NFC news in brief
25 November 2013, 11:49
Data storage manufacturer Swissbit has introduced the PS 100u CL, a microSD card containing a secure element. "Just an antenna needs to be attached to pin 9 and 10 of the card and all NFC phones are able to communicate with the secure element inside the microSD via the standardized ISO 14443 interface," says Swissbit.
25 November 2013, 11:19
France-based MapYourTag has launched Android and iOS versions of its smartphone app, enabling businesses to track their assets using NFC tags or QR codes. MapYourTag says it is ideal for a variety of industries such as shipping, supply chain management, cleaning and event management companies that need to track the location of their tools, equipment and other items.
25 November 2013, 11:04
21 November 2013, 13:19
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.
20 November 2013, 13:53
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.
20 November 2013, 13:41
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.
20 November 2013, 12:41
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."
20 November 2013, 12:35
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.
20 November 2013, 11:02
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.
20 November 2013, 10:12
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.
19 November 2013, 18:59
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.
19 November 2013, 18:47
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."
19 November 2013, 18:39
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."
19 November 2013, 18:34
19 November 2013, 18:31
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.
19 November 2013, 11:32
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.
19 November 2013, 11:25
19 November 2013, 11:18
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.
19 November 2013, 11:06
19 November 2013, 10:57