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Iowa to launch mobile driving license

December 17th, 2014

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in the US is developing a smartphone-based driver’s license using an app that would co-exist with traditional plastic cards, WSJ reports. How the service will work and when it will be launched remain unclear however, due to concerns surrounding privacy and security. Iowa DOT is now focusing on working out how police and transportation officers will be able to interact with the mobile licenses and on ways to prevent fakes.

Bluetooth 4.2 to increase speed and security of Smart devices

December 8th, 2014

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has adopted version 4.2 of the Bluetooth core specification, introducing security improvements that mean Bluetooth beacons are now unable to engage with smartphones without permission from the user and making it harder for eavesdroppers to track a device via its Bluetooth connection. More

Payments security survey finds NFC and HCE are now top priorities

December 4th, 2014

Seven in ten (71%) US IT operations, security, and electronic deployment professionals consider NFC to be essential or very important to their organization’s security, a survey by Ponemon Institute for HP Atalla has found, with… More

America First Credit Union adds Apple Pay

November 25th, 2014

America First Credit Union has become the latest card issuer to roll out support for Apple Pay to its members. “Security and privacy is our upmost priority when it comes to offering our members the latest in technology and mobile advancements,” the credit union’s Rich Syme says. “Apple Pay will bring a new level of efficiency for members, allowing them to pay with their mobile devices in a fast, easy and secure way.”

Judge rules on fingerprint-locked smartphones

November 4th, 2014

A Virginia Circuit Court judge has ruled that police officers cannot force criminal suspects to divulge mobile phone passwords but they can force them to unlock their phone with a fingerprint scanner, WSJ reports. “The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution gives people the right to avoid self-incrimination. That involves divulging secret passwords,” the article says. “But, providing fingerprints and other biometric information is considered outside the protection of the Fifth Amendment.”

60% of consumers will share data with stores

October 31st, 2014

A majority of Americans (60%) would be comfortable divulging information about themselves anonymously to their favourite stores, a new survey from Wearables.com and The Center for Generational Kinetics reveals. A further 56% would be happy to divulge information to a product brand and 46% would be happy to share their information with an app. 18% of respondents would also provide information to receive notifications of the real-time location of their friends.

A million consumers sign up for Apple Pay in first 72 hours

October 28th, 2014

Apple Pay saw more than one million card activations within 72 hours of launch and is already the leading NFC payments player in the US, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during the Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive event. Cook also outlined future growth plans for the service, including a potential partnership with Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba. More

Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP Eddy Cue introduce Apple Pay mobile payments and NFC

September 9th, 2014

“It’s all about the wallet,” Apple CEO Tim Cook explained during the unveiling of Apple Pay mobile payments and the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch with NFC on 9 September. “Our vision… More

NXP publishes guide to NFC and the Internet of Things

September 9th, 2014

Chip maker NXP has published a 20-page guide to NFC and the Internet of Things (IoT) that is available for readers to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. “NFC for Embedded Applications: Your Critical… More

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

True Mileage uses NFC to cut the cost of usage-based vehicle insurance

June 12th, 2014

Insurance technology startup True Mileage is to begin pilot testing an NFC-enabled vehicle tracking device that “can save providers up to 50% over the cost of other usage-based devices in the industry”. Drivers install the… More

CaixaBank integrates bank accounts with Facebook

May 7th, 2014

Spain’s CaixaBank has become the first bank in Europe to launch a Facebook application that allows users to view their bank accounts and perform transactions via the social network. The bank will start by supporting… More

Inside updates VaultIC tag

November 15th, 2013

Inside Secure has redesigned its dual-interface VaultIC 150/150D security module to include a new privacy mode which requires strong authentication to access its contents, complying with the ‘silent by design’ philosophy of the Internet of Things community. The chip, which comes in formats that include NFC tags, can be used to guard against counterfeiting and cloning and, with its field-detect capability and the 150D’s dual interfaces, can act as “a low-cost secure bridge for medical and communications equipment.”

Disney MyMagic+ sets a new bar for mobile wallet design

March 12th, 2013

A new report from the NFC World team has found that Disney’s new MagicBand bracelet system provides unmissable lessons for anyone planning, implementing or supplying mobile wallet solutions. More

UK media agencies: NFC, HTML5 and mobile privacy are key challenges

February 5th, 2013

NFC is one of three emerging technologies that most excite Britain’s media agencies, along with augmented reality and 4G, a new IAB UK Agency Snap Shot study has found. The study also found, however, that NFC… More

Atos adds portable POS

November 12th, 2012

Atos Worldline has launched Yoximo, a portable POS terminal with a contactless reader integrated into its colour screen. The terminal complies with the PCI 3 and SRED standards, and features a revolving PIN privacy shield.

CIBC and Rogers to bring NFC payments to Canada

May 16th, 2012

The bank and telecoms operator are to introduce a joint NFC service that will let CIBC credit cardholders make mobile payments with a Rogers NFC phone from “later this year”. More

Canadian banks issue landmark NFC payments guidelines that focus on open mobile wallets and consumer data protection

May 14th, 2012

The Canadian banking and credit union industry’s Mobile Payments Reference Model provides a detailed blueprint for how NFC mobile payments can be offered in Canada, how open mobile wallets will be and how consumer privacy will be assured. More

EC consults on IoT

April 20th, 2012

The European Commission (EC) has started a public consultation to find out what framework is needed to unleash the potential benefits of the coming ‘internet of things’. “An internet of things with intelligence embedded into everyday objects is the next big thing,” says Neelie Kroes, the EC’s vice president for the digital agenda. “I want to promote an internet of things that serves our economic and societal goals, whilst preserving security, privacy and the respect of ethical values.”

California retailers test NFC digital receipts

February 7th, 2012

Twelve merchants in the Bay Area are taking part in a pilot trial of an NFC digital receipt system that works with a US$50 device and has no transaction charges. More

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