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Sitges trial results: Consumers pay more often and spend more with NFC phones than with cards

January 7th, 2011

Telefónica, la Caixa and Visa’s NFC payments trial in the Spanish resort of Sitges has seen significant increases in both transaction frequencies and purchase values but, the partners say, a mass deployment of NFC services is still three to five years away.  More

Inside and Kovio add NFC support to ultra-low-cost printed RFID tags

January 5th, 2011

“Consumers, while they shop, will be able to interact with smart labels on products and smart posters to receive product details, promotional offers, coupons, loyalty points, nutritional information, and other useful information to enhance their retail experience,” says Inside Secure. More

China Unicom launches commercial NFC service in Beijing

January 5th, 2011

Customers can now use their mobile phones to make payments on public transport services and at more than 2,000 other businesses by swapping their standard SIM for an NFC SIM+antenna device supplied by Watchdata. More

OTI introduces Copni NFC SIM+antenna device

OTI introduces Copni NFC SIM+antenna device

January 5th, 2011

Contactless specialist On Track Innovations (OTI) has announced a new NFC add-on. Copni (Contactless Payment and NFC Insert) is a SIM+antenna solution that supports credit, debit and prepaid cards, Mifare and loyalty programmes and enables users… More

Samsung to build NFC support into Bada operating system

Samsung to build NFC support into Bada operating system

January 4th, 2011

Samsung is to include support for near field communication in version 2.0 of its Bada operating system, the handset manufacturer has told delegates attending a developer day in Seoul. The first Bada mobile phone, the… More

Google to enter NFC payments market?

Google to enter NFC payments market?

January 4th, 2011

Google is working on a mobile payments and advertising service based on NFC technology, according to Bloomberg Businessweek: Google is considering building a payment and advertising service that would let users buy milk and bread… More

Watchdata produces two millionth NFC add-on

Watchdata produces two millionth NFC add-on

December 17th, 2010

Smart card and data security specialist Watchdata has produced its two millionth Simpass SIM+antenna NFC device, the company has announced. “This marks an exciting and a very fruitful beginning for Watchdata as we continue to… More

Monitise and Vivotech offer joint NFC solution to US banks

Monitise and Vivotech offer joint NFC solution to US banks

December 17th, 2010

Monitise and Vivotech have partnered to offer banks in the United States an NFC payments solution that combines Vivotech’s over-the-air (OTA) software and Monitise’s Mobile Money technology. “The partnership means customers of participating banks will… More

Orange to roll out NFC services across Europe in 2011

Orange to roll out NFC services across Europe in 2011

December 16th, 2010

Orange will begin introducing NFC services “in the majority of countries in which it has a presence” in 2011, the mobile network operator has told mobile phone manufacturers at a meeting in Paris on 15… More

HTC smartphones to support NFC

December 16th, 2010

HTC chief executive Peter Chou has revealed that the world’s fourth largest handset manufacturer has plans to add support for NFC functionality in its mobile phones. In a video interview with Mobile World Live, Chou… More

Transport ticketing alliance debuts ‘Cipurse’ open alternative to Mifare

December 16th, 2010

The Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance is proposing a new open ticketing standard to be called Cipurse that will “enable technology suppliers to develop and deliver interoperable transit fare collection solutions for cards, stickers, fobs, NFC mobile phones and other consumer devices.” Singapore’s Land Transport Authority is the first to agree to adopt the new standard. More

Oberthur launches SIM+antenna and Mifare DESFire NFC solutions

Oberthur launches SIM+antenna and Mifare DESFire NFC solutions

December 15th, 2010

Oberthur Technologies has launched a new NFC add-on and an NFC SIM designed to support Mifare DESFire applications. The new NFC SIM Adaptor is aimed at payments, transport, retail and loyalty applications, says Oberthur. “Made… More

Tyfone granted additional NFC patent

Tyfone granted additional NFC patent

December 15th, 2010

MicroSD and NFC solutions provider Tyfone has been granted a further US patent. The new patent is entitled “Asymmetric cryptography with user authentication” and has an effective filing date of July 15, 2005. It follows… More

Google buys NFC patent applicant Zetawire

Google buys NFC patent applicant Zetawire

December 15th, 2010

Google has acquired a small Canadian firm named Zetawire that has applied for a patent covering a wide range of NFC applications, The 451 Group reports. The abstract for the company’s “Secured Electronic Transaction System”… More

Mastercard and AEPM publish interoperable NFC specifications

December 15th, 2010

The aim is to ensure that users of the French Cityzi NFC service can use their mobile phone to make payments anywhere in the world that MasterCard PayPass is accepted, ahead of a planned national expansion of the Cityzi service.  More

Blaze Mobile announces two way NFC sticker that works with any mobile phone

December 15th, 2010

Mobile payments provider Blaze Mobile has announced a new patent pending sticker that supports two way communication between the sticker and the mobile phone it is attached to. “Consumers can use the Blaze sticker to… More

Softbank to test NFC in Japan

December 15th, 2010

Softbank Mobile has partnered with credit card issuers Credit Saison and Orient Corporation to test NFC on HTC Android smartphones equipped with a SIM+antenna solution and mobile wallet software. More

Broadcom launches embedded NFC tags for consumer electronics devices

Broadcom launches embedded NFC tags for consumer electronics devices

December 14th, 2010

Broadcom has launched a new NFC type 1 tag solution, the BCM20203, that is designed to be embedded within a wide range of consumer electronics devices. “With the stabilization of global standards, NFC is now… More

Visa certifies DeviceFidelity’s In2Pay NFC microSD add-on for commercial deployments

December 14th, 2010

The payments network’s new compliance testing system means that Visa can now certify other devices and phones with built-in NFC functionality “in a heartbeat”, the company’s head of mobile product development has told NFC World.  More

NFC Forum unveils device certification mark

December 13th, 2010

Manufacturers of NFC devices can now submit their products to approved test houses and those that pass the required compliance tests will be able to place the NFC Forum Certification Mark on their hardware and packaging to prove that they conform to NFC standards. More

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