NFC Industry Events

Sep 1 2016 - Sep 2 2016
SUNTEC Singapore Convention Centre, Singapore

Organizers describe the conference sessions as the place where real life deployment is presented and future innovations debated. It will be divided into industry application streams to allow the attendee to focus or diverge as they wish, with keynotes, panel debates and roundtable discussions. The two day exhibition running alongside the conference is intended to showcase the latest in IoT innovation, from large technology companies to the latest Asian start-ups.

Oct 13 2016
Hyatt Regency
Santa Clara, United States

This conference is the market's only TEE-focused industry gathering. Hosted by GlobalPlatform, the organization that is leading the efforts to standardize this technology, the session offers a unique opportunity for stakeholders engaged in the development and deployment of TEE technology to discuss current market status as well as future business requirements and long-term market evolution.

Oct 19 2016 - Oct 20 2016
The Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare
Chicago, United States

The Security of Things, the Smart Card Alliance’s newest event, takes a deep dive into the advantages and challenges IoT presents across every market, including payments, transportation, industrial, consumer and healthcare, and highlights the need for secure IoT architectures using embedded security and privacy technology. With a history of success in hosting industry events involving emerging markets and secure chip technology, the Smart Card Alliance is bringing together experts from both the IoT and security communities to discuss the most important developments, innovations and efforts driving security and privacy in IoT.

Oct 23 2016 - Oct 26 2016
The Venetian
Las Vegas, United States

Organizers describe Money20/20 as the largest global event enabling payments and financial services innovation for connected commerce at the intersection of mobile, retail, marketing services, data and technology. Expected to draw 10,000+ attendees, including more than 1,000 CEOs, from over 3,000 companies and 75 countries, Money20/20 is critical to realizing the vision of disruptive ways in which consumers and businesses manage, spend and borrow money. The next Money20/20 will be held in Las Vegas, October 23-26, 2016, followed by Money20/20 Europe in June 2017.

Nov 25 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The 3rd annual HCE Summit is returning to Europe at a new, exciting destination - Amsterdam. Organizers describe it as an opportunity to gather leading pioneers in the mobile payment space who are driving the HCE and okenization momentum. This year the event also adds Tokenization into the key conference theme, thus renaming it "HCE and Tokenization Summit.”

Nov 29 2016 - Dec 1 2016
Palais des Festivals
Cannes, France

As announced in2015, CARTES events have become TRUSTECH-Pay, Identify, Connect and Secure. TRUSTECH is the new global event dedicated to trust-based technologies.
Secure Payment, Identification and Connections are the buzz words for this 3-day event offering extensive networking opportunities and keynote speakers.

HEADLINE NEWS

Apple Strikes Back at Australian Banks Seeking to Bargain Collectively, Branding Them a ‘Cartel’

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple has responded to a request to regulators by four major Australian banks to jointly negotiate terms for their adoption of Apple Pay and to boycott participation during the negotiations with a strongly worded letter, branding the group’s proposed action worthy of a “cartel” that would “harm consumers, lead to less competition and less innovation and set a troubling precedent.”

Visa Policy on Alternate PANs Leaves Cardholders Out in the Cold in Taiwan

NFC Times Exclusive – Fourteen banks in Taiwan launched mobile payments using host card emulation late last week or plan to do so in coming weeks, but none of the cards that the banks’ customers can load into their new Android wallet apps will sport the Visa logo–one of the two main bank card brands in Taiwan. 

Reports: ZTE Pay to Join Crowded Mobile Payments Market in China

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Credible reports say that Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE plans to join the “OEM Pay” club, and that the company has signed an agreement with payments network China UnionPay to deploy an NFC-enabled mobile payments service in China.

STMicroelectronics Sees Booster Technology as Way to Become Competitive in NFC Wearables, Smartphone Markets

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Chip maker STMicroelectronics is hoping its $77.8 million-plus acquisition of the NFC assets of Austria-based ams AG will help it accelerate its move into the Internet of Things market, especially for wearables.

Taiwan Banks to Launch Mobile Payments with HCE, but Only with Mastercard-Branded Cards, Using Local Tokenization

Aug 4 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight –  More than a dozen Taiwanese banks and their mobile payments joint venture along with Mastercard plan to announce Thursday the launch of mobile payments using host card emulation, with more banks to follow.

NXP Reports Growth in NFC Revenue for Second Quarter Thanks to OEM Pay, Transit Ticketing in China

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – NXP Semiconductors reported growth in its Secure Connected Devices unit, which includes its NFC chips and secure elements, as the Netherlands-based chip maker is benefitting from the rollout of mobile payments services by smartphone OEMs and renewed interest in NFC transit ticketing in China.

Analysis: Apple Pay U.S. Transactions Growing but Base ‘Very Small’; and Rivals Not Apparently Catching Up

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple’s boast this week that its mobile payments service accounts for three out of four contactless payments in the U.S. says little about the number of contactless transactions it is recording stateside, but does indicate that Apple has maintained its lead over rival NFC-enabled wallets.

Swiss Competition Officials Decline to Investigate Apple Pay Antitrust Complaint for Now

NFC Times Exclusive – A few days ahead of the official launch of Apple Pay in Switzerland earlier this month, Swiss consumer protection group Konsumentenschutz SKS filed a complaint with the Swiss competition officials, contending that Apple’s policy of locking down the embedded chips in its NFC devices is “monopolistic” and is a violation of the country’s antitrust laws. The regulator, however, has declined to launch a formal investigation, deciding to continue to observe the market for now, NFC Times has learned.

Australian Banks Form Bloc to Counter Apple’s ‘Divide-and-Conquer Strategy

Aug 10 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – In an unprecedented move, four major Australian banks, including three of the country’s big four financial institutions, have asked the

Mastercard’s Planned Acquisition of VocaLink Could Speed Up Commercial Launch of Zapp’s Mobile Payments Service

NFC Times Exclusive –  Mastercard’s planned acquisition of UK payments company VocaLink may offer the final boost needed for VocaLink’s Zapp unit to launch its long overdue mobile payments service, the Pay by Bank app.

HCE Mobile Wallet is a Must-Have, Says Polish Bank, But Usage Still Low

NFC Times Exclusive – The high penetration of contactless point-of-sale terminals and high use of contactless bank cards in Poland has spurred the launch of HCE mobile wallets by some Polish banks, but use does not appear to be taking off yet–at least if one bank’s project is any guide.

Apple Pay Launches In Hong Kong, Where Other NFC Services Have Failed to Take Off

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple followed its launch of Apple Pay in France Tuesday with a launch in Hong Kong today, its ninth market globally and fourth in the Asia-Pacific region.