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Helsinki gets NFC tram stops

November 14th, 2012

NFC technology is being tested on 211 covered tram stops in Helsinki, Finland. The pilot involves placing two tags at each tram stop. The first allows passengers to easily purchase tram tickets from their mobile… More

Mobile Wallet Outlook: Merchants and new financial services players flex their mobile payments muscles

November 14th, 2012

In the November edition of Mobile Wallet Outlook, the monthly trends bulletin for subscribers to The Mobile Wallet Report, the NFC World team examines the role US merchants plan to play in mobile payments and how the move to mobile is creating new opportunities for alternative players to define the bank account of the future. More

Bell ID buys Ecebs

November 13th, 2012

Transportation and smart card technology specialist Ecebs has been acquired by Bell ID. Ecebs’ portfolio includes a number of front-end technologies that Bell ID expects to be able to use to “significantly enhance its offering to the growing market for smart ticketing/payment using mobile devices”.

MasterCard certifies Inside Secure payments applet

November 13th, 2012

Inside Secure‘s Mobile MasterCard PayPass M/Chip 4 payment applet has received MasterCard‘s Cast and Functional certification when credentials are stored on the chip specialist’s SecuRead embedded NFC module or VaultSecure secure element. Functional certification confirms… More

Audi to work on NFC with NXP

November 13th, 2012

Car maker Audi has signed a strategic partnership deal with NXP that will see the two companies working on eight areas of automotive innovation, including NFC, Car-to-X communications, telematics and high-voltage controls for electric vehicles.

HID Global adds iClass SE reader module

November 6th, 2012

HID Global has added a reader module and a developer tool kit (DTK) for its iClass SE secure credentials platform. “Our new reader module enables third-party developers to build a broad range of products that simplify… More

DeviceFidelity launches new range of NFC microSD devices

October 31st, 2012

The new CredenSE products can be used as an external secure element in NFC phones as well as to add NFC functionality to both smartphones and feature phones, without the need for a separate signal booster. More

Vodafone picks Gemalto and CorFire for international mobile wallet launch

October 30th, 2012

“The consumer benefits of contactless payments are obvious,” says Christian Wirtz, m-commerce director for Vodafone Group. “The potential of mobile to transform existing industries — such as financial services, retail and transport — is enormous.” More

G&D debuts white label mobile wallet

October 29th, 2012

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has introduced SmartTrust Portigo, a three part white label mobile wallet solution “for NFC services and beyond” that includes: A wallet client that runs on the user’s mobile phone and is… More

Inside Secure launches multi-owner secure element

October 29th, 2012

“With the availability of the VaultSecure IC, smartphone manufacturers, mobile network operators and other trusted third parties can co-own the SE and install, personalize and administer their own open- or closed-loop payment, access control, transit, loyalty or other secure applets,” says Inside’s Pierre Garnier. More

Telecom Italia begins NFC pilot in Milan

October 23rd, 2012

Participants in the trial can use their NFC phones on Milan’s public transport network, in around 1,000 stores and to access interactive information services. More

Isis offers free travel

October 22nd, 2012

Isis NFC mobile wallet users in Salt Lake City will be able to ride free on all Utah Transit Authority (UTA) public bus, Trax light rail and Frontrunner commuter rail services when they use their Isis Mobile Wallet, the NFC venture — which launched today — has told NFC World.

RIM to manage Canadian NFC secure elements

October 22nd, 2012

The BlackBerry maker has been selected by Canadian carrier joint venture EnStream to handle secure credential management for SIMs used in both Android and Windows smartphones as well as its own BlackBerry NFC devices. More

T-Mobile launches NFC in Poland

October 22nd, 2012

The second commercial NFC service to go live in Poland this month has the backing of five banks and supports payments via both debit and credit cards. More

ABI: NFC payments to hit $100bn

October 19th, 2012

The total value of NFC mobile payment transactions will increase from US$4bn in 2012 to pass $100bn in 2016 and US$191bn in 2017, according to a new forecast by ABI Research. 26% of NFC handsets will house a contactless ticketing application in five years time, the researchers add.

Sequent acquires Vivotech’s software division

October 19th, 2012

TSM software and services provider Sequent is the new owner of troubled NFC pioneer Vivotech‘s software division. “The acquisition enables Sequent to integrate banks and other service provider’s credentials more efficiently into the secure element… More

Dubai to get NFC transit ticketing in 2013

October 16th, 2012

RTA, the Dubai roads and transport authority, has announced plans to introduce NFC ticketing across the emirate’s metro, bus and water bus services next year. More

Confidex adds rugged NFC tags

October 12th, 2012

Contactless ticketing and RFID specialist Confidex has unveiled a new generation of its Steelwave Micro rugged tags that comes with an NFC-compatible version designed for use in asset management applications. “The new Confidex Steelwave Micro II combines high mechanical quality as well as solid and consistent RF performance,” says CEO Timo Lindström.

Telefónica launches NFC transit trial in Spain

October 10th, 2012

The mobile network operator has partnered with CTA, the public transportation operator for Spain’s Asturias region, to pilot test a service that allows customers to charge transit ticket purchases to their mobile phone bill. More

NTT Docomo and KT to begin international NFC payments service

October 10th, 2012

“Docomo and KT plan to share the results of their commercial endeavor with global associations and standardization bodies, aiming to promote the realization of a commercial environment for globally compatible NFC services,” the Japanese and Korean carriers say. More

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