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OTI gets Isis POS approval

November 25th, 2013

On Track Innovations’ range of Saturn NFC-enabled POS terminals have received certification from US carrier joint venture Isis for use with Isis Mobile Wallet. “Receiving certification from Isis provides additional validation of our NFC technology platform,” says OTI CEO Ofer Tziperman.

Pay and display goes NFC

November 21st, 2013

Parking and transportation ticketing equipment supplier IEM is to bring NFC payments to an initial 1,000 solar powered ‘pay and display’ parking ticket machines in France, using UIC’s UIC680 low power payments module. Motorists will be able to pay for parking with a range of contactless cards or their NFC phone. Presto Pay NFC will then be gradually added to around 5,000 machines in other European countries, IEM’s Phillipe Menaud told NFC World.

Garmin adds NFC car kit

November 20th, 2013

Navigation specialist Garmin has produced an in-car cradle with an embedded tag that launches Garmin’s Navigon for Android app when an NFC phone is placed in it. The US$49.99 Universal Smartphone Mount is designed to be fixed to the windscreen or dash and includes a micro USB charger and extra USB port.

NFC beer mats push shopping app

November 20th, 2013

Beer mats containing NFC tags are being used by Dutch online shopping platform MyOrder to promote and offer easy downloads of its smartphone app. The beer mats, supplied by NFC Support, are being used throughout the city of Leiden where NFC payments are currently being piloted. “The NFC beer mats are unique in the Netherlands,” says NFC Support owner Tristan de Haas.

UniCredit to offer NFC stickers

November 20th, 2013

Russia’s UniCredit Bank is to offer customers contactless stickers that can be attached to their mobile phone to make payments. UniCredit is using Gemalto’s Optelio Contactless Stickers and, says the solution “offers a cost-effective option to deploy contactless payment services to our existing customers immediately, and will be a springboard for mobile NFC adoption in the longer term.”

Hang Seng extends NFC reach

November 20th, 2013

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Bank is expanding its NFC payments service to customers of mobile network operator CSL. The Hang Seng Mobile Payment Service has been available to PCCW Mobile customers since July and will now also be offered to CSL’s 1010 and One2free subscribers. Hang Seng MasterCard holders using an Android NFC phone are able to make payments through MasterCard PayPass terminals at over 3,000 merchants, the  bank says.

US restaurant serves up NFC tags

November 20th, 2013

Diners at a US bar and restaurant will soon be able to see a range of signature drinks and current specials when tapping their NFC device to tags placed throughout the building. Northeast Social in Minneapolis is using local mobile app developer Appmosphere’s new Reach NFC platform to implement and manage the campaign.

Mappy to use NFC stickers

November 20th, 2013

Mappy Local Business, a new division of French online mapping service Mappy, is to distribute NFC and QR window stickers that provide quick access to its online local information platform. An initial 1,000 stickers will be displayed in participating Paris stores and plans call for a total of 200,000 to be distributed nationwide in all. Mappy is using Connecthings’ AdTag platform to manage the service.

ST adds dynamic tag memories

November 19th, 2013

STMicroelectronics has introduced a range of ‘dynamic NFC tag memories’ — dual interface ICs designed for adding NFC functionality to utility meters, printers, cookers, washing machines, digital cameras and other consumer electronics and electrical devices. The new M24SR series is ideal for enabling Bluetooth pairing, says ST, or for resetting the clock on appliances after a power cut or a change in daylight saving hours.

Rogers picks Sequent for NFC

November 19th, 2013

Canadian carrier Rogers Communications has chosen Sequent’s Wallet Management Platform for its recently announced Suretap wallet. The platform will enable Rogers to provide application developers with a way “to quickly enable NFC payment transactions in retail, transit, ticketing, vending, access control and other mobile applications.”

Sprint customers to get NFC ID

November 19th, 2013

US mobile network operator Sprint’s Pinsight Touch NFC platform is to include support for Ingersoll Rand’s aptiQmobile NFC access control service. The deal, says Ingersoll Rand, means that “Sprint subscribers in the future will be able to approach a door, tap the aptiQ access control reader and enter the door just like they do now with an ID card.”

Telenor picks G&D and Gemalto

November 19th, 2013

Norwegian carrier Telenor is to use Giesecke & Devrient‘s SmartTrust NFC Enabler and Gemalto‘s  Allynis TSM solution for the commercial launch of its NFC mobile wallet, to be introduced in partnership with DNB bank. G&D will also supply Telenor with multi-application NFC SIMs.

Contactless cards up 41%

November 19th, 2013

Some 930m contactless smart cards will be shipped in 2013, an increase of 41% on 2012, Eurosmart has reported at Cartes 2013. The smart security industry trade body expects around 250m NFC secure elements to ship this year.

Wirecard offers single tap coupons

November 19th, 2013

Payment technology provider Wirecard has introduced NFC Single Tap, a service that enables customers to use an NFC phone to pay for goods, redeem a voucher and pick up loyalty points all in a one tap. The service is available to retailers as an add-on to the company’s white label issuing programmes and mobile payment applications.

ABnote picks OTI’s Wave

November 19th, 2013

ABnote is to offer On Track Innovations’ Wave NFC add-on device as an option with its NFC mobile wallet offering. ABnote is to demonstrate the solution, which can be used for payments, healthcare, transit, access control, and loyalty card applications, at the Cartes show this week.

UL offers GSMA NFC testing

November 19th, 2013

UL is now able to test NFC functionality for mobile network operators and handset manufacturers in accordance with the GSMA’s newly developed GSMA Handset Test Book (PDF). The test book allows companies to “know what the core operator requirements are, how to test them, and where to test them,” says the GSMA’s Pierre Combelles.

Identive to sell off NFC platform

November 19th, 2013

Identive is to seeking a buyer for its Tagtrail NFC tag platform as part of a strategy to simplify its “organisational architecture”. The company will continue to offer NFC tags.

GP approves NFC test suite

November 19th, 2013

An SWP & HCI compliance test suite from Galitt and Keolabs has been qualified by standards organisation GlobalPlatform. The NFC testing suite can be used to “verify the compliance of host controller interface and SHDLC layers of SIM cards that implement a SWP connection,” says Galitt.

Nexperts to demo HCE

November 19th, 2013

NFC specialist Nexperts will demonstrate Host Card Emulation, Google’s recently announced feature for Android 4.4 ‘Kitkat’ that eliminates the need for a physical NFC secure element, at Cartes 2013. A contactless payment transaction will be shown on an existing NFC-enabled POS terminal using the new method.

Bluenio proposes connected card

November 19th, 2013

Startup Bluenio is raising funds on Kickstarter for a connected NFC card that links with the owner’s smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 to enable a wide range of functions including two factor authentication, mobile keys and fitness tracking. The nio Card will come with 2GB of on-board storage, a USB rechargeable battery and a variety of sensors and will sound an alarm if the owner’s phone and card are separated.

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