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OTI Cuts Costs, Reports New Orders, but Road to Profitability Remains Long

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Six months after taking the helm of Israel-based On Track Innovations, CEO Shlomi Cohen is seeking to convince investors he can turn around the contactless reader and NFC vendor, which has been struggling despite greater global demand for the company’s main product, contactless readers.

Analysis: Poland's Bank Pekao First to Launch HCE for Windows 10, but Others Slow to Follow

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – While Poland has among the highest concentrations of contactless point-of-sale terminals globally, NFC mobile payments has not yet taken off.

China UnionPay Confirms Support For Huawei Pay

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Chinese payment network China UnionPay has announced support for Huawei Pay, a deal that could substantially expand the number of banks and payments cards that Huawei could enable for its NFC payments service as it seeks to compete with Apple and Apple Pay.

Analysis: Visa Provides One of Canada’s Largest Banks Tokenization and Apparently Some HCE Services

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Toronto-Dominion Bank, one of Canada’s largest banks, is the first in the country to adopt Visa's tokenization technology and the third outside the U.S. that have been announced so far using the payment scheme’s tokenization service.

Taiwan’s No. 2 Telco Launches SIM-Based NFC But Not with Its Own TSM Joint Venture

Mar 22 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Taiwan’s second largest mobile operator, Taiwan Mobile, Tuesday launched support for credit and debit card payments on NFC SIM cards–but the telco is using an outside trusted service manager to manage its NFC SIM cards, not the TSM platform it set up with other Taiwanese telcos as part of a joint venture.

Analysis: OTI Attempts Seeks to Enable Payments on Wearables

Mar 24 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Israel-based contactless reader and NFC vendor On Track Innovations is hoping a planned move to enable the provisioning of payment applications onto wearable devices, will generate recurring revenue and help bolster its finances.

Did Low-Cost HCE Project in Taiwan Get a Low-Cost Vendor?

NFC Times Excusive – When Taiwan’s No. 3 credit card issuer, E.Sun Commercial Bank, held a press conference with Visa Dec. 28 to announce it was the first bank on the island nation to launch HCE-based mobile payments commercially, it also presented Hewlett Packard Enterprise as its technology supplier for the project.

Visa Contends Move to Phase Out Alternate PANs Needed to Expand Range of Payments Devices

Mar 8 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Visa says its move to phase out bank-issued alternate PANs and promote tokenization as specified by EMVCo–including its own Visa Token Service–is an effort to capitalize on the proliferation of Internet of Things devices that could be used for payments. 

Gemalto Suffers Hit in 2015 from Softcard Closure; Restructures U.S. TSM Unit

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Although reporting positive overall results for 2015, France-based Gemalto today said SIM revenue fell by 17% and mobile-financial services revenue dropped by 8% for the year, both of which it blamed at least in part on the closing of the U.S. Softcard joint venture last year.

Singapore Transit Authority Eyes Open-Loop Fare Collection, which Would Compete with Its EZ-Link Scheme

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Singapore's Land Transport Authority says it will hold a pilot later this year enabling customers to tap to pay for rides with contactless EMV credit and debit cards.

Inside Secure Undertakes More Restructuring Following Dismal 2015 Results

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Inside Secure, once a supplier of NFC controllers, is also exiting the market for NFC embedded secure elements, a product for which it never gained any traction. But the France-based vendor says it will continue to supply security for HCE payments apps.

Analysis: Embedded Chips Get Boost From Xiaomi Deal, Though No Broad Deployments Yet

Mar 1 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – The decision by major Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to include embedded secure elements in its new flagship, the Mi 5, may signal that other Chinese OEMs will also back the technology for their devices, but those embedded chips would mainly be targeted at transit ticketing applications, not payment like Apple Pay.

PayPal to Use Discover Network and HCE to Launch NFC in U.S.

NFC Times Exclusive – BARCELONA: PayPal will use host card emulation and the contactless acceptance network of Discover Financial Services to support NFC in the U.S. from the planned new version of its mobile app, NFC Times has learned.

Why National Australia Bank Chose Scheme-Based Tokenization over Alternate PANs for HCE Launch

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Three of the big four banks in Australia have now launched HCE mobile payments commercially, but only one of them, National Australia Bank, is using tokenization from a payments scheme, Visa.

Chinese Banks Confirm Apple Pay Launch Set for This Week

NFC Times Exclusive – Some major Chinese banks are telling their customers that Apple Pay will launch on Thursday in China, which will become Apple’s biggest market for its payments service after the U.S.

LG Confirms Delay in Launch of Mobile Payments Service

NFC Times Exclusive – A source at LG Electronics has confirmed to NFC Times that the smartphone maker has decided to push back the launch of LG Pay from next week in order to focus on the launch of its next flagship phone, the G5. It’s possible the OEM will not launch until the second half of 2016.

Australian Banks Continue to Launch Android-Based Mobile Payments; No Deal Yet for Participation in Apple Pay

Feb 11 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Another major Australian bank, ANZ, has launched mobile payments with host card emulation, meaning that three of the country’s big four banks have now launched mobile payments using HCE for their customers packing Android phones.

NXP’s NFC Sales Likely Dropped in Q4; Chip Maker Believes Apple Pay Launch in China Will Offer Boost

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – NXP Semiconductors chief Rick Clemmer said he believes the planned launch of Apple Pay in China will encourage Chinese OEMs to order the chip maker’s NFC technology, while major Chinese transit authorities are expressing more interest in using NFC-enabled phones for mobile ticketing, he said.

Banks Warm to Idea of Cardless ATM Transactions; NFC Could Play Leading Role

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Cardless ATM transactions are little more than a novelty now, but momentum is building, with three major U.S. banks, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo having announced or disclosed plans to enable customers to withdraw cash using their mobile phones. That may include support for such NFC mobile wallets as Apple Pay for at least some of the ATMs.

Rambus Seeks to Reduce Dependence on Patent Revenue with Bell ID Acquisition

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Silicon Valley-based chip technology licensing company Rambus is seeking to expand its customer base beyond chip suppliers to banks and other service providers with its purchase of mobile payments vendor Bell ID and a smaller sister company.

CaixaBank First in Europe to Announce Support for Samsung Pay, but Won’t Launch with MST Technology

Feb 6 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – CaixaBank is the first in Europe to announce it has signed up to participate in Samsung Pay, leading an expansion of the mobile payments service to Spain.

OTI Announces Partnership to Supply Readers, Though Share Price Trades Near Historic Lows

Jan 26 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Israel-based On Track Innovations has announced a partnership with an undisclosed global provider of magnetic card readers whose products are used in financial self-service terminals, such as ATMs, but the deal has not yet had a substantial impact on OTI's share price, which is trading near historic lows.

Rabobank to Use NFC SIMs from KPN for Rabo Wallet, While Competitors Promote Their Own Wallets

Jan 21 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Rabobank, one of the big three banks in the Netherlands, announced it will make debit cards for its Rabo Wallet available on NFC SIM cards issued by No. 1 Dutch telco KPN starting in the spring, after having anchored the wallet to embedded chips in Samsung flagship phones starting last year.

Gemalto Continues to Promote Cloud-Based Payments Offer, Though No Commercial Projects Launched Yet

Jan 20 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – France-based Gemalto, which has been heavily invested in trusted service management and NFC SIM cards in the past, is continuing to push cloud-based payments, announcing certification by MasterCard for its full host card emulation offer–with the help of technology from Moroccan-based payments software company HPS.

After SIM-Based NFC Fails, Turkish Banks Try Out HCE as They Seek to Advance Mobile Payments

NFC Times Exclusive – Turkey was among the first countries where NFC got a tryout commercially, led by the largest telco, Turkcell, which launched service in 2011 using, of course, its SIM cards as secure elements.

Deals

Samsung Pay Launches Commercially in Taiwan; No. 4 Credit Card Issuer Taishin Reveals Apple Pay Card Adds

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Samsung made it official, launching Samsung Pay commercially today in Taiwan with seven banks, as expected, following Apple Pay to the market by about two months and beating Android Pay, which is expected to launch on the island nation as early as next week. 

Samsung Pay Launches in UK Without Major Banks or MST Technology

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Samsung today finally launched its Samsung Pay mobile payments service in the UK, well behind rival payments services Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Wal-Mart Still Balks at Accepting NFC; Nordstrom Wants Right to Refuse Some NFC Wallets

NFC TIMES Exclusive – LAS VEGAS, Nev.: It’s been more than two and a half years since Apple Pay launched in the U.S., and retail giant Wal-Mart Stores still is no closer to accepting NFC at its 4,000-plus stores in the U.S. then when Apple began rolling out its NFC-enabled mobile payments service in October of 2014.

Samsung ‘Officially’ Launches First Pays Service in Nordics and Middle East; Expands Beta to Two More Countries

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Samsung today said it had “officially” launched its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates after “early-access launches” in these countries, making it the first of the global “Pays” wallets to fully launch in either the Nordics or the Middle East.

Exclusive: Why are Some of the Largest U.S. Merchants Balking at Supporting NFC?

NFC TIMES Exclusive – While the base of contactless point-of-sale terminals in the U.S. has grown substantially over the past two and a half years, some of the country’s largest merchants continue to resist the idea of accepting such NFC wallets as Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Analysis: Why Rollouts of Payments Wearables Have Gotten Off to Slow Start

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The rollout of payments wearables is hitting a snag, with commercial and technical challenges holding back plans by industry players to enable consumers to buy wristbands, analog watches, rings and other wearables and then load them with their favorite debit and credit cards. (See table, challenge sections, below.)

‘Pays’ Not Enough: Two Singaporean Banks to Expand P2P Apps to In-Store Payments Using QR Codes

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Two of Singapore's major banks–both of which are participating in all three of the “Pays” wallets–Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay–are expanding their peer-to-peer payments services to in-store payments using QR codes.

Taiwan Chief Banking Regulator Reveals Apple Pay Card Adds; Samsung Launches Early Access in Country

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The chairman of Taiwan’s banking regulator, the Financial Supervisory Commission, Wednesday revealed just how fast a start Apple Pay got on the island nation, following its launch of the mobile payments service there in late March.

Analysis: Cook Touts Apple Pay's 'Phenomenal Traction,' but Figures–or Lack of Them–Tell Another Tale

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Apple CEO Tim Cook, with typical enthusiasm, touted Apple Pay’s “phenomenal traction” yesterday in a conference call with analysts. But with one exception, he again failed to release any actual transaction figures for the mobile payments service, while also apparently overstating the contactless and NFC acceptance footprint in the U.S.

Analysis: Enabling HCE Payments in Stand-Alone Wallet Vs. Mobile-Banking App? A Look at Ukraine

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Banks planning to launch host card emulation-based mobile payments have a decision to make: Should they incorporate the payments feature in their mobile-banking apps or introduce a separate wallet app.

Features

Developers and UK Smart Ticketing Organization ITSO Look to HCE as Option for NFC Transit Ticketing

By: 
Istvan Fekete

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As OEM Pay wallet providers try to get more transit operators to put their closed-loop ticketing applets onto the NFC embedded secure chips in their devices, there is growing interest in alternatives to enable mobile transit ticketing.

Are Security Fears Really Holding Reluctant Mobile Payments Users Back?

By: 
Chandra Lye

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The low number of mobile payment users may have little to do with security, one researcher says.

NFC Transit Ticketing Finally Starts to Get on Track after Years of Delays and Broken Promises

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive – NFC mobile transit ticketing–an application that once held much promise but has shown few results over the past decadefinally appears to be pulling out of the station, getting a boost from the growing interest in open-loop fare collection, the emergence of the “Pays” mobile payments services and increasing efforts by standards makers to solve basic interoperability problems between NFC phones and transit terminals.

Provisioning Companies for Payments Wearables Say Devices Headed to Market; Tokenization Key to Achieving Scale

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – As payments companies pin their hopes on wearables becoming the next wave of portable payments devices, not surprisingly there is more hype than substance when it comes to commercial launches.

Getting Payment onto Wearables–a Start-Up Sees a Niche for TSM Technology

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive – As mainstream trusted service managers struggle to cope with a world in which their services are in much less demand, a tiny, self-funded start-up is seeking to carve out a niche as TSM for millions of fitness wristbands, festival bracelets and other lower-end wearables that might one day be enabled for payment.

Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance to Use Tokenization; Faces Long Road Ahead

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Spokespersons for Nokia’s HERE digital mapping business declined to comment on how the acquisition of HERE by German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, announced yesterday, would affect its leading role in the NFC-based Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance.

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.