Ford gets patent for smartphone key case

Ford patents a smartphone case that turns your phone into a key fob — Ford Authority — “Ford Motor Company was just this week granted a patent on a new type of smartphone case with all the necessary integrated electronics to allow the phone to function as a vehicle key fob… The device would communicate with the encased smartphone through the Bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication) protocols, the patent says, giving the user access to a virtual keyfob on the smartphone’s screen.”




More than half the Hilton portfolio to be digital key enabled by end of year

More than half the Hilton portfolio to be digital key enabled by end of year — Hilton — “Hilton Honors members have widely adopted the app’s technology features and continue to set new records for usage and engagement, including 30m digital check-ins, three million room key downloads and more than 13.6m doors opened. In the month of July, a door was unlocked with Digital Key every two seconds.”


Tesla Model 3 has no key, so don’t forget your phone

Tesla Model 3 has no key, so don’t forget your phone — Road/Show — “For the Model 3, Tesla engineered the car to accept a digital key transmitted through Bluetooth from an owner’s phone… As a back-up, or for valet access, each Model 3 will come with a couple of NFC cards, which can also unlock and start up the car. The cards will unlock the door with a tap on the B-pillar, and start up the car with another tap between the front seats.”





Nordic banks roll out first mobile payment services with support for Dankort

Dankort

Customers of more than 60 banks belonging to The Bokis Partnership have become the first in Denmark to be offered a mobile payment service for Dankort, the country’s national debit and credit card. The service is available through the mobile apps offered by each of the supporting banks and works on Android handsets through host card emulation (HCE) and on iOS through a Bluetooth acceptance device at the point of sale. More





NXP signs deals to add NFC to cars

PARTNER NEWS: Five “leading car OEMs” are to integrate NFC technology from NXP into cars to enable a variety of secure interactions including vehicle access, Bluetooth and WiFi pairing, personalization and payments, the chip maker has announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona... More









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