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UnionPay Continues Talks with Apple; China Mobile Maintains Support for NFC SIMs

NFC Times Exclusive – SHANGHAI, China: China UnionPay is continuing negotiations with Apple and some sources told NFC Times it is gearing up for a planned launch of Apple Pay in China.

Deutsche Telekom Payments Chief Departs; Telco to Revamp Struggling Wallet, Including Planned Support for HCE

NFC Times Exclusive – Deutsche Telekom has appointed a new head of payments and plans to support host-card emulation among other technologies as it seeks to revamp its struggling NFC mobile wallet, NFC Times has learned.

People on the Move: Sequent Software CEO Steps Down; Interim CEO Appointed

NFC Times Exclusive – Sequent Software, a supplier of mobile wallets, TSM and host-card emulation products, has appointed an interim CEO, replacing Robb Duffield, who stepped down earlier this month after having served as CEO for the Silicon Valley-based vendor for just under three years.

GSMA, Telcos Consider Common Platform to Support Tokenization on SIMs

NFC Times Exclusive – Mobile operators are considering shopping for technology to launch a common platform to request tokenized payment cards from such providers as MasterCard Worldwide and Visa and to load the tokens onto their NFC SIM cards, NFC Times has learned.

Visa and MasterCard Change Strategy on Tokenization Fees; Observers See Gambit to Lock in Market

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Visa maintains that its offer to waive tokenization fees for the long term is designed to simplify the connections between thousands of card issuers and such wallet providers as Google and, perhaps later, Apple, thus driving widespread rollouts of mobile-payments services.

Vodafone’s Proxy-Card Service Likely to Face Difficult Market

NFC Times Exclusive – Vodafone Group’s proxy-card NFC mobile-payments offer, which is designed to enable subscribers to add their credit and debit cards to their Vodafone Wallets as funding accounts linked to a Vodafone prepaid card stored on the SIM, has yet to be launched by any major Vodafone branch operator in Europe.

Canadian Telcos Refuse to Give up On SIM-Based NFC, Though Many Challenges Lie Ahead

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – The head of the Canadian telco joint venture Suretap Wallet told NFC Times that this week’s launch of the telco’s new wallet service was not prompted by the expected expansion of Apple Pay into Canada later this year.

At Least Some U.S. POS Terminals to be Ready to Support Apple Wallet Rewards

NFC Times Exclusive – Major point-of sale-terminal vendors say that their most recently deployed terminals and perhaps others will be ready to accept loyalty cards from Apple’s Wallet when the nonpayment application launches with iOS 9 this fall.

CASE STUDY: Asia-Pac’s First HCE Launch–Higher Transaction Value, Though User Numbers Remain Small

Jun 23 2015

UPDATED: NFC Times Exclusive – Australian credit union CUA has seen a 16% increase in value of transactions for mobile payments since the launch of its host-card emulation mobile-payments app last summer, though user numbers have remained small 11 months after one of the first HCE commercial launches globally.

Vendors Say Mobile Payments at Vending Machines on the Rise

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Suppliers of cashless payment for vending machines predict the rollout of Apple Pay, along with planned introduction of Android Pay, will continue to reduce the use of cash at U.S. vending machines and will also lead to higher transaction amounts, though did not release actual figures.

Taiwan Banking Joint Venture to Request Tenders for HCE and Tokenization Platform

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Taiwan’s banking joint venture, Taiwan Mobile Payment Co., has disclosed that it will issue a request for tenders for a host-card emulation and tokenization platform, with plans calling for the technology to be made available to Taiwanese banks for mobile-payments launches by the end of the year.

Apple, Transport for London Face Potential Problems Enabling Apple Pay for Fare Collection

NFC Times Exclusive – Both Apple and Transport for London are trumpeting the coming use of Apple Pay to pay fares on various modes of mass transit in London, including the fast-paced London Underground. But they face a couple of problems.

Apple Announces Addition of Nonpayments Applications, First International Expansion for Apple Pay

Jun 11 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple today announced major new updates to Apple Pay, including the addition of store credit, debit and loyalty cards in the U.S., expansion of the mobile-payments service to its first overseas market, the UK, and a renaming of the wallet app itself from Passbook to Wallet.

Dateline Australia: Reality Check for Apple in Efforts to Expand Apple Pay

Jun 7 2015

MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, Australia – NFC Times Exclusive: On the face of it, Australia would seem like an ideal market for Apple to expand its Apple Pay service outside of the U.S. After all, iPhone market share here now hovers around 40%, usage rates of contactless payment at retail are the highest in the world and major banks are eager to roll out mobile payment.

UPDATED: Visa, MasterCard Tout Tokenization as Android Pay Gears Up; Likely Long-Term Play for Schemes

Jun 5 2015

UPDATED: NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Relatively little noticed amid the widespread coverage of Google’s unveiling of its new Android Pay platform last week are the continued tokenization plays by major payment networks, Visa and MasterCard Worldwide, including Visa’s announcement of a new tokenization program and pricing policies, geared toward such platforms as Android Pay. 

Google Unveils Response to Apple Pay, Pitching Android Pay as ‘Open Platform’; Visa, MasterCard See Tokenization Opportunity

Jun 5 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Google announced its much-anticipated response to Apple Pay, with an updated host-card-emulation-based payments platform, Android Pay, that will incorporate tokenization,  fingerprint biometrics and in-app payments, in addition to in-store tapping to pay. 

RadioShack CIO: Apple Pay Succeeds Where Google Wallet ‘Flopped’

MELBOURNE, Australia – NFC Times Exclusive: U.S. retail electronics chain RadioShack is seeing 10% of its transactions from Apple Pay in its stores equipped with contactless readers, Michael Carper, CIO for the financially troubled retailer said.

Samsung to Work with Established Trusted Service Managers for Samsung Pay

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Samsung is hiring established TSM vendors to assist with the provisioning and secure element management for its forthcoming Samsung Pay service, at least in some markets, sources told NFC Times.

Profits Remain Elusive for Contactless Reader and NFC Tech Supplier OTI

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Israel-based On Track Innovations reported continued negative adjusted EBITDA and didn’t announce any new major reader sales during a recent conference call to discuss the company’s first quarter earnings. Despite a recent patent case win, investors appear to be getting impatient.

Oberthur Sales Expected to Grow This Year Following Flat 2014; Vendor Seeks Higher Profits to Reduce Debt

NFC Times Exclusive – Oberthur Technologies, the No. 2 smart card vendor globally and a major bank card and SIM supplier, had flat sales in 2014, blamed mainly on lower revenue in its telecom business unit from falling prices for lower-end SIM cards, slow sales of NFC SIMs and a hiatus in its contract to supply embedded chips to Samsung.

Identiv Reports Drop in Q1 Sales and Full-Year Guidance; but Says Demand for NFC Tags for IoT Up

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Identiv reported lower-than-expected revenue for its first quarter and continued losses, though CEO Jason Hart said the company is se

Telco-Led NFC Payments Continue as Niche Market, but Growth Prospects Uncertain

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Orange in Spain is the latest telco to announce the launch of a co-branded mobile-payments service using SIM cards and NFC phones, one of about 15 or so operators to launch globally so far. But it remains to be seen how many more will follow suit.

ICBC Launches HCE Mobile Payments with China UnionPay and Visa, as Chinese NFC-Payments Market Gears Up

NFC Times Exclusive Insight –Chinese banking giant Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has launched a mobile-payments service using host-card emulation, supporting credit cards branded by China UnionPay and Visa. 

Vendor Group Confirms 30% Growth in NFC Secure Elements in 2014; Revises 2015 Growth Rate

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Smart card vendor association Eurosmart has confirmed its estimate that vendors shipped 350 million NFC secure elements last year, up 30% from the year before, fueled by embedded chips in Apple’s iPhones and what is probably the last significant growth spurt in NFC SIM card shipments. It predicts shipments of 550 million secure elements in 2015, up 57% from 2014, though revised downward from an earlier projection.

Qualcomm Strikes Deal to Use NFC Technology from NXP; Drops In-House NFC Program

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Qualcomm, the largest supplier of processor chips for mobile phones globally, has made a deal to integrate NFC technology from NXP Semiconductors for its reference designs for OEMs featuring its Snapdragon processors.

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UnionPay Continues Talks with Apple; China Mobile Maintains Support for NFC SIMs

NFC Times Exclusive – SHANGHAI, China: China UnionPay is continuing negotiations with Apple and some sources told NFC Times it is gearing up for a planned launch of Apple Pay in China.

Samsung to Work with Established Trusted Service Managers for Samsung Pay

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Samsung is hiring established TSM vendors to assist with the provisioning and secure element management for its forthcoming Samsung Pay service, at least in some markets, sources told NFC Times.

Qualcomm Strikes Deal to Use NFC Technology from NXP; Drops In-House NFC Program

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Qualcomm, the largest supplier of processor chips for mobile phones globally, has made a deal to integrate NFC technology from NXP Semiconductors for its reference designs for OEMs featuring its Snapdragon processors.

G&D Supplies HCE Technology for Commonwealth Bank HCE Service

May 25 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Germany-based Giesecke & Devrient confirmed it is providing the host-card emulation technology for Commonwealth Bank’s commercial HCE launch this month of Tap & Pay from the bank’s Android-based mobile-banking app.

Fourth U.S. Payments Network to Support Apple Pay; Discover Financial to Launch NFC Commercially after False Starts

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Payment network Discover Financial Services announced its support for Apple Pay on Monday, becoming the fourth major payment networks in the U.S. to join Apple Pay.

Samsung Pay Unpacked: Details on Samsung’s Planned Business Model, Architecture and Unannounced Banks Revealed

NFC Times Exclusive – NFC Times has learned new details about how Samsung intends to make money from its planned payments service, Samsung Pay; as well as the technology architecture the OEM will use and the identity of two unannounced banks, along with a new category of issuer that is planning to participate.

Unlike Apple, Samsung Appears Willing to Open Embedded Chips to Banks for Their Own Apps

NFC Times Exclusive – Samsung’s NFC payments platform, Samsung Pay, is due to launch in the summer in the U.S. and South Korea. But it’s not the only payments service planned for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6.

Second Kiwi Bank Snubs SIMs for HCE with ANZ’s Planned NFC Launch; Bell ID Gets Nod as Vendor

Mar 31 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Another major New Zealand bank has announced plans to launch NFC payments with host-card emulation, snubbing a joint venture set up to launch SIM-based NFC on the island nation.

Vodafone Seeks to Revamp Wallet with Tokenization and Apple Pay Technology Model

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Vodafone Group is relaunching its NFC-based Vodafone Wallet with tokenized payment applications, as it seeks to attract more users and issuers to the mobile wallet.

Square Acquires Payment Processing Tech Vendor Kili; May be Planning NFC mPOS, but Will it Keep DeviceFidelity?

Mar 13 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – UPDATED: Mobile point-of-sale device supplier Square has acquired payment processing component vendor Kili Technology, the same vendor that purchased NFC accessory vendor DeviceFidelity in November, but Square does not plan to keep DeviceFidelity, a source connected with Square told NFC Times.

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Longer-Range NFC Tags Could Bring in More Applications but Also More Privacy and Security Concerns

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive – As the NFC Forum develops its tag Type 5 specification based on the ISO/IEC 15693 protocol, industry sources say that NFC tags using the longer-range protocol could see demand in medical, industrial, and supply chain applications, and most handsets and readers on the market can currently read the tags, although there are still concerns about interoperability and security.

Tokenization: Panel Looks at Costs and Benefits of Transformative Technology

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive With tokenization scaling up, some players in the payments ecosystem will see financial benefit, while others will pay the cost of implementing the technology.

Survey: NFC Trumps QR Codes and Beacons for Connecting to Nonpayments Applications in Stores

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Between two-thirds and three-quarters of U.S. consumers say they are interested in using NFC for nonpayment retail applications, according to a study funded by the NFC Forum by research firm Strategy Analytics.

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.