Global shipments of contactless payment cards top 2bn in 2021

Contactless card being tapped on payment device

The total number of contactless payment cards and modules shipped globally exceeded 2bn for the first time and accounted for more than three-quarters of the overall total of 2.63bn smart payment card and module shipments during 2021 (76%), according to figures released by the Smart Payment Association (SPA)... More


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Developers to use NFC to give reusable plastic containers unique digital identities

Child and woman recycling reusable plastic containers which use NFC to give them a unique digital identity

A UK-based consortium is to investigate the use of ultra-low-cost NFC technology to give individual items of reusable plastic packaging a unique digital identity (UDI) in order to track them across each package’s lifecycle, encourage their reuse and enable the development of a scalable packaging-as-a-service infrastructure... More


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Japanese banks gear up to test digital currency

Japan Digital Currency Forum diagram showing aspects of the planned digital currency

A consortium of more than 70 leading banks, financial services providers and other businesses in Japan is to conduct a series of proof of concept (PoC) trials of a digital currency supported by commercial banks across a range of specific use cases with the aim of rolling the currency out by the end of the 2022 fiscal year... More







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HID Global opens NFCW Expo showcase

HID Global sponsor showcase for NFCW Expo

NFCW EXPO: HID Global has opened a showcase in the NFCW Expo, featuring a series of white papers and case studies exploring how NFC technology can be used to deliver innovative use cases across retail, industry, building safety and beyond... More



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NXP explains how NFC healthcare labels and packaging can be used to combat the spread of Covid-19

An NFC smart label on a Covid-19 test

PARTNER NEWS: NFC-based intelligent labels and packages offer “the safety and security necessary to help tackle the spread of Covid-19 while giving scientists, medical staff and patients the ability to interact with products so they can verify authenticity, check expiration dates and even gain useful insights into the nature of the virus,” NXP has explained... More


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ST explains how NFC can be combined with blockchain technology to deliver smarter supply chains

Covershot: Smarter end-to-end supply chains: Combining blockchain and NFC/RFID technologies

KNOWLEDGE CENTRE: Combining NFC and RFID tags with blockchain technology makes it possible to create secure, end-to-end global supply chains that eliminate the risk of counterfeit goods entering the system, reduce management complexity and increase transparency, STMicroelectronics explains in a new white paper now available to download from the NFCW Knowledge Centre... More





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ST explains how NFC tags with digital signatures can provide end-to-end protection against counterfeiting throughout the supply chain

2 people holding shopping bags

NFC tags that include support for digital signatures can provide protection against counterfeiting and grey market goods right through the supply chain — from the factory, through the distribution chain to the retailer and the consumer — chip maker STMicroelectronics explains in a white paper now available to download from the NFCW Knowledge Centre... More



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ShipChain to use NFC to track temperature-sensitive shipments on the blockchain

ShipChain and GTX Corp launch global NFC blockchain shipment tracking solution — ShipChain — “The NFC tags provide real-time temperature sensing and data logging across the supply chain necessary with transportation of perishables; food, drinks, pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive products that can be negatively affected by conditions in transit. These built-in security measures can prevent the distribution of contaminated supplies in the marketplace and unauthorised modification of data logs, allowing brands, retailers, distributors, and freight forwarders to verify shipment quality.”