GlobalPlatform reports secure element shipment numbers

More than 6.2bn GlobalPlatform-compliant secure elements were deployed in 2018, an increase of over 750m from the previous year, the standards organisation has revealed. In all, over 35bn secure elements based on GlobalPlatform technology have been deployed since 2010, it adds. Read the rest of GlobalPlatform reports secure element shipment numbers at NFCW.

Samsung adds Promoted Cards to Samsung Pay in Australia

Samsung has teamed up with financial services comparison site Finder to add a credit card shopping feature to Samsung Pay, “enabling everyday Australians to discover compelling credit card offers from participating financial institutions” from within its mobile wallet. “The first-of-its-kind feature in Australia combines Samsung Pay’s secure digital payments platform and Finder’s deep understanding of…

Madeira to pilot fingerprint biometric cards for decentralized digital IDs

The Government of Madeira is to issue biometric cards containing an in-built fingerprint sensor to 3,400 of its citizens for the pilot test of Smart Island, a decentralized digital identity project encompassing 12 education, healthcare, port security, transport, payments, tourism and government services. The initial order for the credit card-sized biometric smart cards has been…

Google to offer bank accounts?

Google is to begin offering checking accounts to consumers from next year, in partnership with banks and credit unions, according to The Wall Street Journal. “The project, code-named Cache, is expected to launch next year with accounts run by Citigroup Inc and a credit union at Stanford University, a tiny lender in Google’s backyard,” the…