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    White paper explores how dedicated Android NFC devices can be used to improve the delivery of financial services in emerging markets

    March 23rd, 2017

    Secure, affordable and dedicated Android NFC devices issued to local agents, farmers and financial institutions in emerging markets are improving the delivery of a wide range of services including branchless banking, know your customer procedures and food aid distribution, according to a 19-page white paper that is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Westpac launches payments keyboard for chat apps

    March 22nd, 2017

    Customers of Australian bank Westpac will soon be able to use an innovative replacement for the default keyboard found in social messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to make P2P money transfers to friends, family and businesses as well as send cardless cash codes to recipients for ATM withdrawals. More

    Wells Fargo moves forward with ATM mobile withdrawal plans

    March 22nd, 2017

    US bank Wells Fargo will become the first in the country to upgrade its entire network of ATMs with mobile withdrawal functionality next week, as the bank prepares to roll out the service to 13,000 machines. “Customers would get unique eight-digit codes from their Wells Fargo smartphone app and enter the code into the ATM along with their PIN number,” CBS San Francisco reports. The bank will also upgrade its ATMs with NFC technology “later this year,” the publication adds.

    Samsung Pay goes live across India with support for Paytm and UPI money transfers

    March 22nd, 2017

    Samsung Pay has launched in India with support from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards and Standard Chartered Bank, with Citibank India support expected “shortly”. The service has also integrated India’s leading mobile wallet Paytm and comes with support for peer-to-peer money transfers through the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface platform. More

    ABN Amro shares lessons learned deploying a mobile wallet service

    March 20th, 2017

    Convenience, speed, reliability and security are the four most important pillars to building and delivering a successful mobile payment service, says Dutch bank ABN Amro’s senior product manager for mobile payments. Seven key lessons learned along the way are also shared in an in-depth paper which is now available in the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Rambus predicts how we will pay in 2020

    March 17th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: An eight-page guide exploring how key developments in mobile payments will shape the industry in the next three years is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. ‘How will we pay in 2020’ has been produced and sponsored by Rambus, and provides an insight into host card emulation, NFC, invisible in-store payments, tokenization, biometric authentication and wearables.

    PrivatBank adds Mastercard to HCE payments

    March 16th, 2017

    Ukraine’s PrivatBank has now made host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments available for its Mastercard cardholders, using the Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES). The bank’s Visa cardholders started making HCE mobile payments based on the Visa Token Service (VTS) platform in December 2016. Ukraine’s KredoBank unveiled its own mobile payments service for Mastercard customers earlier this week.

    Australian banks brand non-NFC alternatives to Apple Pay ‘unrealistic’

    March 15th, 2017

    Relying on Android or alternatives to NFC for successful mobile payment services in a country with one of the world’s largest iPhone market shares and high contactless card use is “unrealistic”, the group of Australian… More

    Car makers back NFC and Bluetooth for digital keys

    March 15th, 2017

    The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has outlined how technologies such as NFC and Bluetooth can be used for digital car keys in a white paper discussing its Digital Key project — a standardisation effort for digital key adoption. “The guiding principle for using smart devices as car keys is the convenience and ease of use for the consumer,” says the CCC, whose members include General Motors, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Toyota and Honda.

    Vodafone Wallet adds PayPal in the Netherlands

    March 14th, 2017

    Vodafone has added PayPal as a payment option to its NFC-based Vodafone Wallet mobile payment service in the Netherlands. “Vodafone Wallet is the first mobile wallet in the Netherlands which supports PayPal payments,” the carrier says. The roll-out forms part of a European collaboration between Vodafone and PayPal unveiled in February 2016. Vodafone Wallet is also live with PayPal in Spain, Italy and the UK, and launched in Germany last week.

    Industry bodies to standardise management of NFC services

    March 14th, 2017

    Industry bodies ETSI, GlobalPlatform and the NFC Forum are working together to standardise the implementation and management of NFC services “across all technologies and platforms”. The aim is for such services to “successfully coexist within a device and operate as intended”, the organisations say. “For consumers, this clarity brings guarantees that services will work as advertised, regardless of the hosting contactless environment.”

    Tag Heuer unveils connected watch range with Android Pay

    March 14th, 2017

    Luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer has unveiled the second generation of its connected watch range, powered by Google’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system and offering host card emulation (HCE) payments through Android Pay. The Connected Modular… More

    Boston Fed calls for more education to boost mobile payments

    March 14th, 2017

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston says awareness of mobile payments “continues to grow” but “more education for consumers and employees” is needed to achieve mass adoption of mobile and digital wallets. The bank’s call comes after it completed a research project, which saw members of its payment strategies group testing a range of services on iPhones and Android devices for in-store and remote purchases.

    ST discovery kit speeds time to market for contactless applications

    March 13th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: STMicroelectronics has combined its ST25R3911B NFC reader IC and its STM32L476RE microcontroller into a discovery kit designed to accelerate time to market for a wide range of contactless applications, including ticketing, asset tracking, device authentication, sensor data collection and access control. The ST25R3911B-DISCO discovery kit delivers “superior communication range, speed and energy efficiency with simplified design and reduced bill of materials”, ST says.

    Nintendo Switch includes STMicroelectronics NFC technology

    March 13th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: Nintendo has integrated a range of advanced semiconductor solutions from STMicroelectronics into the main console and controllers of its latest Nintendo Switch gaming device. The solutions include motion sensors, STM32 microcontrollers, a touch-screen… More

    Hasbro to create new beat with NFC music mixing game

    March 13th, 2017

    A music mixing game that lets players create and share new tunes by mixing elements of their favourite songs contained on NFC-enabled cards is to be released globally by toy and board game provider Hasbro… More

    MSC Cruises passengers to get onboard mobile payments and tailored holidays with NFC, beacons and biometrics

    March 13th, 2017

    Holidaymakers aboard ships belonging to MSC Cruises will soon be able to make onboard payments, tailor their individual holiday preferences and access features such as a digital personal advisor through facial recognition technology, NFC and… More

    Watchmaker Movado adds Android Pay to new smartwatches

    March 9th, 2017

    A smartwatch collection from watchmaker Movado, powered by Google’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system, is to launch later this year, adding Android Pay capability to five new watches. “Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, two brands in the Movado Group portfolio, are also partnering with Google,” Movado says. “Collections will launch fall of 2017.” Google unveiled Android Wear 2.0 with support for Android Pay last month.

    Vodafone Germany offers mobile wallet support for PayPal and Visa

    March 8th, 2017

    Vodafone Germany customers can now make NFC mobile payments using PayPal or a Visa credit card installed in the mobile network operator’s Vodafone Wallet. The service went live in Germany in 2014 and customers began testing NFC mobile payments using their Girocard — Germany’s most common debit card — in December. Vodafone Wallet can also be used by Mercedes-Benz E-Class drivers to lock and unlock their car doors.

    South Korea to test NFC credit card authentication for online shopping

    March 8th, 2017

    The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) is to run a pilot allowing consumers to authenticate themselves when making online purchases by tapping their credit card against an NFC smartphone, The Korea Herald reports. “The smartphones can read the personal information,” KCC says. “Credit card firms and credit appraisal firms share the information to prove whether the information is genuine.”

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