Smart Card Alliance White Paper Explores Uses of NFC Beyond Payments

Smart Card Alliance White Paper Explores Uses of NFC Beyond Payments

Details secure implementations including marketing, identity and access, ticketing and gaming

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., December 16, 2015 –Near Field Communications (NFC) technology gets a lot of attention for its ability to enable contactless payments, but less known is that it also can be used to enable secure and convenient transactions in non-payments applications, such as marketing, identity, access, ticketing and gaming. The Smart Card Alliance today released a white paper that explores non-payments NFC implementations that are breaking new ground, and the security approaches that are being used to protect sensitive user credentials within NFC applications.

The white paper, “NFC Non-Payments Use Cases,” can be downloaded at

“With 2 billion NFC devices estimated to be in the market by the end of 2016, now is the time to take advantage of the exciting opportunities that NFC provides for all types of secure, convenient transactions,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “Readers of this white paper will come away with a thorough understanding of what the possibilities are for non-payment NFC applications, and will better understand the security and implementation approaches that are bringing NFC technology to hundreds of millions of new users.”

The white paper discusses the following topics in detail:

  • Non-payment use cases, including:
    • Marketing, including loyalty, coupons and offers
    • Identity and access, including hospitality, boarding passes, physical access control, automotive and healthcare
    • Ticketing, including transit and event ticketing
    • Gaming
  • Implementation considerations, challenges and examples of real-world implementations for each use case
  • Approaches for securing sensitive user credentials for non-payment applications
  • Implementation challenges that are common to all non-payments use cases

This white paper was created by the Smart Card Alliance’s Mobile and NFC Council. Participants involved in the development of this white paper included: Advanced Card Systems Ltd.; Booz Allen Hamilton; Capgemini Financial Services; CH2M; Consult Hyperion; CPI Card Group; Cubic Transportation Systems; Discover Financial Services; First Data; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Identification Technology Partners; Initiative for Open Authentication (OATH); IQ Devices; MasterCard; NXP Semiconductors; TSYS; Underwriters Laboratories (UL); Verifone; Visa Inc.; Wells Fargo; Xerox.

To learn more about the Mobile and NFC Council, visit

The Mobile and NFC Council and Payments Council recently released a white paper discussing NFC use for contactless payments, “EMV and NFC: Complementary Technologies Enabling Secure Contactless Payments,” which can be downloaded at

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit


Megan Shamas
Montner Tech PR
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