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Sistel launches NFC pen for smartphones and tablets

November 29th, 2012

The vWand is designed to act as a data bridge, enabling users to read data stored on contactless ID cards and other media and forward it on to standard PCs and mobile phones via Bluetooth.  More

Bank of America adds V.me

November 29th, 2012

Bank of America has joined a fast growing list of banks announcing support for Visa’s V.me digital wallet service. Last month Visa unveiled details of fifty US banks that will promote V.me to their customers. BBVA in Spain and RBS in the UK have also signed up for the service.

Brazil to get NFC in 2013

November 28th, 2012

Brazilian carrier Claro has announced a partnership with Bradesco bank to introduce an NFC payments service and a co-branded virtual wallet in 2013. “We think the scenario is really propitious right now, since 46.8 million people do not have bank account and 83% of payments are in cash for under R$20 [US$9.50],” Carlos Zenteno, president of Claro, told journalists attending a briefing in São Paulo, RCR Wireless reports.

BPI launches NFC mobile payments in the Philippines

November 28th, 2012

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has launched the BPI Mobile Wallet, an NFC-based payments service, The Manila Times reports. “We know that the Philippines has been anticipating mobile payments, having seen other countries like… More

China Mobile to unveil its NFC payments service on 5 December

November 28th, 2012

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator with close to 700m subscribers, is to demonstrate its NFC payments platform for the first time on 5 December at its Worldwide Developers Conference. China Mobile describes… More

Assa adds NFC locks

November 28th, 2012

Assa Abloy’s Aperio door locks are now compatible with Seos mobile credentials, enabling them to be used with NFC phones.

Axiom comes with gWallet

November 28th, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Axiombelieved to be an LTE version of the Galaxy S III Mini, has become the second handset on US Cellular to support NFC payments with Google Wallet. The network rolled out support for Google Wallet on the Galaxy S III in October.

GoMcDo to add NFC

November 28th, 2012

The GoMcDo mobile ordering system offered by McDonald’s France is to get NFC support “very soon”, says solution provider Airtag. The new version of GoMcDo will also support Windows Phone 8 devices, in addition to those running iOS and Android.

Moneto hits the shops

November 28th, 2012

DeviceFidelity’s NFC mobile wallet solution is now available at MetroPCS stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Moneto Android kit is based on a prepaid MasterCard account and uses an NFC-enabled microSD card to add PayPass-compatible contactless payment to Android phones “whether or not they are carried by MetroPCS”. Instant rewards and cash back offers have now also been added to the service.

Identive launches NFC tag platform

November 28th, 2012

Identive has launched a web-based platform that allows consumers and businesses to easily deploy and manage NFC tag applications. The TagTrail mobile services platform, announced this week at Wima in San Francisco, allows users to… More

RBS adopts Visa’s V.me

November 28th, 2012

The UK’s RBS Group is currently testing Visa’s V.me digital wallet ahead of a full rollout in 2013. RBS’ Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest banks are also working with Visa Europe on an NFC payments service called TouchPay.

Samsung ships 5m NFC Notes

November 27th, 2012

Samsung reports that it has shipped 5m Galaxy Note II “phablets” over the last 60 days. The NFC enabled device is essentially a larger version of the Korean phone maker’s hugely successful Galaxy S III which, the company revealed earlier this month, has shipped more than 30m units since its launch in May.

Dutch prefer app payments

November 27th, 2012

55% of Dutch consumers would prefer to make mobile payments through an app rather than NFC, according to a poll of 15-65 year olds conducted by Telecompaper. Respondents said convenience and trust are paramount when choosing who handles their payments. Most prefer payments to be handled by their bank, with phone manufacturers and mobile networks trailing far behind. Only 1% would opt for a system where they would pay via different apps in different stores.

NFC Forum adds 22 new members

November 27th, 2012

New companies joining the NFC standards body include Acer, Bell Mobility, China UnionPay and Lenovo. Qualcomm has upgraded to sponsor level and Kovio to principal level membership. More

Intellitix opens in Australia

November 27th, 2012

Event ticketing and payments specialist Intellitix has opened an office in Sydney, Australia. The company’s RFID and NFC based systems will offer Australian music fans easy access, cashless payment and social media features at large events, while providing organisers with analytics and tools to fight ticket fraud and touting. The company already has offices in the US, Canada and the UK and has issued more than 2.5m tags at festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza over the last 18 months.

Telecom Italia picks Gemalto NFC

November 27th, 2012

Telecom Italia is using Gemalto’s end-to-end Mobile Financial Services solution to power its TIM mobile wallet. The solution includes the LinqUs TSM platform for secure management of NFC applications and the LinqUs mobile payment platform for transaction management. Hewlett-Packard Italy provided system integration services.

NFC to certify halal eateries

November 27th, 2012

Consumers in Malaysia will be able to use NFC phones to check hotels and restaurants are halal certified from next month. A mobile app from developer Malaysia Microelectronic Solutions works in conjunction with NFC tags at the venues and an official list of halal certified establishments to identify and authenticate approved eateries. “For the first phase, we are targeting to have this application in at least 60 premises in the Klang Valley, and we will expand nationwide,” the company’s Shafiq Akmal Ismail told the New Straits Times.

Flomio funded for Apple NFC

November 27th, 2012

NFC innovator Flomio has passed its target of raising US$80,000 on crowd funding site Kickstarter. The company now has the necessary investment to commercialise its FloJack NFC add-on for the iPhone and iPad, with first deliveries scheduled for March 2013.

Germans need NFC reassurance

November 26th, 2012

A survey carried out by market researcher YouGov in Germany has revealed that, while 54% of the population has heard of NFC, only one in six (16%) can see themselves using NFC and contactless payments in the future. Most cited security concerns, with 52% worrying about NFC technology being potentially insecure. Germans from 30-39 years old are the most willing to use NFC mobile payments.

China Unicom and China Merchants Bank launch NFC in Shanghai

November 26th, 2012

The bank and mobile network operator plan to follow the introduction of the Unicom Merchants Bank mobile wallet service in Shanghai with a national rollout that could ultimately make the service available to all 43 million of the bank’s credit card customers. More

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