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    Singapore commuters to get NFC-enabled transport payment wearables

    January 19th, 2017

    Commuters in Singapore will soon be able to pay for public transport using an NFC-enabled fitness tracker or smartwatch linked to their EZ-Link transit card. The devices will allow for “fast, convenient and reliable” contactless… More

    Carnival unveils NFC and BLE wearable for cruise ship passengers

    January 5th, 2017

    Holidaymakers aboard Carnival Corporation cruise ships will soon be given an NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled wearable device, designed by the man behind Disney’s MagicBand, that will let them access a range of next generation services including boarding without checking in, unlocking rooms, accessing personalised entertainment, ordering food and making payments. More

    ST creates reference design to simplify wearable payment deployments

    January 5th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design from STMicroelectronics (ST) will make it easier for wearable manufacturers to develop and deploy integrated tokenized payment services that meet Mastercard and Visa requirements. The company has built the… More

    NXP reveals solutions for secure wearables and IoT at CES 2017

    January 5th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled a series of solutions for secure wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) at CES 2017, including a new test bed to support the development of products and applications using… More

    Homeless people trial contactless payments jacket to receive donations

    January 4th, 2017

    Homeless people in the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam have been testing a jacket equipped with a contactless terminal to enable passersby to tap their contactless cards and make a €1 (US$1.04) donation, which… More

    STMicroelectronics to use NFC assets acquired from AMS to deliver next-generation solutions

    December 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: STMicroelectronics (ST) will use its July acquisition of NFC and RFID products, resources, technologies and intellectual property from AMS to create a new generation of high-performance NFC solutions for both mass-market and vertical-market… More

    62% of US consumers own IoT device

    December 16th, 2016

    A study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) shows nearly two-thirds (62%) of American consumers own at least one Internet of Things (IoT) connected device, while 65% of them say they are willing to receive ads on IoT screens. The Internet of Things study found most popularly owned IoT devices are connected/smart TVs and streaming devices (47%), followed by wearable health trackers (24%) and internet-enabled home control devices (17%).

    Visa and Mastercard tokenization deal will ‘simplify and secure payment experience’

    December 16th, 2016

    The tokenization agreement signed yesterday by Visa and Mastercard will help to address the “lack of comprehensive tokenization across brands”, a key merchant barrier to adopting the technology, Visa’s VP of digital products Vish Shastry… More

    White paper presents contactless success stories from around the world

    December 12th, 2016

    A 15-page white paper that presents the success stories of contactless implementations in payment, transport and events from around the world is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. ‘The Global Contactless… More

    NFC clothing range connects US Ski Team with winter sports fans

    December 9th, 2016

    Ski and performance brand Spyder is to add NFC technology to its US Ski Team clothing collection, allowing skiers to connect with team members via social media and share location-based information with a tap of… More

    Graphene NFC antennas pave way for cheaper, stronger connected wearables

    December 5th, 2016

    Fully flexible NFC antennas made from graphene could match the performance of conventional metallic antennas, making connected wearable devices cheaper and more energy-efficient, a consortium backed by the European Commission says. Researchers from the Graphene… More

    Off the cuff mobile payments from British fashion brand

    November 29th, 2016

    British accessories brand Tovi Sorga is working with Barclaycard to include contactless payment chips to their wallet cuff range, allowing wearers to make purchases across the UK. “Linked to any Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card registered to a UK address and managed by the bPay mobile app, users have full control and visibility of their spending,” Tami Hargreaves from Barclaycard says.

    Biometrics in cars to ‘radically transform the driving experience’, report predicts

    November 23rd, 2016

    One in three new cars will feature some form of biometric feature by 2025, a report by Frost & Sullivan’s Intelligent Mobility team predicts, with partnerships between automotive OEMs and wearable providers resulting in faster… More

    Apple to develop iPhone connected digital glasses?

    November 16th, 2016

    Apple is looking at developing digital glasses connected wirelessly to a wearer’s iPhone, which would show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision and may use augmented reality, a report in Bloomberg suggests. Apple has talked about its glasses project with potential suppliers, according to people familiar with those discussions, the report adds. Should Apple ultimately decide to proceed with the device, it would be introduced in 2018 at the earliest.

    UK consumers spend £36 every month using mobile payments, study finds

    November 1st, 2016

    British consumers are spending an average of £36.76 (US$44.95) of their monthly disposable income through mobile payments, equating to £1.46bn (US$1.78bn) spent using mobile devices in the UK every month, research released by VoucherCodes reveals…. More

    NXP to be bought by Qualcomm in US$47bn deal

    October 27th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The US$47bn acquisition of NFC pioneer NXP by mobile chip giant Qualcomm will create the “leader of secure connected devices into the next decade” and address the emerging trends of internet of things… More

    G&D to deliver prepaid wristbands for concerts and events

    October 26th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is working with prepaid solutions provider Rittenhouse Payment Solutions to deliver prepaid smart wristbands which can be used at major public events. The entry and tap-and-pay wristbands can be… More

    Partnership deal for contactless payment wearables

    October 25th, 2016

    Mastercard has announced a partnership with wearable payments platform provider Fit Pay to bring contactless payments to wearables and internet of things devices. The payments giant says the companies will integrate the Fit Pay platform with the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service, and work with Wearatec and other device manufacturers to develop a “variety of secure contactless payments-enabled devices”. More than 2.5m devices are expected to be enabled for payments in 2017, Fit Pay says, with the number rising to more than 9m in 2018.

    Delhi commuters to get wearable travel cards

    October 24th, 2016

    Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is to release wearable travel smart cards from next month, The Hindu reports. “Affordable” wrist watches, wristbands and mobile covers will be available, with the corporation hoping to sell about 6,000 items each month initially. “We have already finalised a vendor who will install these chips inside the merchandise,” a DMRC spokesperson says.

    School children test wearable payments in Singapore

    October 24th, 2016

    Singapore bank POSB has successfully completed the pilot test of a school contactless payments system that lets students make purchases in the canteen or bookstore and monitor their finances. The POSB Smart Buddy trial took… More

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