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'Open' Warfare Breaks Out Among NFC Vendors Over Android

By: 
Dan Balaban

With rumors heating up that makers of Android smartphones will add NFC chips to “several” models due out by the first part of next year, the battles among suppliers of those chips and the software that supports them has been heating up, as well.

NFC Ticketing: Interoperability Problems on the Road Ahead?

France’s much-anticipated NFC demonstration project scheduled to launch Friday in Nice will feature a variety of applications, including bank payment. But the premier service is expected to be transit ticketing.

Polish Telcos and Banks Interested in NFC; Bemoan Lack of Phones

By: 
Dan Balaban

Polish mobile operator Polkomtel has not yet launched its planned NFC mobile-payment project–set to start in June with 500 users–but it is already talking about expanding it.

NFC Stickers Packing Bluetooth Planned for Trials in Mid-2010

By: 
Dan Balaban

France-based Twinlinx said it will begin shipments in May and June of the first small quantities of its NFC-enabled stickers that use a Bluetooth connection to communicate with handsets.

Barclaycard and Orange UK Prepare to Launch NFC

By: 
Dan Balaban

While many doubt that telcos and banks will ever agree on a business model for NFC and complain about the continued lack of phones supporting the technology, two major players in the United Kingdom–Barclaycard and Orange UK–are preparing for a commercial launch.

TSM Watch: Cassis Makes Push on Rivals’ Home Turf

By: 
Dan Balaban

Singapore-based trusted service manager Cassis International has appointed smart card industry veteran Jean-Philippe Bétoin to take over its European operation as the company seeks to expand in Europe and take on its larger rivals on their home turf.

DESFire SIM is One Piece of Gemalto’s NFC Strategy

By: 
Dan Balaban

Although there are no phones yet on the market to support NFC applications on the SIM, France-based smart card maker Gemalto believes the time is right to introduce the first SIM card with a high-end transit-ticketing application onboard, Mifare DESFire.

MasterCard Cuts Fees for Italian PayPass Push

By: 
Dan Balaban

MasterCard Worldwide is making a major push behind contactless payment in Milan as it tries to establish its PayPass brand on Italian soil.

Vendor Group Seeks to Crack Mifare Dominance

By: 
Dan Balaban

Taking aim at NXP Semiconductors and its dominant Mifare technology, four smart card industry suppliers have announced plans to introduce what they call an “open standard” for contactless transit-ticketing applications on cards and NFC phones.

Smartphone Makers Weigh Move to NFC

By: 
Dan Balaban

While anticipation remains high that Apple will incorporate Near Field Communication in its next iPhone, it’s not the only smartphone maker looking at NFC.

HEADLINE NEWS

In-Depth: In-Car Payments Gears Up but Takes Time to Get Rolling

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Car manufacturers, payments networks and platform providers continue to make deals as they gear up for the much-anticipated arrival of in-car payments–which would enable motorists to buy gasoline, pay for parking and purchase food for takeout, all from their dashboards.

Golden Globes Trophies Get Provisioned Like Payments Wearables to Ensure Authenticity

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The 76th Annual Golden Globes held Sunday featured the usual share of Hollywood celebrities preening for the cameras, showing off their new designer gowns and latest nips and tucks, while holding their trophies high if they won.

Japanese Megabank Mizuho Plans to Launch New Digital Currency Soon for Mobile Payments Service

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Japanese megabank Mizuho will reportedly move forward with its planned launch of a new digital currency to enable QR code-based mobile payments in stores and for funds transfers–with plans to cut the fees merchants will pay to accept the new payments scheme, as compared with credit cards.

More QR Code Payments Services Planned for Japan, Home of Original Contactless-Mobile Rollouts

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Japan, the first market globally to adopt contactless-mobile payments, in 2004, with a technology similar to NFC, will see its two largest convenience store chains introduce their own mobile payments services this year–both using bar codes or QR codes instead of NFC.

Analysis: Commonwealth Bank’s Agreement to Support Apple Pay Could Mark Turning Point for Apple’s Bank Recruitment Efforts

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – With its capitulation last week to Apple and agreement to participate in the tech giant’s payments service, Australia’s largest financial institution, Commonwealth Bank–which had once vowed not to support Apple Pay–shows that Apple is making headway with major banks that had once resisted supporting the NFC wallet.

Major Bus Company Stagecoach Finishes Contactless Rollout as UK Moves Toward Transit Ticketing Interoperability

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The UK’s largest bus operator has announced that it has completed its rollout of open-loop payments acceptance on 7,400 buses in the country, declaring itself the “single largest contactless transit merchant in Europe outside London.”

In-Depth: Australian Transit Authority Rolls Out Open-Loop Payments After Lengthy Trial

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Transport for New South Wales, Australia–the transit authority that oversees trains, buses and ferries in and around Sydney–decided to roll out its open-loop payments service to all train services following an extensive trial.

Canadian Transit Authority Introduces Low-End Wearable for Closed-Loop Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – When Vancouver-area transit authority TransLink introduced open-loop fare payments last May, it was clear that the agency was not planning to phase out its closed-loop Compass Card anytime soon.

In-Depth: Swedish Hybrid Watch Brand Kronaby to Launch Payments Wearables with Innovative Provisioning System

NFC TIMES Exclusive – In one of the first implementations of its kind, Sweden-based hybrid smartwatch brand Kronaby plans to enable personalization of tokenized payment cards over the air using a Bluetooth connection to what is essentially a passive contactless chip in its watches.

Analysis: Apple Again Touts Apple Pay Growth, While Still Not Releasing Details on Transactions

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Apple again reported a tripling of transactions for its payments service, Apple Pay, during its fiscal quarter ending in September, while noting other achievements. But the growth is believed to be off of a relatively low base, and four years after launching the payments service, Apple is still not releasing detailed numbers about its transactions.

In-Depth: Chinese Payments Players Accelerate Rollouts of Transit Fare Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – While mobile payments are rolling out slowly at metro gates and aboard buses in the West, Chinese mobile payments players are accelerating deployments of their services that enable consumers to tap–or more likely scan–to ride.

Major U.S. Networks Promote Online Commerce Spec, Seeking to Keep Digital Transactions on Their Networks, but Not All Merchants are On Board

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Major U.S.-based global networks, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express–hoping to keep transactions on their networks as more commerce goes online and digital–amplified their push for the Secure Remote Commerce specification, which is being drafted by their jointly owned payments specifications group, EMVCo.