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Toulouse tests NFC car tech

October 10th, 2011

Regional government workers in France are taking part in a pilot test of NFC car key technology. Twelve Renault Twingo cars shared by staff in Toulouse have been equipped to allow the vehicles to be booked and located via a mobile phone. The car doors and ignition are also operated via NFC.

Signbox lights up NFC posters

October 10th, 2011

Signbox has officially launched its Enlighten smart poster range at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The backlit smart posters, first announced in January, use Avery Dennison’s N-Zone NFC tag technology.

Galaxy Nexus unveiling delayed

October 10th, 2011

The launch of the next Google NFC phone, expected to be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, has been postponed, This Is My Next reports. The Android handset, codenamed Nexus Prime, was due to be unveiled at a press event in California on 11 October.

Subway USA goes contactless

October 10th, 2011

Seven thousand Subway restaurants in the US are to be equipped to accept payments via contactless cards and NFC phones by the end of the first quarter of 2012, MasterCard has announced.

Hungarian MNOs promote NFC

October 10th, 2011

Hungary’s three mobile network operators — Magyar Telekom, Telenor Magyarország and Vodafone Magyarország — have held a press event to jointly promote the benefits of NFC payments, reports the Budapest Business Journal. The mobile companies should team up with banks, Magyar Telekom boss Christopher Mattheisen told those attending the meeting.

Amex serves up mobile wallet API

October 10th, 2011

American Express is to make an API available for its Serve digital wallet platform, Harshul Sanghi, the new VP of the company’s enterprise growth group has told Techcrunch. “The wallet that has the most brand partnerships is what customers are going to gravitate to,” says Sanghi.

RIM unveils BlackBerry Tag service

October 10th, 2011

BlackBerry Tag will let RIM NFC phone users add each other as BBM contacts and share multimedia content via NFC. More

NFC gets Iran demo

October 6th, 2011

Watchdata has demonstrated its NFC products and services at the Fifth Islamic Banking Exhibition in Tehran, in conjunction with local firm Padisar Informatics. The two companies are to work together to run mobile payment projects in Iran and will co-promote solutions based on the latest payment technologies.

Next Google phone revealed?

October 6th, 2011

The next Google phone, expected to be unveiled on 11 October, will be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, BGR reports. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, includes NFC and will be available in the US exclusively on Verizon Wireless.

Patco tests open loop transit card

October 6th, 2011

A 12 month pilot of the first open loop payment card to be issued by a transportation operator is now underway in the Philadelphia/New Jersey region of the USA. The Patco Wave & Pay Anywhere Visa prepaid cards can be used to make payments at any Visa merchant as well as to purchase tickets to travel on Patco’s transport network.

Visa hires GSMA director

October 6th, 2011

Gavin Krugel has become the latest GSM Association staff member to join Visa. Krugel, formerly a senior director at the GSMA, will be responsible for accelerating the activation of mobile money programs in developing economies.

Olympics NFC phone to go global

October 6th, 2011

The Olympics-branded NFC phone announced by Visa and Samsung in March is to be available worldwide, Pocket-Lint reports.

Almex offers NFC ticketing

October 5th, 2011

Hoeft & Wessel’s Almex e-ticketing system now allows fares to be dynamically calculated and charged after passengers wave their contactless EMV credit card as they board and again as they leave public transport. The NFC-compatible system transacts in under 500ms, is ITSO, VDV-KA and Calypso-compliant and uses CreditCall’s EMVx contactless kernel. UK bus operator First Group is set to be the first customer, with 4,000 systems on order.

TI NFC tech heads to POS

October 5th, 2011

Chinese POS specialist ViewAt has produced a reference design for a modular point of sale system that incorporates PCI security and NFC capabilities. The device, based on Texas Instruments components including the new TRF7970A NFC chip, is aimed at helping POS manufacturers reduce development time as they bring NFC-compatible terminals to market.

Paypal pops up payments store

October 5th, 2011

Paypal is to open a demonstration space in the heart of New York to show off its new retail payment technologies. Merchants will be able to visit the pop-up store from next month to see and try out Paypal mobile payments, location based offers and POS integration, Techcrunch reports.

Key delivers ads at POS

October 5th, 2011

POS terminal maker Key Innovations has unveiled an unattended payment terminal that uses animated menus to help customers navigate the payment process. The NFC-enabled KSD6000 features a bright 3.2inch color display and “offers retailers a unique opportunity to deliver advertising and highly targeted promotions directly to customers during the payment process,” says the firm.

No NFC for iPhone 4S

October 4th, 2011

If there’s NFC inside the new iPhone announced today, Apple isn’t shouting about it. The iPhone 4S boasts an improved camera, a dual core A5 CPU and a voice-driven virtual assistant named Siri. But the nearest the company got to card emulation today is a new application that allows users to design and send greetings cards. Read more about the iPhone 4S at your favourite gadget blog.

NFC hails Taiwan taxis

October 4th, 2011

Taiwan Mobile is placing smart posters in its Myfone stores that let customers call a Taiwan Taxi Corp cab using a Nokia NFC phone. The system automatically books a taxi for customers who tap the poster and sends them a text to let them know the cab number and their waiting time.

NXP and Landis+Gyr demo NFC smart meters

October 4th, 2011

Smart meters equipped with NFC will allow utility companies to save money and increase convenience, say the partners. More

Korean bus stops get NFC

October 4th, 2011

Korean mobile network operator KT is adding smart posters to bus stops across Gyeonggi Province. Travellers will be able to use the posters to download real-time bus service information via NFC tags or QR codes. More

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