Researchers from Swanson School of Engineering at Pittsburgh University have created a new method to turn the contactless capability of cards on and off.
The aim is to counteract the virtual pick pocketing that involves the use of contactless technology.
The main risk in NFC payments lies in the fact that the price of portable NFC readers has decreased to no more than several hundred dollars, Marlin Mickle, professor of engineering at Swanson School argued.
“Our design integrates an antenna and other electrical circuitry that can be interrupted by a simple switch, like turning off the lights in the home or office,” he said.
According to Mickle this solution is simple and inexpensive to integrate into the RFID (radio frequency identification) and NFC credit card manufacturing process.
They team of researchers have filed a patent application and once approved they hope to see the technology quickly adopted.