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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

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

Merchant360 offers plug-in that lets retailers deliver coupons to any NFC phone

December 4th, 2013

Point of sale and payments specialist Merchant360 has introduced a software plug-in for Ingenico and VeriFone terminals that enables merchants to send marketing messages and coupons to customers via NFC, without the retailer needing to… More

Federal Reserve reports on barriers to NFC adoption in the US

November 27th, 2013

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has published a summary of a June meeting of its Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup (MPIW) that sets out a number of reasons why NFC has not yet taken off in… More

Hong Kong banks agree NFC payment standards

November 26th, 2013

The Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB) has issued Best Practice for NFC Mobile Payment in Hong Kong, a set of common standards and best practices that aims to help establish an interoperable, as well… More

USDOD looks to NFC

November 26th, 2013

The US Department of Defense is considering using NFC for mobile device authentication, reports Federal News Radio. “We’ve worked with Google, Samsung, a number of different folks, and we’re working on an NSA assessment,” the Defense Manpower Data Center’s Michael Butler says. “It’s really pretty simple technically. It’s really making all the standards work and getting all the standards folks to agree with it that’s the hard part.”

NXP adds ESD protection for NFC phone antennas

November 6th, 2013

NXP Semiconductors has announced a new series of diodes designed to protect NFC antennas and controllers in mobile devices against damage from electrostatic discharge (ESD). “The NFC antenna is often integrated into the battery cover… More

Pulse introduces even slimmer ultrathin NFC antenna

October 8th, 2013

Electronic components maker Pulse Electronics has introduced an ultrathin NFC antenna that measures 35mm by 50mm by just 0.133mm, making it 28% slimmer than its previous version. The antenna is made of ferrite sheet material,… More

RugGear to launch military spec rugged NFC phone

September 23rd, 2013

Rugged phone maker RugGear will include NFC in its next handset, a fully waterproof and dustproof 5.3-inch Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean smartphone. The RG970 is IP68 certified, the rating given to products that are totally… More

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