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.
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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.
Qualcomm Raises Its Bid for NXP
Qualcomm today increased its offer to acquire NXP Semiconductors to $127.50 per share, or about $44 billion. The new offer reflects the increased value of each company, both of which have grown since the deal originated.
Samsung Will Manufacture Qualcomm's 5G Chips
Qualcomm today said it has expanded its long-standing agreement with Samsung to use the company's foundries to manufacture Snapdragon 5G mobile chipsets. Samsung's new 7-nanometer, low power plus (LPP), extreme ultra violet (EUV) lithography techniques produce significantly smaller chips that give phone makers more space in their designs.
ONE WORLD ORDER
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 ...