Robot maids? Voice-activated appliances? Automatic meals? The smart home of the Jetsons, America’s favourite space-age family, is hovering ever closer to reality. And in 2016 it will arrive on our doorstep.
Telit has agreed to acquire Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communication (NFC) assets in hardware and software from Stollmann Entwicklungs und Vertriebs Gmbh in Hamburg, Germany.
Of the many industries using Near Field Communication (NFC) to add convenience, increase efficiency, and automate processes, healthcare is gaining ground. In a recent report, issued by technology analysts Transparency Market Research (TMR), healthcare is one of the fastest growing segments for NFC, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4%.
Have you ever lost your wallet? If you have, the security issues of a traditional wallet can cause irreparable harm in the form of indentify theft, stolen cash, skimmed credit card data and more.
A necklace that stores electronic health data to track child immunisation and a wearable soap that helps limit the spread of infectious viruses by encouraging hand washing have won the Wearables for Good challenge run by UNICEF, ARM and frog. The winning designs, both led by joint Indian-US teams, will each receive a prize of $15,000 and incubation and mentoring from the partners.
An exclusive conversation with the inventors of NFC.
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has announced a partnership with VeriFone Mobile Money, a provider of mobile payment solutions for merchant point of sale (POS). VeriFone Mobile Money Retail Enablement software suite will be integrated with Ericsson Wallet Platform to expand payment options, including in emerging markets.
According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the market for NFC-ready POS terminals continued to show strong momentum in 2014 with annual shipments reaching an estimated 9.5 million units worldwide. The attach rate for NFC was highest in EU28+2 and North America, where 80 percent and 75 percent respectively of the POS terminals shipped featured NFC.
SIMalliance has published guidance for banks, retailers, transit operators and other service providers aiming to bring NFC services to market, in an effort to help them choose the right NFC deployment technology model.
The recent inclusion of host card emulation, known as HCE, into Android 4.4 KitKat last year opened up the possibility of performing mobile NFC payments without using a hardware secure element. But while HCE may potentially remove some of the complexity of SIM secure element NFC payments, this is only part of the story.
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