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News about the NFC market in India — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

Mahindra opens NFC test lab

February 24th, 2014

An NFC test lab has been opened in Bangalore, India by Tech Mahindra. The lab meets the NFC Forum’s first wave testing requirements and “also has the infrastructure to meet the upcoming wave two test requirements of the Forum.”

Gionee adds Elife E7 NFC phone

January 17th, 2014

The Indian arm of Chinese phone maker Gionee Smartphones has launched a flagship handset with NFC. The Elife E7 includes 16 megapixel rear and 8 megapixel front facing cameras, a 5.5-inch Full HD display and runs Gionee’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean-based Amigo 2.0 OS. 3G and 4G options are available.

Yebhi.com launches NFC and QR virtual stores in Indian coffee shops

May 22nd, 2013

“With the virtual store, we are taking online shopping to the next level by touching base with our customers and allowing them to shop from anywhere, anytime,” says the online fashion and lifestyle portal’s Nikhil Rungta.  More

Chennai Metro investigates NFC

May 14th, 2013

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) plans to include an NFC ticketing option when its service launches in 2015. “CMRL officials said they were working on a facility that would be incorporated in smartphones so that the AFC gate could identify it as a ticket and deduct money from the user’s account, depending on the distance he or she was planning to travel,” The Hindu reports.

Madhya Pradesh to offer NFC info

April 29th, 2013

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation is to use NFC and QR codes to provide tourists with information at heritage centres, The Times of India reports. By tapping a tag or scanning a code at the popular Khajuraho and Orchha tourist destinations, visitors who download the mobile app will be able to access detailed information, videos and pictures on their mobile phone in Hindi, English, Japanese, French and Mandarin.

JusTap adds NFC coupons

April 16th, 2013

Mumbai-based JusTap! has announced JusPocket, an NFC couponing platform that allows brands to run multiple coupon and deal campaigns in real time. JusPocket can be integrated into POS systems or accessed from a web browser, the company says.

TapMeTags and xpWallet team up

April 16th, 2013

New Delhi-based mobile wallet solutions provider xpWallet has announced a partnership with Toronto-based NFC specialist TapMeTags. As well as collaborating on mobile payment products, the two companies will work together on anti-fraud systems for NFC devices and tags.

NEC launches cloud-based NFC payments service

March 25th, 2013

NEC has launched a turnkey prepaid payments service that includes cloud-based system servers, cards, smartphone apps and payment terminals and is available in both Japan and internationally. The Integrated Electronic Money Solution provides customers with… More

Indian film fans pay with NFC

February 25th, 2013

Fifteen PVR cinemas in India have implemented an NFC payments service that works with BlackBerry 10 phones. The PVR wallet app lets moviegoers pay for both tickets and refreshments via NFC and is provided by NEC India, which has developed a cloud-based payment system called NFC e-Money server.

Karbonn to offer NFC phones

January 7th, 2013

India-based mobile phone maker Karbonn is to introduce mobile phones and tablets with NFC capabilities in 2013. “We are planning to focus on LTE and NFC technologies as we believe these are the next frontiers of technology where the real growth is,” a company spokesman has told The Mobile Indian.

xpWallet adds NFC ticketing

January 7th, 2013

New Delhi-based mobile wallet provider xpWallet has introduced an NFC ticketing solution for bus and train operators that lets commuters purchase tickets from conductors equipped with NFC phones. Travellers can either tell the conductor their destination and tap a contactless travel card or NFC phone to the conductor’s device to buy a ticket, or they can tap the conductor’s phone on both entry and exit so that the closed loop system can calculate and charge the right fare.

Mumbai movie fans tap for tix

November 26th, 2012

Movie-goers at a multiplex in Mumbai, India can now book tickets, leave feedback and like the Cinemax theatre chain on Facebook after tapping smart posters or NFC enabled standees in the cinema foyer. The “Box office now in your pocket” campaign has been tried by more than 200 people over a six week period, says Indian NFC platform provider JusTap, with 35% choosing to download the Cinemax mobile app.

Game4u adds NFC likes

November 14th, 2012

Indian video games retailer Game4u has installed smart posters in its stores that let NFC phone users tap their handset to “like” the retailer on Facebook. Game4u’s NFC platform is provided by Mumbai-based JusTap!

Yeldi picks NXP for NFC

October 12th, 2012

Indian mobile payments service Ara eTap, which was unveiled by Yeldi Softcom in July, has picked NXP and Identive to supply it with NFC payment tags. The service is due to launch “in the coming months”.

Ara eTap to offer NFC payments in India

July 2nd, 2012

Chennai, India-based technology provider Yeldi Softcom has launched Ara eTap, an NFC sticker-based mobile payments service. Consumers who sign up for the service will be provided with an NFC sticker to attach to their mobile phones… More

Delhi Metro tests NFC

March 6th, 2012

Indian mass transportation operator Delhi Metro Railway Corporation has “started experimenting with NFC-enabled cell phones” for ticketing, reports The Times of India. 1.6 million commuters ride the Delhi Metro’s 190km network every day.

NFC brings banking to rural India

November 21st, 2011

Citizens living in the eastern Indian state of Bihar are to be issued with contactless ‘e-Shakti’ cards they can use to access virtual bank branches equipped with NFC technology. More

Tata Docomo to test NFC self-service kiosks in Hyderabad

February 22nd, 2011

Consumers can access up to eighteen different services from each self-serve kiosk to top up airtime, pay bills, download ringtones and more. More

NFC bank branch developer A Little World raises $18m from State Bank of India

NFC bank branch developer A Little World raises $18m from State Bank of India

October 15th, 2010

State Bank of India (SBI) has acquired a 20% stake in A Little World (ALW), developer of an NFC-based low cost bank branch solution, DealCurry reports. SBI has paid INR800m (US$18m) for the stake, valuing… More

Tyfone’s investors explain why they took part in the MicroSD format NFC supplier’s $5m funding round

September 6th, 2010

“The investors who participated in our Series B financing round bring unique expertise within financial services and we’ll benefit from their knowledge beyond the value of their financial investment in Tyfone,” says the company’s CEO. More

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