Research Firm Projects Use of NFC Mobile Wallets in U.S. to Remain Disappointing This Year

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As Apple Pay approaches the fifth anniversary of its launch in the U.S., there is more research showing that most American consumers simply don’t see the value of tapping to pay with NFC-based payments services.  Related stories, automatically selected:  Report: Will Deployment of Contactless EMV Cards in U.S.…

US Army to issue soldiers with wearable contactless IDs

The US Army is looking to replace its current smartcard-based Common Access Card (CAC) with “wireless, lightweight, flexible and rugged” wearable contactless identity tokens that can be inserted into a soldier’s pocket, attached to a sleeve or integrated into a wristband. “The US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, or CCDC, is researching and developing authentication…

POC adds NFC chips to bike helmets

Sports equipment maker POC has included NFC chips in two new cycling helmets “to aid user safety and protection” in the case of injury, Endurance Business reports. The chips in the Tectal Race Spin NFC and Ventral Air Spin NFC helmets enable riders to store their medical profile so they can “communicate for them when…

In-Depth: Five Years After Transport for London Launched Contactless Across Its Transit Network, UK Open-Loop Rollout Remains Uneven

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Five years ago next month, Transport for London introduced open-loop contactless payments across its transit network, including metro, trams and commuter rail, following an earlier launch on buses. The service now accounts for more than half of all pay-as-you-go journeys and has become a global showcase for the…

CryptoKaiju launches Cryptokitty toys with NFC

“The 7.5 inch CryptoKitties each have a unique identity and are traceable on the blockchain. Look underneath the toy’s foot, and you’ll see a tamper-proof, near field communication (NFC) tag, with a unique serial number. Doting owners can interact with the chip, using a smartphone or other device, to access details about their toy’s unique…