NFC news in brief
28 June 2012, 16:05
Targobank, part of the French Crédit Mutuel group, and E-Plus, Germany's third largest mobile network operator, have announced plans to work together to test NFC payments. The partners will begin with a pilot test using MasterCard PayPass stickers that attach to users' mobile phones from late summer 2012.
28 June 2012, 12:32
Russian Post has signed an agreement with MasterCard to jointly develop and commercialise a range of "innovative financial products". As a first step, 2,000 of Russian Post's 42,000 post offices will be equipped to accept PayPass contactless payments. Pilot tests of MasterCard Mobile and MasterCard MoneySend will be conducted and the potential of NFC mobile payments will also be investigated.
28 June 2012, 11:31
Orange France is to issue NFC SIMs to all its 27m subscribers, making it the first carrier in Europe to deploy NFC-enabled SIM cards nationally. Gemalto's UpTeq NFC SIMs have been picked for the initial rollout.
28 June 2012, 11:26
27 June 2012, 22:12
27 June 2012, 20:58
Google has announced two new NFC features will be available in the Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' version of its Android Beam service. Users will now be able to send photos and videos from one Android device to another by tapping two NFC devices together, with the link initiated via NFC before handing over to Bluetooth for the transfer. They will also be able to pair with and connect to NFC Bluetooth devices with a touch.
27 June 2012, 11:59
Fashion chain Gap has used wristbands and NFC phones to allow customers to vote for the best dressed staff at two stores in Tokyo. Customers were given contactless wristbands which were then "high fived" against NFC phones carried by store assistants. A successful touch registered a vote, signalled by a cheer from the phone and a post being made to the customer's Facebook timeline, reports CScout Japan's Michael Keferl.
25 June 2012, 17:08
25 June 2012, 11:13
Google could be getting ready to launch an NFC-equipped Android tablet at its I/O developer event this week, according to Gizmodo, which reports that the Nexus 7 is built by Asus and includes a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a GeForce 12-core GPU. 8GB and 16GB versions of the 7-inch Android Jelly Bean device will be available, retailing at US$199 and $249 respectively, according to a leaked document seen by the publication.
25 June 2012, 11:07
Apple is testing iPhone prototypes equipped with NFC, according to 9to5Mac. The site mentions two pre-production devices, codenamed N41AP and N42AP, and says of information it has seen, "further investigation into this hardware code dump leads us to believe that these iPhones also have near field communication (NFC) controllers directly connected to the power management unit (PMU)."
25 June 2012, 09:03
Korean industrial PDA maker Catchwell is to build NFC into its Android and Windows Mobile 6.5 handheld computers. Devices will use Stollmann's NFC stack, which allows manufacturers to easily build systems using different operating systems and NFC controllers, to offer support for NFC-based payments and access control.
25 June 2012, 08:57
Hardware manufacturer Duali's Dragon NFC reader has become the first product to achieve NFC Forum certification in Korea. The USB-based desktop device was tested by Korean certification laboratory KTC using equipment from Clear2Pay. The Dragon supports all four NFC Forum tag types and P2P mode and, says Duali, can also be easily integrated into ATMs, point of sale terminals and NFC-enabled kiosks.
22 June 2012, 12:00
Payments processing software specialist ACI Worldwide is using technology from Bell ID to offer over-the-air management of secure tokens. ACI Token Manager for Mobile allows lifecycle management of applications, cryptographic keys and secure elements on NFC enabled devices. "The platform can be implemented by organisations choosing to launch mobile payment systems or seeking to add trusted service manager capabilities to their offerings," says the company.
20 June 2012, 10:37
RIM has published a guide to reading and writing tags using the NFC API in its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. The document, written by Martin Woolley and John Murray from the phone maker's developer relations team, explains the steps involved by detailing the development of a simple tag reading and writing application called NFC Tool.
18 June 2012, 08:29
Phone maker HTC is set to announce a mobile payments partnership with Taiwan's Cathay United Bank, transportation card issuer EasyCard and MasterCard, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. "The PayPass card will become Taiwan's first innovation to integrate the functions of a credit card and an EasyCard into a micro-sized memory card, enabling mobile payments on the island when it is inserted into the HTC Incredible E smartphone," says CNA.
13 June 2012, 22:55
13 June 2012, 09:10
Chip maker Marvell has launched the Avastar 88W889, the first chip to include support for both 802.11ac WiFi and NFC. First announced at this year's Mobile World Congress, the new chip is designed to be built into Ultrabooks, tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs.
13 June 2012, 08:54
Ericsson IPX and Aconite have announced they are now working together to provide banks and other secure service providers with a turnkey NFC application delivery and management solution. The new service enables a security domain to be created on any type of NFC secure element and for applets to be loaded, personalised, updated and deleted over-the-air.
11 June 2012, 18:26
Identive Group is to cut its global workforce by 11% as part of a cost reduction plan designed to save US$4m to $5m this year. The move "will not impact our ongoing investments in new NFC and cloud-based identity solutions or our ability to address opportunities in these emerging, potential hyper-growth markets," says chairman and CEO Ayman S Ashour.
11 June 2012, 14:39
By 2016 almost 80% of the smartphones in Canada will be NFC-enabled, "providing a solid foundation for the uptake of mobile contactless payments", according to Canadian Payments Forecast — 2012, a new report from TSI. "Cash will remain the most frequently used form of payment in Canada over the next five years, but will suffer substantial erosion from contactless debit and credit payments," say the authors.