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August 21, 2019
The Japan Times

In high-tech Japan, cash remains king, defying mobile payments

Once a pioneer in technologies for cashless transactions, Japan is now lagging the world’s biggest economies in the embrace of electronic payments because most of the population still prefers physical money.

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August 20, 2019

NFC Forum elects Khemani, Punch as vice chairmen

The NFC Forum elected Preeti Ohri Khemani from Infineon Technologies Austria and Fabrice Punch from NXP Semiconductors as vice chairmen of the industry group’s board. Khemani and Punch already served as members of the NFC Forum’s board of directors. In their expanded roles as vice chairmen, they will help advance the NFC Forum’s mission and actively contribute to further increase the adoption of NFC technology worldwide.

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August 20, 2019
Yahoo! Finance

NFC Forum Elects Vice Chairmen For Board Of Directors

Preeti Ohri Khemani With Infineon And Fabrice Punch From NXP Assume Leadership Roles as Vice Chairmen Of The NFC Forum Board Of Directors

The NFC Forum, the global standards and advocacy association for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, announced today the election of two Vice Chairmen to its Board of Directors: Preeti Ohri Khemani from Infineon Technologies Austria AG and Fabrice Punch from NXP Semiconductors.

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August 16, 2019
NFC World

Italian rail operator to pilot barrier-free transit ticketing

Trentino Trasporti, the transportation operator for the Italian city of Trento, is to be the first to pilot a new transit ticketing concept that uses sensors placed on trains to calculate and charge passengers for fares by automatically detecting when they get on and off a particular service.

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August 13, 2019


YouTuber and software engineer Amie DD published a video last week in which she has a small RFID tag that doubles as her Model 3 keycard implanted into her forearm.

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August 13, 2019
Travel Daily News

Juniper Research: Mobile digital identity to be an opportunity in 2024

Hampshire, UK:  A new report from Juniper Research has found that the use of unique mobile identifier services, which provide identity verification through SIMs, will generate over 7 billion USD for mobile operators in 2024. This is up from an expected $859 million in 2019; a growth of over 800%.

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August 11, 2019

Managing access control with smartphones

A 2017 Gartner study had predicted a four-fold increase in the number of organisations that will use mobile credentials for physical access control by 2020. Only 5 per cent of companies were using smartphone technology to manage access in 2016 against the expected 20 per cent in 2020.

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July 29, 2019


For more than 50 years, kids across the globe have been collecting Hot Wheels cars and challenging each other at races and ramp jumps. Now, in an attempt to take vehicle play to the next level, Mattel innovated a way that kids and Hot Wheels enthusiasts alike can finally put their money where their mouths are: Hot Wheels id, which is, essentially, a Hot Wheels smart car.

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July 25, 2019
GM Authority

Refreshed 2020 Cadillac XT5 Debuts

We’ve shown it to you before, but now it’s officially official on the double: the refreshed 2020 Cadillac XT5 is here, and it’s offering a new base-level engine, new technology, and revised design inside and out. The latest XT5 now falls in line with Cadillac’s new Y trim level strategy, starting with the base-level Luxury and branching into either the comfort-oriented Premium Luxury, or the more aggressive Sport.

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July 24, 2019
Car and Bike an NDTV Venture

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Comes With A Solar Roof System

It’s interesting how the world is moving towards alternate fuel systems. Electric powertrains are here to stay and so are hybrid vehicles. Hyundai Motor has taken a step in this very direction. The company has showcased the 2020 Sonata Hybrid and it has equipped it with a world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) technology and solar roof system. The hybrid model is equipped with a unique characterising cross hole cascading grille, rear spoiler, and alloy wheel accentuates the look and feel of an eco-friendly vehicle.

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July 22, 2019
Packaging Digest

On-pack QR code and NFC plug rum drinkers into Malibu brand

The Absolut Co., owner of the Malibu rum brand, is using smart packaging to create a closer connection with consumers. The company recently announced the launch of 300,000 “connected” Malibu bottles in the United States.

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July 20, 2019
Planet Vending

Vending Insight 42: Near Field Communication Special

Hello again and welcome to Vending Insight 42, ‘Near Field Communication Special’, brought to you with the assistance of our friends at Vianet Smart Machines in association with Vendman, the UK’s Number One ERP software for vending operators.

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July 5, 2019
Value Walk

Sony’s New Wireless Earbuds With Noise Cancellation Take On AirPods

Sony’s noise-canceling headphones with the model number WH-1000XM3 are among the best on the market. The Japanese company now aims to repeat the same success in the wireless segment with new wireless earbuds, called WF-1000XM3. Sony’s new wireless earbuds boast a true wireless design and could prove a formidable threat to Apple’s AirPods.

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July 5, 2019
RFID Journal


Smartrac Technology Group has announced that it has earned NFC Forum and DEKRA Labcertifications for its suite of Circus NFC inlays based on NXP Semiconductors‘ NTAG ICs. The subjects of certification are Smartrac’s circular NFC Circus inlays and tags, including the Circus Tamper Loop tamper-detection inlay, based on NXP’s NTAG210 Micro, NTAG213, NTAG213 TT and NTAG216 ICs.

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July 2, 2019

Shiseido Launches Internet of Things Skincare System

Japanese beauty brand Shiseido has entered the skincare industry’s latest competitive realm with a personalized high-tech moisturizer and serum, formulated by pairing augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Called Optune, it’s one of the first Internet of Things smart appliance systems in the beauty space combining an intelligent app with a physical dispenser.

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June 28, 2019

Smartrac’s NFC Products Achieve Certifications from NFC Forum, DEKRA

Smartrac Technology Group announced that it has earned NFC Forum and DEKRA Lab certifications for a suite of Circus NFC inlays based on various NXP NTAG ICs. The RFID and IoT speciualist considers this as another confirmation of its claim to be the NFC leader, as well as a quality and performance assurance for its growing NFC customer base worldwide.

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June 27, 2019
RFID Journal

RFID News Roundup

SML, a provider of item-level RFID solutions for the retail market, has announced the results of its collaboration with Microsoft. The combination of SML’s Clarity application platform and Microsoft Azure enables thousands of retail stores around the globe to enhance inventory accuracy above 98 percent, the company reports, resulting in increased sales and improved customer service.

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June 26, 2019

Security for NFC tags

Infineon’s  NFC tags based on the SECORA Pay security solution  have been  approved under the NFC Forum Certification Program, confirming their compliance with the Type 4A Tag and the Type 4B Tag.

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June 25, 2019
Automotive World

BMW Group digital services at #NEXTGen

The BMW Group #NEXTGen event provided exclusive background information on what the future holds for the myBMW digital ecosystem. All BMW Group and NOW services, along with mobility services and products, will be pooled together under this name. Products and services will be split into My Car, My Life and My Journey categories, presenting customers with a single gateway into an all-encompassing portfolio of personal mobility-enhancing offerings. The BMW Group will reveal further details on myBMW at the IAA Cars 2019 motor show in Frankfurt on 12 – 22 September.

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June 25, 2019

Infineon introduces world’s first certified NFC Type 4B Tag

Infineon’s latest NFC reference tags, which are based on the SECORA Pay security solution, have been successfully approved under the NFC Forum Certification Program, and confirms their compliance with the Type 4A Tag and the Type 4B Tag.

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