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June 24, 2019
amNewYork

Bye, bye plastic? Subway is finally going digital

The time to say goodbye to that familiar little yellow card is drawing near. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun the subway system’s digital transformation and is the latest mass transit organization to come aboard the e-wallet technology train (pun fully intended and I am not sorry).

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June 21, 2019
RFID Journal

Companies Anticipate NFC Scale-Up With Apple’s iOS 13 Release

As Apple is releasing its iOS 13 operating system for iPhones and iPads with Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality, companies in the NFC sector are seeing new opportunities. The consumer electronics and computer software company released its plans for NFC in iOS 13 at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). The iPhone 7 and newer models came with NFC reading functionality, but they were limited to Apple Pay or other apps that had to be installed on the phone.

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June 18, 2019
NFC World

NFC Forum releases bidirectional IoT communication standard

Bidirectional communication with IoT devices means NFC-enabled smartphones can read the actual state from the IoT device (eg, the actual title of music played) and can change the configuration of the IoT device by write access (eg, to adjust the volume or to switch to the next audio file).

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June 18, 2019
Mic

Apple iOS 13 update will allow German citizens to use their iPhones as ID cards

When it comes to utilizing smartphones for more than just apps and banking, it looks like Germany is the next country in line to streamline how its citizens use their devices on a daily basis. Thanks to expanded support for near-field communication (NFC) in Apple’s iOS 13 update, Germany will soon be using Apple-approved NFC ID documents and letting German citizens use their phones as their ID cards. And the update could allow other countries to make the same moves soon.

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June 17, 2019
Futureiot

NFC Forum releases new specifications to improve connectivity of IoT devices

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association of mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies, has published new candidate specifications for connecting internet of things (IoT) devices to smartphones and apps.

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June 17, 2019
Futureiot

NFC Forum releases new specifications to improve connectivity of IoT devices

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association of mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies, has published new candidate specifications for connecting internet of things (IoT) devices to smartphones and apps.

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June 14, 2019
Help Net Security

NFC Forum expands connectivity for IoT device manufacturer

The NFC Forum announced the publication of the new Tag NFC Data Exchange Format Exchange Protocol Candidate Specification (TNEP) and a new candidate version of its popular Connection Handover Technical Specification (CH 1.5).

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June 7, 2019
NFC World

Confirmed: iOS 13 to include support for NFC passport reading

Apple’s update to its Core NFC framework for iOS 13 will include support for reading passports and ID documents, chip checker app maker Innovalor has confirmed to NFC World.

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June 5, 2019
Earth.com

New freshness sensors can help reduce food waste

Researchers at Imperial College London are reporting that food freshness sensors may eventually replace use-by dates to reduce the amount of food that is wasted by supermarkets and consumers. The new food sensors can help detect spoilage gases like ammonia that are present in meat and fish products.

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May 30, 2019
RCR Wireless News

NXP to pay $1.76 billion for Marvell’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth unit

NXP is buying Marvell’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other wireless connectivity business assets for $1.76 billion, in a move that NXP says will boost its ability to offer turnkey offerings in its target IoT, automotive and industrial markets, as well as in communication infrastructure.

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May 29, 2019
Digital Trends

Apple Pay, Google Pay will work with MTA’s tap-and-pay system for NYC transit

New York City is often called the greatest city in the world, but it’s a step behind when it comes to adopting new technologies. Take contactless pay for public transit, as an example. Commuters in quite a few cities around the world — such as London and Japan — have had the ability to tap and pay with a smartphone or contactless card to access public transit for years. Well, tap and pay for transit is finally coming to New York City, though it’s a bit limited at the moment.

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May 29, 2019
NFC World

Paris to switch on NFC mobile ticketing for bus, tram and metro services in September

Commuters in the greater Paris region will be able to use their NFC mobile phone to store Navigo transit passes and T+ prepaid ticket books from September 2019. This follows the completion of a pilot of the new Smart Navigo service in the French capital in which 14,000 commuters downloaded the mobile app and 88% of users said they would use the service in the future.

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May 28, 2019
NFC World

NFC cool chain pilot tracks avocado and berry pallets across borders

Members of the Cool Chain Association (CCA) have completed a pilot test of an NFC-based solution to the problem of how to monitor refrigerated fresh produce in transit to ensure it has been maintained at the correct temperature and will still have a good shelf life when it arrives in stores.

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May 22, 2019

NFC Tags Ready for the Mainstream

NFC is a short-range wireless connectivity technology that is increasingly being leveraged within a wide range of smart devices, including smartphones, smartwatches, headsets, speakers, connected toys, and gaming consoles, among many others.Learn about the NFC tag market forecasts and what is driving brands owners toward NFC tag technology. Complete the form to download the whitepaper.

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May 17, 2019
Smart Energy International

Factors behind $6 billion global smart thermostat market

The smart thermostat market will register a 9% growth between 2018 and 2025, according to Global Market Insights. Revenue generation within the market is expected to increase from $3 billion in 2018 to $6 billion by 2025.

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May 15, 2019
PYMNTS

How Consumer Services Companies Are Innovating With App Features

To help improve their operations, consumer services companies appear to have some very specific ideas about digital technology. Firms in this space, which include entertainment venues, garages and contractors, show a lot of interest in consumer applications – and seem to be more interested in some features than others.

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May 15, 2019
NFC World

ABI Research forecasts 10bn NFC tags in use by 2023

NFC tags represent an “enormous growth opportunity” and are now “ready for the mainstream”, according to a new forecast by ABI Research which is available to download free of charge from the NFC World Knowledge Centre.

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May 8, 2019
NFC World

Apple Pay boss reveals US merchants’ plans to use NFC tags for payments and loyalty sign-up

Dairy QueenBonobosPanera BreadYogurtlandJimmy John’s Gourmet SandwichesDave & Buster’sCaribou Coffee plus Bird and PayByPhone are all working on projects that use Apple’s Core NFC tag reading capabilities to make it easier for consumers to sign up for their services, Apple Pay boss Jennifer Bailey has revealed.

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May 6, 2019
Payment Week

Mobile Payments Deliver Major Impact To In-Store Customer Experience

For those businesses that aren’t already taking mobile payments, it’s easy enough to see why they’re not. A host of reasons have emerged, from the added expense to security issues to customer disinterest. However, there’s an equally-large host of reasons why adding mobile payments to the roster is a good idea, as evidenced by a recent look at the field from Payments Journal.

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April 30, 2019
VentureBeat

Masabi raises $20 million for mobile ticketing tools

Masabi, a U.K.-based developer of mobile ticketing and public transport payments software, today announced that it’s secured $20 million in a series B round led by Smedvig Capital, with participation from MMC Ventures and other investors. The fresh capital, which brings the company’s total raised to roughly $40.8 million following a $12 million venture round in December 2015, will be used to accelerate the global expansion of its platform, according to CEO Brian Zanghi.

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