The banking and payments industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation owing to ever changing consumer expectations. The rapid technological developments in the areas of banking and payments that aim to offer seamless experience to consumers are now becoming even more vital for industry participants as competitors leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and embedded finance as they compete to stay relevant and grow in the market. In the last three years alone, there have been over 129,000 patents filed and granted in the banking industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Contactless retail in banking: contactless card scannersBuy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 165,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the banking industry, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Contactless card scanners is a key innovation area in contactless retail

A contactless card scanner is an electronic device that uses near field communication (NFC) and radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies to accept payments from contactless card customers. The scanner reads the customer’s card information when the card is tapped or hovered over the device, thereby increasing the speed of the payment.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established banking companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of contactless card scanners.

Key players in contactless card scanners– a disruptive innovation in the banking industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators. 

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to contactless card scanners

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
AB Dynamics PLC 100 Unlock Company Profile
Digimarc Corp 75 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet Inc 73 Unlock Company Profile
DeviceFidelity Inc 71 Unlock Company Profile
Angel Playing Cards Co Ltd 47 Unlock Company Profile
iCashe Inc 40 Unlock Company Profile
Neology, Inc. 40 Unlock Company Profile
Jj Mackay Canada Ltd 38 Unlock Company Profile
Memjet Technology Ltd 38 Unlock Company Profile
Zamtec Limited 23 Unlock Company Profile
NIKE Inc 16 Unlock Company Profile
Honeywell International Inc 12 Unlock Company Profile
Tyfone, Inc. 11 Unlock Company Profile
Veritec Inc 10 Unlock Company Profile
LG Corp 9 Unlock Company Profile Inc 7 Unlock Company Profile
JPMorgan Chase & Co 6 Unlock Company Profile
AT&T Inc 5 Unlock Company Profile
Stryker Corp 5 Unlock Company Profile
NCR Corp 5 Unlock Company Profile
RYNAN TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD 5 Unlock Company Profile
PayPal Holdings Inc 4 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba Corp 4 Unlock Company Profile
Center ID Corp 4 Unlock Company Profile
NXP Semiconductors NV 3 Unlock Company Profile
Dormakaba Holding AG 3 Unlock Company Profile
STMicroelectronics NV 3 Unlock Company Profile
Center ID 3 Unlock Company Profile
Dai Nippon Printing Co Ltd 2 Unlock Company Profile
Alico Inc 2 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa Co Ltd 2 Unlock Company Profile
Avery Dennison Corp 2 Unlock Company Profile
Mastercard Inc 2 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Jingdong Century Trading Co., Ltd. 1 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 1 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

AB Dynamics, Digimarc, Alphabet, DeviceFidelity, and Angel Playing Cards are some of the leading patent filers in contactless card scanners. Several patents have been filed in this space related to contactless access tickets, proximity transaction methods, collision detection and avoidance, card reader terminals systems, contactless EMV cards, and contactless electronic payment card readers, among others.

In terms of application diversity, Alphabet leads the pack. Zamtec and Memjet Technology stand in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, DeviceFidelity holds the top position, followed by AB Dynamics and Angel Playing Cards.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the banking industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Banking.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.