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    Meet NFC World’s partners at Mobile World Congress

    February 23rd, 2017

    NFC World partners Rambus, Mahindra Comviva, STMicroelectronics, Dejamobile, NXP, Gemalto and Antelop will be attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March. Here’s what you can expect to see and where… More

    Mahindra Comviva launches biometric payments solution for rural Indian merchants

    February 22nd, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva has launched PayPlus Aadhaar Pay, a merchant payment acceptance solution designed for rural India that will enable merchants to accept in-store payments through Aadhaar numbers and biometric-based… More

    Europe to relax requirements on strong customer authentication for online and unattended payments

    February 22nd, 2017

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) is to modify its proposed plan for “strong customer authentication” on all remote payments over €10 (US$10.50), which would have required customers to present additional authentication at checkout such as… More

    Finnish distiller adds NFC tags to gin bottles

    February 14th, 2017

    Finnish distiller Northern Lights Spirits (NLS) is to include NFC tags on premium Kalevala Gin bottles, allowing it to “instantly deliver authentication messages, brand stories, promotional offers, product news and other relevant content” to customers. The tags will “contribute significantly to consumer loyalty and the overall popularity of Kalevala Gin”, Moritz Wüstenberg, managing director at NLS, says.

    PCI offers guidance for multi-factor authentication

    February 13th, 2017

    The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI) has issued guidance on the “proper use” of multi-factor authentication (MFA) for preventing unauthorised access to computers and systems that process payment transactions. The Multi-Factor Authentication Information Supplement will “help organisations using, evaluating or upgrading an MFA solution understand how to implement it properly and securely,” says PCI’s Troy Leach.

    Indian banks sign up for Aadhaar Pay

    January 31st, 2017

    More than 14 banks have signed up to support Aadhaar Pay, a service set to be unveiled by the Government of India that will enable consumers to receive and make payments using biometrics. “They can visit any merchant, share their Aadhaar number and verify themselves using biometrics to pay and receive money,” law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference reported by Live Mint. Aadhaar Pay will be available through the BHIM mobile payment service launched in India by president Narendra Modi earlier this year.

    NXP predicts ePassports will become virtual mobile identities

    January 27th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: The electronic passport could soon become a “virtual mobile identity” that will allow owners to interact with and authenticate applications, as well as send credentials to other electronic devices using NFC smartphones and wearables, according to NXP. “The ePassport is evolving from just being a travel document to being a government-issued root credential for other applications, including a virtual mobile identity,” the company says. NXP has identified virtual mobile identity as one of three “distinct” global trends for electronic passports, along with increasing functionality and stronger security.

    Galaxy S8 to get iris scanner for payments authentication?

    January 27th, 2017

    Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone will come with an iris scanner to allow owners to unlock their devices and authenticate purchases with their eyes, according to The Guardian. The technology was first made available on the company’s Galaxy Note 7 device unveiled in August 2016. “The Galaxy S8 will also come with an artificial intelligence assistant, which can perform tasks such as object recognition,” the publication reports.

    Facebook strengthens security with Fido-compliant authentication

    January 27th, 2017

    Social media giant Facebook has added the Fido Alliance’s Universal Second Factor (U2F) specification to its platform to strengthen its range of two-factor authentication methods which have previously been offered through an SMS service or… More

    Samsung Pass roll out takes biometrics to the web

    January 25th, 2017

    Consumers with Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices can now log into select websites and mobile apps using their fingerprint and Samsung Pass, the biometric authentication service unveiled by Samsung in August 2016. The feature is being added through support for Android 7.0 Nougat, which is currently being rolled out by Samsung, and “will soon be expanded to support mobile banking app integration,” according to the company. The platform also supports iris recognition for authenticating payments through Samsung Pay, but the feature has not been activated yet.

    Japanese bank plans new biometrics firm

    January 17th, 2017

    Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is planning to establish a company that provides biometric authentication services together with a “major Japanese IT company and an Irish company as early as this spring”, The Japan News reports. “The new company aims to expand its target to include all internet services, and make them available for finance, mail order and other areas,” the publication adds.

    Palm vein authentication system launched for mobile devices

    January 13th, 2017

    A palm vein authentication system compact enough to be used in tablets and other mobile devices as “dependable as current optical units” has been unveiled by Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu. The company says it expects… More

    Secure element security added to web applications

    January 12th, 2017

    GlobalPlatform has released Web API for Accessing Secure Elements v1.0, a standardised communications interface between web applications and secure elements (SEs) that will enable sensitive data from online applications to be stored and processed in… More

    Biometric payments pilot to test palm vein replacement for cards

    January 10th, 2017

    South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) is planning to launch a pilot in the first half of 2017 that will allow consumers to make payments at the point of sale using palm vein authentication technology,… More

    Dejamobile joins the NFC World partner program

    January 9th, 2017

    NFC World today welcomes mobile payments solution provider Dejamobile as a member of our partner program. Founded in 2012 by technical experts who pioneered NFC payments at Orange Labs, Dejamobile specialises in the provision of… More

    Biometric rear-view mirror offers in-car authentication and payments

    January 5th, 2017

    An in-car biometric rear-view mirror that authenticates the driver using iris recognition technology has been unveiled by automotive electronics firm Gentex at CES 2017. The system, delivered in partnership with biometrics firm Delta ID, would identify the driver and, if authorised, start the car, automatically adjust mirrors, steering wheel and seat, and offer music favourites. Gentex adds it could also authorise and allocate payments “including incidentals like tolls and parking and eventually even gas and fast food”.

    ‘Multi-factor fusion engine’ offers biometric authentication choice

    January 5th, 2017

    A new biometric authentication solution that offers smartphone, tablet and PC owners a choice of fingerprint or facial recognition has been unveiled. The “multi-factor biometric fusion engine” from US firm Synaptics allows users to choose how to authenticate based on personal preference or what is most convenient, such as choosing facial recognition when they are wearing gloves but fingerprint recognition at other times.

    New guidelines to ‘simplify’ Mobile Connect service

    December 13th, 2016

    Trade association SIMalliance has published a set of guidelines allowing mobile network operators and service and solution providers to more easily deploy Mobile Connect, which aims to provide a universal phone-based identity and authentication service to consumers worldwide. Mobile Connect SIM Applet Interoperability Stepping Stones aims to “simplify the interactions” of the SIM, authentication application, over-the-air (OTA) platform and the mobile signature service provider (MSSP) platform.

    Japanese financial service providers begin facial recognition payment trials

    December 13th, 2016

    Employees of Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Card have begun a facial recognition service trial to authenticate purchases, with payments being deducted from their wage at… More

    Citi app adds range of biometric authentication options

    December 12th, 2016

    An update to US bank Citi’s mobile banking app allows customers to log in using a range of biometric authentication methods, including fingerprint, voice and facial recognition. “Citigold and Citi Priority clients may choose among five modes of authentication,” Citi says, including traditional PIN and password options.

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