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    Archive for January 2012

    Spanish students to register for classes with NFC

    January 31st, 2012

    Samsung has signed a deal with a Spanish university to develop and pilot test the use of NFC phones to track student attendance. More

    Germans warm to NFC

    January 31st, 2012

    German consumers are increasingly positive about the idea of making payments with contactless cards and NFC phones, a new survey conducted for Euro Kartensysteme has found. Overall, 43% of respondents to the survey of 1,040… More

    Fly and Tianyu pick MStar chip for new NFC phones

    January 31st, 2012

    The Taiwanese semiconductor supplier’s NFC controller chip is to be used in an Android handset made by Tianyu for the Chinese market and a feature phone designed for B2B applications which is being introduced next month by a UK customer of handset maker Fly. More

    Sunrise to test NFC in Switzerland

    January 31st, 2012

    Swiss mobile network operator Sunrise is to begin an NFC payments pilot in March 2012, in collaboration with Oberthur Technologies. The SIM-based NFC trial will allow participants to charge payments made with an NFC phone to their credit card account.

    MasterCard publishes roadmap for moving the US to EMV and NFC

    January 31st, 2012

    The payments giant has set out its plans for moving the US from magnetic stripe card technology to chip cards and NFC phones. The plans include incentives for merchants, integrated customer loyalty programmes and support for dynamic authentication technologies. More

    HID reports results of NFC pilot at Arizona State University

    January 30th, 2012

    The access control specialist’s NFC campus pilot is now complete, all participants are reporting positive results and a video showing the system in action has been produced. More

    FTC looks into mobile payments

    January 30th, 2012

    The US Federal Trade Commission is inviting comments from industry representatives, consumer groups, technology providers and academics ahead of a mobile payments workshop it will host in Washington, DC on 26 April. More

    Paris commuters to get travel passes that work with NFC phones

    January 30th, 2012

    The latest generation of Passe Navigo, the travel pass used by six million commuters in the greater Paris region, will allow users to top up their cards from their NFC mobile phones and pave the way for the use of NFC phones as transportation tickets. More

    MasterCard drops Apple NFC hint

    January 30th, 2012

    “I don’t know of a handset manufacturer that isn’t in process of making sure their stuff is PayPass ready,” Ed McLaughlin, MasterCard‘s head of emerging payments has told Fast Company in an interview. Pressed on whether that “would include Apple then?”, McLaughlin answered “Um, there are…like I say, [I don’t know of] any handset maker out there… Now, when we have discussions with our partners, and they ask us not to disclose them, we don’t.”

    Nice retailers use NFC to attract shoppers

    January 30th, 2012

    The new Carte Magique has been introduced by independent retailer trade body OCAN to help its members fight back against online discounters. More

    MC opens Singapore R&D centre

    January 30th, 2012

    MasterCard has opened an R&D centre at its Asia regional headquarters in Singapore. The centre will focus on the research and development of new payment solutions including emerging payments, chip, contactless, mobile and e-commerce.

    NFC shop opens in Tokyo

    January 30th, 2012

    The world’s first physical retail store specialising in NFC has been opened in Yaesu, Tokyo. The RFID/NFC Real Touch Shop offers NFC tags from UPM RFID, NFC applications, starter kits, and printing and encoding services…. More

    ZapTap puts NFC on the shelf

    January 27th, 2012

    Canadian start up ZapTap is using NFC tags instore to give product information to shoppers. By tapping tags on a shelf using a smartphone, consumers will be able to see further information, reviews and offers for the products on display. The service can also offer live customer service and feedback and a merchant ‘dashboard’ gives retailers real-time data on usage of the service.

    Nintendo to include NFC in its next games console

    January 27th, 2012

    The Wii U, expected to ship during the second half of 2012, is to come with NFC functionality built into its next-generation controller, allowing players to interact with NFC-enabled figures and cards as well as to pay for games and other items. More

    Schwing! LikeBelt concept reads NFC tags with a hip thrust

    January 26th, 2012

    Enterprising developers have come up with a ‘LikeBelt’, an NFC-enabled belt buckle that can register Facebook ‘likes’ or check-ins with a thrust of the wearer’s hips. The humorous concept, essentially a Nexus S handset with… More

    Premo offers 3D NFC antenna

    January 25th, 2012

    Inductive component specialist Premo has developed a 3D-coil isotropic magnetic antenna for NFC applications. The 3DC15-HF is designed to be surface mounted during PCB assembly and incorporates a trio of single coils arranged in three dimensions. The company sees the part being used in the automotive industry, including in keyless entry systems, as well as in other NFC applications.

    NFC Playbook on the way?

    January 25th, 2012

    RIM is rumoured to be lining up an NFC-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for May or June release, according to BGR.

    Swedish retailer launches NFC loyalty programme

    January 25th, 2012

    Leading Swedish retail chain ICA says it picked NFC for the rewards programme at its ICA To Go food store in Stockholm because it will appeal to the tech savvy, health-conscious city dwellers it wants to attract. More

    DeviceFidelity begins shipping NFC microSDs direct to consumers

    January 25th, 2012

    US iPhone users can now order a case containing an NFC microSD card online and use it to make payments with their mobile phone. An Android version will be added during the second quarter of 2012 and there are plans to make the technology available internationally from the end of the year. More

    200m NFC phones in 2012

    January 25th, 2012

    There will be 200m phones with built-in NFC technology by the end of 2012, according to the new edition of Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions report. “Even if 2012 turns out to be no more than a ‘transitional year’ for mobile payments, the NFC chips will not go to waste,” say the management consultants. “There are thousands of applications of NFC — from gambling, to games to healthcare — that could build up a head of steam over the course of the year, even if the media continues to focus on the ‘digital wallet’.”

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