„RFID im Blick“ Report 2015: Chip, NFC and Smart Card

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RFID strategy of the chip manufacturer. How NFC changes the world? Multi-applications on smart card

Chip, NFC und
Smart Card 2015By Dunja Kandel, „RFID im Blick

What kind of product vision and strategies do chip manufacturers use in 2015?

What potential for NFC applications and services do the developers, test solution and hardware providers see? The „Secure Element“ and security token which provide the safe security for making payments through a smart phone, are back in the spotlight.

Ticketing, loyalty, payment or access control – the market for contactless cards is growing, as well as the different types. The transport sector, particularly, has the potential for massive growth through the use of contactless technologies.

The ID market will grow by 15 per cent in 2015

Advanide forecasts a growth in demand for contactless smart card ICs

AdvanideHolger Winterhalter, Head Secure Access at Advanide, in an interview with „RFID im Blick“

„We see the very high potential for change within loyalty, in the medium to long term. In this area applications are moving from magnetic stripe cards towards smart cards.“

Holger Winterhalter, Head of Secure Access at Advanide is convinced that the entire ID market will grow by 10 to 15 per cent in 2015. The company, who distribute semi-conductor products, identifies particular growth potential in Transportation, Access Management and Loyalty within the smart card and RFID industry. The migration to contactless technology will strongly increase the demand for secure contactless smart card technologies. In the IC area, the need for more security and a greater memory size increases.



Industry, medicine and logistics are not the only ways of using FRAM-based tags. Fujitsu Semiconductor is keen to develop the business beyond these major markets.

Fujitsu Semiconductor EuropeJozsef Miho, Product Marketing Engineer, Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe, interviewed by „RFID im Blick“

“The full endurance limit of an EEPROM tag can be reached in just a few days with around one million write accesses. With only one write per second, EEPROM tags would last less than two weeks, as opposed to a FRAM tag, which would keep going for around 30,000 years (with only 1012 accesses).“

FRAM memory technology has a special position among the various types of non-volatile memories that are used for RFID tags. They have a special place in applications where EEPROM-based tags are pushed to their limits and where it is necessary to store large amounts of data at high speeds. „The industry is now in great need of this. And yet, we are also interested in using other applications in which the characteristics of FRAM are challenged so as to develop customised solutions,“ says Jozsef Miho, Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe.

Low-Power Chips for Wearables and Sensors

Intel wants to develop solutions for the Internet of Things beyond the sole chip approach

Intel IoT Ignition LabRalf Gräfe, Manager of Intel IoT Ignition Lab, in interview with „RFID im Blick“

„The IoT is a higher level of RFID application development, which combines the aspects of M2M and mobile devices.“

Intel’s vision is that, by 2020, 40 billion devices will be connected to the Internet – wearables as well as industrial systems. Low-power chips will be used for sensors and wearables, such as clothing or fitness trackers and other hardware. Like many other IT companies the semi-conductor manufacturer is preparing for the growing market of the „Internet of Things“ – offering solutions for smart grids, smart cities, building automation and healthcare.

It’s clear that smart cards and NFC work well together

Samsung pushes a multi-application approach for Ticketing, Loyalty, Gift Cards and Micropayment

Samsung Semiconductor EuropeJörg Suchy, Associate Director Strategic Business Development Chip Card and Near Field Communication (NFC) EMEA, at, Samsung Semiconductor Europe, in an interview with „RFID im Blick“

„We expect the entire contactless market to grow beyond recognition. The use of contactless cards in the payment sector (these will be issued in the next few years) will reach 50 per cent of total growth.“

„User-friendly technology products are the key to growth in the entire contactless market,“ says Jörg Suchy, Samsung Semiconductor Europe. „ It’s clear that smart cards and NFC work well together and we expect that this synergy will stimulate the market.“ What product strategies are semi-conductor manufacturers, such as Samsung, pursuing; why are manufacturers keen to promote multi-applications; and why are open standards crucial for global interoperability? Jörg Suchy answers these questions in an interview with „RFID im Blick“.

NFC offers more than just payment applications!

Innovative System Solutions show: Possible applications range from maintenance to NFC sensor transponders

TriovacosRené Herschmann, CEO Triovacos, in interview with „RFID im Blick“

„Systems such as the NFC sensor transponder have to communicate with most other available NFC-enabled devices on the market.“

For NFC component developers this technology offers a variety of options. „The possible applications are very diverse and they go way beyond payment applications,“ says René Heřmanův, Managing Director of Triovacos. „The majority of what we do is designing and implementing customised communication systems – from mobile services, eCouponing, the temperature monitoring of medical products to telemedicine.“

One Card – plenty of possibilities

The city of Stuttgart pioneers a way of accessing transport and leisure services and purchasing in Germany

Exceet Card GroupVon Fabian Rau, Head of Segment Logical Access Solutions, Exceet Card Group

„For the first time we have a VDV core application combined with MasterCard functionality in a smart card. The technological significance of the Stuttgart Service Card is to combine two applications in one card.“

Anyone who travels regularly by public transport requires a ticket. Anyone who wants to use a car-sharing vehicle requires a card, and if you want to pay you need a card, too. And with each card the thickness of your wallet increases. Working with numerous partners, the City of Stuttgart has adopted an ambitious project to enable a single smart card to make payments and access transport and other services – this has been developed by the company Exceet for the Smart City project. Fabian Rau of Exceet talked to “RFID im Blick” about the aims of the project, the functionality of the application and the future potential of a newly developed security token.

Contactless cards and NFC for public transport ticketing take off

Contactless payment and ticketing are growing markets.
The new, flexible RFID / NFC readers support both.

Feig ElectronicFrithjof Walk, Sales & Marketing Manager, Feig Electronic, in interview with „RFID im Blick“

„Over the next few years, almost all smart cards will have a contactless chip. This process will take place very quickly, even with credit cards.“

The market for contactless payment systems is growing. At the same time the range of applications for RFID readers is getting wider, whether for payment with “Tap & Go“ at the vending machines or for credit card-assisted ticketing in public transport. “Ticketing growth is expected, especially in vending,“ RFID / NFC readers Contactless payment and ticketing are growing markets. The new, flexible devices support both. says Frithjof Walk, Feig Electronic. The reading device manufacturer is preparing for the burgeoning market with a new generation of readers, which support contactless credit cards and NFC applications. Particular attention is being directed at vending applications and open-loop ticketing.

NFC Needs Clear Rules

Robust and validated tests are the basis for secure NFC-based services

COMPRIONHajo Sandschneider, Director of Product Management and Marketing, COMPRION, interviewed by „RFID im Blick“

“For secure NFC-services, much more than just the pure NFCprotocol has to be taken into account.”

The introduction of NFC-services was a fast-paced development. However, these services can only work reliably when the technology and interfaces – in particular, those concerning the UICC as a secure element – are adequately tested. These tests for mobile devices, which not only thoroughly test the individual interfaces, but also their interplay regarding the application, are now mandatory.

NFC creates added value, but the range is limited – will UHF mobile phones be introduced? soon?

NFC and UHF are enablers for the digital world

Murata ElektronikAlexander M. Schmoldt, Business Development Manager, Murata Elektronik, interviewed by „RFID im Blick“

„UHF is a clear requirement In the industry. There is generally no good reason to integrate NFC on electronic circuit boards.“

Many product manufacturers want to communicate interactively with the consumer. So what could be better than using an NFC-enabled smartphone? If NFC tags are integrated within certain products, new opportunities open up for customer interaction, brand protection or product tracking, explains Alexander Schmoldt, Murata Electronics in his interview. This expert who ‘thinks outside the box‘ describes UHF integration as an alternative to NFC in mobile phones and explains where this will take them.

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