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Archive for October 2012

Texas Instruments adds smart meter development board with NFC

October 10th, 2012

Texas Instruments has unveiled a development board for smart meters that includes support for NFC. The Smart Meter Board “is a unique modular and scalable environment that lets developers include multiple wired and wireless communication protocols… More

NTT Docomo and KT to begin international NFC payments service

October 10th, 2012

“Docomo and KT plan to share the results of their commercial endeavor with global associations and standardization bodies, aiming to promote the realization of a commercial environment for globally compatible NFC services,” the Japanese and Korean carriers say. More

Google Wallet to get P2P transfers?

October 10th, 2012

A detailed examination of the Google Wallet APK (application package file) carried out by Android Police reporter Ron Amadeo suggests that the search giant has completed work on a P2P payments service and is conducting… More

Rogers picks Gemalto for NFC in Canada

October 10th, 2012

Rogers Communications has selected Gemalto to supply it with NFC-enabled SIMs for its forthcoming NFC payments deployment. Rogers’ NFC platform is currently undergoing pilot testing and is due to launch before the end of this… More

Isis to go live on 22 October?

October 10th, 2012

A leaked internal document obtained by Android Central suggests the long-awaited launch of Isis’ NFC pilots is now set to go ahead on 22 October. The service was originally due to go live this summer in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas but has hit delays.

Turkcell upgrades NFC mobile wallet service

October 8th, 2012

The Turkish mobile network operator has introduced a major upgrade to its NFC-based Cep-T Cüzdan mobile wallet, adding the ability to make online purchases and support for any mobile phone. Fourteen banks have signed up for the new service and a strategic partnership with MasterCard will see the platform being made available in other countries. More

NFC Forum publishes NFC Analog technical specification

October 8th, 2012

The new technical specification sets out the short range wireless communication performance requirements for NFC devices and is designed to ensure that any NFC Forum-compliant phone, tablet or other device will work with any other certified device. More

JCM demos NFC mobile wallet for gaming industry

October 8th, 2012

Transaction automation specialist JCM Global has demonstrated an NFC-based mobile wallet designed to be used in casinos. The new Mobile Wager Wallet has been jointly developed by JCM and mobile contactless technology specialist Techfirm and… More

Rock the Vote picks NFC for poster campaign

October 8th, 2012

Rock the Vote, an organisation which aims to motivate young people to vote in this year’s US presidential election, is including NFC tags in its out-of-home media campaign. “With less than 50 days left until… More

ANZ to launch NFC payments in 2013

October 8th, 2012

Australian banking group ANZ has begun an NFC payments field trial and announced plans to launch a commercial service in 2013. The small pilot project uses Samsung Galaxy S III Android phones. “ANZ has selected… More

Renesas picks Micropross

October 8th, 2012

Chip maker Renesas has chosen Micropross to supply it with EMVCo and NFC Forum compliant test equipment. “We have a long time experience in the usage of Micropross solutions,” says Renesas’ Takashi Tsukamoto. “We have always been satisfied of those tools, from both a quality and support point of view, and it was natural to continue with Micropross for the validation of our NFC related products.”

OSPT Alliance updates Cipurse transit ticketing specification

October 5th, 2012

The Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance has released version 2.0 of its Cipurse open transit ticketing standard. Cipurse v2 “comprises a single, consistent set of specifications for all security, personalization, administration and life-cycle… More

GlobalPlatform adds NFC SIM certification program

October 5th, 2012

For mobile network operators, the introduction reflects industry agreement on a very complex subject matter, says the secure element standards organisation. “For service providers and issuers it provides reassurances that an application will perform as intended regardless of the mobile device being used.” More

US Cellular to add Google Wallet?

October 4th, 2012

A leaked device service bulletin from US Cellular spotted by Android Police indicates that the US mobile network operator is about to add support for Google Wallet, beginning with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Other NFC phones are expected to be added to the US Cellular lineup in the future.

Tapped to run NFC hackathons in three US cities

October 4th, 2012

Verizon, Samsung and Facebook are backing a series of NFC hackathons which are to take place in New York, Boston and San Francisco this month. The hackathons take place over separate weekends — the first is… More

How cloud-based NFC, iPhone 5 and security concerns will impact the mobile wallet market

October 3rd, 2012

In the first issue of Mobile Wallet Outlook, the monthly trends bulletin for subscribers to our new research service, the NFC World team examines how the latest market developments will affect the future of the NFC and mobile wallet markets. More

Lockitron wins NFC lock orders

October 3rd, 2012

Lockitron maker Apigy has secured more than US$640,000 in pre-orders for a new version of its mobile phone operated door lock. The US$149 lock supports Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and NFC and is due to begin shipping in March 2013.

FileBeam adds NFC to Dropbox

October 3rd, 2012

A new Android app called FileBeam allows users to transfer files held on the Dropbox cloud storage service between two NFC devices. “Tap on a folder to expand it, select files (and even folders!), and then beam it on another NFC enabled device by tapping on it,” say the developers.

HID Global reports on Silicon Valley NFC access control pilots

October 3rd, 2012

A survey of participants in trials conducted at the offices of Netflix and Good Technology has found that more than 80% saw the technology as intuitive and easy to use. More

NXP ships 100m NFC controllers

October 3rd, 2012

NXP has now shipped 100m of its PN544 NFC controllers, the company reports. “The NFC market continues to evolve rapidly,” says NXP’s Michael Maader. “NFC is coming to many new tablets, laptops, speakers and headsets enabling secure payments, mobile ticketing, NFC tag use cases or the pairing of applications across multiple form-factors. All those devices and applications are creating the experiences end consumers are looking for.”

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