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Archive for September 2011

Fed studies P2P payments

September 30th, 2011

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Retail Payments Risk Forum has published a working paper (PDF) on peer-to-peer payments as a resource for regulators, consumers, and the payments industry. The paper offers a framework to organise a discussion of P2P payments and evaluate the associated risks, says the Forum.

Inside hires NFC evangelist

September 30th, 2011

Digital security specialist Inside Secure has appointed Laurent Sanchez as vice president of applications and ecosystems. Sanchez’s role will include evangelising Open NFC, establishing relationships and launching strategic initiatives with partners in the payment and mobile ecosystems. Sanchez has previously worked for Palm, Gemplus, and Verifone.

Aussies call for NFC phones

September 30th, 2011

The Communications Council, an Australian marketing industry body, has urged smartphone makers to release more NFC phones in the country. “We’re in a peculiar situation in Australia where we are behind the rest of the world when it comes to the rollout of NFC handsets,” said the council’s Iain McDonald, according to TechWorld.

SCM launches NFC dev kit

September 30th, 2011

SCM Microsystems has announced an NFC solutions development kit that includes reader modules, drivers, source code examples for handling device-to-tag and peer-to-peer NFC applications, software development tools, and documentation. The kit will be available from parent company Identive’s online store from mid-October.

Next Nexus coming October 11?

September 30th, 2011

Journalists have been invited to “get a look at what’s new from Android” at a Samsung press event subtitled the ‘Google Episode’, which is to be held at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications trade show in the US on October 11. Possible launches include Android Ice Cream Sandwich and the rumoured Google Nexus Prime handset, says This Is My Next.

ATI uses NFC to check temperature of foods and pharmaceuticals

September 30th, 2011

The company’s new solution is designed to enable standard NFC phones to be used instead of specialist equipment to monitor temperature-sensitive goods while they are in transit. More

Narian lines up retail pilots

September 30th, 2011

NFC specialist Narian Technologies expects to try out its retail applications with a large department store chain and a large supermarket chain in the US in the first quarter of 2012. A major film festival is also set to employ some of the company’s NFC technology next year, the firm’s Einar Rosenberg has told NFC World.

630m NFC phones in 2015

September 30th, 2011

A total of 630m handsets, representing 40% of all mobile phones shipped, will come with NFC in 2015 and will drive transactions worth US$71bn, according to a new report by Informa Telecoms & Media. “We anticipate that Android will account for the largest number of NFC handset shipments from 2012 onwards,” says Informa’s Shailendra Pandey.

Quad/Graphics adds NFC to print

September 30th, 2011

Printing giant Quad/Graphics is to show off print solutions that utilise NFC at next week’s DMA tradeshow in Boston. “Adding chip technology to print is a fast-growing opportunity as NFC-enabled devices are launched, and as marketers and publishers discover the features and benefits,” says the company, which employs 24,000 workers at 60 production sites around the world.

BMO rolls out sticker payments

September 30th, 2011

BMO is to become the first major Canadian bank to issue contactless stickers to its customers, says Canoe.ca. The MasterCard PayPass tags are attached to the back of users’ phones and can then be used to charge purchases of up to C$50 to the customer’s credit card account. PayPass transactions account for nearly 10% of all MasterCard credit card purchases in Canada.

RIM publishes NFC primer

September 30th, 2011

An NFC primer for developers has been published by BlackBerry maker RIM. The document, written by Martin Woolley and John Murray from the company’s developer relations team, explains how NFC works in general as well as looking more specifically at how the technology has been implemented in BlackBerry devices.

Square COO dismisses NFC

September 30th, 2011

Payments start-up Square‘s Keith Rabois has dismissed NFC as not offering value to retailers, telling delegates at GigaOm’s Mobilize conference this week that he has “never met a single merchant in the US who says ‘I want this NFC thing.'”

RIM tries NFC loyalty in Mexico

September 30th, 2011

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is working on several NFC projects with stores in Mexico, according to Netmedia. The activity is related to NFC-based loyalty programmes, the report adds, rather than payments.

Australian supermarket Coles tests outdoor NFC with Adshel

September 29th, 2011

Fifty outdoor advertising sites in Melbourne have been equipped to allow consumers to download exclusive cookery recipes and video cookbooks via either WiFi or NFC. More

Nokia updates QT SDK

September 29th, 2011

An online update for Qt SDK 1.1.3 is available from today which, the phone maker says, takes Nokia’s developer offering a significant step forward and “features a new version of Qt Mobility 1.2, which comes with tremendous enhancements compared to our previous Qt Mobility 1.2 beta version.” A free to attend webinar on Getting Started with NFC on Qt is to be held on 11 October.

Nokia offers developers low-cost NFC Device Kit

September 29th, 2011

The kit costs €180 and includes a C7 NFC phone as well as a selection of NFC tags. More

UK consumers will pay up to £3 to load a mobile wallet

September 29th, 2011

70% of UK smartphone users and 34% of non-smartphone users say they would be willing to try out NFC payments, a new consumer survey has found. More

NFC Forum publishes peer-to-peer communications specification

September 29th, 2011

The new SNEP specification employs the same NDEF commands used in tag reading and writing applications, allowing information stored on an NFC tag to be read by a phone and then passed on to other NFC phones or exchanged with a wide range of other types of NFC-enabled device. More

NFC Forum readies test tool RFP

September 29th, 2011

The NFC Forum is working on the second wave of its certification programme, due to be completed next year. As part of the project the standards organisation is looking to appoint an RF analog test tool validation services test house. Companies interested in participating in the request for proposals should email certification@nfc-forum.org.

Sheetz to accept Google Wallet

September 29th, 2011

US fuel retailer Sheetz is now accepting NFC payments via Google Wallet, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page. The retailer first installed contactless payments terminals and began issuing contactless stickers in 2009, following an early NFC payments trial.

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