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Beacons land at UK airports to send out offers and rewards

May 19th, 2015

Eight UK airports are to roll out a network of 200 Bluetooth Low Energy beacons that will deliver notifications such as offers and rewards to passengers while they wait for their flights. The service is… More

New Pebble could offer NFC strap

March 4th, 2015

Watch maker Pebble has smashed through a US$500,000 crowdfunding target, raising nearly $16m in a matter of days to produce its new Pebble Time smart watch with a colour display. The device will connect to Smart Straps, interchangeable wristbands that can contain electronics and sensors that interface directly with apps running on the watch. “Now everything is possible — GPS, heart rate monitor, NFC, battery extension, you name it!” says the company.

LG smart watch to offer NFC payments

February 27th, 2015

An LTE-equipped variant of LG‘s new luxury smart watch will offer NFC mobile payment functionality, reports Engadget. The Watch Urbane LTE can also make phone calls and features a bevy of sensors including a gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, atmospheric pressure, heartbeat, and GPS. The watch is due to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.

Bluetooth beacons could be just the ticket for UK rail passengers

February 9th, 2015

UK rail passengers could soon have their tickets verified automatically as they walk through fare gates at a station, using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-enabled mobile ticketing app due to be built by Bytemark. The… More

Facebook to test Bluetooth beacons in New York

February 2nd, 2015

Facebook has unveiled a new service called Place Tips that works with Bluetooth beacons, WiFi and GPS to show the social network’s iOS app users “useful and relevant” information about the places they visit. Those… More

Starbucks launches Mobile Order & Pay in Portland

December 4th, 2014

Starbucks’ Mobile Order & Pay service is now live in Portland, Oregon ahead of a planned nationwide roll out across the US that will begin in 2015. The coffee chain first spoke about its plans… More

True Mileage uses NFC to cut the cost of usage-based vehicle insurance

June 12th, 2014

Insurance technology startup True Mileage is to begin pilot testing an NFC-enabled vehicle tracking device that “can save providers up to 50% over the cost of other usage-based devices in the industry”. Drivers install the… More

Apple patents NFC antenna that works on all sides of a mobile device

May 27th, 2014

Apple has applied for a patent on an antenna design that allows NFC signals to be transmitted from both the top and bottom of a mobile phone — front and rear — reducing the need for a user to orientate their device in a particular way when conducting an NFC transaction. More

NFC onesie gets SXSW outing

March 26th, 2014

A prototype “onesie” jumpsuit has been developed that enables the location of the wearer to be tracked and can communicate using built-in NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. More

Dementia patients get NFC help

February 24th, 2014

Taiwan Mobile has introduced an NFC bracelet that can be used to assist the elderly, and in particular those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, should they get lost. When someone comes across a lost person wearing one of the smart wristbands, they simply touch the bracelet to their smartphone to send an alert containing the ID of the bracelet and their GPS location to a pre-set list of family, friends and relevant authorities.

Orange Cash goes live in France

February 13th, 2014

Orange Cash, the prepaid NFC payments service announced by Orange and Visa in November 2013, is now live in the French cities of Strasbourg and Caen. The launch is being supported with a credit of… More

FC Solution tracks security guards with GPS and NFC

January 21st, 2014

Thailand-based FC Solution has introduced a tracking system that requires security guards to check in to a location by tapping their NFC phone to a tag — and also records the employee’s GPS location to… More

Allure introduces smart home sensors with NFC and BLE

January 8th, 2014

Smart home specialist Allure Energy has introduced new sensors that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy, enabling both iOS and Android device users to have the temperature of individual rooms in their home adjusted to… More

Qualcomm announces 4G Snapdragon chipsets with NFC

December 11th, 2013

Qualcomm has introduced a 4G LTE chipset that is designed to be used in smartphones costing under US$150 and includes support for NFC. The new Snapdragon 410 chipsets are manufactured using 28nm process technology and… More

China Mobile reports NFC adoption stats

October 16th, 2013

China Mobile has seen a take-up of 2.5m NFC handsets, 600,000 SIMs and 1.4m NFC-enabled POS terminals, the carrier’s Liu Xin has revealed at the GSMA’s NFC & Mobile Money Summit in New York. Those… More

Skycore adds cloud-based asset tracking to CodeReadr app

October 15th, 2013

Mobile services provider Skycore has added a cloud-based web service to its CodeReadr NFC tag and barcode scanning app, designed to enable secure tracking and authentication of home medical equipment assets, dispensed medications and home… More

Adlink launches B2B NFC phone

October 9th, 2013

Taiwan-based technology manufacturer Adlink has released an NFC phone and “industrial mobile handheld device” aimed at automatic identification and data capture applications that includes a 1D laser or 2D camera-based barcode scanner, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1… More

RugGear to launch military spec rugged NFC phone

September 23rd, 2013

Rugged phone maker RugGear will include NFC in its next handset, a fully waterproof and dustproof 5.3-inch Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean smartphone. The RG970 is IP68 certified, the rating given to products that are totally… More

Lycamobile adopts NFC for international workforce management

July 8th, 2013

UK-based tracking system specialist Crystal Ball has implemented a new mobile tracking solution with NFC for the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator, Lycamobile, which is now going live with employees in sixteen countries. Crystal Ball… More

GeoToll uses NFC to manage RFID road toll payments

July 4th, 2013

Transportation technology startup GeoToll is developing a tolling system that automatically takes payment as a vehicle passes a toll gantry, using a combination of NFC, RFID and GPS. The new system uses GPS to wake… More

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