Author: Denny

NFC technology and holograms may soon secure government IDs

Near field communication could play a role in reducing the effectiveness of falsified visas and passports.

A new partnership may soon mean that a combination of hologram and NFC technology could fight counterfeit government documents. The companies involved are Thinfilm, a printed electronics firm, and Holoptica, an authentication solutions provider.

The end product could potentially be a holographic NFC tagged chip used as an anti-counterfeiting solution.

This use of NFC technology in combination with holograms could create a government document that can’t be forged. Moreover, it could also be possible to invalidate a legitimate document in the case of theft.

NFC Technology - NFC TagThe SpeedTap tag is produced by Thinfilm. It includes an NFC chip that would make it possible for consumers and government officials to connect to the certified digital replica of a document. This way, a single tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone could be all that is required to verify a document’s authenticity.

If this use of holograms and NFC technology works, it could save over $10 billion (US) each year.

The black market costs an estimated US$10 billion in forged and counterfeit passports, work permits and visas every year. Near field communication chips worked into these documents could mean that fraud would be much closer to being eliminated.

According to the Holoptica CEO, George Perkous, “Combining Thinfilm’s SpeedTap tags with Holoptica’s high-security SmartMark hologram creates a highly effective yet economical solution in the fight against counterfeiters.” He went on to say that the company is looking forward to seeing the outcome of the role played by the NFC tags in boosting document security on a global scale.

Thinfilm CEO Davor Sutija explained that “Document fraud costs governments and businesses billions of dollars each year and directly contributes to the growth of global terrorist activity.” He expressed that his company is glad to be working on the NFC technology and hologram solution as a part of a meaningful anti-counterfeiting strategy.

Sutija feels that this effort will contribute to making the world a safer place for everyone. It will help to minimize the risk of counterfeiting among important government documents in countries worldwide.

Barnes & Nobel to launch new Nook ereader called the Tablet 7

According to reports, this new mobile device may be released with Google Play support.

The Nook ereader hasn’t been receiving very much attention over the last while. However, Barnes & Noble is hoping to change that with the next version of this device. Reportedly, it will be doing this by adding a long list of additional features and capabilities.

The Nook Tablet 7 was spotted as a part of an FCC listing, revealing the company hasn’t abandoned the device.

The Nook ereader hasn’t been made directly by Barnes & Noble for some time now. The tablet device is manufactured by other companies. That said, the FCC listing indicated that this could be changing and the company may be having another go at it through the Tablet 7.

Nook ereader - ereader device on top of books The FCC list document provided some interesting information about what the Nook Tablet 7 may have to offer. A number of the mobile device specs were revealed including both hardware and software features.

The Nook ereader will be a considerably more powerful tablet with a spectrum of new features.

If the FCC documents represent the Nook Tablet 7 to be released by Barnes & Noble, its specs are very different from previous models. This includes a 3,000 mAh battery, front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, MediaTek MT8163 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, micro USB and microSD card support and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

That said, what has mobile device lovers raising their brows is that it will run on Android. The Nook Tablet 7 will also have Google Play Store support, which previous models did not.

Earlier in 2016, Barnes & Noble closed the digital doors on its Nook App Store. For this reason, equipping its next ereader tablet with the ability to support Android’s apps could be appealing to device users. This capability will be combined with the conventional Nook software for purchasing and downloading ebooks and other digital publications and content.

What the FCC document didn’t mention is when the next Nook ereader will be launched. That said, many in the industry predict that it is meant to be a rival to the $50 Amazon Fire tablet. If so, it will become available in time for the holiday season.