NFC news in brief
28 November 2012, 17:02
28 November 2012, 16:55
28 November 2012, 14:24
DeviceFidelity's NFC mobile wallet solution is now available at MetroPCS stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Moneto Android kit is based on a prepaid MasterCard account and uses an NFC-enabled microSD card to add PayPass-compatible contactless payment to Android phones "whether or not they are carried by MetroPCS". Instant rewards and cash back offers have now also been added to the service.
28 November 2012, 13:07
27 November 2012, 18:42
Samsung reports that it has shipped 5m Galaxy Note II "phablets" over the last 60 days. The NFC enabled device is essentially a larger version of the Korean phone maker's hugely successful Galaxy S III which, the company revealed earlier this month, has shipped more than 30m units since its launch in May.
27 November 2012, 18:35
55% of Dutch consumers would prefer to make mobile payments through an app rather than NFC, according to a poll of 15-65 year olds conducted by Telecompaper. Respondents said convenience and trust are paramount when choosing who handles their payments. Most prefer payments to be handled by their bank, with phone manufacturers and mobile networks trailing far behind. Only 1% would opt for a system where they would pay via different apps in different stores.
27 November 2012, 12:34
Event ticketing and payments specialist Intellitix has opened an office in Sydney, Australia. The company's RFID and NFC based systems will offer Australian music fans easy access, cashless payment and social media features at large events, while providing organisers with analytics and tools to fight ticket fraud and touting. The company already has offices in the US, Canada and the UK and has issued more than 2.5m tags at festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza over the last 18 months.
27 November 2012, 12:29
Telecom Italia is using Gemalto's end-to-end Mobile Financial Services solution to power its TIM mobile wallet. The solution includes the LinqUs TSM platform for secure management of NFC applications and the LinqUs mobile payment platform for transaction management. Hewlett-Packard Italy provided system integration services.
27 November 2012, 11:23
Consumers in Malaysia will be able to use NFC phones to check hotels and restaurants are halal certified from next month. A mobile app from developer Malaysia Microelectronic Solutions works in conjunction with NFC tags at the venues and an official list of halal certified establishments to identify and authenticate approved eateries. "For the first phase, we are targeting to have this application in at least 60 premises in the Klang Valley, and we will expand nationwide," the company's Shafiq Akmal Ismail told the New Straits Times.
27 November 2012, 11:18
26 November 2012, 16:19
A survey carried out by market researcher YouGov in Germany has revealed that, while 54% of the population has heard of NFC, only one in six (16%) can see themselves using NFC and contactless payments in the future. Most cited security concerns, with 52% worrying about NFC technology being potentially insecure. Germans from 30-39 years old are the most willing to use NFC mobile payments.
26 November 2012, 15:03
Movie-goers at a multiplex in Mumbai, India can now book tickets, leave feedback and like the Cinemax theatre chain on Facebook after tapping smart posters or NFC enabled standees in the cinema foyer. The "Box office now in your pocket" campaign has been tried by more than 200 people over a six week period, says Indian NFC platform provider JusTap, with 35% choosing to download the Cinemax mobile app.
22 November 2012, 15:19
21 November 2012, 15:46
Flomio's bid to crowdfund the production of its FloJack NFC add-on for iOS devices is just over US$10,000 away from its $80,000 target with five days to run. The company has also revealed plans for an NFC-enabled iPhone 4 sleeve called "FloCase" and added extra reward levels, including one aimed specifically at student developers.
15 November 2012, 15:24
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12 November 2012, 16:35
Atos Worldline has launched Yoximo, a portable POS terminal with a contactless reader integrated into its colour screen. The terminal complies with the PCI 3 and SRED standards, and features a revolving PIN privacy shield.
12 November 2012, 16:20
Japanese payment brand JCB has begun a one month trial of a new JCB Mobile Wallet platform in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district and says it will launch the product commercially in 2013. The JCB Mobile Wallet handles payments, points programs, discounts and other special offers and is based on a platform developed by Dai Nippon Printing.