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    Archive for June 2012

    NFC spotted in iPhone prototypes

    June 25th, 2012

    Apple is testing iPhone prototypes equipped with NFC, according to 9to5Mac. The site mentions two pre-production devices, codenamed N41AP and N42AP, and says of information it has seen, “further investigation into this hardware code dump leads us to believe that these iPhones also have near field communication (NFC) controllers directly connected to the power management unit (PMU).”

    Catchwell’s PDAs get NFC

    June 25th, 2012

    Korean industrial PDA maker Catchwell is to build NFC into its Android and Windows Mobile 6.5 handheld computers. Devices will use Stollmann‘s NFC stack, which allows manufacturers to easily build systems using different operating systems and NFC controllers, to offer support for NFC-based payments and access control.

    Dragon gets NFC certification

    June 25th, 2012

    Hardware manufacturer Duali’s Dragon NFC reader has become the first product to achieve NFC Forum certification in Korea. The USB-based desktop device was tested by Korean certification laboratory KTC using equipment from Clear2Pay. The Dragon supports all four NFC Forum tag types and P2P mode and, says Duali, can also be easily integrated into ATMs, point of sale terminals and NFC-enabled kiosks.

    Samsung paves the way for NFC ticketing at music events

    June 22nd, 2012

    The handset maker has teamed up with events promoter Kilimanjaro Live to replace traditional tickets with contactless wristbands that provide access to the events and can be linked to ticket holders’ social media profiles. More

    Introducing The Mobile Wallet Report, the new research service from the NFC World team

    June 22nd, 2012

    The Mobile Wallet Report will keep you up to speed with the very latest thinking on NFC and mobile wallet business models right through the year — and you can save 25% on the usual price if you order now. More

    ACI adds NFC with Bell ID

    June 22nd, 2012

    Payments processing software specialist ACI Worldwide is using technology from Bell ID to offer over-the-air management of secure tokens. ACI Token Manager for Mobile allows lifecycle management of applications, cryptographic keys and secure elements on NFC enabled devices. “The platform can be implemented by organisations choosing to launch mobile payment systems or seeking to add trusted service manager capabilities to their offerings,” says the company.

    Orange and BRD test NFC payments in Romania

    June 22nd, 2012

    Orange Romania and BRD, part of France-based banking group Société Générale, have launched an NFC payments pilot. One hundred BRD customers have been provided with a BlackBerry NFC smartphone equipped with an Orange NFC SIM… More

    Windows Phone 8 launch video details Microsoft’s plans for NFC

    June 21st, 2012

    The launch presentation for Windows Phone 8 shows how Microsoft plans to make its NFC mobile wallet more widely accepted than Google’s, provides details of a forthcoming NFC-enabled Chase payments app and highlights a new deals platform and in-app purchasing technology that charges items to the user’s default payment card. More

    Canon, HP and Yahoo! Japan join NFC Forum

    June 21st, 2012

    A further 24 organisations have also joined the NFC standards association, including Huawei, Interac and Fujitsu. More

    Scottish mental health association to cut administration costs with NFC

    June 21st, 2012

    Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH) is to roll out an NFC-based time and attendance system in a bid to improve patient care record keeping and reduce administrative overheads. The new service will use Skillweb’s… More

    GlobalPlatform releases secure element security specification

    June 21st, 2012

    Secure element standards body GlobalPlatform has released Secure Element Access Control, a new specification designed to ensure that unauthorised applications residing in a mobile device are unable to communicate with an NFC secure element (SE)…. More

    Microsoft unveils its NFC mobile wallet plans

    June 20th, 2012

    Windows Phone 8 is to come with both NFC and a mobile wallet that Microsoft will deliver in partnership with mobile network operators, the company has revealed. More

    University of San Francisco to extend NFC campus card service

    June 20th, 2012

    An NFC solution that integrates fully with the university’s existing campus card system to enable students to access rooms and make laundry payments has been hailed as “a first-rate experience for our students and our staff” and is now to be expanded. More

    Chinese city to get NFC smart meters

    June 20th, 2012

    Advanced energy-metering supplier Wasion Group is to begin deploying new NFC-enabled post-pay electricity meters in the city of Chongqing, China, from this month. Wasion’s new meters include an NFC system-in-a-package (SiP) solution supplied by ST… More

    Masabi’s Android app offers ITSO ticket insights

    June 20th, 2012

    Mobile ticketing supplier Masabi has developed an Android application that allows NFC phones to read and display the contents of transport ticketing smart cards based on the UK’s ITSO ticketing standard. The Smart Card Buddy… More

    Tyfone signs up US credit unions and Indonesian partner

    June 20th, 2012

    NFC-on-microSD specialist Tyfone is to supply mobile banking solutions, including its NFC payments technology, to two US credit unions. Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) will use a cloud-hosted instance of Tyfone’s u4ia mobile platform… More

    John Lewis outdoor ads invite NFC touches

    June 20th, 2012

    UK department store chain John Lewis is running an NFC-enabled out-of-home advertising campaign at 100 bus shelters across London. The animated digital creative promotes the upmarket store’s online Click and Collect service and prompts users… More

    RIM shows off BB10’s NFC API

    June 20th, 2012

    RIM has published a guide to reading and writing tags using the NFC API in its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. The document, written by Martin Woolley and John Murray from the phone maker’s developer relations team, explains the steps involved by detailing the development of a simple tag reading and writing application called NFC Tool.

    QNB promotes NFC payments with ‘first transaction free’ offer

    June 19th, 2012

    The Qatar-based bank is motivating customers to take up its new ‘Tap and Pay’ service by offering to refund the cost of their first NFC transaction, up to the country’s contactless payment limit of QR100. More

    Subaru picks NFC for Canadian car launch

    June 18th, 2012

    Advertising agency DDB Canada has used NFC tags and QR codes to encourage consumers to interact with a street art installation designed for the launch of the car maker’s 2013 Subaru BRZ sports coupe. More

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