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SPS new “Hybrid 8” module revolutionizes hybrid contact / contactless card embedding

Smart Packaging Solutions, a world leader in eID documents, is introducing “Hybrid 8,” its new micro module, for hybrid cards with two chips: one contact and one contactless. The new Hybrid 8 module has exactly the same dimensions as SPS Dual 8 module used for dual interface cards that support contact and contactless communication with […]

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Connecthings, SO Connect, partner for mobile engagement in retail, hospitality and small businesses

Connecthings, operator of the largest global network of beacons in public spaces (130,000+), today announced its partnership with SO Connect, the leading provider of social wifi (SO WIFI) among other services that bridge the gap between offline and online. SO Connect currently services over 20 000 clients and millions of users. Joining forces, Connecthings and […]

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Cardtek joins OSPT Alliance as full member

 OSPT Alliance, a vendor neutral, global association chartered to help the transit, mobile and loyalty markets move towards an open infrastructure that enablessecure, cost-effective and flexible fare collection solutions, today announced that it has added Cardtek to its membership base.  Cardtek develops end-to-end payment solutions for banks, processors, telecom operators, retail and public transit services – serving over 150 customers across 28 countries worldwide. As a full […]

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Netclearance releases mBeaconSAM, the first commercially-available Bluetooth 5 payment beacon

Netclearance, providers of smart Bluetooth payment terminals, today unveils the world’s first commercially available Bluetooth 5 payment beacon. mBeaconSAM comes in a mini SIM-card sized smart card that fits into existing card reader terminals and will enable them for IoT payments transactions. The company says that the device brings three key benefits to merchants and […]

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NXP simplifies user interface designs with touch sense solution for IoT apps

NXP Semiconductors N.V. is launching and showcasing its new NXP Touch solution this week at the NXP FTF Tech Forum. This solution combines specialised touch software with the Touch Sense Interface (TSI) module available on the Kinetis KE15Z MCU along with a complete set of tools enabling designers to easily add touch to user interface designs […]

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The transformative power of global card payment acceptance standards

By Arnaud Crouzet, General Secretary of next Standards.  Arnaud Crouzet, General Secretary, nexo Standards, addresses key questions raised at recent payments conferences and explains why so many answers lie in the consistent adoption of universal card acceptance standards. Recent payments conferences have highlighted some pressing issues which, when addressed, have the power to transform the world of […]

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