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Archive for June 2012

Samsung patents NFC pen

June 18th, 2012

A new Samsung patent application describes a capacitive stylus pen for use with a portable terminal, such as the Galaxy Note, that includes NFC “embedded in the body portion to perform wireless communication with the… More

Welsh village picked for O2 Wallet payments demo

June 18th, 2012

The village of Rhiwbina, where the 11,000 locals have been without access to a cash machine for the last two years, has been picked as the demo site for O2’s new mobile wallet service, which supports mobile remittances, price comparisons, offers and mobile commerce today and is due to include NFC “in time”. More

NFC Forum certifies Inside Secure’s NFC controller chip

June 18th, 2012

NFC and contactless specialist Inside Secure has announced that its MicroRead solution has become the first NFC controller chip design to be certified by the NFC Forum. “This certification offers increased assurance that products using MicroRead solutions… More

New Zealand NFC pilot partners report 100% positive consumer feedback

June 18th, 2012

All the participants in a small four month mobile payments trial conducted by BNZ, Vodafone, Visa and Paymark in Auckland and Wellington said they were likely to recommend the service to friends and 14% said they would be willing to pay a small fee for the service. More

HTC to enter payments market?

June 18th, 2012

Phone maker HTC is set to announce a mobile payments partnership with Taiwan’s Cathay United Bank, transportation card issuer EasyCard and MasterCard, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency. “The PayPass card will become Taiwan’s first innovation to integrate the functions of a credit card and an EasyCard into a micro-sized memory card, enabling mobile payments on the island when it is inserted into the HTC Incredible E smartphone,” says CNA.

Reaction headset pairs with NFC

June 14th, 2012

Nokia’s latest handsfree headset offers “ear detection” to answer calls simply by placing the device in position in the ear. The BH-907 Reaction Bluetooth Headset also allows seamless handover of calls from the earpiece to… More

A1 extends cloud-based NFC trial

June 13th, 2012

Austrian mobile network operator A1 has begun the second phase of its Paybox NFC payments trial, with the expansion of the service to 5,000 customers, Der Standard reports. Both fast food giant McDonald’s and supermarket chain Merkur are taking part in the pilot, which was first announced in April.

Signbox lights up NFC outdoors

June 13th, 2012

UK-based Signbox has introduced a new, weatherproof version of its Enlighten NFC smart poster that can be deployed out of doors. The new version is available in different sizes and, for high footfall areas, can… More

G&D adds Mifare to NFC SIMs

June 13th, 2012

Giesecke & Devrient has signed a licensing deal with NXP that will see the smart card and SIM maker adding support for Mifare contactless applications to its range of SIM cards. The license covers both… More

Samsung launches TecTiles NFC tags and programming application

June 13th, 2012

Sets of five TecTiles can be ordered online or bought in store for US$14.99 from all four major US carriers and can be used to program a variety of NFC-initiated functions. “Most of the tag types you make will work on nearly all phones which have NFC hardware,” says Samsung. More

Marvell adds NFC WiFi chip

June 13th, 2012

Chip maker Marvell has launched the Avastar 88W889, the first chip to include support for both 802.11ac WiFi and NFC. First announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the new chip is designed to be built into Ultrabooks, tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs.

Ericsson and Aconite join on NFC

June 13th, 2012

Ericsson IPX and Aconite have announced they are now working together to provide banks and other secure service providers with a turnkey NFC application delivery and management solution. The new service enables a security domain to be created on any type of NFC secure element and for applets to be loaded, personalised, updated and deleted over-the-air.

Leaked Sprint slides reveal NFC wallet designs

June 12th, 2012

The slides suggest the US carrier, which has previously chosen to avoid Isis and partner with Google for NFC, is preparing to launch its own “Sprint Touch” mobile wallet service.  More

Apple shows off Passbook mobile wallet

June 12th, 2012

Video coverage of the launch of Apple’s first mobile wallet app shows how it will enable developers to build mobile barcode-based ticketing, stored value, loyalty card and coupon apps for today’s iPhones — and hints at how these apps could migrate to NFC in the future. More

Apple debuts barcode-based Passbook mobile wallet

June 11th, 2012

Apple’s forthcoming iOS 6 is to include a new app billed as “the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.” Passbook, announced today at Apple’s WWDC developer conference in San Francisco, looks… More

Identive cuts non-NFC costs

June 11th, 2012

Identive Group is to cut its global workforce by 11% as part of a cost reduction plan designed to save US$4m to $5m this year. The move “will not impact our ongoing investments in new NFC and cloud-based identity solutions or our ability to address opportunities in these emerging, potential hyper-growth markets,” says chairman and CEO Ayman S Ashour.

Kista Science City to host NFC access control pilot

June 11th, 2012

Staff, researchers and students are to pilot test a system that allows keys to doors, meeting rooms and video conferencing facilities to be sent over the air to participants’ NFC phones. More

Canadian NFC phones forecast

June 11th, 2012

By 2016 almost 80% of the smartphones in Canada will be NFC-enabled, “providing a solid foundation for the uptake of mobile contactless payments”, according to Canadian Payments Forecast — 2012, a new report from TSI. “Cash will remain the most frequently used form of payment in Canada over the next five years, but will suffer substantial erosion from contactless debit and credit payments,” say the authors.

Berg: 86% of POS terminals in North America will accept NFC payments by 2017

June 7th, 2012

The US will have the world’s highest density of NFC point-of-sale terminals in five years time, the forecasters say, as the global installed base increases from 3.9m today to 43.4m in 2017. More

Jersey Mike’s loyalty launch shows regional differences in consumer acceptance of NFC

June 6th, 2012

More than 200,000 of the sandwich chain’s customers have signed up for a loyalty program that offers both NFC tags and barcode-based ID. In southern California many outlets have seen almost half their customers choose to use the tags while those in other regions are only moving to mobile contactless as they become more familiar with the technology. More

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