NFC Times Exclusive: Australia’s Commonwealth Bank has disclosed plans to put a MasterCard PayPass application onto an embedded secure element in selected Android NFC phones, the first major bank to disclose plans for launching commercial NFC payments on embedded chips since Google Wallet.
At least two-thirds of NFC phones shipped this year will pack embedded secure elements–offering the potential for service providers to put payment and other secure applications on the chips and avoid working with mobile operators.
The Moscow transit network, including the Moscow Metro, one of the largest subway systems worldwide, is moving to transit cards based on second-generation Mifare technology, Mifare Plus, an upgrade from Mifare Classic.
Moscow airport shuttle service Aeroexpress is launching the second phase of its NFC ticketing trial, using NFC chips with flexible antennas and stickers as well as NFC phones, to enable participants to buy tickets with a tap of their handsets.
Israel-based NFC and contactless technology supplier On Track Innovations reported revenue for the third quarter increased by 27% to $6.8 million, driven by a more than doubling in sales of such payments products as contactless readers of point-of-sale terminals in the U.S. and expansion of equipment for transit-ticketing in Poland.
NFC Times Exclusive: Vodafone Group today announced the launch of an NFC mobile-wallet and payments service in Spain and timetables for similar launches in four other European countries–all featuring Vodafone’s own co-branded prepaid payment application, SmartPass.
Smart card vendor association Eurosmart today confirmed its earlier projection that industry suppliers would ship at least 250 million secure elements for NFC devices in 2013, and predicted shipments would grow by 64% next year to 435 million units.
NFC Times Exclusive: A former general manager of Taipei’s large contactless transit ticketing and closed-loop payment scheme, EasyCard, has been named chairman of an NFC joint venture set up by Taiwan’s five mobile operators and EasyCard Corp., NFC Times has learned.
NFC Times Exclusive: A set of guidelines from the NFC Forum and the International Air Transport Association may be another step toward eventual rollout of NFC-enabled boarding passes, but observers say the prospects for use of NFC technology in air travel remain up in the air.
NFC Times Exclusive: U.S.-based Sprint sees its NFC-based Pinsight Touch platform as the missing piece of its year-old targeted advertising platform, bringing payments and other secure applications to the service.
NFC Times Premium Content (Free): The Isis joint venture and member mobile operators officially launched their Isis Mobile Wallet today, with the new Android wallet app now available for subscribers of all three Isis telcos and NFC SIMs in thousands of carrier shops.
Identive Group showed higher revenue in the third quarter, thanks to a jump in NFC and RFID sales, but took a large impairment charge and will sell some “noncore assets,” as its share price continues to hover around historic lows.
NFC Times Exclusive: France’s largest mobile operator, Orange, has concluded a deal with Visa to support its launch of Orange Cash in France, the latest mobile operator to announce plans to roll out its own branded prepaid payment service on NFC phones.
NFC Times Special Report: In a move with potentially far-reaching implications for the NFC industry, Google has built support for host-card emulation into its new Android operating system, which could enable payments and other “secure” applications without a secure element.