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    AMS sells NFC and RFID reader business to STMicroelectronics

    July 29th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS has sold its NFC and RFID reader product lines to STMicroelectronics. AMS will continue to retain ownership of its NFC/RFID tag business, including the AS3955 NFC interface chip (NFiC) which AMS unveiled in May 2015. More

    EMVCo and the Fido Alliance to review authentication standards

    July 12th, 2016

    EMVCo and the Fido Alliance have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to review how Fido authentication standards can support EMV payment use cases. “A key aim of the initiative is to investigate providing simpler and stronger authentication for cardholders making mobile payments using on-device authenticators such as biometrics,” EMVCo says. “Initial activities will explore how Fido’s authentication protocol can be used to support EMVCo’s cardholder verification technology.”

    Walmart sues Visa over chip card payments

    May 11th, 2016

    US supermarket giant Walmart has filed a lawsuit against Visa for “allegedly forcing the retailer to let customers use signatures when paying with their chip-based debit cards,” according to CNBC. “The retail giant filed a lawsuit in New York court, saying that Visa wouldn’t allow Walmart to just use the chip & PIN protocol and that it was required to allow customers to sign when using a chip debit card,” the CNBC website reports. The EMV liability shift took place across the US in October 2015.

    APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia

    February 5th, 2016

    Members of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) are currently exploring the possibility of implementing a voluntary code of practice to regulate digital wallets in the country. The association’s 100 members were due to respond… More

    GlobalPlatform discovery specification eases NFC roaming

    August 3rd, 2015

    Standards body GlobalPlatform has published a new specification that enables an NFC system to discover the application protocols that are supported by a second NFC system. System Protocol Discovery Mechanism (SPDM) use cases include making… More

    Google introduces Eddystone, a new open format for BLE beacons

    July 15th, 2015

    Google has introduced an open format for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that is designed to address the shortcomings of existing beacon services and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. More

    MasterCard and Visa to create new security standard to replace passwords for online payments

    November 13th, 2014

    MasterCard is working with Visa to create a new authentication standard for online payments that will gradually replace the 3D Secure protocol with “invisible authentication”, far fewer prompts for passwords and support for a range… More

    Bill Gates talks Apple Pay, NFC, Bitcoin and mobile money

    October 7th, 2014

    “Apple Pay is a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates… More

    JCB to launch NFC payments in 2015

    July 1st, 2014

    Japan-based payments network JCB is to begin testing a contactless payments service in Tokyo this month, ahead of a commercial rollout in 2015. “In addition to plastic cards, J/Speedy can be issued for a wide… More

    NFC Forum updates specs with support for pairing at a distance

    April 16th, 2014

    New versions of nine NFC Forum specifications have been published today, including version 1.3 of the NFC Connection Handover Technical Specification which now provides a way to use an intermediary NFC device to set up… More

    Google gets around the carriers with Host Card Emulation for NFC payments

    October 31st, 2013

    Google has introduced support for Host Card Emulation in Android 4.4 KitKat, enabling any Android NFC device to be used for mobile payments and other secure applications — without needing access to a secure element…. More

    Google and NXP join Fido Alliance to develop secure authentication standards

    May 2nd, 2013

    Momentum is building for Fido, an open security authentication concept that aims to allow users to replace passwords with a range of authentication methods, including NFC and biometrics. Both Google and NXP have now signed up to the project, alongside founder members that include PayPal and Lenovo. More

    Rohde adds NFC measurements

    September 21st, 2012

    Rohde & Schwartz has released a software package that allows its range of oscilloscopes and spectrum analysers to be used to measure and analyse NFC radio signals. The company’s R&S FS-K112PC software tool measures and displays detailed information about NFC signals from polling and listening devices and works with NFC-A, NFC-B and NFC-C (Felica) protocols.

    EMVCo and NFC Forum to simplify NFC device testing

    September 5th, 2012

    Chip and pin standards body EMVCo and the NFC Forum have agreed to work together to optimise the development and testing process for NFC devices. “The goal of the collaboration is to establish a framework to synchronise… More

    Identive shows open NFC access control with Plaid

    April 4th, 2012

    Identive unveiled an open standards based NFC physical access control solution at last week’s ISC West tradeshow in Las Vegas. The system uses NFC phones and the Protocol for Lightweight Authentication of Identity (Plaid), a… More

    ZTE debuts Touch and Share technology

    March 13th, 2012

    The Chinese handset maker, which has a growing range of NFC phones, has introduced its own solution for automating Bluetooth and WiFi network set-up via NFC. More

    OSPT Alliance publishes open standard for contactless transit payments

    September 9th, 2011

    The organisation, which aims to establish an open standard for transport ticketing to rival Mifare, has made available the first version of its Cipurse specification. More