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NFC Forum updates specs with support for pairing at a distance

April 16th, 2014

New versions of nine NFC Forum specifications have been published today, including version 1.3 of the NFC Connection Handover Technical Specification which now provides a way to use an intermediary NFC device to set up… More

Total Produce pushes fruit and veg with NFC in supermarkets

April 15th, 2014

International fresh produce distributor Total Produce is to provide consumers with access to videos, recipes, interactive games and content about the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet via NFC tag and QR code-equipped SmartStands located… More

eBay runs NFC ads on tables in coffee shops

April 4th, 2014

eBay has rolled out an NFC advertising campaign in 60 premium coffee shops across the UK to promote the online shopping site’s home and garden, DIY and technology sections. The campaign is being delivered using a… More

Hanakai Studio seeks funding for Prodigy NFC game

April 4th, 2014

French games developer Hanakai Studio has launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter for a role playing video game (RPG) that uses NFC-enabled rings, figurines, cards and an interactive board to allow players to interact with… More

TagTalk crowdfunds NFC gift tags

April 1st, 2014

Canadian startup TagTalk has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a range of interactive gift tags that allow the sender to upload a voice note, photo or video that the recipient can access by tapping their… More

Ocho seeks funds for NFC key tray that sends messages to friends and family

March 25th, 2014

US startup Ocho has unveiled an NFC tray that enables messages to be automatically sent to users, family members and colleagues when a key, wallet, phone or other NFC tagged object is placed on the… More

Clear Channel to take NFC advertising global

March 25th, 2014

Clear Channel Outdoor is to equip 75,000 out-of-home advertising sites in 23 countries around the world with its Connect mobile advertising platform, allowing consumers to interact with brands via NFC tags, QR codes and, in… More

Teasy combines NFC and biometrics for payments in Nigeria

March 21st, 2014

Nigerian mobile payments provider Teasy Mobile is to equip its mobile money agents with POS terminals that use biometric technology to verify a consumer and NFC to allow them to make a payment. VeriFone Mobile… More

RATP installs NFC at bus stops

March 20th, 2014

French public transportation operator RATP is adding NFC tags to all of its bus stops across Paris, enabling travellers to tap their NFC phone to get information about departure and arrival times. “This new technology has a lot more potential,” RATP told NFC World. “Thanks to it, our customers will have access to more information on their smartphone. No need for a specific app, any smartphone [that is] NFC compatible will be able to read the NFC tags.”

Samsung unveils NFC voice label for visually impaired smartphone users

March 14th, 2014

Samsung has introduced a range of accessories for its Galaxy Core Advance NFC smartphone aimed at users “that require special assistance”. The range includes an ultrasonic cover, optical scan stand and an NFC-enabled voice label… More

Zuzance seeks funding for NFC clothing range

March 13th, 2014

A startup that aims to create “an ever-expanding line of wearable tech that goes beyond simple NFC” is seeking crowdfunding to produce an NFC-enabled clothing range. Zuzance’s first products are a US$50 hoodie that contains… More

Thinfilm to offer NFC temperature sensors for product packaging

March 13th, 2014

Printed electronics specialist Thinfilm is to introduce low cost NFC time and temperature sensors that can be incorporated into the packaging of food products and other perishable items, to enable consumers, distributors and merchants to… More

Proxama to offer secure coupons

March 12th, 2014

NFC specialist Proxama is to use HID Global’s Trusted Tag platform to add extra security to mobile coupon and loyalty schemes. The new service will generate a unique code each time an NFC tag is tapped to “avoid a situation where one transaction can lead to rewards being collected multiple times and allow a true customer proof-of-presence,” Proxama says.

Flypay raises £1m to develop NFC and QR based restaurant payment app

March 12th, 2014

Flypay has raised £1 million from mobile payment specialist Entree Capital to further develop its restaurant-based mobile payment app, which uses NFC and QR codes to enable consumers to pay at their table at participating… More

Smartrac to seed Internet of Things platform with 1.5bn tags a year

March 6th, 2014

The company’s Smart Cosmos platform will provide an open, secure and standardized way to track the world’s objects, Smartrac CEO Clemens Joos has told NFC World, enabling system integrators, developers and consumers to connect physical… More

New Mini gets NFC key cap option

March 5th, 2014

Buyers of the new Mini F56 will be able to customize the design of their car key by choosing an official aftermarket ‘key cap’ that supports NFC and will be available from Mini dealers worldwide…. More

iKaaz takes NFC to Nigeria

February 27th, 2014

Bangalore-based NFC payments provider iKaaz is taking its technology to Nigeria, in partnership with First City Monument Bank. The company, founded by former Nokia Money employees, offers an mPOS device, mobile wallet and NFC stickers that are tied to the customer’s bank account. SMS-based payments are also supported.

Smartrac adds Ntag213 tags

February 26th, 2014

Smartrac‘s widely used BullsEye, Midas and Circus NFC tags are now available with NXP’s latest generation Ntag213 chips built in. The new Ntag213 NFC tags come with 144 bytes of user memory with password protection and are compatible with NFC Forum Type 2 tag and ISO/IEC14443 Type A standards. They also offer UID mirroring, enabling every tag to be easily identified as unique without requiring users to encode tags with serial numbers.

KDDI, SK Planet, Chunghwa Telecom and HKT form Asia NFC Alliance

February 25th, 2014

Japanese carrier KDDI, Korea’s SK Planet, Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom and Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) are to work together to spread adoption of NFC services in Asia, using a shared NFC tag specification, brand mark and… More

Nokia offers NFC Treasure Tags

February 19th, 2014

Nokia has introduced bright plastic tags that can be attached to a Lumia smartphone owner’s keys, bag, wallet and other valuables and emit “a loud tone” when they become separated from the phone. Additionally, an app can pinpoint the last place up to four paired Treasure Tags were “seen” on a map. The 30mm by 30mm by 10mm tags cost US$29.90 each, have a six month battery life and can be paired with a smartphone via either NFC or Bluetooth LE.

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