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New report maps out the current status and future trends in the NFC market

December 15th, 2011

A new research report by Sarah Clark, editor of NFC World, sets out the current state of play in the international NFC market, explains the critical factors for success, identifies the issues that remain to be resolved and analyses the opportunities for growth in the year ahead. More

Rome museum offers NFC info

December 1st, 2011

Visitors to the Musei Capitolini in Rome can use their NFC smartphones to scan tags on around 300 art works to get detailed information on each exhibit. Those without NFC enabled phones can borrow one of 200 Samsung Star handsets at no extra charge. Scanning a tag will take the user to a web page on their handset offering the work’s title, artist and other descriptive information.

Handheld NFC terminal packs a printer

November 29th, 2011

The Casio IT-9000 is designed for applications that require on the spot printing, such as receipts for mobile retail transactions, receipts and tickets for public transportation, as well as for meter reading, proof of delivery and queue busting operations. More

Zapa returns with €1.1m investment

November 29th, 2011

Irish NFC specialist Zapa Technology, which ran into financial difficulties last month, is back in business with new investment led by technology entrepreneur Brendan McDonagh (pictured), who has become the company’s new CEO. Delta Partners… More

Xmas lights turned on with NFC

November 22nd, 2011

The Christmas lights in English university city and tech centre Cambridge have been officially switched on by a celebrity using an NFC phone, reports The Register.

O2 expands Pilsen NFC project

November 22nd, 2011

Telefonica Czech Republic has launched the final phase of its two-year NFC trial in the city of Pilsen. For six months, fifty users will test a fully-featured Pilsen city card held in a SIM-based mobile… More

NFC brings banking to rural India

November 21st, 2011

Citizens living in the eastern Indian state of Bihar are to be issued with contactless ‘e-Shakti’ cards they can use to access virtual bank branches equipped with NFC technology. More

NFC parking meters for Ottawa

November 1st, 2011

Parking meters in Ottawa will accept payments from NFC-enabled smartphones starting in early 2012. Customers with credit card information stored in their NFC wallet will be able to tap their phone on a reader to pay when they park. Currently, 39 per cent of parking transactions at ‘pay and display’ machines in the Canadian city are made with credit cards.

Singapore awards national NFC infrastructure contract

October 25th, 2011

Singapore’s IDA has awarded the contract for a national NFC infrastructure to a consortium including mobile network operator StarHub, DBS Bank, public transportation card issuer EZ-Link and NFC technology provider Gemalto. Commercial services are due to go live in mid-2012. More

Devs produce nine new NFC apps at Boston hackathon

September 27th, 2011

Forty-three developers produced nine prototype NFC applications at Isobar’s 48-hour hackathon in Boston, including systems for ordering drinks in busy bars and an innovative car parking app. Paula Berger was there for NFC World… More

Sonim launches XP1301 rugged NFC phone

September 20th, 2011

The ultra-rugged phone maker’s first NFC handset offers special features designed for tough commercial applications. More

Casio launches NFC-enabled rugged handheld terminal

September 16th, 2011

The DT-X8 with RFID is designed for use in warehouses, ticketing and security applications and includes support for ISO 15693 RFID tags as well as ISO 14443 A/B, FeliCa and Mifare NFC tags and cards. More

French carriers launch second NFC city

September 12th, 2011

The Cityzi NFC mobile payments service will go live in the city of Strasbourg on 17 October. More

EU invests €3.41m in project to make self-service terminals more accessible

September 9th, 2011

The APSIS4All project plans to use cutting edge technologies including NFC to make it easier for the elderly and the disabled to make use of ticket vending machines, public information kiosks, cash dispensers and other self-service terminals. More

France set for commercial NFC services to begin in spring 2012

June 6th, 2011

Technical specifications have been finalised, the French government is providing €20m to promote the adoption of NFC services and four mobile network operators and four banks have announced they will deploy NFC services nationally in the spring of 2012. More

NFC indoor navigation system proposed by Turkish scientists

May 19th, 2011

The concept combines NFC tags placed at strategic points around a building, GPS and a downloadable layout app to guide visitors all the way from their home or office to a particular room, aisle or store. More

Vodafone and EPT launch NFC bus ticketing service in Murcia, Spain

March 28th, 2011

“This is a new opportunity to put technology at the service of citizens, improve public transport and encourage its use,” says the region’s minister of public works. More

NFC Business Models white paper sets out the key issues involved in introducing mobile wallet services

March 15th, 2011

The new white paper introduces a number of concepts that are fundamental to understanding the NFC market opportunity and includes details of ten of the most important findings from our NFC Business Models research report. More

Bordeaux begins NFC city services trial

Bordeaux begins NFC city services trial

March 1st, 2011

A new public trial of NFC-enabled mobile phones, contactless cards and contactless USB keys has been launched in the French city of Bordeaux. The trial builds on the city’s existing smart card based Bordeaux ma… More

GSMA video shows NFC in action in Nice

GSMA video shows NFC in action in Nice

February 26th, 2011

Mobile network operators’ association the GSMA has produced a video showing near field communication phones in action in the French city of Nice, where mobile operators have been conducting an NFC trial under the Cityzi brand name. The… More

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