GlobalPlatform launches transportation task force

GlobalPlatform has set up a Transportation Task Force with the aim of actively contributing to the evolution of smart ticketing solutions. Ultimately, the goal is to develop a standard travel media that will offer multi transportation network ticketing solutions which provide a variety of additional services to passengers, including everything from bike rental to banking services. More

Payez Mobile updates NFC specifications

AEPM, the Association Européenne Payez Mobile, has updated the technical specifications for Payez Mobile, the NFC solution developed by the leading French banks and mobile operators that has been on test in the French towns of Caen and Strasbourg since November 2007 (see our earlier article). More

American Express joins GlobalPlatform’s mobile contactless standardization efforts

American Express has become the latest Full Member of GlobalPlatform, the international smart card specifications body whose technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are used in more than 300 million smart cards and two billion SIM/USIM cards — with the aim of participating in the association’s mobile payments standardization efforts. More

Yulong to launch NFC phone by end 2009

Chinese handset manufacturer Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific is to launch “a dual-module NFC mobile phone at the end of this year”, according to a report in the SinoCast Daily Business Beat (via TMCnet). The company is working with mobile operators, banks and bus companies on NFC mobile phone testing and commercial use, the article reports, and Yulong has also signed up as a member of the NFC Forum. More details as soon as we have them… More

Inside Contactless adds NFC to MobiNear’s Box kiosks

Proximity and NFC specialist MobiNear has signed a technology partnership agreement with Inside Contactless. The deal will see Inside’s NFC reader modules being added to MobiNear’s kiosk solution, enabling consumers to use their contactless transportation cards or NFC-enabled mobile phones to access MobiNear’s PayGo platform for a broad range of payment, loyalty, access control and identification services. More

French retailers, operators publish NFC adoption plans

The Ergosum consortium of French retailers and operators has published its specifications and two use cases, for both traditional points of sale and self-checkout scenarios, ahead of planned large-scale testing of NFC in the French retail sector later this year. The use cases provide detailed explanations of how the consortium expects to see NFC being used for both payments and for marketing purposes, including promotional coupon campaigns. More

How much will consumers be prepared to spend with their NFC phones per transaction and overall?

OPINION: In most countries, the maximum transaction limit for a contactless payment is set low enough that only small items such as cups of coffee and bus tickets can be purchased. That may not, however, be what consumers want — and it could be leading to the potential revenues from NFC payments being seriously underestimated. More

The NFC Newswire: Breaking news, product launches and NFC-related news from around the world

All the latest news from around the NFC ecosystem including a new Toshiba NFC phone now under development, Telecom Italia’s new mobile commerce service, Visa Australia increases contactless transaction limit, Twinlinx and Windows Mobile, Montreal’s new contactless ticketing system, MoLo Rewards’ NFC coupon and loyalty solution and more…  More

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