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London’s transport network could be NFC-ready for the Olympics

London’s transport network could be NFC-ready for the Olympics

October 1st, 2010

Transport for London (TfL) will have converted all London buses to enable them to accept payment for fares via contactless bank cards by early 2012 and will complete conversion of the London Underground network by… More

Barclaycard expects UK and US consumers to pay regularly by mobile “within two to three years”

Barclaycard expects UK and US consumers to pay regularly by mobile “within two to three years”

October 1st, 2010

Barclaycard expects the UK and US general public to be using their mobile phones to make payments regularly within two to three years, the card issuer’s head of research and development, Colin Swain, has told… More

Report: Korean mobile contactless payments market set to take off

Report: Korean mobile contactless payments market set to take off

October 1st, 2010

A new report from financial services analysts Celent forecasts that the mobile contactless payments market in South Korea is set to grow at an average compound annual growth rate of some 50%. Mobile Contactless Payments… More

Visa lets New York commuters pay for their fares with mobile phones

October 1st, 2010

Participants in a new pilot programme can pay for their travel on the Lexington Avenue subway line in New York, on the New Jersey Path system and multiple bus lines in New York and New Jersey with a contactless Visa card or an NFC-enabled mobile phone. More

Monitise adds support for DeviceFidelity’s microSD NFC device to mobile payments platform

Monitise adds support for DeviceFidelity’s microSD NFC device to mobile payments platform

October 1st, 2010

Mobile payments provider Monitise has partnered with DeviceFidelity to add support for Visa payWave contactless transactions to its Mobile Money Manager technology platform, used by 250 financial institutions around the world. Monitise’s platform enables financial… More

USB group adds support for NFC in latest wireless specification

USB group adds support for NFC in latest wireless specification

October 1st, 2010

The USB Implementer Forum has released version 1.1 of its Wireless USB specification, which supports device association using near field communication technology. “Wireless USB 1.1 delivers key performance enhancements to Wireless USB technology, as well… More

Taggo lets brands reward Facebook fans at the point-of-sale

Taggo lets brands reward Facebook fans at the point-of-sale

October 1st, 2010

Singapore-based loyalty specialist Taggo has launched a new service that uses a wide range of existing contactless devices to identify consumers who are fans of a particular retailer or brand when they make a purchase… More

Inside Contactless raises 50m euros in additional funding

Inside Contactless raises 50m euros in additional funding

October 1st, 2010

Contactless and NFC specialist Inside Contactless has raised a further €50m (US$65m approx) in financing. Existing investors Gimv, Sofinnova Partners, Vertex Israel, Euro US Ventures, GGV Capital, Qualcomm Inc, Nokia Growth Partners, Samsung Ventures and… More

89% of young consumers willing to pay for mobile wallet services

September 28th, 2010

New research from mobile wallet solution provider Alcatel-Lucent has found that young consumers in ten countries around the world are willing to pay for the convenience of using their phone to check their balance, pay for public transport and buy electronic tickets. More

Dai Nippon Printing launches mini NFC controller for mobile phones

Dai Nippon Printing launches mini NFC controller for mobile phones

September 28th, 2010

Japanese electronics supplier Dai Nippon Printing has entered the NFC controller market with the announcement of a new product which, the company says, takes up only half the space in a mobile phone of the… More

Facebook distributes Bling Nation payment tags to staff amid rumours of a major Silicon Valley NFC plan

September 27th, 2010

The Bling Nation NFC sticker trial in Silicon Valley has expanded from its beginnings at PayPal’s headquarters to include the Stanford University campus, Palo Alto city services and Facebook’s offices — as rumours of a major NFC play by some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies begin to emerge.  More

NFC begins to get the attention of the mass market — but will it be a help or a hindrance?

September 16th, 2010

OPINION: After years of low profile technical development, it’s now becoming clear that the commercial arrival of NFC is going to be very high profile indeed. And that high profile is set to bring further complications to those looking to commercialise NFC services. More

Hands on: Sagem Wireless’ new NFC-enabled Cosyphone

September 10th, 2010

The first mass production units of Sagem Wireless’ new NFC Cosyphone will begin shipping later this month and a few pre-production models are now in the hands of developers, partners — and NFC World. More

Dutch banks and mobile operators to launch national NFC service

September 9th, 2010

T-Mobile, Vodafone, KPN, ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank have signed a letter of intent to jointly introduce NFC across the Netherlands from 2012. More

Vivotech adds OTA provisioning to DeviceFidelity’s microSD format NFC device

Vivotech adds OTA provisioning to DeviceFidelity’s microSD format NFC device

September 8th, 2010

Vivotech and DeviceFidelity have partnered to add over-the-air (OTA) provisioning capabilities to the In2Pay microSD technology to be tested by Visa, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, US Bank and Akbank. The new solution enables Vivotech’s… More

CellTrust to offer low cost NFC provisioning and personalisation solution

September 7th, 2010

Mobile network operators and service providers could save hundreds of thousands of dollars using SecureSMS to provision and personalise NFC applications over the air, says CellTrust’s CEO. More

Tyfone’s investors explain why they took part in the MicroSD format NFC supplier’s $5m funding round

September 6th, 2010

“The investors who participated in our Series B financing round bring unique expertise within financial services and we’ll benefit from their knowledge beyond the value of their financial investment in Tyfone,” says the company’s CEO. More

Wells Fargo to run NFC field trial

Wells Fargo to run NFC field trial

September 2nd, 2010

US financial services giant Wells Fargo & Co has become the fourth bank to reveal that it is to take part in Visa‘s series of NFC trials. And Visa could be ready to launch commercial… More

Broadcom sets out its plans for NFC

September 2nd, 2010

Three months after it announced plans to buy NFC specialist Innovision for US$47.5m, the deal has completed and Broadcom VP Craig Ochikubo has spoken to NFC World about the company’s ambitions for Innovision and for the NFC market as a whole. More

First Data joint venture to offer mobile contactless loyalty service to merchants in UK and Ireland

August 27th, 2010

AIB Merchant Services’ new Loyaltyplus service integrates Zapa’s mobile contactless technology into merchants’ POS terminals, enabling even the smallest retailer to offer an NFC-compatible customer loyalty programme — from only €30 a month. More

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