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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.

NFC Forum adds healthcare, handover and security standards

July 17th, 2013

The NFC Forum has issued the Personal Health Device Communication (PHDC) Technical Specification and released two candidate specifications, Connection Handover 1.3 and Signature RTD 2.0. PHDC is designed to provide a standard way for devices… More

GSMA calls for feedback on NFC loyalty and coupon proposals

May 10th, 2013

The GSMA has published a proposed technical specification for a common standard for managing loyalty cards, coupons and vouchers in a mobile wallet — and is asking for feedback on its proposals from retailers, loyalty… More

OSPT Alliance releases Cipurse mobile guidelines

May 3rd, 2013

The Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance has released a set of guidelines for transport operators seeking to develop and deploy NFC mobile ticketing applications. The guidelines detail the requirements and use cases for… More

Infineon introduces new embedded secure element

May 2nd, 2013

Chip maker Infineon Technologies has announced a new embedded secure element chip that conforms to the GlobalPlatform 2.2.1 specification, offers a larger memory capacity to support multiple services and supports Mifare Classic applications through emulation. More

Fime adds M-Tip testing

April 10th, 2013

Testing specialist Fime has integrated the MasterCard Terminal Integration Process (M-TIP) questionnaire into its Savvi test tool, enabling it to validate that NFC payment terminals are compliant with MasterCard’s latest PayPass terminal specification. “The latest requirements from MasterCard support advancements in mobile payments, including features such as PIN entry via a mobile device to authorise a transaction,” says Fime.

GlobalPlatform updates NFC messaging specification

February 27th, 2013

GlobalPlatform has updated its System Messaging Specification for Management of Mobile-NFC Services to more specifically address how service providers can connect and communicate with other actors operating within the NFC ecosystem. The specification was introduced in… More

Six and Nexperts to develop NFC loyalty standard

February 27th, 2013

Bank owned transaction processor Six Payment Services, one of Europe’s largest, has partnered with NFC specialist Nexperts to develop a standard approach to handling NFC loyalty applications. “The market for electronic loyalty cards and mobile coupons is… More

Japan, China and Korea to get international NFC roaming

February 25th, 2013

Mobile network operators in the three countries have agreed technical specifications that will enable consumers to make use of NFC payments and other services in both their home country and abroad. More

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