NFC news in brief
19 July 2012, 13:56
Mobile network Orange has joined the NFC Patent Licensing Program, a patent pool run by France Brevets and launched in June with Inside Secure. "Our licensees will benefit, in addition to key patents brought by Inside Secure, to many NFC patents brought by Orange," says Jean-Charles Hourcade, general manager of France Brevets. "We encourage other relevant patent holders to join our program to simplify the industrial deployment of NFC products and services."
19 July 2012, 13:44
Paris-based Mexican fast food restaurant Chido has put in Airtag's Airfid NFC-compatible customer loyalty programme. After registration on the web customers collect loyalty points when they identify themselves to an in-store terminal with a 2d barcode printed on a membership card, an NFC sticker or their Passe Navigo transport card.
19 July 2012, 11:53
The next iPhone is currently undergoing its "third stage engineering verification test" and will be released in late September or early October, according to BGR. "We can also confirm that NFC hardware is present in the phones as well," says the tech blog.
18 July 2012, 11:44
Malaysian transit card issuer Touch 'n Go will begin pilot testing an NFC payments service in collaboration with mobile network operator Maxis and CIMB Bank in the next two months, news agency Bernama reports. "After six months we will offer the service with other telecommunication companies too," says CEO Abdul Karim Md Lassim. Touch 'n Go has invested MYR 500,000 (US$158,000) in the project to date.
16 July 2012, 11:04
13 July 2012, 14:28
DeviceFidelity has been granted a European patent covering technology underlying its iCaisse NFC add-on for Apple devices. "Following patents granted in the US for this solution, our microSD NFC technology, our multi-institution mobile wallet and our NFC antenna technology, this European patent is yet another important addition to our portfolio," says the company CEO and co-founder Deepak Jain.
9 July 2012, 10:00
Test equipment specialist Comprion has introduced a testing solution that simulates complex over-the-air (OTA) use cases so that communication errors can be detected before service rollouts. "If one of the involved components fails, the whole OTA communication chain breaks down," says the company. "A failure therefore causes tremendous costs."
9 July 2012, 09:24
ATM maker Diebold has joined smart card and secure element standards body GlobalPlatform. "We will use our involvement in GlobalPlatform to proactively plan for technology changes that might impact automated teller machines," says the company's Mark Reinart. "This will enable us to advance our solutions services around technological improvements."
6 July 2012, 11:29
Tagstand's NFC Task Launcher app has been used to execute over one million actions, reports Techcrunch. "Users changed WiFi and Bluetooth settings 300,000 times, 176,000 applications were launched, phones were set to silent or vibrate 150,000 times, 12,000 songs were played, 10,000 alarms were set, and mobile hotspots were set up 8,000 times," says the tech publication.
6 July 2012, 09:30
Israel-based contactless technology developer On Track Innovations has been granted two new patents. US patent 8,195,236, "Retrofit contactless smart SIM functionality in mobile communicators" covers adding NFC to mobile phones with a SIM+antenna add-on, while US patent 8,186,602, "Multi-application contactless smart card", deals with supporting multiple applications or payment mechanisms on a single contactless device.
3 July 2012, 07:40
Mobile operator TeliaSonera has invested in Stockholm-based mobile payments specialist Accumulate, which supplied the technology underpinning the Swedish networks' WyWallet service announced last week. "Our partnership with Accumulate is a result of increased interest in making transactions with the mobile phone," says TeliaSonera's Kennet Rådne. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
3 July 2012, 07:36
SES RFID Solutions has announced a new range of NFC stickers designed to go on mobile phones. The German RFID specialist's NFC mobile phone stickers are available in three different sizes, are just 0.69mm thick, and have a ferrite backing layer to allow mounting on metal surfaces.
2 July 2012, 11:25
29 June 2012, 09:35
Oberthur Technologies has acquired Boston-based mobile payments specialist MoreMagic. Oberthur plans to combine the company's technology with its existing NFC and TSM offerings to create a comprehensive suite of mobile commerce and financial services solutions, including a secured mobile wallet infrastructure and end-to-end NFC service.
28 June 2012, 16:05
Targobank, part of the French Crédit Mutuel group, and E-Plus, Germany's third largest mobile network operator, have announced plans to work together to test NFC payments. The partners will begin with a pilot test using MasterCard PayPass stickers that attach to users' mobile phones from late summer 2012.
28 June 2012, 12:32
Russian Post has signed an agreement with MasterCard to jointly develop and commercialise a range of "innovative financial products". As a first step, 2,000 of Russian Post's 42,000 post offices will be equipped to accept PayPass contactless payments. Pilot tests of MasterCard Mobile and MasterCard MoneySend will be conducted and the potential of NFC mobile payments will also be investigated.
28 June 2012, 11:31
Orange France is to issue NFC SIMs to all its 27m subscribers, making it the first carrier in Europe to deploy NFC-enabled SIM cards nationally. Gemalto's UpTeq NFC SIMs have been picked for the initial rollout.
28 June 2012, 11:26
27 June 2012, 22:12
27 June 2012, 20:58
Google has announced two new NFC features will be available in the Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' version of its Android Beam service. Users will now be able to send photos and videos from one Android device to another by tapping two NFC devices together, with the link initiated via NFC before handing over to Bluetooth for the transfer. They will also be able to pair with and connect to NFC Bluetooth devices with a touch.