When our company was founded, our vision was to develop a simple wallet app that consumers could use on any device, anywhere with any card. To deliver on that promise, we selected NFC as the best technology that was secure, simple and open to innovation. We think that today’s announcement by Apple to support NFC…
SIMalliance has highlighted that future growth of the NFC ecosystem and NFC-based applications, resulting from host card emulation (HCE), is likely to expedite SIM-based NFC payment deployments and create opportunities for mobile network operators (MNOs) to ‘address the security and authentication gaps in HCE*’.SIMalliance published a paper in April 2014, titled ‘Secure Element Deployment & Host Card Emulation’. It explores both the advantages and the limitations of HCE, providing insights and assessments on a broad range of related topics, including the investment risks for early adopters, the security fallibilities of Android 4.4, the scale of the HCE-NFC certification challenge and the prohibitive barriers to HCE acceptance in global transport and ticketing systems.
Broadcom Corporation introduced the next-generation of near field communication (NFC) controllers designed to deliver simplified connectivity and drive adoption in mass market smartphones and wearables. The new family enables mobile device manufacturers to reduce antenna size by 50 percent and lower overall cost by 35 percent. Broadcom’s BCM20795 NFC family provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with highly integrated, low-power solutions that can be easily incorporated into a wide range of smartphones and tablets. The new controllers reduce power consumption more than 60 percent, use 30 percent fewer components and a 35 percent smaller board area than previous generations. The devices are also compatible with Broadcom’s Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED™) platform.
MasterCard today announced it will publish a specification that leverages Host Card Emulation (HCE) for secure near field communication (NFC) payment transactions. The approach will enable consumers to easily use their MasterCard-branded cards on their NFC-enabled phones to make contactless payments. Today, there are two million contactless-enabled merchant locations in 63 countries around the world.
EnterCard integrated Encap’s two-factor authentication technology into its “re:membercard” mobile app. Ensuring EnterCard’s customers enjoy simple, seamless and secure access to their financial services on the move, in partnership with ID specialist Signicat, this will provide secure two-factor user authentication. Customers will be able to access their services using the app on their smartphone without the need for hardware tokens, SMS passwords, or other one-time passwords. This will provide EnterCard’s customers with an intuitive, convenient experience, and secure authentication without leaving the app.
SecureKey Technologies completed an agreement with EnStream to enable SecureKey authentication technology on mobile phones. SecureKey recently launched its SecureKey “Concierge” authentication service for the Government of Canada that enables Canadians to use their bank authentication credentials to obtain access to online government services like pension, tax and benefits. This promotes the interoperability of security credentials as SecureKey allows consumers and businesses to securely access online services and affect online payments simply using their mobile devices for enhanced NFC security and authentication.
CaixaBank, Gemalto, Telefónica and Visa Europe are set to deliver a payments application which will be offered to 3,500 delegates at Mobile World Congress on February 25-28th. The app, developed by Telefónica Digital, will allow delegates to make mobile contactless payments using a pre-paid card especially developed for mobile payments, which has been enabled to work with Visa’s contactless payment technology. The card is issued by MoneyToPay, the new subsidiary for the prepaid business created by CaixaBank.
Gemalto launched its NFC services management, powered by its Allynis Trusted Services Manager (TSM) solution and hosted in Gemalto’s local TSM data center. This brings NFC to Singapore consumers lines up a consortium of local partners including mobile operators, banks and service providers. This is the first time that the mobile operators and a range of other service providers join forces to launch nation-wide NFC services to the general public using a unified, comprehensive TSM solution. With the upcoming commercial rollout, consumers will have the freedom to tap and pay using their NFC-enabled mobile devices at over 20,000 retail points such as convenience stores, fast food outlets, retailers and even a fleet of taxis.
Orange mobile operator with over 27 million subscribers deployed its large-scale rollout of a SIM-based NFC solution to enable NFC-readiness for mass deployment of mobile contactless services through Gemalto. Orange is now pursuing the implementation of a NFC infrastructure on a national level that enables service providers to come onboard and massively deploy mobile contactless services. Orange can offer service providers such as banks, transport operators or retailers an attractive, secure and scalable solution to deploy new and enhanced services to end users. The solution will allow any service provider to dynamically manage its own security domain in the card and to load, personalize and update its related NFC applications remotely over time.
INSIDE Secure and Sunward Telecom announced they will be demonstrating a new NFC upgrade solution that fits entirely within a standard-size SIM card and achieves industry-standard, 4-cm proximity transaction performance when inserted in a non-NFC mobile phone. Simulating a MasterCard® PayPass™ payment transaction, the demonstration shows how non-NFC mobile phones can be easily upgraded to…
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphones are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones certified by MasterCard Worldwide as PayPass-approved devices.The certification was granted on the basis of the BlackBerry smartphones meeting the functionality, interoperability and security requirements of MasterCard. Now any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to deploy MasterCard PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of these smartphones. This lets customers use certified BlackBerry smartphones for NFC payments.
Gemalto digital security is set to deploy its “Personal Argentina” on the Facebook for SIM software application. Providing its more than 17.4 million customers a way to access Facebook from any type of handset, and without the need for a data plan, the software application is embedded inside the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) to allow users easy access to core Facebook features from the phone’s main screen. Users can receive notifications of wall posts and messages, view friend requests and status updates.