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Archive for March 2012

London NFC hackathon winners get funding

March 27th, 2012

Two of the twenty teams which took part in last weekend’s Isobar Create London NFC app development event have received kick-starter funding they will be able to use to turn their apps into commercial products. More

Berg forecasts 700m NFC phones

March 27th, 2012

The number of NFC phones shipped will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 87.8% between now and 2016, according to a new forecast from Berg Insight, taking the number of phones shipped from 2011′s 30m to 700m in 2016.

FujiFilm adds NFC to photo printing kiosks

March 26th, 2012

The imaging company’s new NFC module is designed to make it easy for consumers to order photos from in-store kiosks by simply selecting the images they want to print on their NFC device and then tapping it to the kiosk. More

Maxis to launch iPhone NFC payments in Malaysia

March 26th, 2012

Malaysian mobile network operator Maxis is to enable iPhone users to take part in its FastTap NFC payments service “soon”, using an add-on NFC case. Maxis FastTap, launched in April 2009, was the world’s first commercial… More

2012 NFC Global Competition finalists announced

March 26th, 2012

The NFC Forum and Wima have announced the finalists for their jointly-run Tap Into Innovation: NFC Global Competition 2012. This year’s competition attracted three times as many entries as the previous contest in 2010, the organisers… More

Vivotech completes new funding round

March 26th, 2012

Vivotech has completed a Series D funding round, bringing the total the NFC and contactless specialist has raised to date to US$96m. New sales figures for the company’s POS terminal business have also been released…. More

Cipurse SDK now available

March 26th, 2012

A software development kit (SDK) for the Cipurse open transit ticketing standard, developed by the OSPT Alliance, is now available. “The Cipurse SDK enables developers to quickly bring a wide range of solutions to market that address the need for advanced security while offering unmatched implementation flexibility,” says the OSPT’s Laurent Cremer. “We eagerly anticipate a wave of innovation in transit fare collection systems.”

Survey finds consumers expect rewards for interacting with ads

March 26th, 2012

A survey conducted in six European countries has found that consumers like the idea of interactive out-of-home advertising — but they expect a ‘value exchange’ in return for interacting with advertising and the most popular incentives are money or entertainment. More

US House of Representatives holds mobile payments hearing

March 23rd, 2012

The US House of Representatives’ Financial Services Subcommitee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit has held a hearing on “The Future of Money: How Mobile Payments Could Change Financial Services”. Five people gave testimony to the… More

Microsoft applies for NFC Tap and Do trademark

March 23rd, 2012

The computer software giant is to use its own symbol to show that a Windows 8 device has NFC functionality and to indicate to a user where the NFC antenna is located. More

Italian carrier Wind trials NFC access control and payments

March 23rd, 2012

Italian mobile network operator Wind has begun an internal NFC pilot, in collaboration with Samsung. Wind employees taking part in the trial are being equipped with a Samsung Galaxy S II NFC phone they can use to… More

Mobile superstore trial sets out to discover how poster shopping will change the future of retailing

March 23rd, 2012

Swedish ecommerce platform provider Jetshop has provided NFC World with the preliminary results of a landmark project designed to find out how the ability for shoppers to use their mobile phone to make a purchase directly from a printed poster will affect traditional retailing. More

Wallet users get $5 credit

March 22nd, 2012

Google is topping up Google Wallet prepaid card accounts with an extra US$5 credit, The Verge reports. The perk is designed to compensate users for loss of service while the company searched for a solution to a hack that allowed unauthorised use of an existing prepaid card balance if someone recovered a lost Android phone without a screen lock.

Wired publishes Lexus NFC ad

March 22nd, 2012

The April edition of Wired magazine, now available on US newsstands, includes an advertisement for the 2013 Lexus GS that incorporates an NFC tag. The tag enables readers with an Android NFC phone to launch a mobile… More

Orange aims at 3m NFC phones

March 22nd, 2012

Orange plans to provide three million SIM-based NFC devices to customers based in the European Union in 2012, according to Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of France Telecom-Orange. That number will increase to 10m devices in 2013, Richard told the European Commission’s Neelie Kroes during a meeting in Brussels this week. Orange recently revealed it now has 500,000 customers in the UK and France equipped with an NFC phone.

Google to share NFC revenues?

March 22nd, 2012

Google is considering sharing revenue with carriers to encourage them to embrace its Google Wallet NFC app, according to Bloomberg. The report echoes an article published by NFC World earlier this month which explained that Google also wants to extend gWallet availability to both a wide variety of handsets and consumers in a number of countries.

Portugal Telecom unveils mobile wallet service

March 21st, 2012

Eleven thousand employees have been invited to pilot test the new TMN Wallet, a mobile payments service that enables transactions to be made via NFC, SMS, USSD or QR Codes and runs on any mobile phone. More

Emirates NBD to launch MoneyMobile NFC payments service

March 20th, 2012

The Dubai-based bank has partnered with mobile network operator Etisalat, Visa and Gemalto to introduce NFC payments in the United Arab Emirates. More

Escher to provide NFC services to postal organisations

March 20th, 2012

Escher Group, a provider of transaction processing solutions for the postal industry, has formed a new NFC division. Escher Interactive Services will focus on offering managed services, identity management and NFC applications for retailers and… More

GuestLogix takes NFC on board

March 20th, 2012

GuestLogix has launched Global Payment Services, a payments processing platform for airlines that supports NFC as well as cash and credit card transactions, debit cards, loyalty cards, coupons, pre-payments and micropayments. The service is compatible with multiple on-board hardware platforms including seat back screens and other in-flight entertainment systems, kiosks, smartphones, tablets and handheld POS terminals.

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