Transit & Ticketing
October 25th, 2010
News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Caen bids for NFC • Sprint adds mobile wallet • Vivotech's Dubai deal • Microsoft tags retailers • Mobile payments boost banks • Paying cash keeps you slim • NCR buys into mobile barcodes
October 22nd, 2010
China Unicom to launch commercial NFC services in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing in November
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.
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...
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...
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.
October 6th, 2010
Dutch card and application lifecycle management provider Bell ID has partnered with NFC specialist Vivotech to provide integrated Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solutions for NFC service providers. The joint solution to be offered by the...
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...
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.
July 21st, 2010
Stade de France, the 81,000 seater home to France's international football and rugby fixtures, cup finals, music concerts and other events, has signed a deal with mobile network operator Orange that will see NFC ticketing...
July 14th, 2010
Christian Estrosi, the French Minister for Industry and the Mayor of Nice, has announced details of twelve NFC and RFID projects which are to share in €4.5 million of funding from the French government. The...
July 2nd, 2010
Despite pressure from regulators to drop its RF SIM technology, China's largest mobile network operator says it will continue to push ahead with its RF SIM deployment while, at the same time, also exploring options for delivering solutions compatible with the NFC technology being adopted by Chinese banks.
June 30th, 2010
NXP has joined forces with Ericsson, Gemalto, Oberthur Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Venyon and Vivotech to form an industry group that aims to develop a new generation of NFC-based transport ticketing services.
June 23rd, 2010
MTS subscribers will be able to visit special kiosks at Moscow Metro stations to equip their phones with a SIM+antenna solution that enables them to charge their travel costs to their mobile phone bill.
June 14th, 2010
Gemalto has provided further details of the role it is playing in Japanese mobile network operator KDDI's extensive NFC field test, which went live last month. As we reported in April, KDDI has partnered with...
June 9th, 2010
The Beijing branch of mobile network operator China Unicom has launched an NFC service in conjunction with Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card Co (BMAC). BMAC operates the Yikatong card, a contactless stored value card...
June 3rd, 2010
China's largest mobile network operator is coming under pressure from MIIT, the national technology regulator, to join the Chinese banks and its two rival operators China Unicom and China Telecom in adopting a single, national mobile payments standard based on NFC standard technology.
June 2nd, 2010
Sberbank, Russia's largest bank, is planning to run an NFC trial in Moscow later this year, Russian business publication Kommersant reports. Both the Russian national railway operator RZD and the Moscow Metro have expressed interest...
May 27th, 2010
Telefónica O2 launches its first commercial NFC service — and sets out strategy for future deployments
The mobile network operator is starting small with a limited rollout in the Czech city of Pilsen but a business strategy is now in place and commercial launches in the UK and Spain could be next.
May 26th, 2010
Following the successful launch of the Cityzi NFC service in Nice, a further "three to five" cities are to receive funding from the French government as the country gears up for the introduction of a nationwide commercial NFC service.
May 14th, 2010
France's mobile network operators and banks, along with Visa and MasterCard, the local transport operator, the city council and others will take part in Europe's first pre-commercial NFC pilot — which will be identified by the new Cityzi brand.