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EMVCo publishes guide to EMV chip technology

November 25th, 2014

EMVCo has published A Guide to EMV Chip Technology, a report that provides an introduction to the EMV specifications and processes as well as the role of the technology within the wider payments industry. “Of particular interest to parties migrating to EMV Chip, it summarises implementation considerations for issuers, acquirers and merchants, as well as the responsibilities of EMVCo and its ongoing activity to advance the technology,” the standards body explains.

Canada plans new mobile payment regs

November 12th, 2014

The Canadian government is preparing to give merchants the ability to refuse to accept a particular NFC payment service if it attracts higher than usual fees — should that situation ever arise in the future, a document obtained by the WSJ reveals. “Should fees set by the payment card networks in respect of contactless payments made from a mobile device increase relative to card-based contactless payments, payment card networks will develop the technical specifications to ensure that merchant acceptance of contactless payments made from a mobile device can be cancelled at the point-of-sale without disabling other forms of contactless payments acceptance,” the document states.

Federal Reserve gives cautious backing to tokenization

September 24th, 2014

The US Federal Reserve’s Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup (MPIW) has given cautious backing to the potential of tokenization in mobile payments and formed a subgroup dedicated to exploring the impact of the technology in more… More

SD Association adds support for TransferJet communications

September 23rd, 2014

Memory card standards group the SD Association has expanded its iSDIO specification to include support for TransferJet, a short range contactless communications technology that enables data to be transferred between devices at high speed. “TransferJet technology… More

NFC Forum expands certification program

September 23rd, 2014

The NFC Forum has added analog testing to its certification program, enabling device manufacturers to prove that their products are compliant with international radio frequency (RF) performance specifications for the first time. Certification testing for… More

Apple joins NFC secure element standards body

September 18th, 2014

Apple has joined GlobalPlatform, the organisation responsible for defining standards for the secure elements used to store sensitive data in NFC phones. The move means that, when and if Apple provides developers with access to… More

BBVA launches NFC payments based on Visa HCE specifications

June 30th, 2014

BBVA has become the first bank to launch a commercial NFC payments service that makes use of Visa’s cloud-based payments specifications. Customers in Spain with an Android NFC handset can use host card emulation (HCE)… More

Introducing NFC World+, the new way to keep up to date with the mobile transaction revolution

May 7th, 2014

Starting today, NFC World has a new name and a new mission — to report on the full array of emerging technologies that are transforming how consumers choose what to buy, who to buy from,… 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

NFC Forum issues statement on host card emulation

March 20th, 2014

The NFC Forum has issued a statement outlining its position on host card emulation (HCE). The industry body confirms that the use of HCE does not conflict with its own standards but cautions that “service… More

EMVCo publishes tokenization framework specification

March 11th, 2014

The first version of the EMV Payment Tokenization Specification has now been published and is available to download. The document sets the scene for the arrival of MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, JCB and UnionPay… More

New EMV framework to support NFC, QR, Bluetooth LE and more

March 6th, 2014

A new tokenization framework being developed by EMVCo for the world’s major payments networks will enable EMV transactions to be made on a mobile phone using the widest possible range of “last inch” technologies— and… More

KDDI, SK Planet, Chunghwa Telecom and HKT form Asia NFC Alliance

February 25th, 2014

Japanese carrier KDDI, Korea’s SK Planet, Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom and Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) are to work together to spread adoption of NFC services in Asia, using a shared NFC tag specification, brand mark and… More

Broadcom introduces low cost, low power NFC chips for smartphones and wearables

February 24th, 2014

Chip maker Broadcom has unveiled a new generation of NFC controllers that reduce power consumption by 60%, lower the total cost for device manufacturers by 35% and cut antenna size by 50% — making them… More

MasterCard backs host card emulation for NFC payments

February 19th, 2014

MasterCard is to publish a new specification during the first half of 2014 that uses host card emulation (HCE) for NFC mobile payments — avoiding the need to have access to a secure element on… More

GSMA updates NFC Handset Test Book

February 10th, 2014

The GSMA has published version 2.0 of its NFC Handset Test Book (PDF), a collection of test cases to be used for checking the NFC functionality in mobile devices. The Test Book provides test case… More

W3C publishes draft NFC API

January 29th, 2014

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a draft specification for an NFC API that will provide web developers with a standard way to access the NFC functionality on an NFC-enabled device. The Web… More

GlobalPlatform grows NFC specs

January 15th, 2014

Secure element standards organisation GlobalPlatform has published a new framework for secure NFC service deployment, designed to reduce both time to market and overall deployment costs. End-to-End Simplified Service Management Framework v1.0 specifies “the workflows… More

Marvell announces wireless combo chip with NFC

January 8th, 2014

Chip maker Marvell has introduced a new quad-radio wireless combo chip for mobile devices that includes support for NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, 1×1 802.11ac WiFi and FM radio. The Avastar 88W8887 is designed to provide “a… More

Micropross test tool is approved

August 2nd, 2013

The NFC Forum has approved NFC and RFID test equipment supplier Micropross’ NFC Forum digital test tool. The tool will be deployed in certification and testing centres, says MicroPross, allowing NFC device and chip manufacturers to ensure their products meet NFC Forum specifications.

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