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September 15, 2016
CTIMES

NFC Forum Partners with Three Industry Consortia to Further Expand Its Markets Influence

The NFC Forum announced today the signing of liaison agreements with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, and the Smart Ticketing Alliance. The goal of the alliances is to collaborate on joint projects to advance the adoption and usability of Near Field Communication (NFC) in key markets and technology sectors, including automotive, public transportation, and digital identity.

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September 15, 2016
NFC World

NFC Forum agrees key markets promotions

The NFC Forum has signed agreements with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), the FIDO Alliance and the Smart Ticketing Alliance to collaborate on projects that will “advance the adoption and usability of NFC in key markets and technology sectors” including automotive, public transportation and digital identity. “All of the collaborations are focused on educating the market, unleashing innovation and removing barriers to interoperability,” the organisation says.

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September 14, 2016
TelecomReseller

NFC Forum Forms Partnerships with Other Industry Consortia

The NFC Forum announced today the signing of liaison agreements with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, and the Smart Ticketing Alliance. The goal of the alliances is to collaborate on joint projects to advance the adoption and usability of Near Field Communication (NFC) in key markets and technology sectors, including automotive, public transportation, and digital identity.

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September 8, 2016
Mobile Payments Today

Apple Pay set to debut in Japan with a little help from Sony

Apple announced that the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 will bring customers in Japan the ability to use Apple Pay beginning in October.

Users can commute and pay for everyday items with Suica from JR East and make private credit and prepaid card purchases in stores, apps and on the web, according to an Apple press release. Apple is also introducing support for transit in Japan with Maps in iOS 10 so commuters can find ride details, including fare breakdowns that automatically show Suica pricing right on their device.

 

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September 7, 2016
Gemalto

Five key success factors for mobile NFC deployment

Mobile NFC has been in the field for some years now, and is more diverse than ever.

By assessing how we are able to help our customers define and implement their NFC strategies worldwide and by analyzing various mobile NFC roll-outs around the globe, we have found that the same systematic approach is common to all successful large-scale NFC deployments, and this approach relies on five key success factors

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September 6, 2016
Apple Insider

Apple Pay to debut in Japan with FeliCa tap-to-pay support in 2016, report says

Apple will partner with Sony, developers of the FeliCa standard, in an effort to break into Japan’s mobile payments market, Nikkei reports. By integrating Apple Pay with FeliCa hardware, Apple is able to tap into a vast point of sale network already deployed nationwide at convenience stores, vending machines and other retail locations.

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September 1, 2016
EE Times Europe

Secure Bluetooth low energy plus NFC with zero-power standby

Supporting both Bluetooth low energy v4.1 and NFC, Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems adds a short-range, Bluetooth low energy and NFC combo module for implementing Bluetooth functionality into end-products. An NFC enabled remote device may independently create a wake-up signal with neither host control nor local battery consumption.

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August 30, 2016
Juniper Research

ONLINE PURCHASES VIA APPLE PAY & ANDROID PAY TO REACH $8BN BY 2018, UP FIFTEEN-FOLD FROM 2016

New findings from Juniper Research claim that the value of digital and physical goods purchased through mobile “OS-Pay” platforms will increase by fifteen times in the next two years. A combination of in-app purchases and website retail payments is projected to drive annual spend via Apple Pay and Android Pay to $8 billion in 2018, up from $540 million this year.

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August 30, 2016
Electronics Sourcing Online

New combined and secure Bluetooth low energy and NFC PAN1761 Series from Panasonic

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe is launching a new short-range, Bluetooth low energy and NFC combo module for implementing Bluetooth functionality into various electronic devices. Based on a leading edge Toshiba SoC, the cost-effective PAN1761 Series supports both Bluetooth low energy functionality v4.1 and NFC through a NFC Forum Type 3 compliant tag.

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August 30, 2016
TechTarget IoT Agenda

IoT + NFC: Four reasons why IoT needs NFC

Convenience. Better security. Energy savings. Healthcare and fitness tracking. The internet of things is already providing these benefits to those who have invested in wearables, connected security systems, thermostats, lighting and a growing number of commercial applications. According to Juniper Research, over 38 billion connected devices will be in use three years from now.

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August 28, 2016
MediaPost

Malibu Rum Launches Connected Bottles To Deliver Consumer Content

In the Internet of Things, anything that can be connected will be connected

That now even holds true for bottles of rum.

Absolut Vodka, which ships around 100 million bottles a year, was experimenting with connecting bottles last year, as I wrote about here at the time (‘Agency Of Things’ Aims To Connect Brands).

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August 25, 2016
The Verge

Apple’s next iPhones could support tap-to-pay for Japan’s trains

Next generation iPhone owners in Japan may soon be able to use their smartphones to pay for train, subways, and bus rides. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to add FeliCa technology — the wireless standard used by Japan’s mass transit systems to accept payments —  to its next iPhone, allowing users to store virtual pay-as-you-go passes in their Wallet app, and touch their phone to station barriers to travel.

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August 23, 2016
EE Times Europe

Deploying Bluetooth® Low Energy and NFC for secure connections and easy pairing

By supporting wireless applications that can operate with ultra-low power consumption, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) opens up a number of new application opportunities for designers – particularly when it is combined with the benefits of NFC technology.
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August 23, 2016
Android Headlines

Samsung Pay has over 100M Transactions in First Year

It was exactly a year ago today that Samsung Pay launched. Of course, it only launched in South Korea and then the US, now it is available in a few more countries. Samsung Pay has seen some pretty impressive success over its first year of being around. The biggest reason for that is the marketing that Samsung has, as well as the ease of use for Samsung Pay. The company bought LoopPay before they launched Samsung Pay. And in that purchase they got their hands on some MST technology. This allows Samsung to be able to use their contactless payment service just about anywhere, without merchants needing to upgrade their terminals. Meaning that just about every store, or restaurant were immediately compatible with Samsung Pay.

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August 18, 2016
Mobile Payments Today

EMVCo intros streamlined approvals for mobile payment devices

The EMV Technical body EMVCo has announced that it has implemented a formal approval process to confirm that contactless mobile payment-enabled devices can operate seamlessly with EMV Level 1-approved payment acceptance terminals.

According to a press release, this is the first time that EMVCo has provided formal certification for contactless mobile payment devices.

The new approval process incorporates Level 1 tests traditionally managed by the individual payment systems, bringing efficiencies to the process and reducing time to market, the release said.

 

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August 18, 2016
NFC World

EMVCo to certify mobile devices for NFC and HCE payments

EMVCo has introduced a formal industry testing and certification process for contactless mobile payment devices. The new process “incorporates Level 1 tests traditionally managed by the individual payment systems,” the payments standards body says, “bringing efficiencies to the process and reducing time to market”.

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August 16, 2016
NFC World

Three quarters of US retailers plan to accept Apple Pay before 2018

More than three quarters of US retailers (76%) plan to accept Apple Pay by the end of 2017, research released by the National Retail Federation and Forrester reveals. 72% expect to be equipped to accept NFC mobile payments by the end of the same year, with 68% planning to accept only one or “very few” types of digital wallets.

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August 12, 2016
Business Wire

Increasing Adoption of NFC to Create Opportunities for the Global Mobile Wallet Market until 2020, Reports Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio analysts forecast the global mobile wallet market to grow at a CAGR of 34.58% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global mobile wallet market for 2016-2020. The report considers the total revenue generated from retail transactions sourced through mobile wallets. These transactions, include m-commerce, mobile ticketing and coupons, money transfer, and micropayments.

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August 12, 2016
The Fiscal Times

PayPal Is Winning the Mobile Payment Wars, but Apple Has This One Advantage

While pundits have been promising for years that we’ll soon be able to leave our wallets at home and pay for everything via our cell phones, mass adoption of mobile, digital payment systems hasn’t yet taken hold. But the numbers are improving every year, and a new report from Park Associates finds that more than 25 percent of U.S. smartphone owners use payment apps at least once a month.

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August 12, 2016
Android Headlines

Android Pay To Soon Provide Details On NFC Antenna Location

A new version of Android Pay seems to be en route to devices at the moment, version 1.5. However, on the face of it, there does not seem to be too much included at the end user level. Although, buried in the app are some nice indications of one particular feature which will likely be on its way to Android Pay in the future. Information on where your device’s NFC antenna is located.

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