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Look to Shanghai for the future of NFC in China — and beyond

Look to Shanghai for the future of NFC in China — and beyond

September 10th, 2009

OPINION: It looks as though Shanghai is now set to be the venue for a new series of mobile contactless payment initiatives from China’s mobile operators, banks and public transport providers. More

What kind of Trusted Service Managers is NFC likely to need — and how many will there be?

What kind of Trusted Service Managers is NFC likely to need — and how many will there be?

September 8th, 2009

GUEST COMMENT: We’re unlikely to end up with a single TSM per country, or per region, or per operator — which isn’t what many people imagined when the TSM model became current, writes Dave Birch of Consult Hyperion.  More

Gearing up for handset production

Gearing up for handset production

August 19th, 2009

OPINION: In some ways, NFC seems very simple. Stick an RF antenna in a phone, link it to a secure element so that sensitive data can be stored safely, and off you go. Or maybe not…  More

Build the brand and they will come

Build the brand and they will come

July 29th, 2009

OPINION: One way to put yourself in prime position on the day NFC handsets finally become widely available is to start building your brand now, regardless of whether there are limits on the level of service you can currently offer. More

Demand for mobile payments at the point of sale drives creative solutions to lack of NFC handsets

Demand for mobile payments at the point of sale drives creative solutions to lack of NFC handsets

June 17th, 2009

OPINION: The question of how to begin offering mass market NFC services when inexpensive NFC phones are still some time away is finally beginning to resolve itself.  More

Handset suppliers gear up for NFC

Handset suppliers gear up for NFC

June 2nd, 2009

OPINION: Samples of a new NFC chip, compliant with all the latest industry standards, are now in the hands of ‘a number of major handset manufacturers’, says NXP, ahead of mass market availability towards the end of this year. More

Towards global standards for NFC — in payments and in electronic ID

Towards global standards for NFC — in payments and in electronic ID

May 11th, 2009

OPINION: In separate moves, three organisations have taken significant steps forward in the move towards global standards for NFC, not only in payments but also in the electronic ID market.  More

NFC set for commercial reality at last?

NFC set for commercial reality at last?

April 28th, 2009

OPINION: The world’s first commercial NFC system has now gone live in Malaysia, marking a major turning point for near field communication. More

NFC stickers continue to gain acceptance

NFC stickers continue to gain acceptance

April 3rd, 2009

OPINION: Despite a raft of recent announcements by those involved in the development of NFC handsets, it’s clear that contactless stickers still have an important role to play in the widespread adoption of NFC. More

Now any Bluetooth handset can do NFC — for just $25

Now any Bluetooth handset can do NFC — for just $25

March 20th, 2009

OPINION: Yet another way to get around the absence of NFC handsets has been announced this week and, this time, it’s a really strong contender. More

Handsets and ecosystems — major breakthroughs for NFC

Handsets and ecosystems — major breakthroughs for NFC

February 25th, 2009

OPINION: The last two weeks have seen two major breakthroughs for NFC. First, Singapore has become the first country to get all the key players to sign up for the creation of a fully inter-operable, multi-application national NFC ecosystem. More

Would-be SIM suppliers line up to battle for operators’ NFC business

Would-be SIM suppliers line up to battle for operators’ NFC business

February 9th, 2009

OPINION: For anyone hoping to be seen as a player in the NFC SIM market, it’s becoming clear that now is the time to let the market know you’re in the game — even if you don’t yet have any product ready to ship. More

Could NFC be about to develop along two different tracks?

Could NFC be about to develop along two different tracks?

January 27th, 2009

OPINION: It looks as though the NFC market may be getting set to split into two separate tracks. On the one hand, there will be small-scale but fully standards-compliant pilot trials that carefully test out all the elements of an NFC ecosystem ready for an orderly future expansion. More

Transport ticketing: Trains, buses and market drivers

Transport ticketing: Trains, buses and market drivers

January 19th, 2009

OPINION: From the beginning transport ticketing has been seen as a key way to kickstart NFC adoption… More

Will 2009 be the year of NFC?

Will 2009 be the year of NFC?

January 12th, 2009

OPINION: Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention and the current global financial crisis will make it necessary for all of us to be inventive in the way we do business. More

Is NFC ripe for adoption, or has it missed the boat?

December 12th, 2008

OPINION: ABI Research caused quite a stir this week when it distributed a press release saying NFC has taken too long to develop, that other mobile payments solutions such as SMS have beaten it to market and it will now be six years before NFC becomes a viable mobile payments solution. More

Tiny tags or large scale payments systems: Which will drive NFC?

December 5th, 2008

OPINION: It’s the big, bank-led trials that have had most of the NFC publicity so far. Away from the bright lights of the payments arena, though, there are quieter companies already enjoying commercial success with NFC.  More

When is a sticker just a sticker, and when is it NFC?

When is a sticker just a sticker, and when is it NFC?

November 27th, 2008

OPINION: Purists maintain that simply attaching a contactless sticker to a mobile phone isn’t really NFC. And, on one level, they would be right. More

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