NFCW https://www.nfcw.com/ At the heart of the contactless ecosystem since 2008 Fri, 25 Nov 2022 16:35:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.nfcw.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-nfcw-favicon-white-32x32.png NFCW https://www.nfcw.com/ 32 32 37289602 Octopus lets iPhone users personalise their digital transit card https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/25/380614/octopus-lets-iphone-users-personalise-their-digital-transit-card/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 16:35:04 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80614 Apple iPhone and Apple Watch users in Hong Kong can now personalise their digital Octopus transit card by adding specially designed card art from one of five collections of cartoons, portraits and other images created by Japanese and Hong Kong artists. Octopus is enabling Apple users to select, upload and change the image on their […]

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PERSONALISATION: Apple users can now add specially designed art to their digital Octopus transit card

Apple iPhone and Apple Watch users in Hong Kong can now personalise their digital Octopus transit card by adding specially designed card art from one of five collections of cartoons, portraits and other images created by Japanese and Hong Kong artists.

Octopus is enabling Apple users to select, upload and change the image on their digital card stored in Octopus Wallet to mark the Hong Kong transit card provider’s 25th anniversary and to encourage new customers to add the mobile Octopus card to their iPhone or Apple Watch “in order to enjoy the easy and convenient digital payment experience”.

Users can select a first image for free from the Octopus Card Image Store via the Octopus App until the end of January with the option to purchase other card images “coming at a later stage”.

At launch the 14 images available include well-known cartoon characters “with animated effects” such as Hello Kitty, a special Octopus anniversary image by award-winning illustrator Apple Tong and work by Hong Kong artists with disabilities.

Octopus enabled users to add their transit card to their iPhone and Apple Watch in June 2020 and added travel information and P2P NFC transfers to the Octopus Wallet in December 2020.

Octopus lets iPhone users personalise their digital transit card was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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Increasing adoption of NFC, QR codes and biometrics drives growth across cardless ATM market https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/25/380255/increasing-adoption-of-nfc-qr-codes-and-biometrics-drives-growth-across-cardless-atm-market/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 11:26:04 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80255 The global cardless ATM market will have increased in value by US$2.11bn by 2026, an expansion driven by the growing adoption of NFC- and QR code-enabled smartphones and the emergence of biometric ATM technology, according to a Technavio forecast. North America will account for more than half of the growth in market share (53%) owing […]

Increasing adoption of NFC, QR codes and biometrics drives growth across cardless ATM market was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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The global cardless ATM market will have increased in value by US$2.11bn by 2026, an expansion driven by the growing adoption of NFC- and QR code-enabled smartphones and the emergence of biometric ATM technology, according to a Technavio forecast.

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North America will account for more than half of the growth in market share (53%) owing to the increasing popularity of contactless payment services in the region, the researchers say.

“The increased penetration of smartphones is driving market growth, especially in emerging countries, due to the rising sales of low-priced smartphones. These smartphones have several features of high-end smartphones,” the researchers explain.

“Moreover, NFC chips enable smartphones to connect with other NFC-enabled devices in cardless ATMs for data transfer.

“A smartphone can also read QR codes on the ATM screen. Such factors are expected to fuel the growth of the global cardless ATM market during the forecast period.

“The emergence of biometric ATMs is a key trend. Concerns regarding hygiene due to the outbreak of harmful diseases are increasing in various countries. Hence, to tackle issues related to the spread of communicable diseases, vendors are focusing on contactless biometrics, including retina and iris scanning and 3D facial recognition.”

Increasing adoption of NFC, QR codes and biometrics drives growth across cardless ATM market was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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Budapest to trial open loop contactless fare payments on airport shuttle bus https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/24/380362/budapest-to-trial-open-loop-contactless-fare-payments-on-airport-shuttle-bus/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 09:42:26 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80362 Passengers travelling on the 100E airport shuttle bus operated by Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK) in the Hungarian capital of Budapest will soon be able to pay their fares by tapping their physical or digital contactless credit or debit card on an on-board reader. BKK is the first transit authority in Hungary to announce plans to […]

Budapest to trial open loop contactless fare payments on airport shuttle bus was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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MOBILE PAYMENTS: Budapest’s airport shuttle bus is piloting open loop contactless fare payment in the city

Passengers travelling on the 100E airport shuttle bus operated by Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK) in the Hungarian capital of Budapest will soon be able to pay their fares by tapping their physical or digital contactless credit or debit card on an on-board reader.

BKK is the first transit authority in Hungary to announce plans to test an open loop contactless ticketing system that enables users to pay for and validate their fares with their bank card, smartphone or smartwatch. It says it will extend the test to other routes “if the experience is positive”.

“The pilot phase is expected to start in early 2023, as a first step on the 100E direct airport bus,” the transit authority adds.

“The aim of the project is to provide BKK’s customers with the most comfortable travel experience possible and to promote environmentally friendly, paperless public transport with another digital solution following the success of BudapestGo.”

BKK launched the BudapestGO Mobility-as-a-Service app in February.

Budapest to trial open loop contactless fare payments on airport shuttle bus was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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Warsaw skyscraper gets contactless mobile access control https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/23/380530/warsaw-skyscraper-gets-contactless-mobile-access-control/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:27:23 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80530 Employees of businesses with offices in the Skyliner building in the Polish capital of Warsaw can now get “touchless entry” to their workplace and shared amenities with a digital credential stored in an app on their Apple or Android smartphone. Office and business park developer Karimpol Group has implemented the mobile access control system on […]

Warsaw skyscraper gets contactless mobile access control was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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TOUCHLESS ENTRY: Users store a digital credential in the Skyliner app on their phone to enable access

Employees of businesses with offices in the Skyliner building in the Polish capital of Warsaw can now get “touchless entry” to their workplace and shared amenities with a digital credential stored in an app on their Apple or Android smartphone.

Office and business park developer Karimpol Group has implemented the mobile access control system on some 300 Bluetooth-enabled door readers across the 42-storey skyscraper and integrated it into the building’s dedicated Skyliner app.

Karimpol originally planned to introduce an access control solution that supported both physical cards and app-based digital credentials, but “as it turns out, 95% of tenants have only ever used the mobile one, with physical cards only given to visitors”, the developer says.

The system uses HID’s Mobile Access solution that also enables administrators to “manage the credentials based on available licences and assign batches of virtual cards to specific tenants” as well as allowing tenants to “manage the virtual credentials themselves from within the Skyliner app”.

“In our previous building, we just used plastic cards. But staff were always losing or forgetting them, which wasted my time. Our reception would have to call me to confirm that an individual was really an employee, and I’d then have to reissue a card,” Karolina Cieślak from Skyliner tenant company Bolt says.

“The attractiveness of the Skyliner app in conjunction with HID’s Mobile Access solution is one of convenience, as frankly no one leaves their home without their phone. I can activate and deactivate virtual credentials easily, and as physical plastic cards aren’t used anymore, it helps us to be more green.”

A survey published in August revealed that four in ten businesses worldwide are planning to upgrade to a mobile-ready contactless access control solution.

Warsaw skyscraper gets contactless mobile access control was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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British Airways trials contactless biometric boarding at London’s Heathrow Airport https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/23/380479/british-airways-trials-contactless-biometric-boarding-at-londons-heathrow-airport/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 13:52:52 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80479 Passengers on British Airways (BA) flights from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 to Malaga in Spain will be the first to trial a contactless biometric check-in and boarding system that will enable them to travel through the airport and board an international flight without needing to show their passport. Customers who sign up to take part […]

British Airways trials contactless biometric boarding at London’s Heathrow Airport was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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CONTACTLESS CHECK-IN: Biometric cameras verify the passenger’s identity in less than three seconds

Passengers on British Airways (BA) flights from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 to Malaga in Spain will be the first to trial a contactless biometric check-in and boarding system that will enable them to travel through the airport and board an international flight without needing to show their passport.

Customers who sign up to take part in the trial “will be invited to scan their face, passport and boarding pass on their smartphone or tablet ahead of travel, with this information being kept safe and secure,” BA says.

“When trial participants arrive at the airport, Smart Bio-Pod cameras verify their identity in under three seconds, allowing them to keep their passport safely in their pockets until they reach their destination.”

A short video shows how the system works.

“Not only is this the first time that our customers have been able to register their biometric information at home, but it’s the first time they can use it for British Airways’ international flights,” BA operations transformation manager David Breeze explains.

“This is a secure and efficient tool that makes for a smarter and smoother airport experience, which will reduce the time it takes us to board aircraft.

“The beauty of this technology is that it also frees our people up to look after more complex customer enquiries and deliver the best possible customer service.”

BA plans to trial contactless biometric check-in and boarding for six months on flights to Malaga and will extend the system to other international flights if it is successful, the airline says.

An IATA survey in November 2021 found that three in four airline passenger support the use of biometrics to speed up airport processes and in July the UK government unveiled plans to test contactless biometric border checks at airports and other entry points to the country.

British Airways trials contactless biometric boarding at London’s Heathrow Airport was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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Sella trials contactless biometric credit card in Italy https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/22/380540/sella-trials-contactless-biometric-credit-card-in-italy/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:42:26 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80540 The Sella banking group in Italy is piloting a biometric credit card that enables users to authenticate both contactless and contact payments with their fingerprint with selected customers of its subsidiary consumer credit company Sella Personal Credit. Once they have received the card, users can add their fingerprint without needing to go into a bank […]

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BIOMETRIC AUTHORISATION: Cardholders place their finger on the biometric chip to make a payment

The Sella banking group in Italy is piloting a biometric credit card that enables users to authenticate both contactless and contact payments with their fingerprint with selected customers of its subsidiary consumer credit company Sella Personal Credit.

Once they have received the card, users can add their fingerprint without needing to go into a bank branch using a device known as a “sleeve” and then use the card to make payments at any EMV-certified point-of-sale (POS) terminal or ATM worldwide.

“Once the fingerprint is acquired, the card is ready for use and requires no batteries: the biometric card is powered directly by the POS in the case of contact payments and through a magnetic field for contactless transactions,” Sella says.

“It will be sufficient to place your finger on the biometric chip on the front of the card to have a payment securely authorised.”

Sella trials contactless biometric credit card in Italy was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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Penn State to roll out contactless mobile student IDs https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/22/380489/penn-state-to-roll-out-contactless-mobile-student-ids/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:02:26 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80489 Students at Penn State University in the US will soon be able to gain access to halls of residence and other campus facilities and to make contactless on-campus purchases using a digital student identity card stored on their Apple or Android NFC smartphone or smartwatch. They will be able to add, store and use the […]

Penn State to roll out contactless mobile student IDs was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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CONTACTLESS: Students will be able to store and use the new Penn State ID+ card on their mobile devices

Students at Penn State University in the US will soon be able to gain access to halls of residence and other campus facilities and to make contactless on-campus purchases using a digital student identity card stored on their Apple or Android NFC smartphone or smartwatch.

They will be able to add, store and use the new mobile Penn State ID+ card via campus card solution provider Transact’s eAccounts payments and ID app after uploading a selfie to their account.

Penn State is also to issue an upgraded physical student ID+ card to allow access to specific buildings and resources that do not yet support mobile-only transactions.

“The university is installing contactless and tap-to-pay transaction technology through a phased approach at all 24 campuses,” Penn State says.

“Upgrades to card readers will include exterior residence hall doors, interior residence hall doors, commons buildings, LionCash and meal plans and on-campus laundry washers and dryers.

“Integrating the technology into other resources is in development.”

Penn State will begin rolling out the mobile ID+ card in January 2023, the university says.

Transact launched NFC-enabled mobile student credentials for iPhone and Apple Watch users in the US in 2018 and rolled out support for Android devices in January 2020.

Penn State to roll out contactless mobile student IDs was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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Mikroelektronika accelerates contactless payment terminal certification with Cilab’s ci230 test suite https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/22/380499/mikroelektronika-accelerates-contactless-payment-terminal-certification-with-cilabs-ci230-test-suite/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 12:42:54 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80499 PARTNER NEWS: Czech-based automated ticketing systems provider Mikroelektronika has achieved certification for its CRE11 contactless payment terminal with a single type approval test that significantly reduced the product’s time to market using Cilab’s ci230 test bench. Using the ci230 throughout the design and certification process enabled Mikroelektronika to ensure the interoperability of the CRE11 terminal […]

Mikroelektronika accelerates contactless payment terminal certification with Cilab’s ci230 test suite was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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TYPE APPROVAL: Cilab’s ci230 test suite has enabled Mikroelektronika to speed up terminal certification

PARTNER NEWS: Czech-based automated ticketing systems provider Mikroelektronika has achieved certification for its CRE11 contactless payment terminal with a single type approval test that significantly reduced the product’s time to market using Cilab’s ci230 test bench.

Using the ci230 throughout the design and certification process enabled Mikroelektronika to ensure the interoperability of the CRE11 terminal across all form factors — including contactless cards, mobile phones and smartwatches — and verify its compliance with the EMVCo PCD CL1 3.1a specification via the test bench’s multiple debugging functions.

In addition to the ci230, Cilab supplied Mikroelektronika with a Denso Cobotta collaborative robot and EMVCo reference antennas to support volume testing and enable the completion of a fully automated test session with all antennas in just 25 minutes.

Training and support

Cilab experts also provided Mikroelektronika staff with ongoing training and support during the design and certification process.

“Thank you for your help and support during development, Cilab. Clearly, the ci230 testing tool was a great choice,” Mikroelektronika product manager Tomáš Jun says.

““By ensuring a 5% margin on the CRE11 with our ci230 bench before taking it to the laboratory, we easily achieved certification. We have therefore also made substantial gains in terms of the number of lab sessions required and, above all, in significantly reducing the time to market.”

“We make it a point of honour to accompany our customers throughout their use of our ci230 test bench in an interactive way. Training does not take long from the very beginning and a one-hour training session is enough for users to launch a full test session for themselves,” Cilab managing director Alfred Binder adds.

Cilab will be demonstrating its EMVCo PCD test benches, its EMVCo PICC, NFC Forum and ISO testing suites, and its ci200 solution for PCD and PICC production quality control and card pre-personalisation at Trustech 2022 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles in France on 29-30 November and 1 December.

Mikroelektronika accelerates contactless payment terminal certification with Cilab’s ci230 test suite was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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NFCW invites readers to showcase their contactless products and services at Contactless World Congress https://www.nfcw.com/contactless-world-congress/nfcw-invites-readers-to-showcase-their-contactless-products-and-services-at-contactless-world-congress/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:31:54 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80516 Each of NFCW’s Contactless World Congress events in 2023 will include a supplier showcase session that will let readers discover the latest products and services from across the contactless ecosystem — just like they would when visiting the exhibition floor at a physical event. Here’s how it works and how you can take part. Our […]

NFCW invites readers to showcase their contactless products and services at Contactless World Congress was written by Mike Clark and published by NFCW.

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SUPPLIER SHOWCASE: Exhibitors can reach a massive, highly targeted audience, all year round

Each of NFCW’s Contactless World Congress events in 2023 will include a supplier showcase session that will let readers discover the latest products and services from across the contactless ecosystem — just like they would when visiting the exhibition floor at a physical event. Here’s how it works and how you can take part.

Our supplier showcase sessions bring the exhibition floor to the main conference stage for a ‘quick fire’ series of product presentations and demos that replace the need for attendees to travel to a physical event to learn about new contactless products and services.

“Just like at a physical trade show, where attendees are able to mix listening to conference presentations with visiting the show floor to discover new products and services, Contactless World Congress attendees will also be able to achieve both these goals,” NFCW Editor Sarah Clark says.

“This is crucial at a time where willingness to travel to physical events is lower than it was pre-Covid due to travel budgets being cut, reluctance to travel for health reasons and the sheer business efficiency of conducting supplier research on one’s own timetable from one’s own desk.

“And, because it’s online, it’s also highly cost-efficient. Our exhibitors are able to reach a massive, highly targeted audience all year round for less than the cost of exhibiting at just one small physical event a year.”

NFCW Expo exhibitors and Contactless World Congress partners and sponsors are eligible to present their contactless products and services during our supplier showcase sessions at no extra cost. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can find out how to exhibit, sponsor or partner here or email sales@nfcw.com to find out more.

The NFCW team looks forward to showcasing your contactless products and services in 2023!

NFCW invites readers to showcase their contactless products and services at Contactless World Congress was written by Mike Clark and published by NFCW.

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Transport for London sets out plans for next generation transport ticketing solution https://www.nfcw.com/2022/11/21/380465/transport-for-london-sets-out-plans-for-next-generation-transport-ticketing-solution/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 13:45:48 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=80465 Transport for London (TfL) is planning to integrate its Oyster closed-loop transit card into an account-based ticketing system for contactless fare payments as part of a network-wide scheme to upgrade its revenue collection system, according to a call for competition issued by the transit agency’s trading arm, Transport Trading Ltd. The upgrade — known as […]

Transport for London sets out plans for next generation transport ticketing solution was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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PROJECT PROTEUS: TfL is to spend US$951m upgrading its revenue collection system

Transport for London (TfL) is planning to integrate its Oyster closed-loop transit card into an account-based ticketing system for contactless fare payments as part of a network-wide scheme to upgrade its revenue collection system, according to a call for competition issued by the transit agency’s trading arm, Transport Trading Ltd.

The upgrade — known as Project Proteus — will also include “allowing the interchangeable use of payment devices” by linking a passenger’s chosen payment card to mobile devices, the replacement of validation readers and other hardware and the introduction of “potential future revenue collection services (and the provision of associated systems and ancillary services)” such as “new emerging forms of mobility including micro-mobility, Mobility-as-a- Service, new ticketing and fare payment solutions and commercial revenue collection data”.

The call for competition also reveals that TfL is in “ongoing discussions” with the UK’s Department for Transport about a separate project which “seeks to extend contactless pay-as-you-go [ticketing] to stations in the broader south-east of England around London”.

Key changes

“During the life of the Proteus Contract, we anticipate that there will be a number of changes,” the call for competition says.

“The key planned changes expected to be delivered during the Proteus Contract term include: 

  • Hina Rail Reader Rollout: The Hina Rail Readers will be manufactured, tested and be readily available for the Proteus Contractor to implement onto the rail estate;
  • Payment Account Reference (PAR): This is a unique identifier associated with a specific cardholder PAN and this change will follow-on from the Hina reader deployment and will involve the Proteus Contractor. This change will allow us to link mobile devices with the payment card, allowing the interchangeable use of payment devices;
  • Account Based Ticketing/FTP5: This is our programme that will make Oyster an account-based system. Initially, this is likely to be a proof of concept involving design and back-office development work which we will lead on. Once the Proteus Contractor is in place, we will engage with developing the wider proposition to develop the system wide solution. This change will involve significant upgrade to our retail assets, changes to the reader to support the new risk management models, changes to the RID software as well as decommissioning the legacy Oyster system;
  • Revenue Inspection Device (RID) Replacement and Enhancement: This is the replacement of the current handheld device for revenue inspection. It is expected to be a broadly like-for-like device upgrade to the Android platform device. We expect the next device may need to additionally include the ability to check barcode tickets.”

TfL is planning to award the contract in August 2024 with an initial duration of seven years and the option to extend it to 12 years. There is an initial seven-year budget of £800m (US$951m) and a total 12-year budget of £1.5bn (US$1.8bn), according to the call for competition. 

TfL revealed in November 2020 that it is planning to integrate its Oyster transit card and contactless fare payment systems.

Transport for London sets out plans for next generation transport ticketing solution was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.

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