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NXP releases complete passive solution for NFC interaction with electronic devices that can power itself

NXP Semiconductors N.V. have released a complete passive solution for NFC interaction for a wide variety of applications such as home appliances, consumer electronics, wearable technology and home automation. By combining a contactless NFC interface with a contact I²C interface and onboard non-volatile memory, the NTAG I²C solution enables new kinds of NFC tag interactions, […]

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Alpha Bank in Greece chooses Helixion for Tap ‘n Pay mobile payment app

Alpha Bank have been working alongside Vodafone, First Data and Visa Europe to produce a mobile payment application for the expanding market in Greece. Tap ‘n Pay’s successful pilot began in February 2014 and has now launched commercially. Users will be able to complete payment transactions instantly and securely by placing their NFC enabled smartphone […]

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One Stop, one-shop, one beacon-led discount

One Stop convenience stores across the UK are to offer discounted copies of its Chat, Pick Me Up, Woman and TV & Satellite Week magazines next month. Nothing new there, but it’s not the discounting that’s interesting; it’s the fact that the magazine publisher – IPC Media – is to do so using Bluetooth Low […]

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NEXPERTS launches Wallegro as Mobile Wallet

Wallegro – a new free app launched by NEXPERTS – will allow consumers to use a mobile wallet for personal items such as loyalty cards, coupons, ID cards, important notes and shopping lists. Juniper Research predicts there will be more than 1.5 billion mobile wallets in use around the world by 2018. The relevant use […]

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FIME Global Test Tool gets GlobalPlatform seal of approval for SE testing

Industry association, GlobalPlatform, has qualified FIME’s ‘Global’ test tool, validating its ability to evaluate the functionality of secure elements (SEs) to support payment, telecom and identity applications. The tool is available for SE providers, mobile network operators (MNOs), and handset manufacturers, to purchase for pre-certification development testing, and as part of FIME’s laboratory testing service […]

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Donkeys rides are the summer ‘smart’ thing to do

Here’s the ultimate Summer contactless news story for you. Parents will no longer have the excuse that they don’t have any cash on them to pay for the donkey ride on Blackpool beach. You can thank Barclaycard for that. The photo shows Dillon, the first contactless donkey, with the world’s first contactless payment saddle. The […]

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KIA Oval is all ‘over’ beacon technology

The KIA Oval launched an interactive digital experience for cricket fans by enabling mobile proximity technology in the grounds. The app, “The KIA Oval”, available for both Android and iPhone users, uses beacon and geo-fencing technology to enrich visitors’ experience at the stadium with exclusive, location-based valued content. The technology, which is enabled by mobile marketing, loyalty […]

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GUEST POST: Do HCE mobile payments need additional security?

By Robert Wessels – Technical Sales Consultant, Bell ID.  Since Google announced support for host card emulation (HCE) in Android KitKat 4.4 last year, the industry has been divided. Many recognize the value and opportunity that this brings to banks, mobile network operators (MNOs) and service providers for the deployment of mobile services – like payments, transit and loyalty […]

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‘Bespoke Instant Fundraising Wristbands’ are a real boost for charities

Bristol-headquartered, Hft, a national learning disabilities charity is one of the vanguard of charities who continue to employ new technology to empower their fundraisers to capitalise on spontaneous donations instantly. The charity will be giving Bespoke Instant Fundraising Wristbands to participants taking part in Hft’s portfolio of Team Extreme and Challenge events (such as bikes […]

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Photo Credit @ Lee Ryda

In London, statues are coming to life thanks to NFC technology.

From August 19th, for approximately one year, 35 statues across London and Manchester will speak their minds! Arts producers Sing London have commissioned some of the nation’s most celebrated writers, actors and comedians to create monologues for a range of iconic statues.  Pass a Talking Statue, engage the NFC tag and get a call back […]

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