Giesecke & Devrient is the first SIM card provider to receive both the product certification from NXP Semiconductors for MIFARE Classic and from the MIFARE4Mobile Industry Group for MIFARE4Mobile v2.
Gemalto has teamed up with Chunghwa Telecom, the largest operator in Taiwan with 10 million subscribers, to secure their mobile NFC services . This commercial launch, supported by MasterCard and four leading Taiwanese banks, uses Gemalto’s UpTeq Multi-tenant NFC SIM and embedded software to host mobile payment and Mifare transit purse on a single card.
ARCONTIA INTERNATIONAL AB announced its new embedded contactless smart card reader for the Nautiz eTicket Pro II PDA. The Arcontia reader is fully integrated into Handheld’s new Nautiz eTicket Pro II PDA, offering a compact and ergonomic mobile solution for a range of ticketing applications in public transport. The combination of the contactless smart card reader and the PDA provide customers with a lean and rugged mobile device for ticket control, travel information and support workflow processes.
NXP Semiconductors announced its NFC controller, PN547, is successfully integrated with Google’s latest version of the Android 4.4 operating system, ‘KitKat’. Android 4.4 now offers new platform support for NFC-based transactions through host-card emulation (HCE), allowing Android smartphone owners to use their phones to initiate a wide range of mobile applications, including payments, loyalty programs, card access, transit passes and other customized services. Support for Android 4.4 and HCE allows more consumers to experience the potential of NFC and will further expand the ecosystem. NXP has successfully demonstrated and validated multi-Secure Element (embedded SE, UICC based SE and HCE) performance on its leading NFC controllers to facilitate OEM adoption and integration. PN547 improved RF performance, easing EMVCo and NFC Forum certifications while using smaller antenna size and lowering overall solution bill of materials.
The world’s first contactless smart cards compliant with the CIPURSE open security standard provide a convenient and cashless way to pay for services such as taxi rides or use health care. Manufactured by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the cards are based on a CIPURSE-compatible contactless security controller from Infineon Technologies. Initially defined for flexible and contactless transport and ticketing systems, CIPURSE also allows the flexible combination of identity and payment functions in mobile devices or multiple application cards. CIPURSE is highly flexible and allows the combination of multiple transport- and ticketing applications on a single card. The cards can also easily support identity or payment functions. Utilizing the advanced AES 128 encryption algorithm, CIPURSE enables fast and secure transactions. Furthermore, a certification process ensures compatibility of CIPURSE products from different suppliers. This combination of features makes CIPURSE an ideal solution to implement open and future-proof contactless systems without compromising on security.
Oberthur Technologies partnered HID Global, offering capability to support “Seos” digital keys on NFC-enabled smartphones. The partnership enables the Seos digital keys applet to be embedded in Oberthur Technologies NFC SIM cards, making it possible to use NFC smartphones for a wide range of applications that typically reside on smart cards. Oberthur Technologies´ dragonFly product family is a new generation of NFC SIM cards that combine speed and include best-in-class certifications (Common Criteria EAL4+, MasterCard, Visa, MIFARE DESFire™) and integrated anti-virus protection. The solution supports key applications driving NFC deployments such as transport, payment and access control. It also supports applications that facilitate a more convenient user experience, such as the use of a mobile phone for hotel check-in and hotel room access.
USA Technologies will be demonstrating two new cashless payment devices at the NAMA OneShow to be held in April 24-26. USAT’s latest devices for cashless payment and telemetry”the ePort® G9 and ePort® G10″are designed to bring greater functionality and value to business operators as they optimize their cashless payment platforms to develop new sales opportunities and greater operational efficiencies. The ePort G9 represents a redesigned, feature-rich offering for USAT’s popular JumpStart program. It will include all of the functionality of USAT’s NFC-enabled ePort G8, plus new features designed to bring more value to businesses through expanded acceptance options, consumer engagement offerings, and advanced diagnostics. The G10 will also include EMV contactless L1; Contactless payment L2; Mifare, ISO14443; NFC, ISO18092; and EMV Contact L1/L2, among a host of others.
Oberthur Technologies has been selected by Advanced Info Service telecom operator to provide “MIFARE DESFire” secure, contactless technology embedded in an NFC SIM card. The NFC SIM card with embedded MIFARE DESFire™ technology, DragonFly, is being launched for the first time in Asia with AIS, and will enable a mobile phone to be used as an e-purse to pay for public transportation and goods in Bangkok. Service users can also directly top-up credit on their SIM card and check both their balance and transaction history using their mobile phones. This new generation of NFC SIM card, boasts increased speed, security and convenience as well as best-in-class certifications and an integrated anti-virus. The dragonFly also allows rich applications to be embarked on the SIM.
VeriFone Systems has been awarded an $8.5 million contract by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York to install and service its open-architecture vehicle tracking TransitPAY system on more than 1,000 buses serving the Bronx. This follows a similar contract in 2011 for the Staten Island fleet component of the MTA Bus Time system. MTA Bus Time uses VeriFone on-board systems to generate location data that is communicated wirelessly to the Bus Time server that passengers can access for real-time information. Passengers can use computers, cell phones, smartphones or other devices from home, the office, while out shopping or dining, to get information about when the next bus will arrive at a stop. This offers a rugged, reliable and secure solution that can transform the passenger experience and can integrate NFC smartphone-based payments and contactless smart cards.
NCR Corporation announced the winners of the NCR Interact Global Partner Innovation Awards 2012, honoring the most innovative assisted- and self-service solutions that have been created and deployed by NCR’s solution partner community over the last year. They include the contactless travelcard top-up solution, designed by the Printec Group to run on NCR SelfServ ATMs in Romania; NCR SelfServ Checkouts with banknote recycling and take-away belts, deployed by North County Business Products (NCBP) at an independent grocery chain in the state of Illinois, U.S. ; the boutique bank branch with a self-service zone to make it easier for consumers to manage their money, help banks reduce wait times and free up staff to deal with complex enquiries, which wasdeveloped by SCI Tanzania for a major retail bank in Africa. The new branches feature NCR SelfServ 34 ATMs, giving consumers quick access to their cash; Teller Cash Recyclers, making it easier for consumers to deposit and withdraw cash over the counter; and the easy bill payment solution, designed by ADEXUS, which enables consumers in Chile to keep tight control over their household budgets by quickly transferring funds from their current account to pay any type of utility or mobile phone bill using an NCR SelfServ 60 touchscreen kiosk.
GAO RFID Asset Tracking launched its advanced high frequency RFID reader writer, an ideal solution for integration into POS systems where multiple tag reads for long sequences of items are required such as jewellery applications, laundry management and document tracking. This compact RFID interrogator, model 233004, operates at 13.56 MHz and is certified for CE and FCC. It is compliant with ISO 15693 standard for vicinity transponders and is capable of reading multiple tags simultaneously from a maximum distance of up to 30 cm. The smart reader/writer communicates with a computer via an RS232 interface for data exchange and offers 3 LEDs for efficient status indication.
VeriFone Systems announced an Linux-based POS payment device that integrates a NFC contactless reader. The H5000 runs Linux on an ARM11 processor, offers a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, and supports multiple payment types– including legacy magnetic stripe, EMV smartcards, and contactless cards — with a single hybrid card slot, says the company. VeriFone, which has previously offered Linux-based payment devices such as the MX870, says its new H5000 will be initially aimed at the German market. The device is said to be a successor to the Hypercom Artema Hybrid, which became part of the product line when VeriFone completed its acquisition of Hypercom on Aug. 4.