NFC news in brief
10 April 2013, 11:49
MacKay Meters has received EMV Level 1 Contactless Certification for the latest version of its Guardian Solo parking meter. "Meeting these standards clearly shows our customers that the Solo will behave consistently when accepting NFC payments and in line with the guidelines put forth by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and others through EMVCo," says chief technology officer Adrian O'Neil.
10 April 2013, 11:39
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has started a developer network for its AptiQmobile NFC access control platform, which was piloted at the University of San Francisco in 2012. Membership of the AptiQ Developer Network offers "access to Ingersoll Rand resources that will work closely with the developer to help them write the appropriate interface between their software and Ingersoll Rand's cloud-based AptiQmobile service," the company says.
10 April 2013, 11:04
A total of 30m NFC SIMs were shipped globally by members of the SIMalliance in 2012 — an 87% increase on 2011. The Japan/Korea region was the largest market with 21m NFC SIMs shipped, followed by Western Europe at 6m. SimAlliance members, who account for 90% of the global market, shipped a total of 4.6bn SIMs in 2012, up 6% on 2011.
10 April 2013, 11:00
9 April 2013, 09:20
Global print giant RR Donnelley has introduced support for NFC tags into its range of printed products, including retail displays, product packaging, shipping labels, catalogues and magazines. "Now we offer customers single-source convenience and control as we produce their RFID and NFC tags and integrate them with other materials that we create," says president and CEO Thomas J Quinlan III.
8 April 2013, 10:12
Singapore-based mobile network operator M1 and banking group DBS have teamed up to expand the NFC payments options available to their customers. DBS' One.Tap virtual credit card was previously available only to
Singtel subscribers while M1 customers were able to use either the carrier's own M1 NFC Prepaid MasterCard or an EZ-Link prepaid card application.
4 April 2013, 15:38
3 April 2013, 12:44
Identive has launched a Japanese version of its online NFC tag store. "In addition to an array of tags in the globally accepted NFC Forum Types 1, 2 and 4, for the Japanese market Identive also offers Type 3 tags based on Sony Corporation's Felica Lite chip technology," says Identive's Dr Manfred Mueller.
27 March 2013, 12:34
27 March 2013, 10:39
Marketing agency Charge has taken to the city streets in north east England to promote "Don't let drink sneak up on you", an alcohol abuse awareness campaign being run by the NHS' Change 4 Life project. Passers-by were handed NFC-compatible wristbands which allowed those with an NFC phone to tap to download a drinks tracker app for their phone. Participants could also access the app by scanning QR codes on cards handed out during the campaign.
26 March 2013, 16:47
21 March 2013, 12:01
Canadian mobile network operator Rogers has added three Android and four BlackBerry NFC phones to the list of devices that work with its Suretap NFC payments service. The new phones are the LG Optimus G , Samsung's Galaxy S III and Note II and the Blackberry Bold 9900, Blackberry Curve 9360, Blackberry Bold 9790 and Blackberry Z10.
18 March 2013, 11:04
NXP Semiconductors shipped 125m NFC chips for smartphones and tablets in 2012, beating previous projections. The chip maker's figures received a boost when Samsung shipped 40m Galaxy S III smartphones equipped with NXP chips in the final six months of the year. Samsung is, however, believed to be using Broadcom NFC technology in the new Galaxy S4.
18 March 2013, 10:39
Lenovo is planning to bring out a range of ThinkPad tablets or Ultrabooks with NFC payments capabilities later this year. "Processing partnerships are still in the works," Engadget reports.
13 March 2013, 15:59
Interactive sign maker Signbox has chosen Proxama's TapPoint platform to deliver smart poster campaigns using its Enlighten NFC displays. The new partnership "creates a powerful and persuasive product offer for brand custodians, retailers and campaign managers, giving them an unrivalled opportunity to enhance relationships with customers and prospects," says Mark Bartlett, managing director of Signbox.
13 March 2013, 11:51
13 March 2013, 11:19
US-based RFID specialist Invengo Technology has launched a range of NFC tags and inlays. The new Invengo NTouch and NLoop inlays and tags are compliant with the ISO 14443A and NFC Forum Type 2 Tag standards and will begin shipping in volume in April.
12 March 2013, 12:13
A new Android NFC app that makes sharing files between devices quicker and easier has been added to Google Play. SuperBeam enables users to set up a connection between two devices via NFC and then transfer data between them at high speed via WiFi.
6 March 2013, 11:31
T-Mobile is to use a custom version of Tagstand's NFC Task Launcher app to power its forthcoming Tap Tag NFC service. Tagstand "says it's also working with other carriers and OEMs, including EMT (Estonia, Baltic carrier), Avea (Turkey) and Alcatel, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer which will be preloading Tagstand on devices sold to a major European-based multinational carrier," reports Techcrunch.
5 March 2013, 14:38