacturers of wearables, automobiles, appliances and clothing so that secure payments can be added to a wider range of connected devices, the payment network has announced at Mobile World Congress.  More

    PayPal adds buy buttons

    February 15th, 2016

    PayPal has unveiled a new platform that enables merchants and partners to embed buy buttons in emails, social shares, blogs, articles, ads and apps through a set of APIs. “The PayPal Commerce tools, which are currently in beta, allow merchants to securely sell across contexts — anywhere consumers are online or on their mobile devices,” the company says. The platform is the result of the company’s acquisition of mobile commerce platform Modest in the second half of 2015.

    Musician Beatie Wolfe promotes new single with NFC jacket

    February 3rd, 2016

    British singer songwriter Beatie Wolfe is promoting the release of her new single with an NFC jacket that lets fans listen to the song by tapping their NFC phone onto the fabric. It has been designed in… More

    NXP and Guala add NFC security to wine and spirit bottle caps

    January 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Leading bottle cap supplier Guala Closures Group is working with chip maker NXP to develop NFC-enabled closures for wine and spirit bottles that will allow consumers to check the product’s authenticity and whether or not the beverage has been tampered with. More

    Samsung unveils Smart Swing golf wear with NFC

    January 13th, 2016

    Samsung’s fashion division has developed a t-shirt designed for golfers that comes equipped with an NFC chip in its sleeve. When tapped with an NFC device, the chip launches a mobile app that provides the golfer with information about the course they’re playing on. More

    NXP to showcase NFC and IoT technologies in 86 cities around the world

    January 7th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP is to showcase NFC and the Internet of Things (IoT) in a world tour that includes stops in 86 cities. The Smarter World Tour “is a highly visible, 36 tons, 2 levels, fully mobile semi-truck trailer designed by Luigi Colani which turns into a large and spacious mobile tradeshow,” NXP says. More

    G&D provides NFC chip and operating system for Swatch smartwatch

    November 4th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is providing the embedded smart card chip and operating system used in the NFC contactless payment smartwatch launched by Swatch in China last month. “We are very proud and… More

    MasterCard extends tokenization platform to clothing, accessories and wearable devices

    October 26th, 2015

    MasterCard has extended the capabilities of its tokenization service to enable payments to be made using “virtually any device”, including NFC-enabled clothing, jewellery and vehicle keyfobs. “Products will begin rolling out in 2016 in the US,” the payments network says, “with plans to expand to other markets.” More

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