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

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. Supply…

Starbucks launches NFC payment pens in Japan

Starbucks has introduced a branded contactless payment pen that customers in Japan can load with funds and then use to make payments at any FeliCa-compatible POS terminal. Starbucks Touch: The Pen uses ‘coffee brown’ ink, comes in a drip coffee machine-inspired design and costs ¥4,000 yen (US$37.02), including a pre-loaded credit balance of ¥1,000 (US$9.26).…

Revolut lets customers pre-authenticate their contactless card as they approach the SCA transaction limit

UK-based neobank Revolut has implemented a Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) system that lets customers use their mobile banking app to authenticate their contactless card as they get close to reaching the new contactless transaction limit, avoiding the risk of having their card declined when they next attempt to make an in-store purchase. “From 14 September,…

Monzo to use app notifications to address Strong Customer Authentication communications issues

UK-based neobank Monzo is to use app notifications to provide customers who have a contactless card transaction declined due to new Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) requirements with the information needed for them to successfully complete their transaction. SCA forms part of the EU’s revised Payment Services Directive II (PSD2). It officially came into force across…

Two in five wrist-worn wearables now come with NFC

While health applications continue to be the main consumer adoption driver for wrist-worn wearables, support for mobile payments “is also starting to become a mainstay,” according to new research from IDC. IDC’s definition of wrist-worn wearables includes smartwatches, basic watches and wristbands. Shipments reached 34.2m units in total during the second quarter of 2019, up…