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New report provides an in-depth guide to NFC technologies and systems

April 16th, 2012

A new research report by Sarah Clark, editor of NFC World, allows business executives to get up to speed quickly and easily with the current status and future developments in NFC tags, phones, secure elements, mobile wallets, OTA platforms, contactless terminals, TSMs and more. More

NFC goes local in Strasbourg

April 12th, 2012

A public information service accessed via NFC tags and QR codes is now available in Strasbourg, France. Strasplus “four leaf clover” stickers in civic buildings, in car parks and at transit stops provide smartphone users with links to real time and location-based transportation and “what’s on” information across the city.

Identive adds NFC magnets

April 12th, 2012

Identive has added window stickers and magnets to its range of NFC tags. The window stickers have a concealed NFC inlay and can be printed in colour on the front and back, so they look good from both sides of the window. The magnet tags, less than 1mm thick and based on Identive’s patented “tag on metal” technology, offer “an attractive and distinctive take-home ad that allows consumers to order food, redeem coupons, watch videos, check in and much more, with a simple tap,” says the company.

Quad produces Lexus ad

April 12th, 2012

US print giant Quad/Graphics has revealed it produced the 500,000 NFC-tagged inserts included in Wired magazine’s April 2012 issue. The advertisement, for luxury car maker Lexus, was the first large-scale deployment of NFC tags in advertising and used chips supplied by NXP.

Nokia launches NFC enabled headset for drivers

April 12th, 2012

Nokia has launched an NFC-enabled Bluetooth headset aimed at people who spend a lot of time in their car. The Nokia BH-310 has two microphones to give improved noise suppression and echo cancellation, and can… More

Hands on: The Lumia 610, Nokia’s first Windows NFC phone

April 11th, 2012

Nokia has unveiled an NFC version of its Lumia 610 Windows Phone at the Wima show in Monaco, announced that Orange will be the first operator to stock it from the middle of this year — and reconfirmed its commitment to include NFC “right across our portfolio”.  More

Emirates government begins NFC national ID project

April 11th, 2012

The Emirates Identity Authority is to work with mobile network operator Etisalat to develop a new version of the United Arab Emirates’ national ID card that will allow both UAE nationals and expatriates living in the country to store their ID on an NFC mobile phone. More

Join NFC World for a free webinar on NFC advertising

April 11th, 2012

NFC World’s editor, Sarah Clark, will be hosting a free webinar on “NFC Advertising in Practice” on Wednesday 18 April. Three expert speakers will be discussing the potential NFC holds for advertising and marketing everything… More

TapMeTags opens in Canada

April 4th, 2012

A new NFC tag supplier has opened in Toronto, Canada. TapMeTags offers tag tracking, supply, printing and encoding services for marketers and advertisers who wish to use NFC and QR codes. “Our solutions are completely white labelled, keeping you in control of your brand,” says operator Synaptic Vision.

Inside revenues grow 94%

April 4th, 2012

Inside Secure’s consolidated revenues grew 94% to US$151m in 2011, due mostly to strong sales of NFC chips. The French company, which went public in February, supplies BlackBerry-maker RIM with NFC chips and estimates it has a market share of close to 50% by volume. “2011 was the take-off year for the NFC market and created substantial benefit for Inside Secure,” says CEO Rémy de Tonnac.

Eclipse NDEF plugin released

April 4th, 2012

An NFC plugin is now available for the Eclipse software development environment. The open source NFC Eclipse Plugin tool, written by Antares Group‘s Thomas Rorvik Skjolberg, is an NDEF message editor targeted at entry-level Android NFC developers.

Identive shows open NFC access control with Plaid

April 4th, 2012

Identive unveiled an open standards based NFC physical access control solution at last week’s ISC West tradeshow in Las Vegas. The system uses NFC phones and the Protocol for Lightweight Authentication of Identity (Plaid), a… More

University gets NFC canteen

April 4th, 2012

Pennsylvania’s Shippensburg University is testing payments via contactless stickers in two of its cafeterias. Students order food from an NFC-enabled kiosk, then receive confirmation via a text message before they pick up their order. Some 400 students have signed up for the system since its launch in January, reports Mobile Commerce Daily, with the average transaction value running at US$5.15.

Sony scans dabs with screens

April 4th, 2012

Phone maker Sony has applied for a patent which could see fingerprint sensors and cameras built into mobile phone screens. “Many technology analysts predict that mobile phones fitted with near field communication (NFC) technology will be used in place of credit cards to buy goods in the near future,” points out a BBC News report. “To feel safe with the idea consumers may demand that their phone’s security checks are more robust than a four-digit pin code.”

Grenoble builds NFC system

April 4th, 2012

Grenoble is to get a local NFC payments system, reports 20minutes.fr. The French city is sinking €1.3m into Mobi’Alpes, which will allow citizens and visitors with NFC phones to pay tram fares, follow tourist trails and even pay for ski passes. The system, being developed by the City of Grenoble, transportation operator SMTC and the local tourism office, is expected to go live in late 2014.

Villanova University tests new Ingersoll Rand mobile keys service

April 3rd, 2012

Students at the US university are using NFC-enabled mobile phones to gain access to dorms, academic buildings and administrative offices. More

Danone delivers information to new moms via NFC

April 3rd, 2012

The food company’s baby nutrition division in Singapore has released findings from a pilot project which has seen 400 NFC tags being placed in supermarkets, clinics and in homes to provide new mothers with information on a range of parenting and nutritional topics. More

Google buys payments firm

April 3rd, 2012

Google has acquired platform-as-a-service (PaaS) electronic payments technology provider TxVia. Osama Bedier, Google’s VP of Wallet and Payments, announced the deal on the Google Commerce blog.

UL acquires Collis

April 3rd, 2012

NFC and secure transaction testing and advisory firm Collis has been acquired by UL, a safety science company with 9,000 employees in more than 100 countries. “The addition positions UL as the world’s first global provider of end-to-end transaction security, interoperability and conformance evaluation and advisory services for the mobile, payment card, e-ticketing and ID management sectors,” says UL.

Narian launches low cost NFC platform for retailers

April 3rd, 2012

NFC4Retail, which provides merchants with a suite of NFC apps designed to improve the in-store shopping experience, is now available in 21 countries. The service costs US$20 per store per month and is free of charge during an initial public beta period. More

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