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Harman uses NFC to personalise the driving experience

March 13th, 2012

The in-car entertainment specialist has integrated an NFC-driven personalised dashboard into a Dock+Go concept car, enabling drivers to automatically set seating and entertainment preferences — and make travel bookings on the go without having to stop to enter card details. More

Juniper: NFC to reach US$74bn

March 12th, 2012

Juniper Research forecasts that NFC will facilitate transactions valued at US$74bn by 2015, as the technology is increasingly used for the payment of goods instore and for transport tickets. Whilst mobile couponing still represents the smallest mobile commerce segment, the analysts add, it is demonstrating the highest growth rate.

M-Tel to test NFC in Bulgaria

March 9th, 2012

Bulgarian mobile network operator M-Tel is to begin a six month NFC payments pilot in May 2012, in conjunction with First Investment Bank, and hopes to begin commercial services this year. M-Tel is also investigating the potential for NFC public transportation ticketing.

Delhi Metro tests NFC

March 6th, 2012

Indian mass transportation operator Delhi Metro Railway Corporation has “started experimenting with NFC-enabled cell phones” for ticketing, reports The Times of India. 1.6 million commuters ride the Delhi Metro’s 190km network every day.

RIM video brings NFC to life

March 2nd, 2012

Blackberry maker RIM has produced a short film to show consumers some of the ways using an NFC smartphone can change their lives. NFC payments, physical and logical access control, ticketing, and retail loyalty applications are shown in the video, which has been watched over 200,000 times since it was posted on YouTube two days ago.

Barcelona moves to NFC ticketing

February 29th, 2012

The city of Barcelona, which is already converting to mobile contactless payments, also plans to introduce NFC for public transportation ticketing, the city council has announced.

Chile explores m-transit

February 28th, 2012

Chile’s Minister of Transport and Telecommunications is attending the Mobile World Congress this week to investigate the potential for introducing mobile transportation ticketing within the next few months, Chilean publication Emol reports. Plans call for requirements to be defined by April 2012 so that initial deployments can begin in June or July this year.

Telecom Italia to test NFC in Milan

February 27th, 2012

The Italian mobile network operator is to work with French technology cluster Pole SCS on the development of a range of innovative NFC services which will be introduced first in the city of Milan from later this year. More

Gemalto launches high security NFC SIM

February 27th, 2012

The new UpTeq NFC SIM meets a flight of top level security requirements and, says the digital security firm, can be used to generate legally binding digital signatures as well as deliver both e-health and e-government services. More

Visa announces ‘one stop’ card provisioning service for NFC mobile phones

February 27th, 2012

“Financial institutions, mobile network operators, and even transit operators now have a simple, secure process to activate payment applications at scale and make mobile payments part of everyday life for consumers around the world,” says Visa’s head of mobile products. More

Vodafone to roll out mobile payments with Visa

February 27th, 2012

The telecoms giant, which has 400m customers in more than thirty countries, is working with Visa to introduce a global Vodafone Mobile Wallet. Subscribers in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and the UK will be the first to get the new service, beginning this financial year. More

NXP joins Japan’s move to NFC

February 26th, 2012

The chip maker has followed Samsung in announcing it will work with FeliCa Networks to develop solutions that allow phones to work with both NFC and Japan’s existing Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service. More

Morpho checks in for MWC

February 23rd, 2012

ID systems specialist Morpho is to show off NFC solutions in a virtual airport terminal at the Mobile World Congress. The demonstration, using products from Morpho’s SIMply NFC Evolution family, starts with a traveler ordering a train ticket and then checking in using a mobile phone. This will be followed by a secure airport check-in using an NFC device.

EMT begins NFC bus ticketing trial in Malaga

February 22nd, 2012

Public transportation operator EMT has begun an NFC ticketing pilot in the city of Malaga, the fifth largest in Spain, in conjunction with mobile network operator Orange. The first one hundred users went live earlier this month… More

World Expo 2012 to showcase NFC applications

February 20th, 2012

This year’s World Expo in Yeosu, Korea is to include NFC-based payments, food ordering, entrance tickets and parking as well as an NFC shopping wall and access to multilingual information on exhibits and transportation. More

Thales unveils EMV reader

February 16th, 2012

The Thales OR 500 is a new reader designed for the transportation ticketing market that works with both traditional contactless transit cards and EMV bank cards. “The 500 series can be integrated in greenfield projects or as an upgrade in any regional or nationwide fare collection systems,” says the company. The first validator equipped with the OR 500 will be available by the end of 2012.

Turkcell equips 300,000 customers with T-series NFC capable phones

February 16th, 2012

The Turkish mobile network operator’s customers now have the option of making payments via a BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, an own-branded Huawei NFC phone, a new NFC Android handset made by ZTE or with an add-on for a standard mobile. [Updated] More

Juniper forecasts NFC ticketing market

February 13th, 2012

One in eight (13%) of North American and western European mobile users will use their NFC-enabled mobile phones as a metro rail or bus ticket by 2016, compared with less than 1% today, according to… More

Four in five major airlines plan to use NFC by 2014

February 9th, 2012

Nearly 80% of the world’s top 50 airlines say they plan to be providing NFC services in three years’ time, according to a survey conducted by airline IT provider Sita, but there are technical challenges that still need to be resolved before NFC mobile boarding passes can become the norm. More

Smart Card Alliance publishes NFC transit white paper

February 7th, 2012

A white paper designed to show how the transit industry can best make use of NFC technology has been published by the Smart Card Alliance. “One of the major challenges facing transit agencies today is how… More

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