A blockchain-based digital identity network that will let Canadians verify their identity to organisations of their choice and access services such as new bank accounts, driving licenses or utilities using a mobile app is now undergoing testing ahead of a planned launch later this year. The service is backed by a group of Canadian banks that includes BMO, CIBC, Desjardins, RBC, Scotiabank and TD. More
PARTNER NEWS: Carta Worldwide is preparing to welcome leaders from across the payments and financial technology industry to the first Mobey Day in North America, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto from 7-8 December... More
The Royal Canadian Mint is piloting its MintChip digital currency in the cafeterias at its Ottawa and Winnipeg facilities — and is using NFC technology to enable employees to make purchases with the Bitcoin alternative... More
Customers of Canadian mobile operators Bell Mobility, Rogers and Telus will be able to use NFC for secure authentication and identification after the EnStream mobile commerce joint venture signed a deal with credential issuer SecureKey... More
New companies joining the NFC standards body include Acer, Bell Mobility, China UnionPay and Lenovo. Qualcomm has upgraded to sponsor level and Kovio to principal level membership. More
Inside Secure‘s Mobile MasterCard PayPass M/Chip 4 payment applet has received MasterCard‘s Cast and Functional certification when credentials are stored on the chip specialist’s SecuRead embedded NFC module or VaultSecure secure element... More
Capacitive sensing provider Cirque has teamed up with authentication specialist SecureKey to build EMV payments security into its GlidePoint NFC-enabled trackpad... More
“With the availability of the VaultSecure IC, smartphone manufacturers, mobile network operators and other trusted third parties can co-own the SE and install, personalize and administer their own open- or closed-loop payment, access control, transit, loyalty or other secure applets,” says Inside’s Pierre Garnier. More
News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Norwegians ready to ditch cash • Airtag raises €4m • Cassis signs TSM deals • Intel invests in NFC firm • NEC introduces NFC POS device • AT&T adds ShopAlerts • Square hits $1m a day More
News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: First Osaifu-Keitai smartphone • Antenna designer broadcasts Samsung success • St Petersburg metro test • NFC is key to BMW’s Connected Drive • NFC Forum’s new member • Gauthier moves to PayPal • Toro and Collis partner up • and more… More
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