NFC news in brief
20 September 2012, 08:00
HP has announced the Touch to Pair Mouse, a wireless mouse that includes NFC functionality. The new NFC mouse will be available in November for US$39.
19 September 2012, 16:20
Transactional services supplier Atos Worldline has launched a white label NFC mobile wallet application aimed at card issuers. The "ready to go" solution implements the latest specifications from Visa, MasterCard, SIMalliance and AFSCM and includes support for coupons, loyalty and P2P payments.
19 September 2012, 12:07
RIM has worked with Canadian NFC specialist Crosscliq to showcase NFC at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). BlackBerry ambassadors equipped with NFC smartphones were on site to offer festival goers the chance to vote for their favourite film, download the official TIFF interactive film guide and other BlackBerry entertainment apps as well as enter a contest to win a trip to Hollywood — all using a single tap of an NFC phone.
18 September 2012, 12:48
TmoNews reports that Isis NFC SIMs will be available from T-Mobile stores in Salt Lake City and Austin from Monday 1 October. A screenshot that appears to be from an internal T-Mobile system explains to staff that "The Isis SIM card has an embedded secure element which the Isis Mobile Wallet will use to encrypt and secure payment information" and shows that both regular and micro format SIMs will be offered.
17 September 2012, 13:44
Last month's launch of Google Wallet 2.0 has led to usage of the NFC mobile wallet doubling, Frank Young, commerce business development manager for Google Wallet, has revealed on the Google Commerce blog. "In the weeks since we released a new version of the Google Wallet app that supports all credit and debit cards, usage has more than doubled," he writes. "Consumers have immediately grasped the benefit of being able to use any card when shopping in-store and online."
17 September 2012, 11:40
Card personalisation specialist NBS Technologies reports that it has won a contract from an unnamed European company to install its Xpressi Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solution. The installation will take place in early October.
17 September 2012, 11:36
Payments supplier Tsys has added North American support for its Tsys NFC Payment Solution, in preparation for Canadian bank CIBC's planned launch of commercial NFC services. Tsys's technology works with any TSM and enables mobile account creation and mobile device identification as well as support for generating the EMV data necessary for provisioning a mobile device. It also supports lifecycle management scenarios such as dealing with lost or stolen devices and the re-provisioning of card data for reissue and product changes.
13 September 2012, 09:10
12 September 2012, 11:23
US-based NFC marketing specialist Thinaire has launched the Thinaire Enterprise Suite, an NFC marketing platform that combines NFC tags, analytics, and integration with existing CRM, social media and database platforms. Clients include News Corporation's coupon publishing arm News America Marketing.
12 September 2012, 10:29
Austrian mobile network operator A1 reports that it has successfully tested a new NFC access control service called Airkey, developed by door lock maker Evva, IT specialist Rise and the Vienna University of Technology. 40 participants used Sony Xperia S smartphones for the pilot. A1 already operates an NFC payments service called A1 Paybox, which it is testing with McDonald's.
12 September 2012, 09:43
Instant messaging app IMO has added support for NFC, allowing users of the latest version of the company's Android app to share profiles by touching their devices together.
10 September 2012, 11:43
HP has announced a new addition to its range of all-in-one (AiO) Windows 8 PCs that includes NFC. The HP SpectreOne AiO has a 23.6-inch display and, says HP, "is one of the thinnest AiO PCs available on the market today".
6 September 2012, 11:38
The Internet Engineering Task Force's TLS working group has published a draft document that describes the implementation of the TLS (transport layer security) protocol over the NFC LLCP layer. "LLCPS enforces a strong security in NFC P2P exchanges," says author Pascal Urien. Producing an IETF draft is the first stage of a process which can lead to the publication of an internet standard.
6 September 2012, 09:15
Music streaming service Spotify has added NFC support to the latest version of its Android app, allowing users to share music via NFC on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.
5 September 2012, 10:39
29 August 2012, 17:56
29 August 2012, 17:41
Asus has announced two Windows 8 tablets at the IFA 2012 tradeshow in Berlin. Both the Vivo Tab and the Vivo Tab RT feature a high-resolution multi-touch 11.6-inch display, a detachable Qwerty keyboard dock and NFC, "enabling the device to easily sync with other NFC-enabled devices".
27 August 2012, 13:56
27 August 2012, 13:46
Skillweb has added support for Android phones to its SmartTask Attend time and attendance service for field workers. "The solution is designed to reduce the time spent capturing location and attendance data where fixed systems are not viable and to drive down the cost of collating time sheets and visit reports," says managing director Paul Ridden.
27 August 2012, 12:08
Estonia's banks are to begin pilot testing NFC services in January 2013. The move follows an in-depth research project which has resulted in the banks specifying NFC SIMs issued by a mobile network operator as their preferred route to market.