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Japanese ticket agency adds NFC

December 6th, 2011

Japanese entertainment ticketing agency Boardwalk, whose shareholders include mobile network operator NTT Docomo, has announced plans to upgrade its system to support NFC. The company already offers customers the option to store tickets in their Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallets. The move to NFC, says the company, will enable it to expand internationally.

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

Vivotech powers Cubic EMV reader

November 29th, 2011

Vivotech‘s EMV and NFC payments software is now being used in Cubic Transportation Systems‘ new Tri-Reader 3 contactless readers, after the two companies signed a licensing and development agreement in 2009. The Tri-Reader 3 was… 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

NXP shows off NFC motorbike

November 22nd, 2011

The electrically powered motorcycle can be started with an NFC phone and incorporates the latest vehicle telematics technology. Users can also choose from a range of downloadable engine noises. More

Ecebs joins OSPT Alliance

November 15th, 2011

Transit systems specialist Ecebs has joined the OSPT Alliance as a full member and will promote the alliance’s Cipurse standard for secure transit fare collection solutions. The company’s Stephen McSpadden commented, “The Cipurse open standard provides the advanced security capabilities needed for today and tomorrow’s transit solutions, as well as the flexibility to deliver elegant, efficient products for global use.”

Inside shows off NFC on a SIM

November 15th, 2011

The digital security specialist has developed an NFC card emulation solution that fits within a standard SIM form factor, allowing NFC to be added to any mobile phone. More

Sony announces FeliCa Lite-S NFC chip

November 14th, 2011

Sony has announced the FeliCa Lite-S chip, a smaller, faster and more secure update to its low cost FeliCa Lite chip for NFC tags and stickers. The new chip improves security by introducing a “write… More

CPI enters TSM business with Bell ID’s software

November 14th, 2011

“Utilising Bell ID’s software solutions will enable us to offer services and support to the emerging payments industry by providing the framework for a powerful and flexible offering to our North American customers,” says Steve Montross, the card manufacturer’s president and CEO. More

Samsung joins OSPT alliance

November 10th, 2011

Samsung Electronics has joined the Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT) Alliance, becoming the seventh company to join the association developing the Cipurse open standard for secure transit fare collection. Dojun Rhee of Samsung explained that the chipmaker expects “to play an important role in facilitating adoption of the new standard to smart card and NFC-based transportation payment eco-systems.”

Masabi raises $4m and moves into NFC

November 8th, 2011

London-based mobile ticketing specialist Masabi has raised US$4m in Series B funding from M8 Capital to support a move into NFC and expansion to the US. Many UK rail passengers now use the company’s barcode-based… More

Aconite adds secure NFC app manager

November 3rd, 2011

Smart card and secure element specialist Aconite has launched an NFC mobile application manager aimed at secure NFC service providers such as banks, transportation operators and card personalisation agencies. The Aconite Mobile Application Manager can… 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.

Durban to go contactless

October 31st, 2011

Durban is to introduce a contactless electronic wallet for use on its public transport network which can also be used to pay for purchases in shops. The Muvo card rollout will begin with a six week pilot on the South African city’s buses from February 2012. The system has been developed by South Africa’s National Department of Transport (NDoT), Almex and Standard Bank’s Beyond Payments unit.

Nokia to bring NFC to New York commuters

October 26th, 2011

The handset maker has signed a deal with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to test cloud-based NFC ticketing with Nokia phones by the end of 2011, the company has told NFC World. NFC payments will then arrive on Nokia phones for the first time at the beginning of 2012. More

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

Cubic gets EMV transit approval

October 21st, 2011

Transport ticketing specialist Cubic has received EMV approval for its Tri-Reader 3, which can process all industry standard contactless smart cards as well as payments made with NFC mobile phones. The Tri-Reader 3 is now being used in a 12-month pilot of open loop payments on mass transit in Philadelphia and on London Buses.

NJ Transit to enable Google Wallet users to buy tickets with NFC

October 19th, 2011

New Jersey Transit has become the first public transportation operator to announce plans to enable travellers to pay for fares with Google Wallet-enabled NFC phones. More

SMRT launches NFC posters in Singapore

October 18th, 2011

Singapore public transport provider SMRT has placed NFC smart posters in stations to deliver news, entertainment, music, sports, services, and merchant offers to commuters. The bus, train and taxi operator has launched its ‘iMobSMRT spaces’… More

Philly to go ticketless

October 12th, 2011

Commuters in Philadelphia, USA, could be paying for ticketless travel with contactless bank cards and NFC mobile phones within three years. Rail, subway, tram and bus operator Septa is expected to award a US$100m contract for a contactless fare payment system later this month, reports Philly.com.

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