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    iLoq unveils energy harvesting door lock powered by NFC phones

    March 15th, 2016

    Finnish digital lock mechanism specialist iLoq has unveiled the world’s first electronic door lock powered by a user’s NFC mobile phone, removing the need for the lock to be equipped with a battery or external power source. More

    Apple demonstrates smartwatch keys and payments

    March 9th, 2015

    How Apple Watch owners will be able to use their device to make payments, unlock hotel rooms and the garage doors at their home has been demonstrated by Kevin Lynch, Apple’s VP of Technology, at… More

    Apple Watch to replace car keys

    March 2nd, 2015

    Apple is planning to supplant car keys with Apple Watch functionality, CEO Tim Cook has revealed in an interview with the The Telegraph. “The watch is designed to be able to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used by many vehicles,” reports the UK newspaper.

    Broadcom unveils NFC chip for cars

    January 6th, 2015

    Broadcom has introduced an automotive-grade NFC controller designed to be built into vehicles to simplify set-up for mobile device connectivity and enable solutions such as keyless entry. The BCM89095 meets the special requirements of the automotive industry, which include extreme temperature tolerance and multiple sets of international manufacturing guidelines. The low-power chip supports reader/writer, P2P and card emulation modes.

    Yale introduces residential deadbolt with NFC unlocking

    January 6th, 2015

    Lock maker Yale has introduced an NFC-based door lock for homes which can be operated with a tap of a smartphone and allows homeowners to send keys to others, control when others have access, get… More

    Starwood’s mobile keys go live

    November 11th, 2014

    The Bluetooth-based mobile keyless entry solution unveiled by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide earlier this month is now live in 10 hotels in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and Doha and will be rolling out to Aloft, Element and W Hotels across the globe. Starwood plans to rollout the SPG Keyless service to 30,000 doors in 150 hotels by early 2015.

    Starwood Hotels picks Bluetooth for mobile room keys that work on smartphones and Apple Watch

    November 3rd, 2014

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has unveiled a mobile keyless entry system that will allow guests to use smartphones to unlock rooms using Bluetooth at 150 hotels around the globe by early 2015. The service will also be available via an Apple Watch app when the new wearable device ships next year, the hotel chain has told NFC World+. More

    Hilton to let guests unlock their doors with smartphones

    July 31st, 2014

    Hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has announced a plan to enable guests to use their smartphones as keys at the majority of its properties around the world. “We are developing proprietary technology that is safe and… More

    HotelTonight to offer NFC keys

    June 27th, 2014

    HotelTonight is to upgrade its Android app to enable customers to unlock their rooms via NFC, where a hotel supports the technology. The on-demand mobile booking service is using Brivo Labs’ Sam API to provide the service.

    HID adds BLE to digital keys platform

    June 24th, 2014

    ID card provider HID Global has begun beta testing a new version of its Seos mobile keys platform that adds Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support to its existing NFC functionality. The addition means that users… More

    Join NFC World for a free webinar on NFC and access control

    January 24th, 2014

    The next event in NFC World’s free educational webinar series, to be held from 16:00 to 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 19 February, will focus on using NFC for physical access control. More

    Bloc hotel to get NFC keys

    December 4th, 2013

    A new hotel at London’s Gatwick airport is to allow visitors to use their NFC phones for room entry. Guests staying at the Bloc Gatwick hotel will also be able to use a mobile app to control room lighting, air conditioning and blinds.

    Bluenio proposes connected card

    November 19th, 2013

    Startup Bluenio is raising funds on Kickstarter for a connected NFC card that links with the owner’s smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 to enable a wide range of functions including two factor authentication, mobile keys and fitness tracking. The nio Card will come with 2GB of on-board storage, a USB rechargeable battery and a variety of sensors and will sound an alarm if the owner’s phone and card are separated.

    Ingersoll Rand launches secure P2P platform for NFC keys

    October 2nd, 2013

    Secure P2P offers a number of advantages over card emulation mode, the access control specialist’s Raj Venkat has told NFC World — there is no no need to wait for carriers to deploy TSM platforms, no middlemen have to be involved and the technology works on both locked and unlocked NFC phones. More

    NFC Ring smashes crowdfunding goal with 2,100 backers in just four days

    July 24th, 2013

    A UK-based startup raising funds on Kickstarter for a finger ring that lets users unlock NFC-enabled doors and devices and share information via NFC has amassed pledges totalling almost double its £30,000 (US$46,000) target in… More

    Oberthur adds HID NFC keys

    June 12th, 2013

    Oberthur Technologies has partnered with HID Global to enable the access control specialist’s Seos digital keys to be stored on Oberthur’s DragonFly NFC SIMs. “The Seos applet is part of an ecosystem of interoperable products and services for issuing, delivering and revoking digital keys on NFC-enabled mobile devices that can be used to open doors to homes, hotels, offices, hospitals, universities and commercial buildings,” Oberthur explains.

    EmoPulse seeks funding for NFC smartphone watch

    June 12th, 2013

    A US startup with ambitious plans to build “the world’s first smartphone you can wear like a bracelet” is seeking investment on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. EmoPulse’s Smile smartphone watch prototype includes support for NFC payments,… More

    Continental tests NFC car keys

    April 10th, 2013

    Drivers can use the new digital key platform to unlock and start electric rental cars, find and book vehicles and access charging stations.  More

    AptiQ gets developer network

    April 10th, 2013

    Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has started a developer network for its AptiQmobile NFC access control platform, which was piloted at the University of San Francisco in 2012. Membership of the AptiQ Developer Network offers “access to Ingersoll Rand resources that will work closely with the developer to help them write the appropriate interface between their software and Ingersoll Rand’s cloud-based AptiQmobile service,” the company says.

    Fraunhofer offers secure NFC keys that can be shared via QR codes

    March 20th, 2013

    Key2Share allows virtual keys stored on NFC phones to be shared securely using QR codes that can be sent by email or MMS message — or even in the mail. More

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