A race suit with an NFC chip which will tell you if it fulfills the current Fédération Internationale de I’Automobile regulations. Sounds pretty cool. That’s what Adidas has developed with Fyshe, a motorsport driver equipment specialist. The Climacool Smart Suits are equipped with NXP’s NFC chip.
Fyshe says “The Smart Suits can be read and authenticated by swiping an NFC-enabled smartphone using a free downloadable app”. In the future they have plans to be able to read the driver’s key medical data, in case of an emergency, from the suit. Fyshe also adds “With threats of driver disqualifications at major races due to non-authentic or non-compliant suits being presented at scrutineering, the Smart Suit can help eradicate this risk and ensure driver safety”
It is definitely an interesting concept. I don’t know much about motorsport, but I imagine it’s a fast and efficient way of making sure your equipment it authentic, and it leaves you curious what they will come up with in the future.
A “true universal approach to the transport market” is how Gemalto describes the next generation of their UpTeq NFC SIM card. This is because it has an embedded MIFARE4Mobile v2 application which supports multiple transport applications from different city networks. Simply put it means you can use your phone for mobile ticketing globally wherever MIFARE Classic® and DESFire® is used.
Gemalto’s press release states: “It is compatible with existing infrastructures and makes the need to carry several tickets or travel cards become a thing of the past. Simultaneously transportation providers can enjoy efficient deployment of enhanced digital ticketing solutions and savings on operation costs via a fully standardized mobile approach.”
One of the hottest things right now is contactless payments. Wherever you look there are new variations of the technology popping up. One of these variations is wearables.
Last year in June Barclaycard released their bPay contactless band which allows the user to make contactless payments up to £20. They have now teamed up with Lyle & Scott, a Scottish knitwear brand, to launch a jacket fully equipped with the technology in the right-hand sleeve. A chip has been inserted and will let the wearer make payments up to £30.
Jonathan Briggs, innovation project manager at Lyle & Scott, says “We are proud to partner with bPay to launch the world’s first contactless payment jacket.”
Mike Saunders, managing director of digital consumer payments at Barclaycard adds “This collaboration with Lyle & Scott shows the potential of wearable payments and how they can be customised to fit more conveniently and easily into consumers’ everyday lives.”
The jacket is available both online and in their Carnaby Street store in London at £150.
What do you think? Would you like the option to make contactless payments using nothing but your jacket?
Last year in November Royal Bank of Canada pilot tested Nymi, a wristband that authenticates the wearer using their cardiac rhythm, equipped with an NFC chip for contactless payments. Neat, huh? It sounds super convenient, especially since you are authenticated as long as you keep it on and, to quote Jeremy Bornstein (head of payments innovation at RBC): “[the customer] can leave their phone at home while they go for a run or run an errand and conveniently and securely buy a coffee or groceries with a tap of the wrist”.
TD Bank has now jumped on the Nymi train and is piloting the technology in Toronto, Canada with more than 100 customers.
Chuck Hounsell, senior vice president of payments at TD Bank, says “Over the past several years, TD has improved the customer experience by introducing a host of innovative digital enhancements allowing us to better address customer needs.”
More Canadian banks are scheduled to pilot the technology as well later this year.