The NFC Forum announced the publication of one new and three candidate technical specifications, following approval by the Board of Directors. Available from the NFC Forum website, the specifications deliver new capabilities that support improved RF communication, new and legacy tag support, NFC-V technology and Active Communication Mode.
Samsung announced that Samsung Pay is off to a successful start in South Korea with more than $30 million US-Dollar in accumulated transaction volume through Sept. 20, one month since it first launched. Samsung Pay is proving its biggest advantage is its wide acceptance among merchants in South Korea with more than 1.5 million total transactions to date and approximately 60 percent of the transaction taking place on the Galaxy Note5 device. Usage of the mobile payment service has surged, recording approximately 36 percent active users in its first month with about 10 percent using Samsung Pay daily.
Gemalto joins forces with Samsung to accelerate the deployment of Samsung Pay through Gemalto's Allynis Trusted Service Hub (TSH). Samsung Pay is a simple and secure mobile payment service that will provide wider acceptance with NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) working in most of merchant locations. Gemalto and Samsung are actively working with payment issuers to roll out Samsung Pay to Europe.
Nymi™, in collaboration with TD Bank Group (TD) and MasterCard®, today the completion of the world's first biometrically authenticated, wearable credit card payment using one's heartbeat. The first payment was made as part of a pilot on Friday, July 10th which can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1M4YQLP. Over 100 TD users in Toronto, Ottawa and Regina will be testing the Nymi Band's contactless payment functionality until the end of the summer, as part of this closed payment pilot. Other participating Canadian banks are scheduled to launch similar pilots later this year, and Nymi expects several thousand payments to be made using the Nymi Band during this time.
InComm, a prepaid product and transaction service company, and Gemalto announced a strategic initiative to offer secure prepaid mobile NFC payment. The InComm Mobile Platform (IMP) enables mobile wallet providers and merchants to streamline the deployment of prepaid contactless payments. InComm is leveraging Gemalto's infrastructure to securely pass prepaid card information from InComm's platform to the consumer's NFC-enabled mobile device. The credential management is powered by the dedicated Allynis Trusted Services Hub (TSH) and enables the consumer to immediately use their prepaid card for fast and convenient mobile payments at participating retailers.
OT equips Lenovo smartphones with PEARL by OT® eSE to enable mobile transport and payment services in China
Oberthur Technologies (OT) announced that brand new Lenovo smartphones will be equipped with its state-of-the-art NFC embedded Secure Element (eSE). Thanks to this very first partnership between OT and Lenovo, OT’s advanced eSE PEARL by OT® will allow Lenovo to offer secure and convenient mobile payment and transport services. Equipping three different smartphones models with OT’s eSE, Lenovo will provide Chinese users with convenient and secure NFC services, enhancing their transit and payment experience. PEARL by OT® is the most advanced multi-application eSE and allows easy deployment of secure contactless payment, strong authentication, transit, access and loyalty applications. The solution provided by OT to Lenovo will also include the secure Key Management system used to grant access to the eSE to partner applications, as well as the connection to OT’s China secure hub, already on-boarding major payment and transport service providers in China.
The NFC Forum announced the public availability of technical specifications following approval by the Board of Directors. Available from the NFC Forum website, the specifications deliver new capabilities that support improved RF communication, device identification, greater security in peer-to-peer (P2P) messaging, and new RF Interface extensions for optimized and scalable P2P and memory tag communications.
New and updated specifications
RTD Device Information 1.0 is a new specification that defines the Device Information record type, which conveys fundamental device model and identification information. The purpose of the Device Information record is to convey host information in a record format that can be used across different carrier types or service types.
NFC Analog Technical Specification Version 1.1 addresses the analog characteristics of the RF interface of the NFC Forum Device. This new version incorporates technical changes related to the influence of the Listening Device on the Operating Field.
NXP Semiconductors announced that two of its engineers have won the much acclaimed and respected EPO European Inventor Award. At the ceremony in Paris, Franz Amtmann and Philippe Maugars, along with their teams, were commended for their work in the invention of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, the European Inventor Award pays tribute to the creativity of inventors all over the world. The awards are judged by an independent international jury of authorities from the fields of business, science, academia and research.
NFC allows communication between devices and infrastructure, including NFC tagged media in the form of smart posters and magazines. Data is transferred simply by holding devices or objects close to each other. Since being co-invented by NXP and Sony in 2002, NFC technology now connects hundreds of millions of smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics for everyday uses such as buying goods with mobiles phones, public transport or access management.