Apple to add digital key sharing to iOS

Apple is to add a feature to iOS 16 that will enable iPhone users to securely share NFC digital car, house, workplace and hotel room keys held in Wallet with colleagues, friends and family via messaging apps such as Messages, Mail and WhatsApp... More




Contactless payments set to hit US$10tn globally by 2027

Juniper global contactless payments forecast 2027 graphic

Global contactless transaction values will reach US$10tn by 2027, up from US$4.6tn in 2022, with contactless mobile and wearable payments expected to grow by 221% and contactless card payments by 119% over the same period, according to a Juniper Research forecast... More



Researchers develop technique for integrating NFC chips with printed electronics for flexible active smart tags

High performance paper-based NFC tag developed for a wide range of use cases

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in the UK have developed a hybrid technique for “robustly” integrating solid NFC chips with printed circuits on flexible materials such as fabric and paper that could “extend the effective use of flexible electronics in applications such as smart tags, IoT wearables, robotics, ultrathin displays, healthcare and so on” by enabling the development of active tags... More




Balmain adds NFC tags to Pokémon clothing range

French fashion house Balmain clothing with NFC tags

Luxury fashion brand Balmain Paris has added NFC tags to jackets and patches in its Balmain x Pokémon range that enable purchasers to unlock rewards and access an immersive digital experience by tapping the tag with their Apple or Android NFC smartphone... More


Denmark trials hands-free contactless mobile transport ticketing platform

Fairtiq contactless mobile ticketing app on smarthphones

Danish public transport fare system provider Rejsekort & Rejseplan (RKRP) is trialling a hands-free automated app-based mobile ticketing system on bus and train services in Denmark’s North Jutland region as part of plans to develop a national digital mobility solution combining travel planning, booking, ticketing and payment across private and public modes of transport... More


Greece reports on uptake of digital ID cards and driving licences

Greece digital ID card and driving licence on smartphone

More than 710,000 Greek citizens have used the Greek government’s Gov.gr Wallet app to create and store a digital version of their national identity card on their smartphone and more than 563,000 have used it to generate a digital version of their driving licence since the service went live last month... More



Mastercard reports on growth in consumer adoption of emerging payments technologies

Nearly nine in ten consumers worldwide have made digital payments using digital wallets, contactless, QR codes, buy now pay later, money transfer apps, cryptocurrencies, biometrics and other digital payment technologies (85%) and more than six in ten say they have increased their usage of at least one digital payment method (61%) in the last 12 months, according to a Mastercard survey... More



Google Wallet expands to six more countries

Google Wallet screenshots

Google Wallet has gone live in Azerbaijan, Iceland, Moldova, Qatar, Serbia and South Africa, enabling users to store and use their credit and debit cards, tickets, passes and other digital credentials on their Android NFC devices... More




Clipper pilots contactless transit pass that provides unlimited free public transport across the San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Clipper transit card on iphone and payment terminal

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and more than 20 other transit agencies that support the Clipper fare payment system in the San Francisco Bay Area of the USA are trialling a contactless transit pass that will allow passengers to take unlimited free journeys on bus, rail and ferry services in the region... More


Dutch rail network to trial contactless open loop fare payments

Woman making contactless open loop payment at Dutch train station using smartphone

Rail operator NS in the Netherlands is to pilot a contactless open loop fare payment system that will enable passengers to pay for their train fares by tapping their physical debit or credit card or their digital debit card stored on a smartphone or smartwatch at the beginning and the end of their journey... More