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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 19th, 2009
OPINION: From the beginning transport ticketing has been seen as a key way to kickstart NFC adoption...
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.
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.
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.
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.