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  • Editing Team 07:46 on April 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ABI: 2.1 Billion Contactless Credentials Including RFID Solutions to Ship in 2018 

    ABI-Research-2018-contactless-credential-rfid-blogABI research predicts that in 2018, a total of 2.1 billion contactless credentials including a combination of smart cards and RFID solutions, will ship into the transportation and ticketing market. This amounts to just over double compared to 2012.

    Of all contactless ticketing credentials deployed in 2012, MiFare solutions accounted for over 80% of sales. Although MiFare continues to be the top solution provider, by 2018, it is expected that CiPurse and other categories will contribute in reducing MiFare’s share.

    With the increase of national government standards worldwide, such as ITSO in the UK and VDV in Germany, further fragmentation is expected. This will enable cross-authority travel with single credentials.

    ABI Research’s, Transportation Ticketing Technologies include coverage of secure IC’s, smart cards and RFID.

  • Editing Team 07:51 on December 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Is NFC moving into the mainstream? 

    ABI-Research-NFC-mainstream-rfid-blogNowadays, NFC has been making its way into a variety of smartphones, but in as little as four years’ time, the technology will be commonplace in games consoles, tablets, computers, televisions and set-top boxes.

    ABI Research has published the latest forecasts on Nov.21st, which says a total of 1.95 billion NFC-enabled products will be sold in 2017 as manufacturers and users alike discover further uses for the technology, which enables devices to communicate wirelessly and could replace card and cash payments, but has so far been slow to catch on.

    Currently, companies like Google believe that NFC-enabled smartphones will be the key to cracking the market for mobile payments, replacing credit and loyalty cards and even cash itself. However, so far the company that has had the most success in this market — Square — uses a reader that plugs into any smartphone or tablet regardless of NFC compatibility. ABI believes that the growth in use is coming from other applications for the technology, such as online authentication and for transferring files and data between devices such as a video clip from a tablet to a TV via touching.

    As a result, ABI believes that thanks in part to early adoption by flagship Android and Windows Phones, 2013 will be the year that the technology starts moving into the mainstream. Research analyst Phil Sealy comments, “2012 is the first time that ABI Research has raised forecasts for NFC-enabled handsets, up from 80 million units to 102 million for year-end 2012. Nine out of the top ten OEMs now have NFC-enabled handsets commercially available, with most housing an embedded secure element solution. We expect handset shipments to more than double next year with NFC inclusion likely to become a default technology integrated into flagship handsets.”

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