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NFC medical device wins award

November 25th, 2011

A concept NFC medical monitoring device has won an iF product design award. “MiniME connects biometric sensors placed on the body to track health stats using RFID and near field communication,” MD+DI reports. “It measures ECG, blood pressure, heart rate, pulse oximetry, body temperature, blood glucose, cholesterol, hemoglobin and prothrombin time. Data are communicated through a cloud or internet site and shared with healthcare professionals via mobile devices”.

BlackBerry 7.1 adds NFC P2P

November 25th, 2011

RIM has now added support for NFC peer-to-peer applications with the release of the software development kit for the BlackBerry 7.1 operating system. The NFC peer-to-peer API allows applications to share larger files and other data through NFC-initiated communication which is then handed over to Bluetooth. Use cases include starting multiplayer games by tapping two handsets together.

Bank of New Zealand tests NFC

November 25th, 2011

BNZ and Vodafone have begun a three month NFC payments pilot in New Zealand. The small scale trial involves some 44 BNZ and Vodafone staff who will be issued with Samsung Galaxy S II NFC phones. Visa and payments processor Paymark are also taking part in the trial. “What we’re testing here is the viability of a true mobile wallet that will eventually allow people to replace multiple pieces of plastic with functionality embedded inside their phone,” says BNZ’s Paul Tait. “It’s going to make smartphones even smarter.”

Proxama launches NFC payment testing kit

November 22nd, 2011

“With our unique kit, vendors and card issuers will now be able to see for themselves how NFC contactless payments will impact on their customers,” says Proxama CEO Neil Garner. More

TSM gets MasterCard approval

November 22nd, 2011

Giesecke & Devrient has received MasterCard certification for its trusted service manager (TSM) hub in Toronto, Canada. The site handles G&D’s NFC application management and provisioning business throughout North America. The company’s TSM facility in Munich, Germany received MasterCard certification in 2009. G&D says it is currently preparing multiple commercial NFC roll-outs at both sites.

Visa tests iPhone NFC in Poland

November 22nd, 2011

The payments network has partnered with BRE Bank’s mBank and MultiBank divisions to test the use of Apple iPhones equipped with an iCarte NFC accessory. More

Mobey Forum wants open wallets

November 22nd, 2011

“Mobey Forum strongly believes in and promotes the concept of the mobile wallet as an open platform rather than a system limited to the provider’s partnerships,” says the mobile financial services association in a new white paper (PDF) which calls for ownership of a mobile wallet to reside with the end user. “When the mobile wallet is an open platform, the ultimate decision on opting for and managing services rests with the user. From a branding point of view, the wallet could very well be white-labelled, and the choice left to the user as to what services and brands the user connects to this.”

Gemalto gets NFC SIM certification

November 22nd, 2011

Gemalto has become the first smart card provider to get GlobalPlatform certification for an NFC SIM product, following the launch of GlobalPlatform’s compliance programme earlier this year. The smart card and SIM supplier picked testing… More

Visa vending goes contactless

November 22nd, 2011

Visa Europe is moving to contactless payments for the vending machines in its UK offices after a six month trial conducted with vending specialist Vianet in which a dozen machines recorded more than 10,000 contactless transactions. The machines are fitted with a reader on the front so customers can wave and pay. “We believe that there is a significant opportunity for contactless in the vending industry and we look forward to seeing wider deployment of contactless technology,” commented Visa.

Xmas lights turned on with NFC

November 22nd, 2011

The Christmas lights in English university city and tech centre Cambridge have been officially switched on by a celebrity using an NFC phone, reports The Register.

MasterCard surveys European attitudes to payment technologies

November 22nd, 2011

The ‘Tech Nation’ poll of consumers in eight European nations found that both mobile and contactless payments are used most widely in Russia and Turkey while only 5% of British consumers say they have made a contactless card payment. More

O2 expands Pilsen NFC project

November 22nd, 2011

Telefonica Czech Republic has launched the final phase of its two-year NFC trial in the city of Pilsen. For six months, fifty users will test a fully-featured Pilsen city card held in a SIM-based mobile… More

Trio of Sesames for NFC

November 22nd, 2011

Three NFC products have picked up Sesame awards at the Cartes trade show in Paris. NXP won the software category with its open source NFC host software stack for Android. The chipmaker also picked up the prize for the best mobility application with its PN65 integrated NFC controller and secure element. HID Global was also a winner, with its iClass SE secure identity platform taking the trusted internet and authentication category.

NXP shows off NFC motorbike

November 22nd, 2011

The electrically powered motorcycle can be started with an NFC phone and incorporates the latest vehicle telematics technology. Users can also choose from a range of downloadable engine noises. More

Oz lottery players tap phones

November 21st, 2011

Australian NFC marketer Tapit is using the technology to promote a scratch card game for SA Lotteries. Players can enter to win A$5,000 by tapping an NFC tag or reading a QR code on smart posters on phone booths in five locations in Adelaide. The contest provides the lottery company with contact information for consumers interested in winning prizes. “This campaign highlights the benefits of yet another commercial use of NFC to build customer interaction and engagement in a simple way,” says Tapit’s Andrew Davis.

NFC brings banking to rural India

November 21st, 2011

Citizens living in the eastern Indian state of Bihar are to be issued with contactless ‘e-Shakti’ cards they can use to access virtual bank branches equipped with NFC technology. More

SCS joins GlobalPlatform

November 21st, 2011

Shanghai COS Software (SCS), a Chinese chip operating system developer, has joined smart card standards association GlobalPlatform as an observer member. The association commented, “As an expert in secure chip-based application development, we welcome Shanghai COS to the organisation and look forward to benefiting from the wealth of knowledge it brings from extensive research and development activities in this area.”

Three takes fight against UK NFC joint venture to Europe

November 21st, 2011

The planned joint venture between the UK’s three leading mobile network operators is “anti-competitive and akin to a joint selling arrangement,” says Three UK, which was not invited to take part in establishing the new NFC service provider. More

Japan gets NFC Expresspay test

November 21st, 2011

Japanese mobile network operator Softbank, card issuer Credit Saison and American Express have teamed up with NFC technology providers Dai Nippon Printing and Gemalto to test SIM-based NFC payments on Android phones. The three month trial sees an NFC version of American Express’ contactless Expresspay service being stored on an NFC SIM issued by Softbank, rather than the embedded secure element used in Google Wallet.

RIM adds two more NFC BlackBerrys

November 21st, 2011

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has announced two new NFC-enabled handsets, bringing its range of NFC phones to eight devices. More

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