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Tagage offers tag store app

December 6th, 2011

NFC tag vendor Tagage has launched a mobile app that allows users to order custom NFC tags and stickers directly from their phones. Tagage Mobile, from Hansaprint and UPM RFID, does not require knowledge of NFC coding and allows easy upload of images and text. Content is then encoded, printed and shipped globally in small or large quantities. The free app is available now for Symbian and an Android version is expected to be available in January 2012.

Coles to go contactless

December 6th, 2011

Australian grocery giant Coles is to upgrade its Ingenico point-of-sale terminals to support contactless payments, CNet Australia reports. Coles will begin testing readers in selected stores in February and complete the rollout to all its 740 supermarkets by July 2012. In September, Coles began testing NFC-enabled advertising posters at fifty sites in Melbourne.

Japanese ticket agency adds NFC

December 6th, 2011

Japanese entertainment ticketing agency Boardwalk, whose shareholders include mobile network operator NTT Docomo, has announced plans to upgrade its system to support NFC. The company already offers customers the option to store tickets in their Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallets. The move to NFC, says the company, will enable it to expand internationally.

Snack machines go Google

December 6th, 2011

US-based vending machine technology provider Cantaloupe Systems has equipped 6,000 units in San Francisco, Chicago and the mid-Atlantic region to accept Google Wallet, AllthingsD reports, while Chicago-based Mark Vend plans to convert half its 2,000 machines in the first half of 2012. Coca-Cola is also conducting a trial of Google Wallet in vending machines.

Private equity firm buys key NFC supplier

December 6th, 2011

“Advent International hopes to help grow Oberthur Technologies through potential external acquisitions which may further enhance the technological development and complement existing know-how,” says the investment firm. More

Korea to eliminate paper receipts with NFC

December 6th, 2011

Telecoms research institute ETRI has established a standard way for Korean merchants to deliver receipts to NFC mobile phones, allowing stores to cut out the need to print paper sales slips. More

mFoundry adds Intel, FIS and Motorola to investor list

December 6th, 2011

The mobile banking platform provider will use $18m of new funding for “the development of new payments-related mobile products and services targeted at financial institutions and mobile network operators.” More

RIM begins NFC marketing campaign

December 6th, 2011

The BlackBerry maker is to showcase the potential of the NFC functionality in its latest smartphones via smart posters and tokens distributed by street crews in Australia. More

Top Nokia NFC executives jump ship

December 6th, 2011

The handset maker’s lead delegate to the NFC Forum and its head of NFC business development for the Americas have now left the company. The UK-based VP of industry collaborations will leave at the end of December. More

mFoundry to add NFC to mobile banking

December 2nd, 2011

Six hundred US financial institutions that use mFoundry’s mobile banking platform will be able to add NFC payments to their apps, following a deal signed between the technology provider and payments network MasterCard. More

Telefonica to launch NFC in Europe in ‘the next few months’

December 2nd, 2011

The telecoms giant, which runs the Movistar network in Spain and Latin America as well as O2 in Europe and Vivo in Brazil, has announced it will use a central trusted service management solution provided by Giesecke & Devrient to roll out NFC services in Europe next year. More

ACS launches NFC reader with LCD display, USB interface

December 2nd, 2011

Advanced Card Systems has launched a USB-connected NFC reader equipped with a two-line LCD screen. The ACR1222L VisualVantage can read ISO 14443 Type A and B cards, Mifare, FeliCa, 4 NFC Forum tag types and… More

Citi NFC lead jumps to LivingSocial

December 2nd, 2011

Dickson Chu, the high profile head of digital networks at Google Wallet financial services partner Citi, has left the banking group to head up a new merchant solutions division at local deals provider LivingSocial. In his new role the former PayPal vice president “will develop and promote products and services to meet the marketing and operational needs of local merchants.”

Jordan begins move to NFC

December 2nd, 2011

MasterCard and several Jordanian banks are working on an NFC mobile payments system. “The future is for using mobiles as debit or credit cards,” Basel Eltell, VP and regional manager at MasterCard Worldwide, has told The Jordan Times. “There are more people using mobiles than cardholders and this technology will help increase the number of users of credit and debit cards in Jordan and other places where it will be implemented.”

Narian upgrades retail app

December 2nd, 2011

US NFC specialist Narian Technologies has released a new version of its Android-based NFC platform for retail. The software is designed to give retailers an easy and cost effective way to bring the benefits of NFC to their customers today, and boasts fully customisable look and feel as well as being optimised for usage in low bandwidth situations. Narian also demonstrated apps designed for events at this week’s Wima USA conference and exhibition.

Bank systems hold up Wallet

December 2nd, 2011

Google is discussing its Wallet offering with all of the large banks, senior engineer Rob von Behren has told American Banker, but technical issues are an obstacle to moving their cards onto phones. “Most banks are not set up to do real-time issuance of a card out to a phone, but many are in the process of updating their back-end systems,” he says.

Inside works with CorFire

December 2nd, 2011

Inside Secure and CorFire, the US arm of Korean NFC specialist SK C&C, are working together to make sure that the French chip maker’s NFC controllers, secure elements and Open NFC protocol stack are fully interoperable with CorFire’s CorTSM trusted service management platform. CorFire technology is used by First Data to manage Google Wallet applications.

Rome museum offers NFC info

December 1st, 2011

Visitors to the Musei Capitolini in Rome can use their NFC smartphones to scan tags on around 300 art works to get detailed information on each exhibit. Those without NFC enabled phones can borrow one of 200 Samsung Star handsets at no extra charge. Scanning a tag will take the user to a web page on their handset offering the work’s title, artist and other descriptive information.

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