NFC news in brief
14 February 2014, 17:20
Payment services provider Merchant Warehouse has integrated Isis SmartTap into its Genius Customer Engagement Platform, enabling small and medium sized businesses to process NFC payments and deploy customized offers to new and prospective customers via the Isis Mobile Wallet. The service is available initially to merchants located in the Boston area.
14 February 2014, 16:25
STMicroelectronics is introducing a kit for developers interested in using its M24SR dynamic NFC tags for internet of things applications. The M24SR Discovery kit "contains everything engineers need to start adding NFC connectivity to any kind of electrical device, from fitness watches and loudspeakers to washing machines and water meters," says ST.
11 February 2014, 10:48
7 February 2014, 12:20
US carrier Verizon has introduced a range of NFC cases for iPhone users, enabling Apple phone owners to make Isis NFC payments. The range includes Incipio Cashwrap cases for iPhone 4, 4S and iPhone 5, 5S and the iCaisse4x case with extended battery for iPhone 4 and 4s. A similar range was introduced by AT&T in January 2014.
6 February 2014, 11:31
4 February 2014, 17:08
Australian card manufacturer Placard has chosen Bell ID's trusted service manager solution to enable it to personalise and securely provision NFC applications for its customer base over the air. "We recognised a need within the region for services of this nature and have extended our personalisation capabilities to include NFC-enabled mobile devices," said Placard CEO Chris Nunis.
24 January 2014, 10:05
Canada's CIBC bank has expanded availability of its CIBC Mobile Payment app to include owners of Samsung Galaxy S III, S4, Note II and HTC One Android NFC phones, enabling a wider range of customers to make NFC payments. The service was launched in November 2012 with support for Blackberry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 NFC phones and expanded in October 2013 to include the Blackberry Z10.
21 January 2014, 18:26
21 January 2014, 17:44
The global market for NFC handsets is projected to reach 1.6bn units by 2018, according to a new research report from Global Industry Analysts, "driven by growing penetration of mobile phones, continued rise in demand and production of smartphones, rising penetration of NFC in consumer devices, and chip level technology developments."
20 January 2014, 12:38
Allied Irish Banks is publicizing its new Me2U P2P mobile payments app via an NFC campaign running on 500 Adshel "six sheet" bus stop posters, 10 fully wrapped bus shelters and 55 further six sheets located in cinema lobbies across Ireland. Tapping the NFC tags on the ads takes the user to a landing page where they can download the Me2U app. The campaign was planned by Starcom and outdoor specialist Source Out Of Home.
17 January 2014, 15:38
German payments technology provider Wirecard has added support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to its mobile wallet platform. "With BLE, the Wirecard Mobile Wallet communicates directly with the point-of-sale system," the company says. "This then enables it to also offer a wide range of services that add value for customers in the fields of loyalty, vouchers and personalised offers."
17 January 2014, 12:15
15 January 2014, 17:29
Sony has expanded its range of Xperia NFC phones with the addition of the Xperia T2 Ultra and the dual SIM T2 Ultra Dual. The devices come with a 6-inch display, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM and are "designed specifically with customers from emerging markets in China, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific rim in mind".
15 January 2014, 17:25
Passengers using public transport services in Poland's second city will soon be able to buy their tickets using NFC as a result of a programme developed by Krakow's public transport commission, mobile services provider SkyCash Poland and carrier Orange. Using the SkyCash app, consumers will be able to search for and buy tickets and redeem them with a tap of their NFC phone or by scanning a QR code.
15 January 2014, 15:15
Printed electronics specialist Thinfilm has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire Kovio's printed NFC tag technology. Kovio's NFC Barcodes use silicon ink and thin film technology and hold the promise of ultra low cost tags that can be directly printed onto product labels, coupons and packaging.
15 January 2014, 15:09
NFC marketing specialist Thinaire has added support for Bluetooth LE to its mobile engagement management platform, enabling brands to communicate with consumers via either NFC or BLE — depending on the capabilities of their mobile device. The introduction of Thinaire Spaces "is based on marketers' demand for both BLE and NFC to meet their emerging needs across retail, media, product and beyond," says CMO Patrick Meyer.
15 January 2014, 14:30
Indian phone maker iBerry has launched the Auxus Nuclea N2, an NFC-enabled dual-SIM Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone running on a 1.7GHz eight-core MediaTek processor. Boasting a 5.7-inch 1080p display and 13 megapixel camera, the N2 will be available to pre-order from 18 January for RS19,900 (US$320).
13 January 2014, 14:37
Phone maker The Toughphone has launched an NFC-enabled rugged smartphone with a 'push to talk' application that allows voice communications to be made instantly over the network's data connection, like a walkie talkie. The IP-67 certified Defender is powered by a 1GHz quad core processor and runs Android 4.2. The dual-SIM handset features an NXP PN544 NFC controller and also boasts an 8 megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi.
13 January 2014, 10:56
Chinese phone maker Pomp has launched the Pomp C6, an NFC smartphone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on a 1.5GHz quad core processor with 2GB RAM. The handset features both 13 megapixel rear and 8 megapixel front facing cameras along with a 5.5-inch full HD 1920x1080 display. The device packs 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 and is available to purchase for around US$288.
8 January 2014, 13:53
Okidokeys has unveiled a range of retro-fit smart door locks at CES 2014 that support NFC, Bluetooth and RFID 'keys' as well as parent company OpenWays' Crypto Acoustic Credential (CAC) technology. The locks work in conjunction with a tag or a mobile app, available for both Android and iOS devices. The new locks will begin shipping in the US in spring 2014 with prices starting at US$179.