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    US Smart City Challenge adds NXP’s RFID tagging solutions

    May 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has expanded its Smart City Challenge initiative to include NXP’s RFID tagging solutions and smart card ICs. The addition of NXP RFID tagging will enable automatic vehicle… More

    US startup raises funds for NFC necklace

    December 8th, 2015

    A US startup is raising funds on Kickstarter for its first production run of Lockett, a customisable necklace that can be tapped with an NFC phone to retrieve personal photos, videos and messages. “The limited early bird rewards begin at US$65 for a single sterling silver NFC necklace and $750 for 10 sterling silver necklaces customised with a logo,” says the company, which hopes to debut the product in Austin, Texas.

    Samsung Pay gets seven city US promo tour

    October 2nd, 2015

    Samsung is to run a seven city tour to promote the launch of Samsung Pay in the US. “Samsung will give consumers in Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles a special opportunity to unlock special offers and prizes through Samsung Pay,” the company says. The service launched in the US this week.

    Residence Inn trials augmented reality

    June 11th, 2015

    Hotel chain Residence Inn by Marriott is to pilot image recognition and augmented reality technology that will allow guests to scan beverage coasters to access interactive experiences, including games and food and drink suggestions, on their smartphones. The chain is using visual discovery platform Blippar for the service and will test it in Boston, Austin, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

    GameStop deploys BLE in stores

    August 5th, 2014

    Video game retailer GameStop is deploying Shelfbucks beacons in test markets including Austin and College Station, Texas this month to deliver offers and relevant data to a shopper’s smartphone running a mobile app developed by BestFit Mobile. “We can deliver personalisation at a much higher level, ensuring customers always have access to relevant product offers, including product ratings and reviews, when and where it matters to them most,” says GameStop’s Charlie Larkin.

    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

    US politician uses NFC campaign to attract younger voters

    October 15th, 2013

    Aspiring US politician Rico Reyes is using NFC solutions provider Camintel’s Touch2Vote platform to send out NFC and QR code-enabled flyers in a bid to attract the support of younger voters in Austin, Texas. The… More

    Isis wallets to include Chase credit cards

    August 12th, 2013

    Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, Chase Slate and JP Morgan Palladium cardholders across the US will be able to add their credit cards to their Isis mobile wallets when the NFC venture rolls out nationally later… More

    Isis releases pilot test results

    July 31st, 2013

    Analysis by carrier-owned NFC mobile payments venture Isis of its pilot tests in the cities of Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas has found that more than 80% of transactions take place at everyday… More

    Coca-Cola reports on Isis loyalty project

    July 31st, 2013

    “More than one-third of active Isis Mobile Wallets users in Austin have loaded a My Coke Rewards card into their wallet since our pilot began and 90 percent of these are new to the My… More

    Isis to launch NFC mobile payments across the US in 2013

    July 31st, 2013

    NFC mobile payments are to be available to consumers across the United States from “later this year” following successful pilots in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah, the Isis joint venture between carriers AT&T… More

    Usat and Isis launch loyalty program for NFC vending machines

    April 29th, 2013

    USA Technologies (USAT) has teamed up with NFC platform provider Isis to offer a mobile loyalty program. Customers who use an Isis NFC phone to make payments at vending machines will get their fifth purchase free…. More

    Isis releases Utah mobile payments usage stats

    February 13th, 2013

    Active users are now paying with Isis five or more times a week, says Jim Stapleton, the NFC payments platform’s chief sales officer. “Consumers actually only need to know about the passcode, and you kind of have a mental ‘Oh!’ right there as they realize their leather wallet does not have a passcode,” he explained. More

    Salt Lake Tribune reports on Isis pilot

    December 5th, 2012

    Salt Lake Tribune reporter Vince Horiuchi has been out and about in the city testing Isis, following the October 2012 launch of the NFC mobile payments venture’s pilots in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas. “To… More

    GigaOm: Isis awareness low

    October 24th, 2012

    The Isis pilot launch has been “softer than a goose down pillow”, says GigaOm’s Stacey Higginbotham, who has been checking out the service in Austin, Texas and found that merchant awareness of the NFC payments system is currently quite low. “Despite being listed on the Isis web site, many local merchants had no clue they were now able to accept Isis payments, or even knew what the program was,” says Higginbotham.

    Isis launches NFC in Austin and Salt Lake City

    October 22nd, 2012

    From today, customers of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile with an NFC phone can collect an Isis-enabled SIM from any of the carriers’ stores in the two pilot cities. More

    Isis confirms launch date

    October 17th, 2012

    Isis is to launch its NFC-based payments system in two test markets on Monday, the US carrier-owned venture has confirmed. “Isis will be launching in Austin and Salt Lake City on October 22,” says head of marketing Jaymee Johnson. “By year end, as many as 20 Isis Ready handsets are expected to be in market. We look forward to sharing more details on October 22.”

    Isis Android app reveals list of permissions required

    October 17th, 2012

    T-Mobile’s Isis app for Android phone users can now be downloaded from Google Play, ahead of the NFC venture’s launch in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City. The app’s page on Google Play provides a… More

    Isis to go live on 22 October?

    October 10th, 2012

    A leaked internal document obtained by Android Central suggests the long-awaited launch of Isis’ NFC pilots is now set to go ahead on 22 October. The service was originally due to go live this summer in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas but has hit delays.

    Isis to pay USAT for adding NFC to vending machines

    October 3rd, 2012

    Isis has struck a deal with vending machine technology provider USA Technologies (USAT) that will see the NFC venture paying USAT a subsidy for converting up to 7,500 vending machines to accept Isis payments in… More

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