Author:Steve AtkinsAs well as the head of the Krowne Communications Group, Steve Atkins is also the Editor in Chief of Contactless Intelligence – covering contactless, NFC, mobile and cloud-based technologies. Even with over twenty five years of experience in the high tech industry, he is still fascinated with all kinds of technology and the impact it has upon end users. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.
News In Brief 2015
28.07.2015. Card transactions rise by 12 million in May
The number of debit and credit card transactions grew by 1.1 per cent last month to reach 1.093 billion, according to the latest figures from The UK Cards Association. Total card spending rose to £51.1 billion in May, up by 0.8 per cent during the month. Debit cards made up almost three-quarters (71.4 per cent) of card spending amounting to £36.5 billion.
Last month consumers made 124 million online purchases, up by 1.5 per cent on April, spending a total of £11.2 billion. Internet spending represented over a fifth (21.8 per cent) of total card spending. The average value of a card transaction dropped to £46.92 in May, down by over £1 compared to a year ago. This amount has fallen consistently since 2011, reflecting the increased use of contactless cards and the ongoing migration from low value cash payments towards cards.
22.07.2015. KEOLABS' Laboratory authorized for NFC Forum certification testing
KEOLABS, a leading provider of smart card and NFC testing solutions and services, announced NFC Forum authorization of its laboratory for certification testing of NFC implementations in mobile phones, components, tags, cards and readers. KEOLABS' testing services cover all levels of implementation of the NFC Forum specifications including Analog, Digital Protocol, SNEP and LLCP.
“Because NFC Forum certification is the gold standard of compliance for any NFC device, it is vital to have laboratory partners who can thoroughly test the full range of NFC functionality,” said Paula Hunter, executive director of the NFC Forum. “With its certification testing services, KEOLABS’ Testing Laboratory fulfills that role, giving device manufacturers the confidence that their products comply with NFC Forum specifications and can receive NFC Forum certification.”