NFC news in brief
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.
27 August 2012, 12:00
A Kickstarter project that will offer consumers building blocks for easy home automation, monitoring and control is set to support NFC. SmartThings, which aims to "connect the things in your physical world to the internet," has already exceeded its crowd-sourced funding target of US$250,000 with 25 days to go. "We love NFC and plan for SmartThings to support it within our mobile apps," say the developers.
27 August 2012, 10:46
Motorola has received FCC approval for the XT907, a 4G NFC phone which is being described as a mini Droid Razr and is expected to be available via Verizon in the US.
27 August 2012, 10:37
Etisalat Misr, Egypt's leading mobile network operator, has installed an NFC access control system at its premises in Cairo. The project is believed to be the first in the Middle East/Africa region to successfully demonstrate the use of NFC for access control applications.
16 August 2012, 16:07
Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 a 10.1-inch touchscreen device which will come with both NFC and a fingerprint biometrics reader. The tablet PC "will be available when Windows 8 launches in October".
16 August 2012, 09:59
Nokia is to begin shipping a Windows Phone 8 NFC device, codenamed the Phi, during the last week of October 2012, according to the Nokia Innovation blog. The Nokia Phi is believed to be the successor to the Lumia 800 and will be one of three Nokia WP8 phones launched at that time.
16 August 2012, 09:51
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8 August 2012, 08:01
First Data has announced that its trusted service management (TSM) solution has been qualified by Discover. "Because First Data issuing clients are pre-integrated to our TSM, financial institutions can manage a relationship with one TSM rather than with numerous mobile network operators and mobile wallet owners," says the payments processing giant's Dom Morea. "Our secure element (SE) owner neutral model also has the ability to securely provision financial institutions' accounts to a variety of SE destinations."
8 August 2012, 07:31
Fime has become the first company to be authorised by Isis to certify products, including mobile handsets and secure elements, for the US NFC venture. "Rigorous testing of handsets and secure elements from the beginning and throughout the development process will guarantee quicker time to market for vendors," says the testing specialist.
7 August 2012, 14:24
The number of NFC-enabled mobile devices shipped worldwide will more than double this year to nearly 100m, according to Forrester Research, but mainstream use of the technology "remains three to five years away in most countries".
7 August 2012, 14:04
Chip maker Infineon Technologies is now offering an application developer kit for Type 2 NFC tags in the US. The US$99 kit includes SLE66R01 series NFC tags in two form factors and an SLE66R32 contactless card, as well as programming information and application notes. The tags come with up to 2kbytes of usable memory.
25 July 2012, 10:50
25 July 2012, 10:44
SAP and business travel payment specialist Airplus International plan to offer NFC mobile payment facilities to business travellers, the enterprise resource planning leader has announced. SAP's cloud-based Travel OnDemand solution is designed to let business travelers handle travel and expense management faster and with lower cost on their mobile devices while maintaining compliance with corporate policies.
24 July 2012, 15:56
ING Bank Slaski is to conduct a twelve month NFC payments trial in Poland. The two hundred pilot testers, all employees of Bank Slaski or its partners Visa Europe and Oberthur, will use BlackBerry NFC phones or iPhones equipped with an NFC add-on to make mobile payments at merchants equipped with contactless point-of-sale terminals.