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SIMalliance publishes NFC paper

August 6th, 2014

The SIMalliance has set out its recommendations for UICC configuration and feature requirements for NFC payments in a new paper called UICC Configuration for Mobile NFC Payments v1.0. “One of SIMalliance’s greatest priorities is to continue to drive UICC interoperability,” says the association’s Frederic Vasnier. “Our sight remains firmly fixed on helping MNOs ease third-party access to their subscribers via NFC-enabled SIMs.”

US merchant groups call for creation of open tokenization standards

August 1st, 2014

Leading merchant groups in the US have come together to call for the creation of an alternative set of open standards for tokenized payments that would be managed by an independent body such as ISO or ANSI — rather than by the payments industry. More

Visa to launch new payments service in September, Apple could be the first customer

July 24th, 2014

Visa has unveiled a suite of services designed to “facilitate secure payments across a broad range of internet-connected devices and wearables”. The announcement of the new Visa Digital Solutions service comes amid reports that Apple… More

Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone

July 22nd, 2014

UK payments technology specialist Consult Hyperion has unveiled a proof-of-concept solution that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and host card emulation (HCE) to enable both iPhone and Android NFC phone owners to make MasterCard, Visa… 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

OSPT updates Cipurse

June 10th, 2014

Version 2, revision 2 of the Cipurse open ticketing standard has been published by the OSPT Alliance. The update “will enable an application based on a Cipurse standard – such as transit, ticketing or access control – to be recognized more quickly by the reader in the terminal,” the alliance says.

SIMalliance issues HCE security warning

April 29th, 2014

“Host card emulation is good for the NFC ecosystem as a whole, but remains immature, unstandardised and, relative to secure element based deployments, vulnerable to malicious attack,” says SIM card manufacturer association SIMalliance, which has… 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

EnStream picks Bell ID TSM for NFC in Canada

April 10th, 2014

Canadian carrier-owned TSM provider EnStream is to use Bell ID’s Trusted Service Manager platform to provision and manage secure applications on consumers’ NFC devices. The joint venture between Bell Mobility, Telus and Rogers Communications operates a… More

Payments NZ issues NFC standards

March 25th, 2014

Payments NZ, the organization responsible for overseeing New Zealand’s payments infrastructure, has published a set of rules and standards for mobile devices ahead of the planned rollout of NFC payments in the country later this year. 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

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

Visa unveils host card emulation specification for NFC payments

February 19th, 2014

Visa has introduced a new standard that uses host card emulation (HCE) to enable financial institutions to securely host Visa accounts in the cloud. The standard is available now and will include support for QR… More

Bankinter to launch HCE-based NFC payments

February 17th, 2014

Spain’s Bankinter is to commercially launch an NFC mobile payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) during the second or third quarter of 2014. The launch follows the announcement last year of… More

2014 “will be the year of NFC” says new AFSCM president

February 13th, 2014

Three French banks will launch national NFC services in partnership with carriers this year, the new president of the association responsible for bringing NFC to market in France has told NFC World — but transforming consumers into active and frequent users will be critical to success. 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

NFC Forum and SDA to promote NFC in memory cards

February 4th, 2014

The SD Association (SDA), the organisation responsible for setting memory card standards, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the NFC Forum “to jointly educate the market and help build the ecosystem for NFC among… More

Schiphol Airport installs NFC boarding gate

January 31st, 2014

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed an NFC boarding gate, supplied by air transport IT specialist Sita, allowing passengers to validate their boarding pass with a touch of their NFC smartphone. The installation is the first… 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

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