Australia tests NFC technology for travel visa into country

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The country’s Department of Home Affairs is piloting a Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) application. The Australian Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will be testing a new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) app using NFC technology for a contact-free entry visa. The use of near field communication will help to quickly verify and authenticate a traveler’s credentials. The NFC technology would work through an enabled mobile device in conjunction with the individual’s passport. The application will use both near field communication and optical character recognition (OCR) to read, capture…

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Biohacking takes wearable technology to new heights, but isn’t for everyone

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A man in Sydney, Australia embedded his transit pass chip – among other chips – into his body. With the popularity of wearable technology and near field communication chips (NFC), biohacking is becoming increasingly commonplace. That said, before consumers jump onboard this practice, they are being cautioned to think twice for a number of reasons. Among the latest cases of implanting technology under the skin and making headlines was in Sydney, Australia. That story occurred when biohacking practitioner, Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (that is his legal name) inserted the NFC…

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Square mobile payments have now launched in Australia

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The smartphone based transaction company has now launched its services into a fourth marketplace. Square has now launched its mobile payments services into its fourth marketplace, as it has stepped into Australia, giving small businesses in that country the opportunity to use their smartphones and tablets as credit card reading point of sale devices. The other countries in which the service is available include the United States, Japan and Canada. This announcement arrived nearly immediately before Square was to make the announcement of its first earnings report since the mobile…

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NFC technology market will continue to see growth through 2022

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Mobile commerce is helping keep NFC alive NFC technology has been receiving mixed attention in recent months. The technology had once been heralded as innovative and has served as the backbone of mobile commerce for some time. It has also been targeted by criticism, especially when it comes to security. Due to security concerns and the growing availability of more effective alternatives, NFC technology has begun to lose popularity. Now, mobile commerce may be the only thing driving the NFC market, but the market is far from dead. Global NFC…

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NFC technology based system unveiled for the London Underground

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As of mid-September, the Transport for London (TFL) will accept contactless payments on all lines. It has now been announced that, beginning on September 16, the TFL will be accepting payments through NFC technology for all London Underground, DLR, and Overground trains. This was announced as the EE mobile operator revealed its intentions to support near field communication payments on London Undergound. The NFC technology will make it possible for customers to simply tap their contactless payment card against the reader device in order to pay for their fares. This…

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