NFC news in brief
29 July 2013, 11:15
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.
26 July 2013, 15:35
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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.
24 July 2013, 16:12
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.
24 July 2013, 12:52
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24 July 2013, 10:48
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.
17 July 2013, 21:12
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.
17 July 2013, 20:14
There are now 36 different mobile phones that support NFC payments on the market in France, up from 26 in February 2013, the AFSCM reports, and a total of 3.5m consumers now have a Cityzi compatible NFC phone, up from 2.5m in February. "We see a real acceleration of NFC equipment rate at the national level, making it now possible to deploy large scale services leveraging this technology" says Thibault Dreuille, the association's CEO.
17 July 2013, 19:24
Payments network China UnionPay has officially launched CUP Wallet, an NFC-based mobile wallet platform which eight Chinese banks have committed to supporting. The new service will support a range of offers linked to credit card spending, China UnionPay says.
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16 July 2013, 13:09
Residents of the United Arab Emirates will soon be able to renew their Emirates ID cards using just their NFC phone, Gulf News reports. The service is currently being pilot tested, is due to go live by the end of 2013 and "will act as a precursor to a host of other official services becoming available through smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices."
15 July 2013, 13:16
Pet ID tag and platform provider PetHub has closed a Series A investment round taking its total funding so far to US$1.7m, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The company's NFC-enabled pet tags are now available in 1,000 US and 400 European stores.
15 July 2013, 13:02
Security software specialist Cryptomathic has upgraded its EMV data preparation solution to enable customers to issue payment applications to smartphones and other mobile devices. The upgrade sees the company's Cardink technology supporting the requirements of both Mastercard Mobile PayPass and Visa Mobile.
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5 July 2013, 12:36
Moscow's Department of Transportation is planning to install NFC subway turnstiles for mobile payments later this year, according to Tass Telecom. A pilot will start in September and the project involves 32 partners, including mobile network operators, banks and payment systems, says Tass.
25 June 2013, 10:39
Oberthur Technologies' Pearl NFC embedded secure element is included in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, Oberthur has announced. Pearl offers the largest memory on the market and is the first of its kind to be certified by Visa, MasterCard and Google, Oberthur says.
20 June 2013, 13:03
Social media junkies with Windows Phone 8 handsets can download a new app from a US-based startup that allows them to record each time they bump into a friend via NFC. BumpedN2 users tap their phones together the first time they meet and can then simply touch an image of their friend on following visits. The app, developed by Fidare, keeps a record of all meetings and can post these as updates to Facebook and Twitter.
19 June 2013, 14:18
Audio accessories maker Musemini has announced three new additions to its line-up, all featuring NFC for pairing to other devices. The DBoom portable speaker can be customised with user-designed 'skins', UberFly wireless headphones provide eight hours of use on a single charge and the US$40 LynkUp adaptor brings Bluetooth streaming with NFC pairing to any device with a 3.5mm audio jack — including home stereos, car audio and headphones.