Thursday, 14 July 2011

PayPal Offers First NFC Android-to-Android Payments Service

Yesterday, PayPal released a new and the company's first peer-to-peer payment service that allows Android users to pay one another through their Google Nexus S mobile phones. PayPal plans to introduce the new service in late summer this year, said Laura Chambers, senior director for PayPal Mobile, who demonstrated the service at the MobibleBeat 2011 conference in San Francisco, USA.

PayPal's first NFC Android-to-Android payments functionality is almost similar to its earlier contactless PayPal payment mobile application - Bump Technologies. The only difference between Bump Technologies and peer-to-peer payment service is that the later is based on NFC technology.

The NFC payments work through a PayPal widget that allows a customer to request or send money. A user enters the transaction information and then taps their mobile phone up against another phone also equipped with the same application. After the phones buzz together, the recipient can decide to send or receive money by entering a PIN number. The transactions will use an encrypted token without accessing the secure element inside the NFC chip.

At present, only the US users can enjoy PayPal's new mobile payment service, with the Samsung Nexus S from Sprint and T-Mobile. In the future, PayPal has planned to expand its Android-based NFC services to other countries.

In 2011, the company believes in doing a $3 billion business in person-to-person mobile payments.

Pizza Hut Installs DigitalPersona Fingerprint Readers

DigitalPersona, Inc., a global authentication and endpoint protection solutions provider, announced that Pizza Hut franchisee Rage Inc. has rolled out DigitalPersona U.are.U Fingerprint Biometrics in its 118 Pizza Hut locations throughout the east coast of South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Pizza Hut has installed the biometric readers as a part of their Speedline Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, to improve employee accountability, reduce unauthorised discounts and lessen payroll fraud.

Prior to using DigitalPersona U.are.U Fingerprint Readers, Rage's Pizza Hut store managers used simple ID numbers to authorise discounts, overrides and voids. Employees also had their own ID numbers to clock in and out of the payroll system. Managers were often required to handle multiple requests at the same time for which they shared authorisation credentials with employees to prevent delays in customer service. However such a practice frequently led to fraudulent discounts.

Rage Inc. believes through the rolling out of new DigitalPersona fingerprint biometric readers at their Pizza Hut locations, they would be successfully eliminate the use of ID codes and accurately tie managers and cashiers to their actions.

Gemalto Released 2011 eBanking Security Guide for U.S. Banks

Gemalto has launched its 2011 eBanking Security Guide, which is a ten-step guidebook for securing online banking in USA. The guidebook will enable US banks to meet Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's (FFIEC) guidance.

Gemalto's eBanking Security Guide is free of charge and illustrates step-by-step, how banks best address the new landscape of layered security, risk-based authentication and dynamic transaction verification. The eBanking Security Guidebook, with information on upcoming eBanking Security Seminars and industry commentary can be viewed at

Identive Group Unveiled Online Marketplace for NFC Solutions

Identive Group, Inc., a provider of products, services and solutions for the security, identification and RFID industries, has become one of the early solutions leaders for the emerging Near Field Communication (NFC) market with the launch of an online marketplace featuring NFC solutions for system integrators and applications developers.

There is a wide list of NFC products on display at, including NFC readers, Google NFC stickers and NFC software development kit.

David Holmes, vice president Mobility & NFC for Identive Group commented, "NFC is going to radically change how we communicate, get and use information and transact business by giving us the means to turn our smart phones into all-in-one mobile devices. The IdentiveNFC marketplace offers application developers, OEMS, infrastructure providers and end users the tools they need to create new solutions for the emerging NFC ecosystem".

Oberthur NFC SIM Card, First to Receive the Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

Oberthur Technologies has received Common Criteria EAL4+ certification for its NFC FlyBuy card, an open Java USIM. The NFC SIM card has received the certificate in conformity with the security requirements of USIM Protection Profile.

The certification was given to Oberthur Technologies by the Agence Nationale de la Securite des Systemes d'Information (ANSSI) with the highest level of attack resistance, and it testifies to product quality and compliance with security requirements.

Been certified, Oberthur Technologies now has the ability to issue NFC SIM cards with a level of security equivalent to most advanced payment and identity cards. The open Java Defensive architecture allows mobile operators to add a wide range of contactless services remotely, after field deployment of these NFC SIM cards.

Earlier in 2002, Oberthur's Open Java platform has received the Common Criteria certification.

Smart ID Appoints New CTO

Smart Identity Devices Pvt. Ltd. (Smart ID), the leading provider of biometrics, smart cards and information communication technology solutions, has hired Mahendra Pratap as the company's new Chief Technical Officer (CTO).

Mahendra Pratap is an expert in Financial Inclusion domain, especially for Terminal/MicroATM related technology. At Smart ID, Mahendra Pratap will specifically address the pivotal role technology plays in Financial Inclusion space.

In his new role, Mahendra Pratap will be responsible for developing new and emerging capabilities, using the latest information technologies to enhance all Smart ID's Information Communication Technology lines of business. He will also be in charge of the company's technology strategy, industry relations and standardization efforts, and overall product portfolio coordination.

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