More NFC Phones Coming To The West
Inside Contactless today said the company expects to see 1-2 million handsets with NFC chips shipping outside of Japan this year. A spokesman said the company is providing chips to Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and LG for global distribution as well as to Kyocera Wireless for their US models. Many carriers and manufacturers are participating in NFC trials around the US already. Though it is possible the company is supplying chips for further trials, Inside Contactless was hopeful about commercial launches in the West.
from Inside Contactless
MTA Approves $573M for Contactless Fare System
New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to do away with the aging MetroCard fare system in favor of one that supports contactless payments, reports the New York Times. The agency has approved a $573 million contract to update the system's turnstiles with new wireless readers that can accept smartphones and certain types of credit/debit cards.
Nokia Forms Alliance to Standardize Mobile Transit Tickets
Nokia's HERE Maps division and other companies today announced the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance, a new organization they hope will create a single, global standard for NFC-based mobile transit tickets. The goal of the OMTA is to develop a "register once, travel anywhere" system that's interoperable with payment vendors and transit operators around the world.
Qualcomm Reaches Deal To Acquire NXP
Qualcomm today announced a deal to acquire NXP Semiconductors for $47 billion. NXP is a co-inventor and key patent holder of NFC technology.
Intel to Buy Altera for $16.7 Billion
Intel today said it has agreed to purchase Altera Corp. for $16.7 billion.
Qualcomm to Add NXP Secure Element to Snapdragon Chips
Qualcomm today announced that it will use technology from NXP to help bring NFC-based mobile payments across more phone makers. Specifically, Qualcomm plans to add NFC and embedded secure elements *(eSE) across its Snapdragon 800, 600, 400, and 200 series processors.
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Same ole RFID, Same ole Security/Privacy Issues
Although the communication range of NFC is limited to a few centimeters, NFC alone does not ensure secure communications. In 2006, Ernst Haselsteiner and Klemens BreitfuÃŸ described different possible types of attacks.
NFC offers no protection against eavesdropping and is also vulnerable to data modifications. Applications have to use higher-layer cryptographic protocols (e.g., SSL) to establish a secure channel.
The RF signal for the wireless data transfer can be picked up with antennas. The distance from which an attacker is able to eavesdrop the RF signal depends on numerous parameters, but is typically a small number of meters. For example, eavesdropping is extremely affected by ...