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NFC pilot to begin in Chile

August 14th, 2013

Mobile network operator Movistar has partnered with Banco Santander, Samsung, Oberthur Technologies and MasterCard to conduct Chile’s first NFC payments trial. Two hundred people will take part in the pilot, using Samsung Galaxy S III mobile phones running an NFC payments app developed by Movistar and Banco Santander. A commercial launch is planned “before the end of 2013″.

CastNet adds NFC to signage

August 13th, 2013

Digital signage technology provider Alpha Video & Audio has launched CastNet with MobileHere, a system that combines NFC-enabled digital signs and the company’s content management software to deliver changeable information and downloadable content to NFC phone users. “NFC is the next big thing in the digital signage industry,” says CastNet VP Lance Hutchinson.

Firefox for Android gets NFC

August 13th, 2013

The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox Beta for Android, a mobile web browser which gives users and testers a sneak peek at features destined for future versions of Firefox, includes support for NFC. The NFC Bump feature lets users “share Firefox tabs with another NFC-enabled Android phone by ‘bumping’ them together.”

Paris city hall gets NFC signage

August 13th, 2013

The Hôtel de Ville in Paris, the largest municipal building in Europe and home to the French capital’s city council, has introduced NFC and QR-enabled signage developed by Connecthings. Tapping or scanning a sign enables visitors to download an app they can use to get step by step directions to individual offices and other locations within the building.

NXP picks Micropross for testing

August 12th, 2013

NXP is using Micropross’s Contactless Test Station for its EMVCo level one testing. The chip maker chose the all-in-one test equipment because of its EMVCo, NFC Forum and ISO testing capabilities as well as “its superior level of automation and its unique validated status,” says NXP.

FollowMeSticker.com adds NFC

August 7th, 2013

FollowMeSticker.com has added NFC tags to its range of social media sharing stickers. “It has been a lot of work, but I’m very excited about NFC and all the possibilities it brings,” says owner and founder Stuart Lawson.

Micropross test tool is approved

August 2nd, 2013

The NFC Forum has approved NFC and RFID test equipment supplier Micropross’ NFC Forum digital test tool. The tool will be deployed in certification and testing centres, says MicroPross, allowing NFC device and chip manufacturers to ensure their products meet NFC Forum specifications.

Cashcloud to support NFC

July 31st, 2013

Cloud-based wallet provider Cashcloud has secured second round funding as it looks towards adding NFC payments. Cashcloud says it hopes to become an all-in-one solution in Europe where users can send and receive money, apply parental controls, pay online, and pay in-store using MasterCard PayPass via NFC.

Isis reports NFC phone stats

July 31st, 2013

Close to 20m smartphones in the US are equipped with NFC technology “with millions more being shipped each month”, NFC joint venture Isis has revealed as it announces plans to launch nationally this year. “Thirty-five mobile devices across AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US Inc and Verizon Wireless currently support Isis and that number will continue to grow. Support for iPhone, Windows Phone and Blackberry 10 is expected to be introduced later this year.”

Jamba drives foot traffic with Isis

July 31st, 2013

“Our offer program was successful in driving incremental foot traffic, increasing the frequency of consumer store visits and introducing Jamba Juice to first-time customers,” says James White, CEO of Jamba Juice, as Isis prepares to introduce NFC payments across the US later this year. “We are now making plans to expand nationally with Isis so that all our franchisees can enjoy the benefits we have seen in our pilot markets.”

No secure element in new Nexus 7

July 30th, 2013

Google has not included a secure element in the new version of its Nexus 7 tablet, Google’s Peter Hazlehurst has told Android Police, and the tablet is not therefore able to support Google Wallet NFC payments. The device does, however, support NFC read/write capabilities via Android Beam. The HTC One Play Edition also does not include an embedded SE, Hazlehurst added.

USPS offers NFC discounts

July 29th, 2013

The US Postal Service is offering marketers a 2% discount if they incorporate NFC, 2D barcodes or augmented reality in their direct mail campaigns between August 1 and September 30, reports Direct Marketing News. On the topic of NFC, VP of new products and innovation Gary Reblin said: “Market penetration may take some time, but it’s a natural fit, with the way consumers interact with their mobile phones and direct mail.”

World Swimming Champs use NFC

July 29th, 2013

The World Swimming Championships, currently taking place in Barcelona, is using Connecthings’ AdTag platform to promote the event and make information available to spectators. More than 600 NFC tags have been placed across the Spanish city, allowing visitors to obtain the latest results, the competition schedule and download the accompanying app.

Wind and BNL test NFC payments

July 26th, 2013

Italian mobile network operator Wind has teamed up with banking group BNL BNP Paribas, payments processor SIA and MasterCard to test NFC payments. The YouPass BNL service lets customers use a Samsung NFC phone to charge payments to a BNL Classic credit card stored on a Gemalto NFC SIM.

CES to issue NFC badges

July 26th, 2013

The 2014 International CES show, to be held in January 2014 in Las Vegas, will offer visitors NFC badges. The badges will “result in shorter lines, more badge functionality and greater ease of use,” show organisers say.

Sony promotes NFC in Canada

July 24th, 2013

Sony Canada‘s UX Truck roadshow has begun a tour of Ontario, showcasing to consumers the company’s wide range of NFC devices. Included on the truck is a demonstration of Sony’s new SideView app, which allows users to use a tablet to browse their TV’s programme guide and record programmes.

Reddit is Fun gets NFC update

July 24th, 2013

Reddit is Fun, the smartphone app that allows easier browsing of the popular user generated news site, has added NFC sharing in its latest update, allowing users to share posts between NFC-enabled devices.

Three new Motos boast NFC

July 24th, 2013

Motorola has launched three Android 4.2 smartphones, all with NFC. The compact Motorola Droid Mini, super-thin Droid Ultra and 48-hour battery equipped Droid Maxx will be available in the US from Verizon from 20 August at US$99, $199 and $299 with a two year contract.

Nokia promotes NFC in cinemas

July 24th, 2013

Cinemagoers in the Australian regions of Victoria and New South Wales won free gifts for interacting through NFC thanks to a promotion run by Nokia and NFC platform provider Tapit. Visitors were encouraged to tap NFC enabled Nokia handsets to NFC lanyards worn by theatre staff for a chance to win, resulting in 1,535 interactions over 96 hours and delivering 242 prizes, says Tapit.

Geotab adds NFC driver tracking

July 17th, 2013

Fleet management technology provider Geotab has added NFC support to its driver and vehicle tracking platform. NFC Driver ID sees drivers of pooled vehicles issued with an NFC fob which they use to identify themselves to a vehicle’s telematics system so fleet operators can track the activity of both individual drivers and vehicles.

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