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What NFC Means For Smart Factories, Intelligent Supply Chains And Industry 4.0


There is a growing trend, in today's factories, to use innovations like smart objects, autonomous production, and access to the cloud to support customization on a large scale and manufacture products in close to real time. This trend, which is seen to be part of the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, is accelerated by the use of wireless technologies, including Near Field Communica... » read more

Connected Car Of The Future Stella Gets London Debut


By Martijn van der Linden At NXP we feel it’s vital that for the connected car to have a future we need to begin openly discussing the issues of security and privacy. The roundtable discussion at The Crystal was chaired by industry analyst Dr. Charles V Clarke and featured contributions from Ferry Smith, Director Public Affairs, Royal Dutch Touring club ANWB, Lars Reger, Vice President, H... » read more

Beyond Chip Card Migration


Payment card usage is on the rise globally and with it the adoption of smart card technology. Globally, cards remain the preferred non-cash payment instrument with a market share of more than 55%. Consider that even during the height of the financial crisis from 2008 to 2009 transaction volumes on debit and credit cards were still increasing by nearly +10% (compared to +15% from 2007 to 2008). ... » read more

Double Trouble


By Joon Knapen I read a story recently about a BBC journalist in Africa who was the victim of an imposter that had taken to posing as him on local radio stations. The unsuspecting radio hosts accommodated him because they were unaware of what the real Mohaman Babalala looked like and claimed his accent sounded similar. While the journalist took this incident in good humor it reminds us abou... » read more