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China Unicom to launch commercial NFC services in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing in November

October 22nd, 2010

China’s second largest mobile network operator is preparing to launch commercial NFC services in four cities from next month, according to reports in the Chinese media. Commuters in Beijing will be able to make payments using either an NFC phone or an add-on to their existing phone. More

European Payments Council and GSMA publish specifications for Trusted Service Managers

European Payments Council and GSMA publish specifications for Trusted Service Managers

October 21st, 2010

The European Payments Council (EPC) and the GSMA have published a joint paper that defines a minimum set of requirements for a Trusted Service Manger (TSM) acting as the interface between a bank and a… More

HID Global launches combined contactless payment and ticketing device platform

HID Global launches combined contactless payment and ticketing device platform

October 21st, 2010

HID Global has introduced a new embedded reader platform which is designed to make it easy for solutions providers to develop services that combine both closed and open loop payment schemes as well as leading… More

Datacard acquires in-branch NFC payments personalization provider

Datacard acquires in-branch NFC payments personalization provider

October 20th, 2010

Datacard has acquired Dynamic Card Solutions (DCS), providers of the CardWizard Perso-to-Go instant in-branch card personalization and issuing solution used by 500 banks, predominantly in the US. Perso-to-Go includes the ability to provision a payments… More

ACS adds biometrics to NFC reader

ACS adds biometrics to NFC reader

October 19th, 2010

Hong Kong-based Advanced Card Systems (ACS) has launched a new NFC reader which incorporates a fingerprint sensor, enabling biometric identification and verification to be added to PC-based contactless and near field communication applications. The AET62… More

Chunghwa Telecom to test Bluetooth NFC device in Taipei

October 19th, 2010

The Taiwanese mobile network operator is to field test an innovative NFC device that supports both card emulation mode for payments, ticketing and customer loyalty applications and tag reading for mobile marketing applications and communicates with the user’s phone via Bluetooth. More

NFC news in brief • 18 Oct 2010

October 18th, 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Mass transit aims for contactless standard • O2′s location-based ads • Mobile barcode usage up 700% • RF-SIM supplier set for IPO • Proximity advertising to net $6bn in 2015 • UK leads US in coupon interest • and more… More

Consortium wins funding to develop specialist NFC TSM for home healthcare services

October 15th, 2010

A new consortium formed by IT services provider Extelia, NFC specialist Inside Contactless and French regional social services provider Abrapa has won funding from the French government to develop a trusted third party platform designed… More

Israeli bank to launch combined NFC and mobile barcode payments system

October 15th, 2010

The new service, to be launched by the end of 2010, will use technology developed by DigiMo to enable Israeli consumers to make payments at the point-of-sale with their mobile phone using their choice of an NFC phone, a sticker attached to their existing phone or a 2D barcode.  More

Proxama and Tuxedo announce NFC solution for prepaid cards

Proxama and Tuxedo announce NFC solution for prepaid cards

October 15th, 2010

NFC specialist Proxama has partnered with white label prepaid card issuer Tuxedo Money Solutions to introduce an NFC-enabled version of prepaid MasterCard PayPass contactless cards. The new solution runs on Tuxedo’s Eccount platform and allows… More

Bank of America NFC trial to focus on customer experience

Bank of America NFC trial to focus on customer experience

October 15th, 2010

Bank of America’s trial of DeviceFidelity’s microSD format NFC solution in New York will focus on the customer experience, the bank’s Michael Upton has told Bank Info Security in an in-depth interview. “We have seen,… More

Visa aims to partner with Silicon Valley mobile payments innovators

Visa aims to partner with Silicon Valley mobile payments innovators

October 15th, 2010

Visa’s head of mobile, Bill Gajda, recruited from the GSM Association earlier this year, is spending much of his time convincing Silicon Valley companies they should partner with the payments processing giant rather than try… More

NFC bank branch developer A Little World raises $18m from State Bank of India

NFC bank branch developer A Little World raises $18m from State Bank of India

October 15th, 2010

State Bank of India (SBI) has acquired a 20% stake in A Little World (ALW), developer of an NFC-based low cost bank branch solution, DealCurry reports. SBI has paid INR800m (US$18m) for the stake, valuing… More

KT to launch commercial NFC service with new Samsung handset, Android NFC devices to follow

October 14th, 2010

KT, Korea’s second largest mobile network operator, is to launch a commercial NFC service at the end of October using a new NFC phone made by Samsung. The SHW-A170K feature phone is to be followed with a range of Android NFC phones and KT predicts that, by 2015, NFC phones will account for 47% of sales. More

Sony and HID Global to bring NFC to laptop PCs

Sony and HID Global to bring NFC to laptop PCs

October 13th, 2010

HID Global and Sony have announced plans to enter into a strategic partnership to jointly develop an embedded contactless smart card reader platform for laptop PCs. The new platform will support Sony’s FeliCa contactless card… More

Nokia C7 to support NFC

October 11th, 2010

Nokia’s new C7 smartphone includes an NFC chip that will allow the device to support near field communication functionality — once work on a software upgrade has been completed. More

NFC news in brief • 11 Oct 2010

October 11th, 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: First Osaifu-Keitai smartphone • Antenna designer broadcasts Samsung success • St Petersburg metro test • NFC is key to BMW’s Connected Drive • NFC Forum’s new member • Gauthier moves to PayPal • Toro and Collis partner up • and more… More

Asia-Pacific mobile payments market to double in five years

Asia-Pacific mobile payments market to double in five years

October 8th, 2010

The Asia-Pacific mobile payments market is set to double to US$3.6bn by 2015, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. SMS payments, which accounted for nearly 82% of total transactions in 2009, are… More

EMV adoption reaches one billion cards and 15m terminals

EMV adoption reaches one billion cards and 15m terminals

October 8th, 2010

EMVCo, the payments chip card standards body owned by MasterCard, Visa, American Express and JCB, has revealed that there are now more than one billion EMV cards and 15.4 million EMV terminals in use around… More

Orange and Valeo demonstrate NFC car key concept

Orange and Valeo demonstrate NFC car key concept

October 7th, 2010

Automotive components supplier Valeo has partnered with Orange to demonstrate a near field communication-based solution for sharing vehicles between several drivers. The concept is designed to be used by either individuals or companies managing a… More

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