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LG CNS to introduce NFC access control service

July 18th, 2012

The Korean IT services supplier has partnered with carriers KT and LG U+ to enable employers to use NFC mobile phones to replace staff ID badges. Additional services such as payroll integration and payments are planned for the future. More

Malaysian transit card to go NFC

July 18th, 2012

Malaysian transit card issuer Touch ‘n Go will begin pilot testing an NFC payments service in collaboration with mobile network operator Maxis and CIMB Bank in the next two months, news agency Bernama reports. “After six months we will offer the service with other telecommunication companies too,” says CEO Abdul Karim Md Lassim. Touch ‘n Go has invested MYR 500,000 (US$158,000) in the project to date.

CommBank unveils Android POS platform

July 17th, 2012

The Australian bank has followed its Kaching mobile payments service with the launch of a point-of-sale application development platform that works with an Android-based POS terminal as well as an add-on for Apple iPhones and iPods and is designed to allow developers to add new types of features for merchants via mobile phone-style apps. More

Isis releases video tutorials

July 17th, 2012

The US NFC payments venture has produced a series of educational videos, designed to show consumers how to use the Isis Mobile Wallet in stores and how to add cards and offers, as it moves towards pilot launches in Austin and Salt Lake City. More

Turkcell launches NFC home shopping service

July 16th, 2012

The Turkish carrier’s new MaxiPlus5 NFC phone ships with a fridge magnet customers can use to place online orders with a variety of partner merchants. More

Cambodia to get NFC payments

July 16th, 2012

Cambodian mobile money transfer provider Wing plans to begin testing NFC later this year, The Phnom Penh Post reports. “What we really want to tackle here is near field communication like the Oyster card in London or similar services offered in Japan and Australia,” says COO Anthony Perkins.

Gemalto gets TSM certification in Singapore

July 16th, 2012

Gemalto‘s trusted service management (TSM) data center in Singapore has been certified by both Visa and MasterCard and is now fully operational, the company reports. The data centre already has two customers: Japanese mobile network… More

DeviFi gets European patent

July 13th, 2012

DeviceFidelity has been granted a European patent covering technology underlying its iCaisse NFC add-on for Apple devices. “Following patents granted in the US for this solution, our microSD NFC technology, our multi-institution mobile wallet and our NFC antenna technology, this European patent is yet another important addition to our portfolio,” says the company CEO and co-founder Deepak Jain.

Zynga adds NFC to poker game

July 13th, 2012

Social games giant Zynga has added support for NFC peer-to-peer mode to the Android version of Zynga Poker. The NFC functionality uses Android Beam to enable players with an NFC phone to invite a friend to join… More

DNP and C-Sam partner on NFC

July 13th, 2012

Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) has licensed C-Sam‘s Mobile Transaction Platform (MTP) and announced the two companies will be working together to offer “a scalable and flexible mobile wallet solution to mobile operators, retailers and banks, as… More

Morpho acquires TSM provider Cassis International

July 13th, 2012

ID technology provider Morpho, part of the Safran group, has acquired trusted service management (TSM) specialist Cassis International. Cassis was one of the earliest entrants into the NFC TSM market and is headquartered in Singapore with… More

Google Wallet takes New Yorkers to the beach

July 13th, 2012

Google is promoting adoption of its Google Wallet service in the New York area with the offer of a free trip to the beach this weekend. “On Saturday, July 14th, we’ll be paying for round-trip… More

Hands on with the Visa Olympics NFC phone

July 12th, 2012

1,000 Samsung Galaxy S III NFC phones equipped with a Visa mobile payments app are being distributed to “key stakeholders and decision makers” for the London 2012 Olympics, where all points of sale will be equipped to handle contactless payments — and NFC World has been testing out one of the limited edition devices. More

China Mobile preps NFC payments phone

July 11th, 2012

The world’s largest mobile network operator has completed development of a China Mobile Wallet running on an NFC version of the Coolpad 8870 smartphone and will begin shipping the device in the third quarter of 2012. More

Apple awarded patent for mobile airline ticketing and travel service

July 11th, 2012

The iTravel patent covers the use of an NFC-enabled iPhone for buying an airline ticket, checking in baggage and passing through security. More

Austrian town ties book downloads to locations

July 10th, 2012

Seventy sites in the Austrian town of Klagenfurt have been equipped with NFC and QR code stickers that enable visitors and local residents to download books related to the location of each sticker. Both fiction… More

Theme park connects visitors to Facebook with NFC

July 9th, 2012

NFC social networking specialist Getyoo has developed a contactless system that allows theme park visitors to post real-time Facebook ‘likes’ for rides they enjoy. Visitors register over the web ahead of their visit, then pick… More

EU set to approve Project Oscar UK NFC venture

July 9th, 2012

The European Commission is set to green light the creation of a joint venture company to bring NFC to market in the UK, according to the Financial Times. Project Oscar, first announced in June 2011… More

Comprion tests OTA services

July 9th, 2012

Test equipment specialist Comprion has introduced a testing solution that simulates complex over-the-air (OTA) use cases so that communication errors can be detected before service rollouts. “If one of the involved components fails, the whole OTA communication chain breaks down,” says the company. “A failure therefore causes tremendous costs.”

Diebold joins GlobalPlatform

July 9th, 2012

ATM maker Diebold has joined smart card and secure element standards body GlobalPlatform. “We will use our involvement in GlobalPlatform to proactively plan for technology changes that might impact automated teller machines,” says the company’s Mark Reinart. “This will enable us to advance our solutions services around technological improvements.”

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