NFC

NFCNear field communication (NFC) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few centimeters. Present and anticipated applications include contactless transactions, data exchange, and simplified setup of more complex communications such as Wi-Fi. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC chip, called a “tag”.

NFC standards cover communications protocols and data exchange formats, and are based on existing radio-frequency identification (RFID) standards including ISO/IEC 14443 and FeliCa. The standards include ISO/IEC 18092 and those defined by the NFC Forum, which was founded in 2004 by Nokia, Philips and Sony, and now has more than 160 members. The Forum also promotes NFC and certifies device compliance. It fits the criteria for being considered a personal area network.

NXP Releases Ultra-Precise UWB Chipset for Smart Devices

NXP Releases Ultra-Precise UWB Chipset for Smart Devices

NXP has unveiled a new SR100T chipset built specifically for devices with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) fine-ranging capabilities. The chip combines UWB technology with Secure Element and Near Field Communication tech to offer manufacturers a comprehensive solution that will integrate seamlessly into a wide variety of IoT devices. “The SR100T is an evolution of our secure connected…

Apple’s NFC Update Enables YubiKey Authentication

Apple’s NFC Update Enables YubiKey Authentication

“… YubiKey 5 NFC and Security Key NFC solutions can now be used with iPhone models 7 or later running on iOS 13.” Yubico’s NFC-enabled security keys can now be used for contactless authentication with newer iPhones. The change was announced alongside Apple’s big product launches last week, with the company opening up somewhat from…

HID Mobile Access Enables High-Tech Access Control at Spark Building

HID Mobile Access Enables High-Tech Access Control at Spark Building

“Skanska’s integration of HID Mobile Access into their mobile platform is a perfect example of how organizations are leveraging the power of mobile credentials and the cloud to realize the full potential of creating a connected and more intuitive experience for their users, while increasing security at the same time.” -Hilding Arrehed, Vice President of Cloud…

Student IDs Coming to Apple Wallet

Student IDs Coming to Apple Wallet

Apple is delving into mobile access control, in collaboration with HID Global and ASSA ABLOY. The companies are developing a mobile ID solution that will essentially create a virtual smart card for students in the Apple Wallet app. The virtual student ID card is designed to take advantage of NFC technology, allowing students to open…

Suica Support Brings Google Pay to Japanese Transit System

Suica Support Brings Google Pay to Japanese Transit System

Users of Google Pay in Japan can now add their Suica and WAON cards to the app. These are two major prepaid payment cards in the country, both based on Sony-developed FeliCa NFC technology. While both cards enjoy popularity, the Suica support could prove particularly advantageous to Google Pay users as the card is accepted…

More Than Time: Three Major Applications For Wearable Tech

More Than Time: Three Major Applications For Wearable Tech

The Apple Watch is only weeks away from release and this week brought with it the device’s first wave of reviews and a heightened level of anticipation. While the release of Apple’s wearable is an exciting prospect for iPhone owners, it is also an event that will be carefully scrutinized by the company’s competitors. For…

Apple Pay Adds More Official Merchant Partners

Apple Pay Adds More Official Merchant Partners

Apple has added 10 new merchants to its list of Apple Pay supporters, according to an AppleInsider article. Among the new additions are such high-profile companies as Gamestop and T-Mobile. That brings the official merchant partner count on Apple the Apple Pay website to 68, but, as the article notes, there are many others that…

Vodafone Sticks with the PIN for mPayment System

Vodafone Sticks with the PIN for mPayment System

Vodafone has announced that it’s going to let customers add their bank cards to the Vodafone Wallet app, thereby letting them use their smartphones for contactless NFC payment at POS terminals. The development is the product of collaboration between Vodafone, Visa, and Carta Worldwide. It will be a relatively simple process for customers to sign…

Apple Pay Wins Over Another Bank

Apple Pay Wins Over Another Bank

Another bank has begun supporting Apple Pay, according to a Buffalo Business First article by Allissa Kline. Keybank N.A., in Buffalo, New York, has announced that its customers can use their iPhone 6 devices to make mobile payments. Keybank N.A. is the third-largest bank in Western New York, according to Kline, and it’s also the…

Rugged Mobile Elbows its Way Into Market

Rugged Mobile Elbows its Way Into Market

Rugged computer developer AMREL has announced the launch of a new mobile device. Called the APEX AH53, the mobile device runs on an Android 4.2.2 OS, and features a 5.3″ display. The device also sports Bluetooth and NFC technology, a Quad-core Cortex A7 1.2 GHz processor, and a camera. Those specs are fairly standard these…

MWC 2015: Samsung S6 has the Curves, Plays the Angles

MWC 2015: Samsung S6 has the Curves, Plays the Angles

Samsung has made a splash with its new Galaxy S6 smartphone, reports Matt Kwong in an article for CBC News. Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the mobile device is getting some extra attention for its unique curved screen, which overflows from the phone’s face onto two of its sides. The company revealed…

MWC 2015: Samsung Selects Oberthur Technologies’ PEARL as NFC eSE

MWC 2015: Samsung Selects Oberthur Technologies’ PEARL as NFC eSE

Samsung has selected Oberthur Technologies (OT) to provide the NFC embedded Secure Element it will use in its newest Galaxy smartphone. OT’s PEARL will be used in all new Samsung Galaxy S6 devices. PEARL boasts of a few key advantages over other eSE’s. For one thing, it offers the largest memory space. But perhaps more…

Samsung Acquires Innovative Mobile Payment Company

Samsung Acquires Innovative Mobile Payment Company

Samsung has acquired mobile payment solutions provider LoopPay, the companies have announced. The acquisition will see LoopPay’s management team enveloped in Samsung’s Mobile Division. LoopPay’s innovative mobile payment solution could be a major boon for Samsung as it wades into an mCommerce war with other giants like Apple and Alibaba. LoopPay’s technology essentially turns existing…

MWC 2015: SuperCom to Showcase Device Agnostic mPayment Security

MWC 2015: SuperCom to Showcase Device Agnostic mPayment Security

SuperCom has announced that it will be exhibiting its digital security solutions at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, running from March 2nd to 5th in Barcelona. The company is going to highlight its SuperPay suite of mobile payment solutions. With SuperPay, SuperCom’s aim is to provide a range of device agnostic security solutions for the…

BYOD Month: The Primer

BYOD Month: The Primer

When it comes to the ideal use of mobile identity management technology the name of the game is security plus convenience. On a user level, mobility is a life-changing paradigm shift, allowing for online operations that used to require a notebook or desktop computer anywhere under the umbrella of cellular reception. Taking those operations on…

Apple Watch Sightings Stoke Wearable Tech Excitement

Apple Watch Sightings Stoke Wearable Tech Excitement

Have you caught a glimpse of the Apple Watch? The high end wearable designed for use with your iPhone won’t be hitting the wrists of consumers until April, but that doesn’t mean a few Apple employees haven’t been the privilege of showing off the new smart accessory. Reports out of Cupertino have detailed Apple Watch…

FIDO Alliance Appoints New Leadership For 2015

FIDO Alliance Appoints New Leadership For 2015

The Fast Identification Online (FIDO) Alliance announced today the results of its annual officer election. Dustin Ingalls of Microsoft has been appointed as the consortium’s new presidents while Brett McDowell has been elected to the position of FIDO’s first executive director. Outgoing FIDO president Michael Barrett is being honored as chairman emeritus. Along with those…

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Entering The Post Password Paradigm

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Entering The Post Password Paradigm

This week at Mobile ID World we saw continued interest in the machine to machine network better known as the Internet of Things while newly released biometric software began to herald a new era of consumer facing authentication solutions just in time for those embarrassed by their contribution to 2014’s most commonly used passwords (which…

GSMA Innovation City Will Showcase Mobile Tech at Mobile World Congress

GSMA Innovation City Will Showcase Mobile Tech at Mobile World Congress

Mobile industry advocate GSMA has announced that at this year’s Mobile World Congress it will construct an immersive showcase called GSMA Innovation City. The project is a larger follow-up to last year’s Connected City exhibition. The general idea is to create an environment simulating a real city setting in which a number of mobile technologies…

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