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MIT researchers unveil NFC sensors that detect hazardous chemicals

December 9th, 2014

MIT chemists have devised a way to detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants using an NFC-enabled sensor and a smartphone. The low cost of the sensors means the technology could be widely deployed as a… More

Barcelona equips 8,000 city locations with NFC and QR touchpoints

December 5th, 2014

More than eight thousand locations across the Spanish city of Barcelona are to be equipped with NFC and QR touchpoints that deliver information on local services directly to visitors’ and citizens’ smartphones. The Barcelona Contactless… More

Blarney Castle identifies trees with NFC horti-tags

December 4th, 2014

Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold and tourist attraction in Ireland, is attaching custom-developed NFC tags to its trees so that gardeners will be able to easily create and update a database of information about each… More

Toshiba offers NFC/BLE combi chip

December 3rd, 2014

Toshiba has unveiled a dual-function IC that includes both a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio and an NFC Type 3 (Felica) tag. The tag part of the chip offers 1.5KB of memory and an I2C interface to allow it to be shared with the BLE side. The TC35670FTG is designed to be included in Bluetooth Smart devices such as sensors, toys, smartphone accessories and healthcare devices and offers one-touch Bluetooth pairing as well as power management features to increase battery lifetimes.

Restaurants in India offer NFC payments

December 1st, 2014

Indian restaurant chain Adigas is rolling out NFC payments to its customers in partnership with mobile payment company iKaaz, starting first in its Brahmin’s Coffee Bar in south Bangalore. “NFC cards/tags are issued to customers [and] mapped to their mobile phones to enable micro-payments,” Iamin reports. “Customers can load amounts between Rs100 (US$1.60) and Rs10,000 with the annual transaction limit set at Rs1lakh (US$1,611).”

Latvian merchants and ski resorts adopt NFC loyalty platform

November 26th, 2014

Latvian startup Walmoo has launched a mobile loyalty platform that uses standard NFC phones or tablets to provide customers with the ability to redeem coupons, discounts and offers. Ten merchants are live on the platform… More

Cartamundi to develop flexible NFC tags

November 21st, 2014

Global playing card producer Cartamundi is working with Holst Centre, an initiative set up by Belgian nanoelectronics research centre Imec and Dutch research institute TNO, to develop NFC tags that make use of metal-oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) technology on plastic film. The new tags are designed for embedding in products like game cards where there is a requirement for a solution that is both ultra-thin and flexible.

HID reports on NFC healthcare pilot

November 11th, 2014

A care worker tracking pilot that used a Medicaid-compliant NFC tag platform developed by HID Global has cut 30 seconds from the time taken for a carer to check in to a client’s location and resulted in a 100% authentication accuracy rate, the company reports. Based on HID Global’s Trusted Tag platform, the service uses NFC tags and phones to provide an “indisputable and auditable” record of visits made to patients.

RATP adds NFC to Paris bus and tram stops

November 11th, 2014

Paris area transport authority RATP has begun installing NFC tags at bus and tram stops in the Ile-de-France region to deliver real-time information and route maps to passengers’ smartphones. Developed in partnership with RATP subsidiary Ixxi, the service is due to be rolled out to 13,000 locations in the first quarter of 2015 and is also available via SMS and QR code for those without an NFC device.

LoyaltyGrid uses NFC tags to let luxury brands reward their customers at the point of sale

November 6th, 2014

Dutch startup LoyaltyGrid has unveiled a solution that lets luxury brands use NFC tags embedded in product packaging to guarantee the authenticity of their products — and deliver rewards, discounts, exclusive content, invitations to special events… More

YesTap tests NFC shopping wall in Amsterdam

October 22nd, 2014

Mobile ordering startup YesTap has installed an NFC-based interactive shopping wall at Google’s Amsterdam offices which lets employees tap to order groceries and make a payment on their mobile device before collecting the items at the end of the day. More

Carlsberg rolls out NFC beer mats and beacons to 250 Danish pubs and bars

October 6th, 2014

Brewer Carlsberg is distributing beer mats containing an NFC tag and a QR code and installing Bluetooth beacons at 250 pubs and bars across Denmark to support its Crowdit offers and venue discovery app. More

NFC World+ breaks all records in September

October 3rd, 2014

144,508 unique visitors read NFC World+ in September 2014, up 24% on a year ago, and we served 395,029 pages (up 22%) as business executives and technical experts flocked to the site to learn about Apple Pay, NFC and the future of mobile payments. More

RapidNFC examines iPhone 6 tag reading issue

October 1st, 2014

PARTNER VIEWS: The question of whether or not Apple has included NFC tag reading and writing capabilities in the iPhone 6 is examined in a new blog post by NFC tag specialist RapidNFC. The article explains why the NFC antenna in a mobile phone needs to be more powerful for tag reading than for payments and concludes that “there’s nothing to indicate that such an antenna doesn’t exist within the phone. Even if nobody seems to have actually found it yet.”

Uber runs NFC marketing campaign in London pubs and clubs

September 30th, 2014

Taxi hailing service Uber is running an NFC marketing campaign in more than 100 London pubs, bars and clubs to promote downloads of its app to drinkers looking to book a taxi ride home. More

NFC technology report available for free download

September 30th, 2014

NFC Technologies and Systems, a 98-page report that explains in detail the technology behind NFC tag reading and writing, the role and functionality of trusted service managers (TSMs), how secure elements work and how they… More

iPhone 6 teardown shows NFC chips from NXP — and AMS

September 19th, 2014

A teardown conducted by iFixit shows that Apple is using NFC chips from both NXP and AMS in the new iPhone 6, which began shipping today. The inclusion of an NXP chip was expected but the AMS chip is a surprise addition. More

Apple confirms NFC chip lockdown

September 16th, 2014

Access to the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available only to Apple Pay, an Apple spokeswoman has told Cult of Mac. Whether that restriction applies only to the secure element or to all NFC functions, including tag reading/writing, is not yet confirmed, however.

Apple NFC: No support for tags or pairing?

September 10th, 2014

An examination of the preview version of iOS 8 shows that there is currently no support in the operating system for NFC tag reading/writing and pairing, according to tag specialist RapidNFC. More

NXP publishes guide to NFC and the Internet of Things

September 9th, 2014

Chip maker NXP has published a 20-page guide to NFC and the Internet of Things (IoT) that is available for readers to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. “NFC for Embedded Applications: Your Critical… More

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