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Archive for February 2009

Handsets and ecosystems — major breakthroughs for NFC

Handsets and ecosystems — major breakthroughs for NFC

February 25th, 2009

OPINION: The last two weeks have seen two major breakthroughs for NFC. First, Singapore has become the first country to get all the key players to sign up for the creation of a fully inter-operable, multi-application national NFC ecosystem. More

Singapore to get national trusted third party for NFC

Singapore to get national trusted third party for NFC

February 25th, 2009

Singapore’s banks, telecoms networks and transit operators have given the go ahead for the creation of a national trusted third party designed to ensure full interoperability between the NFC services of all mobile operators and all service providers. More

Convenience will drive UK adoption of mobile and contactless payments

Convenience will drive UK adoption of mobile and contactless payments

February 25th, 2009

More than 40% of British consumers say they would use their phone to make payments — and ease of use would be their main reason for doing so. More

The NFCW Jobs Board: Latest vacancies

February 25th, 2009

New opportunities this week include an internship opportunity at Motorola’s Future Experience Lab and a contract position at Consult Hyperion for a healthcare specialist… More

Citi searches for a business model in Bangalore

Citi searches for a business model in Bangalore

February 24th, 2009

Citigroup says it is to run an NFC trial in the Indian city of Bangalore, with the aim of developing a business case that it can present to carriers back in the US. More

Telefónica O2 to launch multi-function NFC trial in Czech Republic

Telefónica O2 to launch multi-function NFC trial in Czech Republic

February 24th, 2009

The Czech town of Pilsen is to be the site of the world’s first trial of a multi-function NFC system incorporating both retail payments and Mifare transit ticketing applications. More

Australia’s first NFC trial hailed a success

Australia’s first NFC trial hailed a success

February 24th, 2009

Telstra, National Australia Bank and Visa say participants in a three month trial in Melbourne have given the thumbs up to the technology and the companies will now continue to work towards a commercial NFC launch. More

Would-be SIM suppliers line up to battle for operators’ NFC business

Would-be SIM suppliers line up to battle for operators’ NFC business

February 9th, 2009

OPINION: For anyone hoping to be seen as a player in the NFC SIM market, it’s becoming clear that now is the time to let the market know you’re in the game — even if you don’t yet have any product ready to ship. More

Sony/NXP joint venture announces ‘universal NFC chip’

Sony/NXP joint venture announces ‘universal NFC chip’

February 9th, 2009

Moversa’s new U-SAM chip enables multiple contactless technologies to be supported on one mobile phone, raising the possibility that consumers could soon be using their NFC handsets for everything from Mifare metro tickets and Japanese Osaifu-Keitai electronic wallet functions to Visa and MasterCard contactless transactions. More

Japanese financial services giant tests Mobile MasterCard in Tokyo

Japanese financial services giant tests Mobile MasterCard in Tokyo

February 9th, 2009

Orico says it has been working with Gemalto and with Japanese mobile operator KDDI on a small-scale technical test of a MasterCard PayPass-compatible NFC service. More

Toshiba unveils NFC Universal SIM

Toshiba unveils NFC Universal SIM

February 9th, 2009

Toshiba has made a move into the SIM market with the introduction of a Single Wire Protocol compliant NFC USIM. More

Sagem Wireless and Inside Contactless sign handset platform development deal

Sagem Wireless and Inside Contactless sign handset platform development deal

February 9th, 2009

The two companies, who have been working together to develop an NFC handset conforming to the GSMA’s Pay-Buy-Mobile specification, are to develop new handset platforms that will support enhanced NFC services. More

Fraunhofer researcher delivers update on NFC vulnerabilities

Fraunhofer researcher delivers update on NFC vulnerabilities

February 9th, 2009

URI spoofing and redirection — where an authorised NFC tag is replaced with one that points to a resource under a fraudster’s control — is still an issue, says security researcher Collin Mulliner. More

The NFCW Jobs Board: Your chance to play a part in the growth of NFC

February 9th, 2009

Our new Jobs Board features five vacancies at Qualcomm’s mobile commerce division and a part-time job, working from home for a US-based start-up — with equity on offer… More