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    Archive for October 2012

    NXP launches new generation of NFC tags with built-in security features

    October 31st, 2012

    NXP has launched a new generation of NFC tag chips that feature a range of built-in security features. The NTAG21x family of NFC Forum Type 2 tags features improved RF performance, a range of memory… More

    China Mobile details NFC launch plans

    October 31st, 2012

    The world’s largest mobile network operator is to begin its mobile payments rollout in February 2013 and will stock a range of NFC phones supplied by eight handset manufacturers. More

    Smartrac adds ultrathin tags

    October 31st, 2012

    Tag manufacturer Smartrac has announced the introduction of the first ultrathin NFC tags using chips shaved down to just 50 micrometres thick. “RFID chips are typically offered on wafers with a standard thickness of 120µm,”… More

    HID debuts NFC asset management platform

    October 31st, 2012

    HID Global has launched HID Trusted Tag Services, a cloud-based platform that works with NFC tags to authenticate a wide range of assets. “HID Trusted Tag transponders can be applied to physical objects and documents… More

    T-Mobile picks Gemalto for NFC

    October 31st, 2012

    T-Mobile has picked Gemalto’s LinqUs Trusted Service Manager (TSM) platform for its Europe-wide rollout of NFC services. Poland is the first country to go live with the new service. “Gemalto provided PTC, T-Mobile’s network operator in Poland, with a complete NFC solution encompassing the TSM platform and the mobile wallet software, as well as the UpTeq NFC high-end card,” says Gemalto.

    DeviceFidelity launches new range of NFC microSD devices

    October 31st, 2012

    The new CredenSE products can be used as an external secure element in NFC phones as well as to add NFC functionality to both smartphones and feature phones, without the need for a separate signal booster. More

    Vodafone picks Gemalto and CorFire for international mobile wallet launch

    October 30th, 2012

    “The consumer benefits of contactless payments are obvious,” says Christian Wirtz, m-commerce director for Vodafone Group. “The potential of mobile to transform existing industries — such as financial services, retail and transport — is enormous.” More

    Inside Secure reports Q3 2012 results

    October 29th, 2012

    Inside Secure generated revenues of US$28.6m during the third quarter of 2012, the chip maker reports, up 1% on sales during the second quarter of 2012 but 22% down on the third quarter of 2011…. More

    Stollmann adds support for Texas Instruments NFC chips

    October 29th, 2012

    Software stack specialist Stollmann has expanded its NFC stack to include support for Texas Instruments’ TI TRF79xx family of NFC chips. “The optimized use of TI NFC hardware in combination with the flexibility of Stollmann… More

    Project Oscar opens for business as ‘Weve’

    October 29th, 2012

    The mobile commerce joint venture between UK carriers EE, O2 and Vodafone is to be called Weve and will initially focus on mobile advertising solutions, with NFC payments to follow later. More

    G&D debuts white label mobile wallet

    October 29th, 2012

    Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has introduced SmartTrust Portigo, a three part white label mobile wallet solution “for NFC services and beyond” that includes: A wallet client that runs on the user’s mobile phone and is… More

    Inside Secure launches multi-owner secure element

    October 29th, 2012

    “With the availability of the VaultSecure IC, smartphone manufacturers, mobile network operators and other trusted third parties can co-own the SE and install, personalize and administer their own open- or closed-loop payment, access control, transit, loyalty or other secure applets,” says Inside’s Pierre Garnier. More

    Samsung updates TecTiles NFC app

    October 26th, 2012

    The phone maker’s tag reading/writing app for Android devices now allows users to program tags to perform multiple actions at one time, customize profiles so that tags perform in different ways for different users, and lock a tag so that only the owner can read its contents. More

    Gemalto to announce major deal with Vodafone?

    October 26th, 2012

    Vodafone Group is set to sign a five year contract with Gemalto, The Wall Street Journal reports, for “technology for a mobile payment service planned for launch next year”. The deal is expected to be announced next… More

    NFC in Access Control webinar: See it now on NFC World

    October 26th, 2012

    383 people registered to attend NFC World’s latest webinar — and participants gave it an overall rating of 4.2 out of five. More

    Crowd funds iPhone NFC add-on

    October 25th, 2012

    Miami-based NFC specialist Flomio has turned to crowdfunding to finance production of a plug-in device that will bring NFC to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The ‘Flojack’ is a lollipop-shaped NFC transceiver that plugs into an iOS device’s headphone jack. The first Flojacks will ship in March 2013 if US$80,000 is raised on Kickstarter by 26 November.

    GigaOm: Isis awareness low

    October 24th, 2012

    The Isis pilot launch has been “softer than a goose down pillow”, says GigaOm’s Stacey Higginbotham, who has been checking out the service in Austin, Texas and found that merchant awareness of the NFC payments system is currently quite low. “Despite being listed on the Isis web site, many local merchants had no clue they were now able to accept Isis payments, or even knew what the program was,” says Higginbotham.

    Isobar and Proxama partner on NFC in the UK

    October 24th, 2012

    Digital agency Isobar has partnered with Proxama to offer NFC marketing campaigns to its UK clients. “NFC is a fantastic technology to build effective commercial relationships with customers,” says Penny Herriman, CEO of Isobar UK. “We are… More

    Cirque offers NFC trackpad kit

    October 24th, 2012

    Capacitive touch technology specialist Cirque has introduced an evaluation kit for its GlidePoint NFC solution, which integrates an NFC antenna directly into the trackpad on a laptop or other personal computing device. “These kits provide all the necessary hardware and software for OEM companies to assess implementing multiple inputs, such as touch and NFC sensing, into their products,” says the company.

    BNL begins Rome NFC pilot

    October 24th, 2012

    Italian bank BNL, part of the BNP Paribas group, has begun an NFC payments pilot in Rome. 150 participants are being issued with Samsung Galaxy S III phones which hold a BNL MasterCard. The trial will run until March 2013 and a commercial launch is planned for 2014.

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