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    Archive for September 2011

    Three: UK mobile operators’ NFC joint venture “raises serious competition concerns”

    September 8th, 2011

    “Competition authorities in Brussels should not allow this type [of] collaboration to go forward under any circumstances,” says Three, which was not invited to be part of the UK project. “We’re asking the Commission to take a clear view of what is at stake for consumers and the dangerous precedent this move could set across Europe.” More

    NFC marketers form global alliance

    September 8th, 2011

    NFC specialists Blue Bite, Proxama and Tapit have formed an alliance that will see them working together to deliver global NFC-based marketing solutions. More

    Cashless festivals to take off in 2012, with NFC to follow in 2013

    September 7th, 2011

    Following the successful trial of Mastercard’s PayPass prepaid wristbands at the UK’s Isle of Wight Festival last June, cashless music events are set to take off in 2012 — with NFC in wide use by 2013. More

    STMicro shows potential of NFC in electronic devices

    September 6th, 2011

    The chip maker has released an Android app that shows how NFC phones can be used in conjunction with its M24LR64 wireless memory chip to interact with a wide range of electronic devices including consumer electronics, smart meters, home appliances and portable healthcare devices. More

    Isobar to host NFC hackathon

    September 6th, 2011

    The digital marketing agency is inviting developers, programmers and hackers to take part in a 48-hour NFC ‘hackathon’ in Boston later this month.  More

    50,000 Dutch nurses now using NFC phones

    September 6th, 2011

    The nurses use their NFC phones to track and manage home healthcare visits, in one of the world’s longest established commercial NFC services. More

    French retailer tests NFC as aid for visually impaired shoppers

    September 6th, 2011

    The Casino supermarket chain is testing the use of NFC tags as a way for visually impaired and physically disabled customers to obtain product details including pricing and ingredient lists. More

    Contactless convenience begins to win over UK consumers

    September 1st, 2011

    A survey of British consumers’ attitudes to contactless payment has found that 90% of users say it makes life simpler and 85% would recommend the technology to friends and family. More

    HID Global launches next-generation NFC access control system

    September 1st, 2011

    The iClass SE system “provides a standards-based platform for implementing exciting new applications for NFC-enabled mobile phones,” says the employee ID card specialist. More

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