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Google doubles Wallet usage

September 17th, 2012

Last month’s launch of Google Wallet 2.0 has led to usage of the NFC mobile wallet doubling, Frank Young, commerce business development manager for Google Wallet, has revealed on the Google Commerce blog. “In the weeks since we released a new version of the Google Wallet app that supports all credit and debit cards, usage has more than doubled,” he writes. “Consumers have immediately grasped the benefit of being able to use any card when shopping in-store and online.”

French carriers pick Adelya for mobile loyalty wallet

September 17th, 2012

“The Cityzi Fid wallet brings together all the loyalty and coupon offers of your favorite stores directly on a Cityzi phone, simplifying the way you shop as you say goodbye to a bulging wallet full of cards,” the NFC loyalty specialist says. More

NBS wins TSM deal

September 17th, 2012

Card personalisation specialist NBS Technologies reports that it has won a contract from an unnamed European company to install its Xpressi Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solution. The installation will take place in early October.

Tsys preps for NFC with CIBC

September 17th, 2012

Payments supplier Tsys has added North American support for its Tsys NFC Payment Solution, in preparation for Canadian bank CIBC’s planned launch of commercial NFC services. Tsys’s technology works with any TSM and enables mobile account creation and mobile device identification as well as support for generating the EMV data necessary for provisioning a mobile device. It also supports lifecycle management scenarios such as dealing with lost or stolen devices and the re-provisioning of card data for reissue and product changes.

Card issuers add support for Google Wallet

September 14th, 2012

Barclaycard US, Green Dot, and Silicon Valley Bank as well as six credit unions have joined Discover in adding support for the NFC mobile wallet. More

Isis delays US NFC launch

September 14th, 2012

The first pilots of the US mobile operators’ NFC payments program in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas will not go ahead on schedule and no new date for the launch has yet been set, says Isis. More

JCDecaux UK picks Zappit for NFC

September 13th, 2012

Out of home advertising giant JCDecaux has picked Zappit as its preferred partner for the development of NFC-enabled services in the UK. The move follows the success of the Test the Near Future trial in Reading in March 2012, which employed Zappit technology.

Apple: No need for NFC today

September 12th, 2012

NFC isn’t needed to give iPhone owners what they need today, Apple’s Phil Schiller has told AllThingsD, in an interview following today’s launch of the iPhone 5: Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller said that Passbook… More

Thinaire expands NFC platform

September 12th, 2012

US-based NFC marketing specialist Thinaire has launched the Thinaire Enterprise Suite, an NFC marketing platform that combines NFC tags, analytics, and integration with existing CRM, social media and database platforms. Clients include News Corporation’s coupon publishing arm News America Marketing.

A1 tests NFC access control

September 12th, 2012

Austrian mobile network operator A1 reports that it has successfully tested a new NFC access control service called Airkey, developed by door lock maker Evva, IT specialist Rise and the Vienna University of Technology. 40 participants used Sony Xperia S smartphones for the pilot. A1 already operates an NFC payments service called A1 Paybox, which it is testing with McDonald’s.

IMO messenger app adds NFC

September 12th, 2012

Instant messaging app IMO has added support for NFC, allowing users of the latest version of the company’s Android app to share profiles by touching their devices together.

Casino to open world’s first NFC-enabled supermarket

September 12th, 2012

Shoppers at the French supermarket chain’s Les Belles Feuilles branch in Paris will be able to use shelf-edge labels equipped with NFC tags to obtain details of each of 25,000 products on offer, scan items into their basket and then checkout by simply tapping their NFC phone to a reader attached to the retailer’s cash register. More

Moneto to bring NFC payments to Europe

September 11th, 2012

Beginning with the UK, consumers in Europe will be able to equip their Apple and Android smartphones with an NFC add-on and use it to make prepaid contactless payments from later this year. More

Google discontinues Prepaid Card

September 11th, 2012

The Google Prepaid Card service will end on 17 October, Google has announced, due to the arrival of the new Google Wallet 2.0 NFC service. “Since we recently launched the ability to use any debit or credit… More

HP adds SpectreOne with NFC

September 10th, 2012

HP has announced a new addition to its range of all-in-one (AiO) Windows 8 PCs that includes NFC. The HP SpectreOne AiO has a 23.6-inch display and, says HP, “is one of the thinnest AiO PCs available on the market today”.

Assa Abloy launches Seos mobile keys

September 10th, 2012

The access control giant — owner of HID Global, Yale, Vingcard Elsafe and more — has unveiled a new platform that allows NFC phones to be used to replace mechanical keys and access cards in homes, hotels, offices, hospitals, universities and commercial buildings. More

Crestron launches NFC home automation solution

September 7th, 2012

The company’s new AirConnect platform enables customers to use an NFC phone to trigger personal settings on a room-by-room basis for lighting, temperature, window blinds, entertainment systems and more. More

LevelUp adds NFC to zero transaction fee merchant marketing platform

September 7th, 2012

The Google Ventures-backed service has introduced a new POS terminal that supports NFC as well as mobile barcodes and is available free of charge and with no transaction fees to merchants that participate in its payments and marketing programme. More

HID launches employee ID platform that works with badges, tokens and NFC phones

September 7th, 2012

“For the first time, customers will be able to provision and manage credentials over the air with the same ease and simplicity as downloading a song from a cloud-based music service,” says the employee ID giant. More

Spotify adds NFC

September 6th, 2012

Music streaming service Spotify has added NFC support to the latest version of its Android app, allowing users to share music via NFC on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

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