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Firm to Pay Up to $58 million for Atmel's Smart Card Biz

SAN FRANCISCO—Atmel Corp. said Monday (June 28) it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Secure Microcontroller Solutions (SMS) business to Inside Contactless SA for up to $58 million after completing consultation with the Works Council at Atmel's SMS facility in Rousset, France. (EE Times)

Turkcell Sees Future in Mobile Wallet

The Financial services area is among six fields Turkcell plans to expand its business in the upcoming period, says an executive of the firm, urging the expansion of near field communication, or NFC, technology. (Anatolia News Agency)

Inside Contactless, Sagem Orga, TazTag create new NFC device

Inside Contactless, Sagem Orga, a global smart card applications developer, and TazTag, a provider and creator of contactless products, have teamed up to develop a new method of delivering Near Field Communication (NFC) payment functionality. (The Paypers)

Aconite Partners with Traderoot on South African System

Aconite Technology, a provider of software and consulting for managing business applications on chips in smart cards, tokens or mobiles, has announced that it has signed contracts with Traderoot Africa of South Africa, to supply a prepaid contactless chip card system for South Africa's new integrated public transit network. (Finextra)

Innovision Clinches Major NFC Contract

Innovision Research & Technology has won a major contract for its NFC IP in a leading semiconductor corporation's range of chips. (Business Financial Newswire)

Rio Gets A Few More Fobs, But Contactless Lags in Latin America

France-based Inside Contactless said it has received a follow-up order for 100,000 chips for contactless key fobs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil–one of Latin America’s few contactless bank-payment projects to make it out of the trial stage.

Inside’s NFC Technology Gets Nod for Sagem Cosyphone

French handset maker Sagem Wireless plans to introduce an NFC phone targeted at the older generations, in what NFC vendor Inside Contactless said would be the first commercial use of its technology.

GlobalPlatform Enables Multiapplication Contactless

International smart card specifications body GlobalPlatform has released an amendment to its Card Specification version 2.2 to advance the management of multiple contactless applications within a SIM, a memory card/embedded element in a mobile device or a simple contactless card.

Aloft Lets Guests Skip the Check-in Desk

Aloft Hotels is pilot-testing a service that enables guests to avoid the check-in line and head directly to their room. The service is being tested at the Aloft in Lexington, Mass., U.S.

Sagem Wireless Cosyphone Uses NFC for Shortcuts

Sagem Wireless today introduced the Cosyphone. As its name implies, the Cosyphone is meant to be a simpler, more comfortable device aimed at the over 50's market.

Could Visa’s New No-Signature Rule Hurt Contactless Payments?

Visa Inc.’s announcement this week that starting this summer it will no longer require signatures for transactions of $25 or less at most U.S. merchants heralds a policy that will result in faster and smoother transactions but could also undermine the payments industry’s move toward contactless technology.

OTP Bank Opts for VeriFone for Contactless Rollout in Hungary

U.S. secure electronic payment services provider VeriFone has closed a deal with Hungarian credit institution OTP Bank to provide the latter with electronic payment systems in Hungary.

Carrefour to Deploy Contactless Technology Hypercom

Global retailer Carrefour has closed a deal with payment technology company Hypercom.

Electronic Purse Expected to Become Operational in March

The EasyCard, a contactless smartcard system for use on the Taipei MRT system, will soon become an electronic purse that can be used to purchase small-value items, the card's issuer, Taipei EasyCard Corp., said Friday.

Talks Under Way to Use Mobile Phones as Debit Cards

Mobile phones will soon be heard ringing at the tills as plans are finalized so that they can be used as debit cards.

Former NXP Exec Duverne Joins FCI

Christophe Duverne, former head of NXP Semiconductor’s contactless chip unit, has been named head of the Microconnections division of France-based FCI.

Orange Moves into Financial Services Space

As a prelude to their planned introduction of mobile payment, mobile operator France Telecom-Orange UK and credit card issuer Barclaycard have launched a contactless credit card.

G&D Says Venyon Buyout Shows NFC Commitment

Dec 10 2009

In buying out its joint venture partner Nokia, German smart card maker Giesecke & Devrient said it remains committed to the trusted service management business, despite delays in rollouts of Near Field Communication services.

RIM Supports BlackBerry Contactless Sticker Trial

Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, is participating in a mobile-payment trial with contactless MasterCard PayPass stickers and a tie-in to its e-mail service.

NXP Licenses Contactless IC Technology to ST

European chip vendors NXP BV and STMicroelectronics NV have announced a licensing agreement for NXP's Mifare contactless IC technology.

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In-Depth: Transit Agency Sells Passes for Bikes and Buses through Trip-Planning App, though Cash Still Reigns

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – RTC of Southern Nevada, the main transit agency serving Las Vegas and the surrounding region, now enables customers to buy passes for bike share in addition to tickets for buses through the trip-planning Transit app. Although the implementation is relatively small, project backers say Las Vegas is the first U.S. city to launch bike share and transit passes in the same app.

UPDATED: U.S. Federal Government Awards Grants to Help Transit Agencies Roll Out Contactless Payments and Mobile Ticketing

Feb 18 2021

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – U.S. public transit agencies have been keen to remove cash and paper tickets from their buses and trains and to keep more distance between customers and agency staffers because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now they are getting a new boost from the U.S. federal government in the form of grant funds to enable them to enhance contactless and mobile payments systems, among other measures.

Budding MaaS App Hits Milestone for Public Transit Tickets but Share of Total Rides Still Low

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – U.S.-based trip-planning app Transit announced it has enabled 500,000 rides from its app for a group of 13 small to mid-tier transit agencies based in the state of Ohio, though mobile ticketing still makes up a small percentage of total rides provided by the agencies.

First Transit Agency to Sell Tickets Through Uber App Sees Relatively Few Takers Two Years on

Apr 21 2021

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Regional Transportation District of Denver was the first transit agency to work with Uber to sell its bus and light rail tickets through the Uber app in the spring of 2019. RTD later that year expanded the service to trip-planning app Transit and then last fall to the app for another ride-hailing service, Lyft.

Insight: Apple Pay Launch of Virtual Closed-Loop Virtual Clipper Card Follows Emerging Trend

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Although the trend for transit agencies to support open-loop fare payments, including with Apple Pay, Google Pay and other Pays wallets, has continued unabated–even accelerated–during the pandemic, another trend is taking shape: That of agencies adding virtual versions of their closed-loop fare cards into the Pays wallets.

Exclusive: One Year Later, Sales of Public Transit Tickets in Uber App Still Make Up Small Share of Mobile Ticketing in Denver

Mar 24 2020

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Since last May, when ride-hailing service Uber officially began enabling customers to book and pay for public transit tickets in Denver directly in the Uber app, use of the service remains relatively low, accounting for less than 3% of all mobile tickets purchased by customers of Denver public transit agency RTD, NFC Times has learned.

OMNY Hits New Usage Milestone as Open-Loop Payments Rollout Continues

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, says it continues to see steady growth of its open-loop fare payments service, OMNY, announcing 50 million taps by customers using NFC wallets and bank cards to ride the massive New York City Subway and the city’s buses.

Case Study: Transit Agency in Portugal Combined NFC with BLE for Mobile Ticketing; Faced Challenges

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The agency that runs ticketing for 19 public bus, tram and train operators serving Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, says it has had success–and faced several challenges–with the rollout of its Anda mobile-ticketing app.

Dubai Transit Authority Plans to Launch Its Closed-Loop Card in More NFC Wallets

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, or RTA, which in December first launched mobile fare payments with a digital version of its closed-loop card in Huawei smartphones, says it plans to expand the service to other OEMs, including Apple and Samsung.

Rome Transit Operator: Covid Accelerates Demand for Contactless Payments but Customer Habits Hard to Change

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The CIO of Italy’s largest public transit operator, ATAC SpA, said the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated demand for open-loop contactless and mobile payments, but added that old habits are hard to break for customers and use of cash and paper tickets are still popular.

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In-Depth: As Covid-19 Causes Transit Ridership to Plummet, Third-Party Mobile-Ticketing Vendors Hope to Help Bring Riders Back

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As the Covid-19 crisis sows fear among mass transit customers and causes ridership on buses, trains and trams to crash, there is heightened interest in mobile ticketing and other electronic fare payments as a way to ease the concerns and help coax wary riders to return.  

Analysis: Apple Chips Away at Fortress Europe with Another Major Bank Planning to Join Apple Pay

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – With Switzerland’s No. 2 bank, Credit Suisse, expected to participate in Apple Pay, the U.S.-based tech giant continues to chip away at resistance among major European banks to joining its digital payments service.

U.S. Football Sees NFC-Enabled E-Tickets as way to Cut Fraud, Market to Fans

By: 
K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – With the National Football League kicking off its season in a few weeks in the U.S., fans will be using NFC, QR codes and perhaps ultrasonic signals on their mobile devices, in addition to tapping contactless-enabled paper tickets, to attend football games and other events at all 31 NFL stadiums.

In-Depth: As U.S. Lags in Contactless Payments, are Issuers Ready to Roll Out Dual-Interface EMV Cards?

By: 
K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Most issuers in the U.S. have so far held back from rolling out contactless or dual-interface cards, but merchant acceptance has been quietly building over the past few years, despite some large U.S. retailers balking at accepting contactless cards and NFC-enabled devices.

In-Depth: Can Contactless Cards Succeed in U.S. Where NFC Mobile Wallets Have Failed?

By: 
K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Payments industry backers suggest that U.S. banks could have an incentive to begin contactless rollouts soon, but in the absence of deadlines from the major payments networks, which are rapidly approaching in other markets, there's no guarantee of rollouts in the U.S. on the horizon.

How Mobile Wallets, Payments Wearables, Tokenization Fared the Past Year, and Where They Stand Now

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC TIMES Exclusive – As the digital payments ecosystem moves into 2018, it is dealing with many of the same unfulfilled promises, works in progress and unfinished business as in 2017.

U.S. Merchant Apps Square Off Against NFC ‘Pays’ Wallets: The Retailer Perspective

By: 
K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive – As more U.S. merchants launch their own payments apps, some seem positioned to offer serious competition to Apple Pay and the other NFC “Pays” wallets.

Backers Look to Range of Devices for Contextual Commerce, Though Fragmentation Will Pose Challenges

By: 
K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Promoters of contextual commerce are looking to a range of connected devices, including smart appliances and such home hubs as Alexa–along with a host of mobile devices–to enable consumers to pay in almost every context. But many challenges remain for what could become a “very disjointed” array of payment options, experts say.

Feature: How Do Mobile Payments Fit into an Omnichannel World?

By: 
K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As retailers and payments services providers increasingly try to connect and track consumer transactions across online and in-store channels, mobile payments must function as part of an omnichannel payments ecosystem, say industry observers.

IoT Payments Backers Say Devices Will Range from the Familiar to the Far-Fetched

By: 
K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – With the buzz around the Internet of Things growing ever stronger, the payments ecosystem is determined not to be left out.