Near Field Communication Industry News

Check out the latest near field communication industry news from around the globe.

August 2016

Android Pay Will Soon be Able to Display Your NFC Chip Location: Android Pay seems to be working on a new feature that will allow users to find their device’s NFC chip. As Android Police informed, they found a piece of code inside the app that suggests Google will integrate the service. With the growing number of various Android devices, it is getting more difficult to view the location of the NFC chip. The problem is that in different phones these chips can be located in different places. A phone from one company can have the chip placed at the top, while a phone from another producer can have it placed in the middle. “New strings in the Android Pay app show that it will soon educate users about the location of the transmitter in their phones so they won’t have to go hunting on their own. The guide will be accessible through a command titled “How to pay” in the overflow menu,” Android Police wrote. The code reads: “<string name=”nfc_antenna_location_text”>The NFC chip on your %1$s is located %2$s. Hold this part of your phone to the terminal when paying.</string>” There will be specific instructions for each model of mobile phones. The code now mentions only 18 models, including all of the recent Nexus devices, many of Samsung devices, from the newer S7 Edge going back to the older Galaxy S5 models, as well as other phones, such as the LG G4 and the Motorola Droid Turbo 2. The app will show information about the location of the NFC chip in form of a message, but Google could also add a graphic or any other visual guide when the feature will be released. The new feature may seem trivial for experienced users, but it will definitely make it easier for customers to conduct online payments. The overall usage of mobile payments is still rather low. According to the last year’s Accenture report, only 18% of North Americans use mobile payments on a regular basis, although 52% of them are aware of the technology. (SOURCE: Coinspeaker) #NFC #smartphone #chip #Android

Researchers create temporary tattoos you can use to control your devices: In the future, your tattoos could be much more than just ink designs. Scientists have created a new kind of high-tech temporary tattoo that can act as a controller for smartphone apps and other devices. Called DuoSkin, the tattoos were created as a joint effort between MIT researchers and Microsoft Research. The temporary tattoos are applied just like any other temporary tattoo. Made of gold leaf (and sometimes LEDs) the tattoos look more like jewelry than the temporary tattoos of decades past. … Finally, the researchers built an NFC-enabled vesion of the tattoos that allowed them to exchange information by tapping a smartphone on the tattoo. (SOURCE: Mashable)

SpiceJet Uses Beacons, NFC RFID to Automate Check-in: The Indian airline’s new system, installed this summer at Hyderabad Airport, enables passengers to automatically receive a boarding pass as soon as they arrive at the airport, or to tap their phone against an RFID-tagged sign to access that pass. In an effort to reduce wait times for passengers, as well as labor time for its own employees, Indian budget airline SpiceJet has launched a check-in system at Hyderabad International Airport that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communication (NFC) radio frequency identification technologies. The solution, which enables passengers to check in for flights via the SpiceJet smartphone app, was officially launched late last month. The airline is now in discussions with other airports to expand the system. (SOURCE: RFID Journal) #NFC #RFID #BLE #beacons #proximityID

What do the Euros and Rio Olympics reveal about the future of contactless NFC payments?: Analysis: New wearable payment applications in Rio and Lille for travel could make waves around the world. With the Olympics currently going at full pelt, football’s UEFA European Championship earlier this summer already seems like a distant memory. For Gemalto, which has been providing technology at both tournaments, it has been an even more action-packed summer. Both the Euros and the Olympics have provided Gemalto with ample opportunity to test out its new lines of wearable payment bracelets, a technology which the company hopes could have much wider implications. Lille, which hosted six matches of the Euros including Wales versus Belgium and Germany versus Slovakia, was the first place where the contactless payments technology was tried out. In the world’s first commercial roll-out of a contactless transport ticket wristband, Gemalto worked with public transit operator Keolis Lille to provide payments technology to the expected 300,000 extra visitors to Lille. According to Fred Martinez, Head of Transport and Ticketing, Gemalto, the initiative aimed to encourage people to take public transport. “These events bring a lot of people,” Martinez says. “We wanted something innovative to encourage people to take public transport.” Users were able to use Lille’s bus, tram and metro services by tapping the limited edition ‘Partenaire des Supporters’ branded wristband on a contactless reader. This used the Celego contactless wristbands, based on Calypso, an international contactless standard for transport ticketing and city services. (SOURCE: Computer Business Review) #NFC #mobile #wallet #transit #wearables #IoT

“You can’t get any closer to your customers!” Proximity Marketing system within hours: Marketing is not about you selling your product but about you satisfying the needs of your customer. This can be done in various ways but with proximity marketing, you have the advantage of providing your customer with what he wants in the right context. A recent survey shows that 7 out of 10 smartphone owners use their smartphone before and during shopping for better purchase decisions. Business owners and marketers have taken notice of that but only very few provide shoppers with recommendations and offers during the whole shopping experience. By the end of this post, you will know how to create your own proximity marketing solution to make your marketing campaigns even more effective. (SOURCE: Duct Tape Marketing) #beacons #BLE #proximityID #mobile #marketing

CVS Finally Gives Mobile Payments Its Full Attention: Two years after eschewing Apple Pay and NFC, CVS is integrating payments, marketing and prescription ordering in a single bar code-enabled mobile app, replacing a customer experience that currently relies heavily on time-consuming interactions with staff. Called CVS Pay, it’s part of the broader CVS Pharmacy mobile app and enables consumers to refill and manage multiple prescriptions, as well as receive alerts when prescriptions are ready. Consumers can also link their ExtraCare branded rewards card. The app additionally allows users to store major credit and debit card accounts, as well as the debit cards that accompany health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts. … CVS stopped accepting NFC payments shortly after Apple Pay’s launch, in part due to its commitment to a competing mobile wallet, CurrentC, which never launched. Among CVS’s rivals, Rite Aid made the same move but eventually reversed course to officially support Apple Pay, while Walgreens embraced Apple Pay from the beginning. (SOURCE: Payments Source) #NFC #mobile #payments #barcode

US vending supplier to offer mobile payments: US consumers will soon be able to make mobile payments at vending machines belonging to American Food & Vending, by tapping their device against a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) plug-in dongle provided by digital payments enabler PayRange. “The PayRange app may be funded with credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, coupons and even payroll deductions,” the company says. PayRange raised US$12m in June 2015. (SOURCE: NFC World) #NFC #mobile #payment #BLE #proximityID

British athletes at Rio 2016 sport NFC payment bands: All British athletes competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are being given NFC payment bands that will allow them to make purchases by tapping their wrists against a contactless terminal. 366 athletes — as well as 150 support crew and athlete stakeholders — are being provided with Team GB-branded wristbands, developed by Visa and Barclaycard. They utilise the bPay microchip, with an embedded NFC antenna permitting payments. (SOURCE: NFC World) #NFC #mobile #wallet #wearables #Rio2016

GOQii’s new fitness band: NFC payments, health reports, diagnostics: Payments via NFC, health reports and diagnostics will now be available on GOQii’s second version of its fitness tracker. The compnay now has a tie-up with Max Healthcare as their hospital and medical partner and with Thyrocare as their diagnostics partner. For NFC payments, it has partnered with Axis Bank. Through the partnership users who need a specialist consultation will referred to Max Hospital. GOQii also offers  users the convenience to book a diagnostic appointment on its app with Thyrocare. Following the diagnosis all the reports generated will be centralised on the GOQii platform within the Health Locker feature. The health locker will make it available to users, doctors and coaches on or off the platform, with the user’s consent. Users will also be able to take a comprehensive Health Risk Assessment (HRA) which gives insights into their overall health situation and a health score. (SOURCE: Medianama) #NFC #mobile #payment #wearables #healthcare #IoT

Stealth Technologies Announces Stealth Mobile: Stealth Technologies, Inc. announced today the latest new product offering — Stealth Mobile, developed to protect the NFC chip and the data stored on your cell phone, is entering the final stages of development, in preparation for launch into the marketplace. It is designed to protect the personal and financial information stored on your cell phone, that is accessible through the Near Field Communication or NFC chip. Although the NFC chip provides great entertainment and utility to your cell phone, it also allows data to be transferred without the user’s knowledge through the use of remote access devices that are commonly available in today’s marketplace. However, by adhering Stealth Mobile to the back of your cell phone, this data theft vulnerability will no longer be possible. (SOURCE: Stealth Techonologies via press release) #NFC #security #fraud

Xperiel announces cloud-based platform so marketers can build apps for the Internet of Things: The startup, led by engineers who created the tech behind Google Wallet, offers an app builder that it says is easy enough for a child to use. … Xperiel says its platform is “an orchestration layer for the Real World Web,” the area where digital and physical realities meet to create experiential marketing. CEO and co-founder Alex Hertel pointed to the Uber and Starbucks apps, and to the Pokemon Go phenomenon, as pioneering implementations of digital plus physical. Xperiel, he told me, can be used to easily create such experiential marketing at scale. (SOURCE: MarketingLand) #NFC #Iot #startup #beacons #proximityID

Apple says it won’t let banks use the contactless payment tech in iPhones for security reasons: Apple really doesn’t want to let anyone else use its contactless payment technology. Modern iPhones come bundled with NFC chips that let users pay for things easily via Apple Pay, and the Cupertino giant is fighting back against attempts from Australian banks to gain access to it. Doing so would let the banks create their own contactless payment apps, and get a slice of the lucrative fees that Apple charges on every transaction — but Apple counters that doing so would damage is users’ security. (SOURCE: Business Insider) #NFC #contactless #payment #ApplePay #security

Samsung Pay offers US$5 rewards: Samsung Pay users are being offered rewards via a new introductions promotion called the High Five Referral program, which credits their account with US$5 every time a customer they referred to the mobile payment app makes a first qualifying purchase. “The program leverages our new Samsung Rewards Card functionality,” the company says. The card was added through the Samsung Pay 2.2 update. (SOURCE: NFC World) #NFC #SamsungPay #rewards #mobile #wallet

Emirates NBD launches ‘Emirates NBD Pay’: Emirates NBD today announced the launch of Emirates NBD Pay, a near-field communication- (NFC) based mobile contactless payment service that enables customers to make in-store purchases instantly via their mobile banking app. The bank is the first in the Central Europe, Middle East and Africa region (CEMEA) to incorporate Visa’s Token Service technology to launch a contactless payment solution. Emirates NBD’s Visa credit and debit card customers can use their NFC-enabled Android mobile devices to make purchases at NFC-enabled point-of-sale terminals by upgrading their mobile banking app on the Google Play store to link the app to their credit/debit card. Once the merchant initiates the payment, the customer simply has to wave his/her smartphone near the terminal to complete the transaction instantaneously. The new launch is aligned with Emirates NBD’s commitment to digital innovation to make banking simple, secure and seamless. The bank is the market leader in payment cards in the UAE and by incorporating NFC, a set of wireless communication protocols rapidly gaining global acceptance, to enable contactless payments within its award winning mobile banking application, Emirates NBD is once again bringing convenience to its customers. (SOURCE: CPI Financial) #NFC #mobile #wallet #contactless #payment

Global mobile wallet market to grow at a CAGR of 34.58% by revenue, during the period 2016-2020 according to new research report: Mobile wallets are based on technologies, such as near-field communication (NFC), have revolutionized the digital payments market globally. Albany, New York, August 10, 2016: Market Research HUB has announced the addition of the “Global Mobile Wallet Market 2016-2020” report to their offering. Mobile wallets are electronic money accounts that can be maintained and used via cell phones and other mobile devices. These wallets help account holders pay bills or purchase goods online. Often, companies give offers and discounts to encourage customers to use these apps. Mobile wallets are based on technologies, such as near-field communication (NFC), and have revolutionized the digital payments market. There has been a rise in the number of point of sale (POS) terminals worldwide since the advent of this technology. (SOURCE: Market Research HUB via press release) #NFC #mobile #wallet #research

Samsung: Hackers can’t pwn our NFC payment kit. No way, nuh-uh, not true (Well, OK, maybe): The South Koreans doth protest too much, methinks. A war of words has broken out after a security researcher claimed last week that Samsung’s contactless mobile payment system is vulnerable to skimming and spoofing attacks. In talks at both the Black Hat and DEF CON security conferences, held last week in Las Vegas, Salvador Mendoza claimed that he was able to intercept a Samsung Pay token transmitted over the air using a gizmo hidden under his shirt cuff. Wait, what’s a Samsung Pay token? Well, the token comes in three parts. One is generated by the payment networks, it is associated with a credit or debit card, and it is stored on the Samsung smartphone. The second part is a counter that increments on every transaction in an attempt to thwart replay attacks. The final part is a message authentication code generated from the payment network-provided token, the counter and a secret key embedded in the phone’s ARM-compatible processor; this authentication code is used to prove the token was sent from a Samsung device and wasn’t tampered with over the air. When someone wants to make a payment, their handset sends the complete token over the air using NFC to a nearby payment terminal. (SOURCE: The Register) #NFC #SamsungPay #mobile #wallet #security

World’s first implant-activated smart gun has arrived: A gun activated by an implant in its owner’s hand may be the future of gun safety. One man has created a prototype firearm that is unlocked with his magic touch only. Amal Graafstra wants to make guns safer, by using RFId chip implants that activate the trigger. The biohacker has created a prototype for the first implant-activated “smart gun.” Graafstra demonstrated his invention for Motherboard this week from his Seattle, Washington, garage. (SOURCE: RT) #RFID #proximityID #safety #implants #biohack

Arrow Shirts Have a Trick (or two) Up Their Sleeve: Arrow Shirts have gone smart and how! The clothing manufacturer has introduced a range of shirts, under the Smart Shirt brand, that enables its wearer to communicate with their Smartphone via a simple tap on the sleeve. Connectivity between revolutionary Smart Shirt and phone is achieved via the NFC chip embedded in the sleeve. What this basically means is you end up looking way cooler doing regular Smartphone activities. Take for example a meeting scenario. You are with a client or a prospective employer. You want to send them your Linkedin profile. Rather than having to open your phone, browse through to the Linkedin app or website and then forward, now you simply borrow their phone, tap it on your sleeve and voila! your profile is open on their phone. Impressed much? (SOURCE: Firstpost) #NFC #wearables #connected

Watch: New tattoo-like skin device to monitor your health: The tiny ultra-thin device does not require any batteries to work and can detect skin temperature, sun exposure, heart rate, changes in skin colour and blood oxygen level. Scientists have developed a new tattoo-like monitoring device that can be fixed on the skin like a patch and can detect skin temperature, sun exposure, heart rate, changes in skin colour and blood oxygen level. The tiny ultra-thin device does not require any batteries to work. It captures the small amount of energy emitted by a smartphone or tablet that makes use of near-field communications (NFC). … The device, which is no thicker than a sticker, is flexible and sticks to the skin, and collects information about the body that is then transmitted wirelessly to a nearby device, ‘Techxplore’ reported. The monitor has light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on the skin side. The light reflected back is used to measure heart rate, changes to skin colour and oxygenation levels, researchers said. The device also has a dye-based light sensor which measures ultraviolet light and another sensor that monitors skin temperature. According to researchers, the device will be useful in health-care facilities and ultimately to the population at large. (SOURCE: DNA India) #NFC #healthcare #proximityID #wearabkes #tattoo

How to transfer photos, videos, and more with Android Beam: Google may be good at a lot of things, but highlighting great features isn’t one of them. Take Now on Tap, for example. It’s a feature that was introduced in Android 6.0 Marshmallow that has gradually improved and become more powerful. The search giant doesn’t showcase this feature anywhere in Android, though — instead, you “discover” it when you press and hold the home button. Such being the case, most people still don’t know what it is. In a similar vein, we’re taking a look at a feature that has been baked into Google’s mobile operating system since 2011 via version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Android Beam. (SOURCE: Yahoo! Tech) #NFC #Android #Google #HowTo

Global Electronic Smart Packaging (RFID, NFC, BLE and EAS) Market 2016-2022 – Market Will Witness a CAGR of 45.5%: Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Worldwide Electronic Smart Packaging Market – Technologies (RFID, NFC, BLE and EAS), Applications, End-Users, By Regions – Drivers, Opportunities, Trends, and Forecasts, 2016-2022” report to their offering.  It is estimated that the Worldwide Electronic Smart Packaging market will witness a CAGR of 45.5% during the forecast period 2016-2022. Now with key enabling technology, printed electronics are boosting the potential opportunities for smart packaging by lowering the costs. In the future, the smart packaging market will witness a rapid growth and is expected to grow tremendously, due to the use of printed electronics in packaging. Printed electronics is a key in enabling smart packaging innovations and a fast-growing market for the industries. (SOURCE: Research and Markets via press release) #NFC #RFID #BLE #beacons #smart #packaging #research #proximityID

Five Rio Olympics technology innovations: As the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off tonight, we list five technology innovations introduced for the sporting competitions in Rio de Janeiro. NFC for payments: Visa and Brazilian bank Bradesco are trialing wearables including a bracelet equipped with Near Field Communications (NFC) technology for payments at the Olympic Games. A user base of 3,000 people including athletes, artists and journalists taking part in the sporting events will be using the rubber waterproof bracelet to pay for goods and services inside the Olympic venues at more then 4,000 payment terminals. In addition, a group of 45 Visa-sponsored Olympic athletes will wear an NFC ring, which is based on a design by McLear & Co and equipped with a Gemalto microchip and will also be used for payments during the Games. (SOURCE: ZD Net) #NFC #wearables #payments #Rio2016

Marriage Of Mobility And Facility Security: Security challenges continue to grow in the smart facility and throughout today’s increasingly connected world. These challenges must be addressed in ways that combat threats while delivering a more satisfying and convenient, on-the-go experience. The goal is to make facility security more pervasive and personalized, seamless, and adaptive to the user rather than the other way around. Achieving this goal will not only make people safer, but will also accelerate innovation in how building services are offered and delivered. In addition, solutions will simultaneously meet user demand for greater privacy protection across a growing number of connected digital aliases, credentials, applications and permission parameters in both the physical and digital worlds. New types of on-the-go, trusted digital identity technologies are meeting these facility challenges across a variety of vertical market segments. Mobile access solutions have started rolling out at university campuses and enterprise organizations , turning phones into IDs that can be used to open doors, just like an employee badge or campus ID card. The same concept is being used in the hospitality industry, enabling hotel guests to receive digital keys over the air to their phones ahead of their trip so that they can go directly to their rooms, bypassing the front desk upon arrival. (SOURCE: Facility Executive) #NFC #security #access #control #IoT #smart #devices #wearables

Infraspeak—Facilities Management via NFC Tags (Episode 35): Felipe Ávila da Costa pitches his internet-of-things startup Infraspeak to Christie Pitts of Verizon Ventures and Sheel Mohnot. Hotels have an average of 80 failures per day because they are not doing the preventative maintenance right. But it’s not just hotels, the market for this is so huge that it’s difficult to measure. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s in the trillions.” (SOURCE: The Pitch) #NFC #facilities #management #startup #IoT #enterprise

Making mobile wallets pay for consumers, small retailers: Small retailers and consumers alike have struggled to accept mobile payments as the next big thing. But according to Visa, mobile payments are expected to surpass cash and cards in popularity by 2020. So what will spur the sudden surge in the use of mobile wallets, and how do small retailers fit into this transition? … It’s not time to give up on mobile wallets yet – and small businesses are just as responsible for changing the trend as their larger counterparts. Years from now, retailers and consumers alike will reminisce on the inconvenience of carrying around cash and physical cards – and that future may not be too far off. (SOURCE: Mobile Payments Today) #NFC #EMV #mobile #wallet #POS #restaurants #retail #trends

Hellenic Bank launches PayBand using Gemalto’s water-resistant contactless EMV payment wristbands: Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has supplied Hellenic Bank, a major Cypriot financial institution, with its Optelio contactless EMV Payment wristbands. These water-resistant NFC wristbands that are marketed as PayBand to Cyprus consumers will ensure that Hellenic Bank customers no longer have to worry about carrying cash or cards, even when they head to the beach or pool this summer. Gemalto has worked alongside its local partner Mellon Cyprus to provide Hellenic with an initial end-to-end solution for black silicone payment wristbands. The solution features an embedded Visa applet and links seamlessly to the user’s Hellenic Bank debit or credit card account. Fast and secure cashless transactions are therefore possible across Cyprus, which was recently named in Visa’s ‘Top 8’ for contactless terminal penetration in Europe. Well over 50% of the country’s POS terminals are contactless-compatible, and one in five cashless transactions, is already completed using this time-saving technology. (SOURCE: Gemalto via press release) #NFC #EMV #mobile #wallet #wearables

Cubic Awarded $33 Million to Take Miami Transit’s EASY Card System to the Cloud, Enabling Mobile and Open Payment: Cubic Transportation Systems’ success in London and Chicago lays foundation for modernization initiative. Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), today announced it was awarded a $33 million contract from the Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) to modernize the Cubic-supplied EASY Card revenue management system and provide 10 years of back office cloud computing and support services. The systems enhancement project provides a significant technology refresh and expansion of customer services at a fraction of the cost for a new system procurement. The award includes Cubic’s contactless bankcard and Near Field Communications (NFC) mobile open payment, as well as upgrades to fare terminals and the EASY Card back office to process account-based transactions for new and easy ways to pay. Mobile payments also will be supported through mobile wallets, such as ApplePay, AndroidPay, and Masterpass. Emerging wearables, such as the AppleWatch and Samsung Gear, will also be accepted. In collaboration with Passport, Cubic will also introduce a new mobile app that gives riders a range of convenient features and tools, including EASY Card balance checking, viewing account history, account management and fare product purchases for loading to their EASY Cards. Passport is a leading provider of transportation mobile applications, having delivered parking applications in cities such as Chicago, Toronto, and Boston, as well as, mobile ticketing applications in Sacramento, Cleveland, and Jacksonville. (SOURCE: Cubic Corporation via press release) #NFC #mobile #wallet #transit

Tactify Announces the Launch of Tappcards: Customizable NFC cards that instantly download apps and files to mobile devices. Tactify is today releasing its new Tappcards product for companies seeking unique ways to drive app downloads. Created to bridge the divide between offline events and digital experiences, Tappcards are custom printed cards, with an embedded NFC chip that instantly download apps and files onto mobile devices. Through a tap or QR scan, end users are directed to the correct store for their device to download the app being promoted. Tappcards feature a unique offset printed design for each app and are available starting at 250 cards for $250 with additional volume discounts available. When users purchase Tappcards they will also receive access to the Tappcards Dashboard where they can see analytics on customer interactions, make live updates to the card’s digital content and re-order with the click of a button. Compatible with the Google’s newly announced “Instant apps”, Tappcards feature a fully connected web-based dashboard. This allows marketers to view live analytics and make real time changes to active campaigns. (SOURCE: Tactify via press release) #NFC #smartcards #IoT #digital #marketing

Why universal mobile wallets will eventually overtake retailers’ offerings: Mobile wallets are slowly gaining adoption, but retailers’ offerings are currently the winners because they can be easily integrated with loyalty programs, providing an incentive to use them. Many experts believe that mobile wallets will  continue to grow, and by the end of the decade, be universally adopted. Retailers such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are leading the charge in terms of brand-led mobile wallets and are seeing significant adoption rates while platform-led services such as Apple Pay and Android Pay mobile wallets are lacking in comparison, but will likely see more users in the coming years. “For merchant wallets, the vested interest in making them work and the ancillary benefits around marketing data garnered from wider use creates a broader demand in an organization to put incentives to put them in place and the mobile wallet investments successful,” said Joseph Walent, senior analyst of emerging technology advisory service at Mercator Advisory Group. “In my opinion, the main reason for the drag in universal wallet space remains lack of acceptance, be it real or perceived, coupled with a lack of marketing effort beyond the initial set-up the phone. (SOURCE: Luxury Daily) #NFC #mobile #wallet

First canvas panel with NFC microchip in the world (KICKSTARTER PROJECT): This technology is a great way to know an author of the picture, to view other works of this artist in Internet gallery or to find some information about this picture and all that associated with it. Add link video etc. All you need is to bring closer your phone, that have NFC function, to the picture. The chip is glued to the canvas fabric and under double layers of primer and glue. This is the ideal visiting card and protection against forgery. (SOURCE: Kickstarter) #NFC #innovation #proximityID

Calm, cruel and connected: July’s best and worst of IoT: It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and take a critical look at the connected devices that actually go out and buy, right now. Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons: Smart Handbags, KiBand, Elvie, Dubstein, Tree Wi-Fi, Porkfolio. (SOURCE: ReadWrite) #NFC #RFID #Bluetooth #proximityID #IoT #HitorMiss

SpiceJet’s ‘smart check-in’ facility launched at Hyderabad airport: Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju today inaugurated the smart check-in facility introduced by SpiceJet for passengers at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here. The service has been initially introduced at Hyderabad Airport in close coordination with GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) and will soon be available in all airports supporting e-boarding facility, it said. NFC enables passengers to receive their boarding pass on their smartphone, when they check-in through NFC-enabled smartphones with SpiceJet’s mobile app. “Smart check-in facility, using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, is available to all SpiceJet customers who have booked their tickets through the SpiceJet mobile app,” the company said in a statement. Customers, who have booked their tickets using the mobile app, will have to simply open the app and touch the mobile device on the NFC check-in poster available at the airport to retrieve their mobile boarding pass on their smartphones. (SOURCE: NYOOOZ) #NFC #proximityID #BLE #access #control

MLB sprints past other sports leagues in OOH beacons: Out of home beacons are seen as the future of the industry, offering advertisers both a chance to connect with audiences and to find out more about them. Sports leagues evidently want in on that promise. Among the big four pro sports leagues, Major League Baseball and the NFL are the strongest early adopters of OOH beacons. Meanwhile, the NBA and NHL are playing catch up. Among MLB teams, 93 percent have implemented beacon technology in their stadiums, according to a new report from Unacast. The proximity data company also says 75 percent of NFL stadiums have done the same. On the other hand, just 53 percent of NBA arenas are equipped with beacons, as are 47 percent of NHL arenas. Globally, the number of proximity sensors is rising rapidly. In second quarter there were 8.27 million sensors registered to Unacast’s proximity marketing arm Proxbook. That was up 33 percent from first quarter. Of those sensors, 6.06 million were beacons, with 2.10 million NFC sensors and 113,000 Wi-Fi access points. The company predicts 400 million beacons will be deployed by 2020. (SOURCE: Media Life Magazine) #NFC #BLE #beacons #proximityID #sports #OOH

July 2016

Nintendo fan builds 3D printed mini-NES console with cool NFC tag cartridges: Tech blogger DaftMike has built a mini 3D printed version of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System. The machine runs on RetroPie emulation software, uses NFC tagged game cartridges, and anticipates Nintendo’s official NES Classic Mini, due later this year. … To revitalize not only the gaming experience of the NES, but the entire ritual of powering up and loading the console, Mike has built a mini 3D printed NES replica which actually takes plastic cartridges, instead of just using an on-screen game selector. These aren’t the official cartridges of old, however, but 3D printed versions equipped with near field communication (NFC) tags. With an NFC reader implemented into the console itself, the machine can recognize which game cartridge has been inserted and fire it up on-screen. It’s a superfluous feature, sure, but it’s a fun one, giving players a true retro gaming experience. (SOURCE: #NFC #games #proximityID

Mobile payments beyond NFC: The case for beacons: Point-of-sale proximity payments use beacon technology that allows mobile payments to be accepted not just using NFC technology such as Apple Pay, but also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, enabling frictionless payments and making it more convenient for customers. Having a POS system in place with multiple options of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC means the system is phone agnostic and can operate outside the walled gardens of Apple’s NFC technology. This makes it a far better proposition for retailers. It is not only cheaper but faster, and less time paying means shorter queues at the tills. A point-of-sale proximity payment is inherently more secure than even Apple Pay as it can avoid credit cards altogether, meaning tokenized cards details do not need to be held in a payment database – a theoretical weak link in Apple Pay. Payments are taken directly from the payer’s bank account, with the ability to check the balance before making the payment. (SOURCE: Luxury Daily) #NFC #Bluetooth #beacons #proximityID #mobile #payments

STMicroelectronics Acquires ams’ NFC and RFID Reader Assets: Acquisition of IP, technologies, products and business strengthens ST’s secure microcontroller solutions embedding NFC connectivity. New products already integrating this technology sampling now to customers and covering a broad range of applications such as next-generation mobile and Internet of Things devices. Acquisition of RFID Readers to complement ST’s NFC/RFID EEPROM tag offering. … The acquired assets, combined with ST’s secure microcontrollers, position ST for a significant growth opportunity, with a complete portfolio of best-in-class technologies, products and competencies that comprehensively address the full range of the NFC and RFID markets for a wide customer base. “Security and NFC connectivity are key prerequisites for the broad rollout of mobile and IoT devices anticipated in the coming years. This acquisition builds on our deep expertise in secure microcontrollers and gives ST all of the building blocks to create the next generation of highly-integrated secure NFC solutions for mobile and for a broad range of Internet of Things devices,” said Claude Dardanne, Executive Vice President and General Manager of STMicroelectronics’ Microcontroller and Digital ICs Group. “We welcome this highly competent team from ams into ST for the benefit of our customers.” (SOURCE: STMicroelectronics via press release) #NFC #RFID #proximityID #IoT #security

Will the Olympics ‘payment ring’ jumpstart NFC demand?: Near Field Communication (NFC) – the “mobile wallet” technology – hasn’t exactly gone mainstream yet. And experts don’t expect it will anytime soon, even with some high-profile promo at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. While it has been available to consumers for a couple of years from mega-vendors like Google, Samsung and Apple, it is a long way from displacing the legacy credit card. Google even dropped support for its Google Wallet Card last month (Android Pay is still available). But, perhaps hearing about, or seeing, Olympic athletes using an NFC device will get the masses more interested. That seems to be the hope of the card brand Visa Inc., a sponsor of the upcoming summer games, which is providing a “payment ring” to what it is calling “Team Rio” – 45 athletes from around the world – to be used during the games, which start Aug. 5. While it uses NFC like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, it doesn’t require a smartphone. Users will be able to make purchases simply by tapping the ring at any NFC-capable payment terminal – Visa said there will be 4,000 of them “across key Olympic venues.” It doesn’t require a battery or recharging and is water resistant to 50 meters. (SOURCE: CSO Online) #NFC #mobile #wallet #adoption #Rio2016

Navigating Location-Based Marketing [VIDEO PRESENTATION]: More than 85 percent of Americans are never more than three feet from their mobile phones, making location-based marketing one of the most effective and fastest growing ways to engage app users. Learn from mobile marketing experts how to leverage location-based technology to better target and understand your customers. You’ll hear from CJ Chaney, Co-founder of Smartwhere and Ian Sefferman, General Manager of the TUNE Marketing Console. If you’re a mobile marketer looking for a roadmap to using location-based marketing to improve your campaigns and glean deeper insights about your customers, you won’t want to miss this. (SOURCE: MMA) #NFC #geofencing #beacons #proximityID #mobile #marketing #LBM

Chip Card Technology Merges with Acrylic Fingernails: Researchers in the United Kingdom are testing ways to incorporate chip card technology into acrylic fingernails. The concept is that a woman could could simply tap her finger when getting onto a bus or train, rather than swiping a metro card. The concept originated when British jewelry designer Lucie Davis pulled an RFID chip from an Oyster prepaid card, commonly used for public transportation in the UK. The chip was embedded into an acrylic fingernail, which could be attached to a woman’s hand at any time. The woman would never have to worry about forgetting her metro card because she would always have it with her on her nail. It’s not likely that such technology would ever make it to market, simply because it is unreliable. Fingernails grow out, break, and fall off, and the last thing any woman wants is to be stranded in a city just because she broke a nail. In addition, the Transport of London has a rule stating that no one can tamper with the RFID chip on an Oyster card. The UK is working on converting its cards to contactless payment chips instead of the RFID chips, which would provide a little more lenience on this. (SOURCE: #mobile #payments #contactless #RFID

Beacons Help Professional Sports Teams Reclaim $1 Billion in Lost Ticket Sales, Unacast’s Latest Proxbook Report Shows: Proxbook, the world’s largest directory of proximity companies, has released its The Q2 2016 Proxbook Report, which has aggregated information from more than 330 Proximity Solution Providers and reveals latest trends, facts and figures from the global proximity industry as well as the impact of proximity marketing on global professional sports teams and events. (SOURCE: Unacast via press release) #proximityID #Bluetooth #beacons #research #sports #events

Big four banks take a bite out of Apple Pay: Four big Australian banks have launched a landmark bid to bust Apple’s restrictions on the use of outside digital wallets on its iPhone. Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Westpac and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank have applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission seeking to collectively negotiate with the providers of third-party wallets. The application is generically worded, but very much targeted at Apple, which excludes any mobile payment app outside of its Apple Pay being loaded onto its iPhone, which is believed to account for about 40 per cent of Australia’s smart phone market. With tap and pay and contactless payments on the rise, particularly in Australia, an early adopter of digital banking, the banks want access to the iPhone for their own digital wallets, thereby allowing their customers to use the phone for bank-linked payments. Some banks offer tap-and-go services through a Paypass sensor which is physically stuck to the back of a phone, but the Apple Pay service is an in-built system. An adviser to the banks, Novantas’s Lance Blockley, said the ACCC application was about “providing Australians with real choice and better outcomes”. (SOURCE: The West Australian) #NFC #ApplePay #mobile #wallet

NFC Smart Home by NXP (VIDEO): A look at the benefits of using the NFC Smart Home by NXP. (SOURCE: Arrow) #NFC #smart #home #research #NXP

A Lost Palace Gets Recreated in London: Modern day Whitehall in London is home to Britain’s government—the Ministry of Defense, the Cabinet Office, Downing Street. It’s known now as a center of power, but it was also known as one 400 years ago, too. The name itself actually derives from an old “lost palace” that used to be situated in the area. Known as Whitehall Palace, it was the former main residence of the British monarch from 1530 to around 1698 when it was destroyed by a fire started accidentally, as the story goes, by a maid. All that now remains is the neo-classical building Banqueting House, the entrance of which is the spot where King Charles I was beheaded in January 1649. This gruesome detail and many more (not all quite so gruesome) are brought to life in a new augmented tour from charity Historic Royal Palaces, designers Chomko & Rosier, and theater makers Uninvited Guests called The Lost Palace. It starts at Banqueting House and takes you for a walk across the various sites where the palace once stood. … Inside the wooden exterior of the device is a Galaxy Nexus 5, hacked with a circuit board. The phone’s GPS is used to track where you are and its NFC (Near Field Communication) interacts with NFC tags placed on various charred-looking, blackened installations that have been put in place to represent the precise locations of archways and doorways of the palace. Placed on them are thousands of NFC stickers, so when you hold the device up it responds unveiling the next part of the story. (SOURCE: The Creator’s Project) #NFC #education #tourism

Americans expect cashless society in their lifetime: Almost two thirds of US consumers (62%) expect the country to become a cashless society in their lifetime, research released by Gallup reveals. “Solid majorities in all age groups say they can foresee a US society without cash, including 58% of those 65 and older and 63% of 18-to-29 year olds,” the firm says. “54% still say they like to have cash on them at all times. 42% say they are comfortable not having cash on them.” (SOURCE: NFC World) #NFC #mobile #wallet #cashless

Apple iPhone 7: NFC, MicroSD Dreams May Turn Into Reality: It is no secret that Apple is developing the next-gen flagship iPhone dubbed as the iPhone 7. The device is expected to run on the best hardwares around and it will also come with plenty of new features to offer. If you have been hoping for the iPhone to come with NFC, MicroSD and the other features that only exist on the Android system, then we have got some great news for you. A recent press conference from Apple revealed that the iPhone 7 is tailored for extreme versatility. Apple acknowledged the perks of the Android system with the aforementioned features as it offer users more personalization option and longevity. However, Apple neither confirmed nor denied that the iPhone 7 will be arriving with the said specs but it does suggest that the company is considering their options. (SOURCE: NSEA Voice) #NFC #Apple #iPhone

Purple Deck Media & Nutrient Control Systems Prepare Launch of Innovative Solutions for Farmers: Near Field Communication (NFC) Provides Rapid Access to Information and Enhances the Customer Experience. Two leading organizations, Nutrient Control Systems (NCS) and Purple Deck Media are forming a new partnership to offer innovative solutions for farmers. NCS specializes in agricultural waste management and nutrient control. The company began development of their system in the early 1990’s and its pioneering research is revolutionizing manure management and nutrient control practices in dairy, swine, poultry and beef packing operations. They have very creative and innovative solutions for the environment and farmers! … Purple Deck Media helped NCS accomplish this goal. With their state-of-the-art mobile platform, MobileDeck™, they increased both recognition and awareness of NCS through a mobile application that is available for both iOS and Android. This along with other specialized content campaigns, which focus on mobile have ignited into something much bigger. Nutrient Control Systems is in the initial planning and pilot phases of using near field communication technology. This technology is revolutionary and connected to the TapLive™ management platform, Nutrient Control Systems can connect their physical items to the virtual world. NFC allows smart phone users to use a system that requires no application to launch content. Customers simply turn on near field communication (NFC) and tap the N-Mark symbol on the product. From there, customers can reorder, directly contact support, access training materials, and much more. (SOURCE: Purple Deck Media via press release) #NFC #CX #farming IoT

Minnesota Vikings Takes Fans on an RFID-enabled Voyage: The football team is using interactive technology that allows game attendees to participate in the same kind of fitness tests that the players must undertake, and to record their scores via NFC-tagged wristbands. This year, NFL team Minnesota Vikings will be playing at their new home, the U.S. Bank Stadium, located in downtown Minneapolis, and the franchise has been using that opportunity to find new ways in which to excite fans with high-tech entertainment designed to make them feel like they’re part of the team. The result of that mission is Vikings Voyage, a 10,000-square-foot interactive exhibition space where fans can catch passes while wearing a virtual reality Vikings helmet, run shuttle drills against a current Vikings player’s pace, and hit a tackling sled that measures impact. The space allows fans to track scores and compete against other visitors by means of bracelets containing passive Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags. “The spirit of the new stadium is getting fans as close to the action as we can,” says Tanya Dreesen, the Minnesota Vikings’ partnership activation and special projects VP. “It’s a way to feel like you’re in the huddle, even if you’re not in the huddle.” (SOURCE: RFID Journal) #NFC #CX #fan #experience #wearables #IoT

Hacklet 117 – NFC Projects: Near Field Communication (NFC) is something we take for granted these days. Nearly all smartphones have it. We even have NFC interfaces for all our favorite development boards. NFC’s history goes back all the way to 1997, when an early version was used in Star Wars special edition toys. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which NFC builds on, goes back even further. The patent citation trail leads all the way back to 1983 in a patent awarded to [Charles Walton]. NFC is much more than RFID though. The idea of two way communication between devices opens up tons of possibilities for projects and hacks. This week on the Hacklet we’re checking out some of the best NFC projects on! (SOURCE: Hackaday) #NFC #coolhacks #RFID #wearables #ring #access #control

Nextbike Uses RFID to Simplify Bicycle Rentals: The company is utilizing NFC tags and readers to facilitate its operations in 18 countries. For several years, Nextbike, a bicycle-rental system provider based in Leipzig, Germany, has been using Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags to identify bikes docked at its stations, and to provide authorized users with access to those bicycles. With RFID tags embedded in its bikes, the company can confirm not only that a bike is authentic before its locking mechanism is engaged, but also that a bicycle has been returned on time, explains Sebastian Schlebusch, Nextbike’s director of international business development. Users can also employ smart cards with built-in NFC tags to access bikes. (SOURCE: RFID Journal) #NFC #RFID #proximityID #access #control

How will banks address mobile wallets?: MasterCard’s recent decision to enable banks to add an in-store payments element to their mobile banking app for NFC-ready Android smartphones has rekindled an industry argument about what works best for financial institutions and proximity mobile payments. Banks today have two options: Go the Chase Pay route with a separate app that sits alongside the mobile banking app; or make NFC-based mobile payments a feature within a mobile banking app. Over the past nine months, Mobile Payments Today has conducted several interviews on this topic with industry observers, and it’s clear that an enhanced mobile banking app is a more desirable option than a standalone app. “In the short term, maybe they sit side-by-side and maybe there’s going to be a little bit of redundancy,” Daniel Van Dyke, a mobile research specialist at Javelin Strategy & Research, told Mobile Payments Today in an interview. “But long-term, I think the trajectory is an integrated mobile app where purchases at the point of sale are just one function of many within a mobile banking app.” Even before MasterCard’s recent announcement, banks already were moving in this direction. (SOURCE: Mobile Payments Today) #NFC #mobile #wallet #payments

Going cardless at the ATM catches on: Banks are rolling out NFC and other tech at ATMs to work with smartphones. Several major banks in the U.S. now support the use of a smartphone to withdraw cash from an ATM — many by way of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology — instead of requiring customers to use a bank card. One of the early adopters, Bank of America, said this week it currently supports cardless technology at 2,800 of its ATMs. That number will reach 8,000 ATMs by year’s end that rely on NFC and other technology. Bank of America, which has about 15,000 ATMs nationwide, created a video to show how a smartphone loaded with the bank’s mobile app can now withdraw cash from some ATMs. Wells Fargo said it has a “handful” of ATMs that are NFC-ready and working to deliver cash and other transactions and is planning to reach 5,000 by the end of 2016. A total of 12,000 ATMs will be enabled in 2017. (SOURCE: ComputerWorld) #NFC #mobile #wallet #payments #ATM

T.A.P. Tag Technologies LLC, a NFC Chip Company, Helps Campground Increase Communication with T.A.P. Tags: “We are always looking for new ways to communicate and build relationships with our campers. T.A.P. Tags are an easy way for us to embrace new technology and reach out to our customers directly on their smartphones” said Marlene Catanoso, owner of Avalon Campground. T.A.P. Tags are small items (key chains, business cards, stickers etc) that are NFC chip enabled. NFC (Near Field Communication) chips enable two electronic devices to communicate with each other. Utilizing similar technology that is becoming commonplace in credit cards, T.A.P. Tag Technologies uses state of the art NFC chips to facilitate communication between the T.A.P. Tag and the NFC capable smartphone. The campground is using T.A.P. Tag key chains that are given out to campers when they check in. The T.A.P. Tags display important information such as rules & regulations, the campground activity schedule, and details about area attractions. (SOURCE: T.A.P. Tag Technologies via press release) #NFC #CX

Beacons and NFC RFID Take Off at Bologna Airport: Since June, passengers at the Italian airport have been able to access information about flights, security and buses via Bluetooth beacons installed at various locations, as well as NFC RFID tags attached to posters. Bologna Gugliemo Marconi Airport has launched a Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID and Bluetooth beacon solution that allows commuters to access content about the airport, as well as the city beyond, via their mobile phones or other smart devices. The One Touch BLQ system—which uses the airport’s BLQ app in conjunction with Connecthings content-management software, NFC RFID labels and Bluetooth beacons—was taken live early last month. The airport has installed signs containing NFC RFID labels (printed with QR codes) in some parts of its facility, and beacons in others that transmit data directly to passengers’ devices running the airport app. Connecthings is now in discussions with Bologna officials to enable the city’s app to provide bus information at bus shelters, and at other sites around the city as well. (SOURCE: RFID Journal) #NFC #RFID #BLE #beacons #proximityID #security #access #control

Setting the record straight on contactless transactions and terminology: Without singling any party out, I think we can agree that there is a blanketed air of confusion in the mobile industry – a conflation of language, if you will. Those of us working with this technology day in and day out (myself included) can default to jargon, and media conversations often follow suit as they surmise what specific technology, category of devices, app providers or ecosystem is going to “win.” There’s an inescapable deluge of acronyms used to describe the technologies that power and secure mobile transactions in particular: NFC, HCE, BLE, RFID, EMV, MST…the list goes on. It’s important for us to draw distinctions between terms that are misused or incorrectly interchanged. It’s time to set the record straight on exactly what these contactless terms represent, what the technologies do and why there is confusion in the first place. (SOURCE: Mobile Payments Today) #contactless #NfC #HCE #BLE #RFID #EMV #MST #mobile #payments

OT partners with Swatch to offer NFC payment in Brazil: OT (Oberthur Technologies), a provider of embedded security software products and services, announces a key partnership with Swiss watchmaker Swatch to provide contactless payment to customers in Brazil. They will be able to pay with speed, security and convenience, just waving their stylish Swatch Bellamy watch close to contactless terminals enabled for NFC (near field communication) technology. OT will provide its FlyBuySE (secure element), NFC chip embedded in the watch, and the personalisation of the product credit card data. OT’s FlyBuySE is fully integrated within Swatch Bellamy watches. After buying the Bellamy Swatch, the owner automatically gets an account and an associated debit card with Brazil Pre Pagos. To activate it, owners just need to enter their data in the bank’s website  and credit the account following the rules defined by the bank, to then be able to make contactless transactions. (SOURCE: Telecompaper) #NFC #mobile #wallet #payment #wearables #contactless

NFC may help trainers trade their pocket monsters in ‘Pokémon Go’: Pokémon Go is already a huge hit — but the game is missing a few key features that fans of the franchise have come to expect. Trading pokémon with friends has long been an essential component of catching ’em all, but this activity isn’t currently available to Go players. However, the game’s developer Niantic has confirmed that there are plans to introduce a trading system into the app. Now, there are some rumors doing the rounds about the method that the company plans to use when it implements this new feature. Pokémon Go will apparently use near-field communication to streamline the trading process for trainers, according to a report from BGR, based on information from PokeGoFans. Players would simply have to touch their smartphone against another player’s device for the transaction to be made, if these rumors are to be believed. It makes sense that Go would make use of NFC in this way, given that the tech is now standard across flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy line and Apple’s iPhone. Moreover, there will apparently be alternate methods of trading Pokémon with fellow trainers, so players without an NFC-enabled phone won’t be left out. (SOURCE: Yahoo Tech) #NFC #games #PokemonGo #smartphones

NFC Speeds Up Authentication for Race Car Drivers: For the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile championships, motorsport equipment company Fyshe is supplying RFID-tagged race suits that can be authenticated via an app and an NFC-enabled smartphone. In April 2016, several teams competing in a championship car race sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) began using an RFID-based system to authenticate their adidas Climacool race suits produced by U.K.-based motorsport equipment company Fyshe Ltd. Since then, Fyshe has been sewing Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags into all of its adidas Climacool racing suits, which it manufactures itself. The company plans to incorporate the transponders in other products that it makes or distributes, in order to allow FIA and race car drivers to ensure that the suits, boots and helmets they use are authorized by FIA for use in the race. Fyshe is not yet tagging adidas gloves, shoes or underwear product lines, though it expects to do so in the future. (SOURCE: RFID Journal) #RFID #NfC #authentication #anticounterfeiting #sports #collectibles

In Canada, Internet of Things Buildout Continues: New digital data sources are changing the way marketers build campaigns and target audiences. The internet of things (IoT) is a rich data source for industries in Canada. The ability to use sensor data to trigger events in supply chains and other operations has added a new capability for real-time decision-making, as explored in a new eMarketer report, “Sensor Data in Canada: How Marketers Can Tap the Internet of Things for More Precise Audience Targeting” (eMarketer PRO customers only). For marketers, the opportunity is still developing. Consumer data collected from IoT sources like smart homes and smartphones enables more precise targeting. Behavioral targeting is often badly executed—i.e., display ads that follow users around the web, too-frequent or untimely promotions, etc. Data from the IoT can augment historical web behavioral data with real-world sensor data, resulting in a less-intrusive ad experience for consumers. The bulk of the IoT buildout is being funded by industry with operational improvements in mind. The ability to connect disparate points in supply chains and build connectivity into their solutions are major incentives. (SOURCE: eMarketers) #IoT #proximityID #mobile #marketing

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