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Start-Up Takes on Apple Pay but Needs Help from Other OEMs

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive: While some high-volume U.S. merchants, such as McDonald’s, Subway and Walgreens accept Apple Pay, along with other NFC-payments services, a key weakness of these platforms is the low percentage of merchants in the U.S. where consumers can tap to pay with their phones.  

Zapp Plans September 2015 Launch for ACH-Based Mobile-Payments Service in UK

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: While Apple Pay has re-energized interest in bank-issued mobile credit and debit cards using secure elements in NFC phones, backers of decoupled debit and other automated clearing house-based mobile-payments schemes continue to gear up.

Will Apple Watch Drive Adoption for Payments Wearables?

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: The NFC-enabled Apple Watch, Apple’s first smartwatch, may drive a significant increase in adoption for wearable devices, say analysts, although it remains to be seen whether that adoption will bring with it more mobile-payments applications for wearables.

London Delivers Open-Loop Fare Collection; Expected to Boost Use of Contactless Cards, NFC Phones

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

Transport for London has made good on its years-long endeavor to accept open-loop contactless payment on the London Underground and its other modes of transit, clearing the way for what is expected to be millions of yearly contactless transactions from bank cards and later, NFC mobile phones.

First U.S. Campaigns on Clear Channel Outdoor’s NFC Platform Set for Fall; More ‘Challenging’ BLE Expected in 2015

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

The first two campaigns in the U.S. on Clear Channel Outdoor’s NFC-enabled out-of-home advertising network, called Connect, will launch in the San Francisco area in September, representatives of the company told NFC Times, and they expect nationwide campaigns to go live by the fourth quarter.

The Push and Pull of Proximity-Marketing Campaigns

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: Proximity marketing firms in the U.S. and Europe say that their most successful campaigns see tens of thousands of taps or scans, but amid growing interest in Bluetooth low energy, they say that it is important not to over-use push advertising.

Post-Restructuring, Identiv Says It Will be Heavily Invested in NFC

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: As Identiv’s management shifts focus away from the restructuring process the company began in 2013, NFC tags for consumer goods are the company’s heaviest area of investment and largest area of growth, CEO Jason Hart told NFC Times in an interview.

Industry Experts See Different Roles for NFC and BLE

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: Despite a widespread belief in some circles that NFC and Bluetooth low energy, or BLE, are in competition, a number of observers say they believe that the two technologies will fill complementary market niches, especially in retail marketing and wearable devices.

Clear Channel Outdoor Bases Planned Global Rollout of NFC-Enabled Panels on Encouraging ‘Engagement Rates’

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

The vice president for digital product for Clear Channel Outdoor has told NFC Times the company’s recent announcement of plans to expand its NFC-enabled outdoor advertising network to several more countries is based on “engagement rates” by consumers that justify the larger deployment.

Polls Show Consumer Interest in Wearables as Device Makers Announce Products

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

While some view it as a passing fad, interest in wearable devices continues to grow according to recent surveys, and if the trend holds, it could boost demand for Bluetooth and other connectivity technologies, including NFC.

HEADLINE NEWS

OTI Reduces Growth Estimate and Pushes Back Positive EBITDA Prediction

Israeli-based NFC and contactless company On Track Innovations pushed back its prediction for positive adjusted EBITDA back to the third quarter of 2015 and reduced its estimate for 2014 revenue growth to 10%, down from the 30% it had predicted previously, the company reported in its quarterly earnings call.

DeviceFidelity Acquired by mPOS and Reader Component Supplier Kili

Canada-based Kili Technology, which supplies hardware modules, firmware and IP for mobile point of sale, readers and other payment-acceptance devices, has acquired NFC-accessories vendor DeviceFidelity.

Subway Eschews Exclusivity, Supports Multiple Mobile Wallets

NFC Times Exclusive: LAS VEGAS, Nev. – While a number of major U.S. merchants have pledged to only accept one mobile-payments service, that is not the case for giant Subway sandwich chain, which has now introduced at least three major options for its customers to pay with their smartphones.

AmEx and Discover Weigh In On HCE, Tokenization and Acceptance

Las Vegas, Nev. – No single mobile payments provider or platform will dominate the market in the long run, so card networks should adopt a flexible approach, CEOs of two major payment networks, American Express and Discover Financial Services, told attendees at this week’s Money 2020 conference.

Softcard Touts Rewards to Increase Wallet Activations; Insists it Will Support Wallet on iPhone SIMs

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Softcard CEO Michael Abbott was selling the value of rewards in the telco-owned mobile wallet today during a keynote address at the Money 2020 conference in Las Vegas.

Despite Talk of NFC and BLE, QR Codes Expected as Main Technology for MCX Launch

Although Dekkers Davidson, CEO of the big MCX mobile-commerce consortium in the U.S., said the group is working on Bluetooth low energy and NFC, the main technology MCX is expected to launch with next year will still be QR codes.

MCX Weighs in on Exclusivity Clause as Merchant Group Battles Apple Pay

The MCX Merchant group has confirmed what most insiders already knew: That it has an exclusivity clause for members to only accept mobile payments from its own payments platform.

Taiwan’s NFC Banking Joint Venture Gets Set to Launch TSM Service Amid Crowded Field of Platforms

Nov 18 2014 (All day)

NFC Times Exclusive: More than 25 Taiwanese banks have signed up to potentially launch NFC mobile-payments services using a TSM platform being launched by a joint venture of three domestic processing and interbank groups.

Small Issuers Sign Up for Apple Pay but Want to Keep Customers Using the Issuers' Own Applications

NFC Times Exclusive: Small financial institutions want their members to be able to use Apple Pay, but would prefer to keep transactions in their own branded mobile applications instead, sources at participating credit unions have told NFC Times.

NXP Reports NFC Sales Soar on Shipments to Apple

NXP Semiconductors reported a big jump in sales from its emerging ID unit in the third quarter, thanks to shipments of NFC chips and secure elements to Apple for the tech giant’s new iPhones.

Amid High-Profile Win with Apple, NXP Quietly Loses NFC Business for Samsung’s Galaxy Handsets

NFC Times Exclusive: While NXP Semiconductors won the coveted contract to supply NFC chips and secure elements to Apple for its new iPhone models, it has been cut out of the recent business for Samsung Galaxy handsets, including the Note 4.

NFC Booster Chip in New iPhones One Key to Apple Pay Performance, Though Not Yet Standardized

NFC Times Exclusive: In what is believed to be one of the first uses for NFC booster technology in NFC phones, the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature an amplifier chip enabling a unique antenna design by Apple for its Apple Pay service that launched Monday.