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Archive for January 2014

Schiphol Airport installs NFC boarding gate

January 31st, 2014

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed an NFC boarding gate, supplied by air transport IT specialist Sita, allowing passengers to validate their boarding pass with a touch of their NFC smartphone. The installation is the first… More

Delage to include NFC chips in premium leather bags

January 30th, 2014

French leather goods brand Delage has partnered with NFC object identification specialist Selinko to integrate NFC tags into its range of premium leather bags. The chips will be provided by Inside Secure and the first… More

Nintendo looks to NFC to boost Wii U sales

January 30th, 2014

Making full use of the NFC functionality built into the Wii U GamePad is one of four strategies designed to boost the console’s flagging sales in the year ahead, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed… More

UK retailer Argos pilots NFC marketing in 40 UK stores

January 30th, 2014

UK retail chain Argos is conducting an NFC pilot in 40 of its stores, enabling shoppers to tap their NFC smartphones to engage with store staff wearing NFC-enabled lanyards and have the latest offers sent… More

W3C publishes draft NFC API

January 29th, 2014

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published a draft specification for an NFC API that will provide web developers with a standard way to access the NFC functionality on an NFC-enabled device. The Web… More

Rabobank sets NFC mobile wallet launch date

January 29th, 2014

The NFC payments pilot in the Dutch city of Leiden has proved successful in terms of both consumer and merchant uptake, partners Rabobank, ING and ABN Amro report — and Rabobank is now set to… More

Spanish bus drivers to check tickets using NFC host card emulation

January 29th, 2014

“HCE is a game-changing technology for NFC,” says technology provider Aditium’s Ibai Iturricha. “With HCE we have the chance to develop the whole solution without having to rely on any other party… With the entry of HCE we are free.” More

AT&T adds iPhone cases for Isis NFC payments

January 27th, 2014

iPhone owners in the US can now make Isis payments following AT&T’s introduction of a range of phone cases that add NFC functionality to the devices. Five options are available: The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet… More

Join NFC World for a free webinar on NFC and access control

January 24th, 2014

The next event in NFC World’s free educational webinar series, to be held from 16:00 to 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 19 February, will focus on using NFC for physical access control. More

CIBC expands NFC phone options

January 24th, 2014

Canada’s CIBC bank has expanded availability of its CIBC Mobile Payment app to include owners of Samsung Galaxy S III, S4, Note II and HTC One Android NFC phones, enabling a wider range of customers to make NFC payments. The service was launched in November 2012 with support for Blackberry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 NFC phones and expanded in October 2013 to include the Blackberry Z10.

Kyivstar and Alfa-Bank launch NFC payments in the Ukraine

January 22nd, 2014

Alfa-Bank and mobile network operator Kyivstar have begun testing the Ukraine’s first NFC mobile payments service. The pilot is expected to lead to a full commercial rollout across the country. The launch follows an announcement… More

Royal Bank of Canada launches NFC payments in the cloud

January 21st, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada has introduced an NFC mobile payments service that stores customers’ card details in the cloud. The new RBC Wallet is available to customers with a Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung… More

Cetrix launches OEM NFC phones and tablets

January 21st, 2014

Malta-based mobile device maker Cetrix has launched two smartphones and two tablets equipped with NFC, with minimum order quantities of between 100 and 3,000 units. The 5-inch HD CV300 smartphone is powered by a MediaTek… More

Lesswire offers NFC for cars

January 21st, 2014

Wireless connectivity specialist Lesswire has introduced a module for vehicles that combines NFC, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. According to CEO Dr Ralph Meyfarth, WiBear 11ac offers “the next generation of the most-used wireless standards in the car as an easy to integrate module”.

1.6bn NFC handsets by 2018

January 21st, 2014

The global market for NFC handsets is projected to reach 1.6bn units by 2018, according to a new research report from Global Industry Analysts, “driven by growing penetration of mobile phones, continued rise in demand and production of smartphones, rising penetration of NFC in consumer devices, and chip level technology developments.”

FC Solution tracks security guards with GPS and NFC

January 21st, 2014

Thailand-based FC Solution has introduced a tracking system that requires security guards to check in to a location by tapping their NFC phone to a tag — and also records the employee’s GPS location to… More

AIB promotes Me2U via NFC

January 20th, 2014

Allied Irish Banks is publicizing its new Me2U P2P mobile payments app via an NFC campaign running on 500 Adshel “six sheet” bus stop posters, 10 fully wrapped bus shelters and 55 further six sheets located in cinema lobbies across Ireland. Tapping the NFC tags on the ads takes the user to a landing page where they can download the Me2U app. The campaign was planned by Starcom and outdoor specialist Source Out Of Home.

Wirecard NFC wallet gets BLE

January 17th, 2014

German payments technology provider Wirecard has added support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to its mobile wallet platform. “With BLE, the Wirecard Mobile Wallet communicates directly with the point-of-sale system,” the company says. “This then enables it to also offer a wide range of services that add value for customers in the fields of loyalty, vouchers and personalised offers.”

Gionee adds Elife E7 NFC phone

January 17th, 2014

The Indian arm of Chinese phone maker Gionee Smartphones has launched a flagship handset with NFC. The Elife E7 includes 16 megapixel rear and 8 megapixel front facing cameras, a 5.5-inch Full HD display and runs Gionee’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean-based Amigo 2.0 OS. 3G and 4G options are available.

Madshus adds NFC to skis

January 17th, 2014

Cross country ski maker Madshus is to incorporate NFC chips into its 2014/15 Redline and Champion range skis, enabling retailers to select the ideal set of skis for customers more quickly. The NFC chips will… More

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