NTT Docomo combines UWB and NFC for hands-free payments at the POS

Graphic of Docomo/NXP NFC concept
SMART IDEA: NTT is using NXP NFC and UWB technology to enable consumers to pay securely hands free at the POS

PARTNER NEWS: Japanese carrier NTT Docomo is using NXP’s new NFC, ultra wideband (UWB) and secure element chipset in a concept POS device that lets consumers make secure payments “while keeping your smartphone in your pocket or bag”.

“The smart retail demonstration tracks user movement and positioning to showcase the versatile benefits of UWB’s 360 degree positioning, location accuracy of a few centimetres, and spatial context awareness that can be purpose-built for personalized advertising and marketing,” NXP explains.

“Additionally it showcases UWB’s complementary and ubiquitous capability to enhance and interoperate with existing wireless technologies on the narrowband spectrum including Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communications (NFC).

“Embedded with end-to-end secure hardware and software for payment, authentication and identification, the UWB-based showcase includes secure, convenient, hands-free check-out for in-store purchase and drive-through payment experiences.”

UWB-based mobile payment and targeted marketing on digital advertising signs will be demonstrated at the Docomo Open House 2020 event in Tokyo from 23-24 January.

Full details are in the press release below:

NXP accelerates UWB-based mobile payment innovation with NTT Docomo and Sony

Demonstration shows secure, convenient hands-free check-out and unique, location-based marketing services

Tokyo, Japan: NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced its Ultra-Wideband (UWB) solution will be leveraged for a live mobile payment demonstration by NTT Docomo, Inc., and Sony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc. (Sony).

With the recent announcement of NXP’s chipset for mobile devices, NXP continues to tie out support from ecosystem leaders across mobile, IoT and automotive makers to cultivate the UWB ecosystem and harness the precise real-time localization capabilities augmented by NXP’s unique, secure UWB portfolio.

The smart retail demonstration orchestrated by Docomo and Sony shows intuitive, effortless connectivity experiences using UWB technology and the possibility of its impact and benefit to FeliCa®-based services which spans transportation, in-store payments, building access and more.

“Our demonstration showcases mobile payment, advertisement and smart key applications to present a framework that helps developers, manufacturers and service providers better serve people,” said Takeshi Higuchi, general manager, Communication Device Development Department at Docomo. “We’re excited to collaborate with NXP and Sony to explore more convenient and valuable consumer experiences.”

“NXP has always shared the same vision with us to provide global tourists and mobile phone owners in Japan an integrated, rapid, secure and contactless experience for payment, ticketing, and other popular use cases,” said Toyoaki Kobayashi, deputy senior general manager, FeliCa Business Division at Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. “The demonstrated use cases utilizing fine-ranging capabilities can deliver further benefits derived from FeliCa-based services.”

“Docomo and Sony have long demonstrated their innovative leadership in bringing new forms of payment and value-added services to people,” said Charles Dachs, vice president and general manager of Secure Embedded Transactions at NXP. “We’re excited to work with these leaders to demonstrate sophisticated UWB-based use cases that will blend seamlessly into people’s lives.”

The smart retail demonstration tracks user movement and positioning to showcase the versatile benefits of UWB’s 360 degree positioning, location accuracy of a few centimetres, and spatial context awareness that can be purpose-built for personalized advertising and marketing.

Additionally it showcases UWB’s complementary and ubiquitous capability to enhance and interoperate with existing wireless technologies on the narrowband spectrum including Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communications (NFC). Embedded with end-to-end secure hardware and software for payment, authentication and identification, the UWB-based showcase includes secure, convenient, hands-free check-out for in-store purchase and drive-through payment experiences.

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. enables secure connections for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better, and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, industrial and IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has approximately 30,000 employees in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $9.41 billion in 2018.