Near-Field Communication (NFC) reader now available for in-seat production

Panasonic Avionics Corp. said its NFC reader is now available for in-seat production at multiple OEMs, a first in the aviation industry.

Panasonic´s NFC reader is already EMV* compliant with MasterCard. The company is in ongoing discussions with major credit card providers including Visa and China Union Pay, and is opening discussions with Discover, and American Express. It expects to obtain compliance in the coming months.

Panasonic expects its NFC technology also will be used by airlines for a wide range of non-payment applications including: more secure synchronization of personal data, recognition of a passenger´s Frequent Flyer status, giving access to benefits or promotions, such as free Wi-Fi for Gold members, and crew check in and check out.

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a US corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 4,100 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 8,000 IFE systems and 1,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world´s leading airlines.