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  • Editing Team 18:07 on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    HSBC in Hong Kong to Launch NFC Mobile Wallets 

    HSBC-Hong-Kong-NFC-mobile-wallet-rfid-blogHSBC is going to launch NFC-based mobile wallets in 2014 with four Hong Kong-based mobile carriers — HKT, CSL, SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings and China Mobile Hong Kong.

    The wallets will enable HSBC customers to store their HSBC-issued credit cards on Android-based NFC-capable smartphones issued by the mobile operators. The maximum amount per NFC transaction can be set at either HK$500 ($65) or HK$1,000 ($129).

    HKT said in a press release that it will use Single Wire Protocol SIM cards for the secure storage of payment applications and credit cards on its customers’ NFC-enabled mobile phones. The SIM cards can store different credit cards issued by multiple partner banks, including HSBC, HKT said.

    Starting in early 2014, customers will be able to download the HSBC mobile banking app to their NFC-enabled smartphones. They will then be able to make payments from their HSBC credit cards by tapping their phones against NFC readers. Details of the applicable cards will be announced after the service has been launched, HKT said.

  • Editing Team 16:17 on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival Uses RFID Wristband 

    Organizers of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a three-day music festival held in the twin cities of Bristol, Va., and Bristol, Tenn., has decided to use a new RFID-based ticketing and access-control solution. The solution includes RFID-enabled wristbands, which contain NXP Semiconductors Mifare chips compliant with the ISO 14443 standard, handheld and fixed HF RFID readers, as well as hosted software for managing access control and ticketing data.

    To attend the festival, visitors will have to go to the Bristol Rhythm website and pay $40 for a weekend pass to the festival. The wristband will then be shipped to the customer. When the RFID wristband arrives, the user goes online and registers it by entering the ID number printed on it (which is the same ID encoded to the RFID tag), and then enters his name and any other identifying information.

    When a visitor arrives at the event, he or she can tap the wristband near a fixed reader in order to be granted admission. The process is the same for vendors, employees, members of the press or performers; however, they must also enter information regarding their role at the event before being granted specific access.

    By combining access-control and ticketing functions on a single system, the solution can save money for festivals that otherwise would have to pay for several separate solutions. Since visitors need not stop and present a ticket to a staff member, they can pass through the entrance 3 to 4 times faster than those using paper tickets, thereby providing greater customer satisfaction.

  • Editing Team 18:19 on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Russian Supermarket Tests NFC for Personalized Shopping Experience 


    Russian supermarket chain Land is running a personalized NFC shopping program, which combines coupon dispensers at the front of the store and NFC-enabled payment devices at the checkout.

    The coupon dispensers send loyalty coupons and recommendations over-the-air to a customer’s NFC smartphone. Shoppers without an NFC phone can also take part by tapping their Land loyalty card against the devices and printing out loyalty coupons and recommendations.

    The devices feature an interactive touchscreen and can produce on-demand shopping lists based on predictive analytics — customer profile analysis, individual shopping history, time and day. The lists can be themed and include real-time information on products in-store. They can also deliver category- and theme- based recipes which include retailers’ recommended brands and ingredients.

    The NFC-enabled POS device at the checkout accepts payment either via their mobile wallet, which is linked to a MasterCard PayPass or Visa PayWave card, or their plastic contactless card. The device also provides targeted content relevant to each customer, including loyalty coupons that can be redeemed at their next visit and adverts based on their shopping history.

  • Editing Team 17:41 on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Virtual Library in New York Subway Encourages Passengers to Visit Libraries via NFC Technology 


    Three Students in Miami Ad School have introduced a virtual library shelf for subway passengers, allowing them to read the first 10 pages of a book on their smartphone before directing them to the nearest library, as a way of encouraging the public to visit various branches of New York Public Library.

    Although there is no Wi-Fi on the subway, NFC technology is found in many of the latest smartphones. NFC is a wireless, contactless system that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data between two devices held centimeters apart. Passengers can swipe their NFC-enabled smartphone against a poster and download the first 10 pages of their chosen book free of charge.

    When they leave the subway, a map pops up on their phone pointing out the nearest library branches where they can find the full version.

  • Editing Team 15:12 on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Contactless Transactions for London Buses Reached 6.5 Million Times 

    Last December, London introduced NFC contactless payments service on all of London’s 8,500 buses. So far, more than 6.5 million London bus journeys have been paid for using contactless American Express, MasterCard or Visa Europe contactless payment cards.

    If customers don’t have an Oyster card or have run out of credit on their Oyster card, they may choose to use a contactless open-loop card instead. Tickets bought with contactless cards cost less than cash tickets.

    The Transportation for London (TfL) said it will launch contactless card payments in its wider transit network in 2014 for journeys on over-ground and underground trains. Following the full rollout, TfL said it will become one of the world’s largest single merchants accepting contactless cards.

    “It is fantastic that so many people are taking advantage of the ease and convenience of using their contactless payment cards to pay their bus fares,” Shashi Verma, TfL’s director of customer experience, said in a news release. “Each week we are setting a new record for usage, which gives us great confidence for when we launch contactless payments on the rest of the network and make contactless fully integrated in 2014.”

    TfL reminds customers about presenting their Oyster or contactless payment cards separately to buses’ yellow card readers. If two cards are touched together, there is no risk of double payment, TfL said, but the payment might be taken from the card that the customer did not intend to use.

    TFL said there have been no technical issues since its contactless payment system launched, and refund requests for charges made to the wrong card have averaged less than three per day, out of around 4 million daily bus journeys paid for on Oyster.

    The company said it is working closely with the payments industry to prepare for the next phase of its contactless card rollout to trains. A pilot will take place over the next few months to test contactless payments on TfL’s train networks.

  • Editing Team 11:07 on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID-enabled Automatic Water Vending Machine 

    Similar to a traditional vending machine, this new water vending machine is totally automatic and needs no manual intervention.

    To buy water, you simply put the specialized water bottle on the machine and it will automatically fill the bottle with drinking water. The machine communicates with the user’s smartphone via RFID technology and deduct money directly on the phone, which saves manual labor.

    Besides, the water bottle, which is specifically designed for the machine, is portable and reusable, contributing to environment protection.


  • Editing Team 18:14 on December 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID-enabled Band-Aid-like Device Can Measure Body Temperature 

    Members from the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (IAMT) of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Zhejiang have developed a new Band-Aid-like device that can take one’s temperature, with an error of just between 0.05℃ to 0.2℃, and it doesn’t need any embedded battery to monitor body temperature in real time.

    The embedded temperature sensor’s passive UHF RFID smart measuring chip seamlessly combines a micro sensor and a passive RFID chip, which is world-leading, said Dr. Zhao Li, deputy director of the IAMT.

    Zhao said, the smart chip has a vast market — it can be used in health care, logistics, automobile, environment-protection, livestock, winery, etc. Two devices, one for body temperature measurement and the other for the cold chain, has been developed, both with a read range of more than 4 meters.

  • Editing Team 17:40 on December 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Creative Idea: RFID-enabled Love Card Reads out Products’ Information for the Blind 


    Designer Shen Ming has developed a new card which is specifically designed for the blind and elderly.

    The card is called the Love Card. It is a RFID-enabled digital card which aims at helping the blind and the elderly shop in supermarkets independently.

    The device, made up of biodegradable green plastic, includes a solar cell module, a large speaker, a switch and a link. Users may hang it around the neck. It is embedded with an RFID reader. When placed close to an item, the reader will read the RFID tag on the item and the card will “read aloud” the name, price and other information of the item.


  • Editing Team 18:19 on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    MasterCard Partners with Samsung to Introduce Embedded NFC Payments 


    Commonwealth Bank of Australia has introduced an NFC payments service that uses the secure element embedded in Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phones. The bank is working with MasterCard on the new service.

    “Commonwealth Bank customers can now easily add contactless payment functionality to their Samsung Galaxy S4, allowing for contactless payments at the more than 1.6 million MasterCard PayPass contactless merchant locations around the globe,” the payments network says.

    “MasterCard and Samsung, in partnership with financial institutions and mobile network operators worldwide, plan to complete similar service rollouts over the next year, including launches in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine in the first quarter of 2014.”

    “Access to the secure element allows Samsung and other OEMs, mobile network operators and financial institutions to partner with MasterCard to deliver next-generation payment solutions to consumers,” the network adds.

    “The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are two of the more than 140 devices, including 32 Samsung smartphones and tablets, certified as part of the MasterCard PayPass Ready programme launched in May of 2012.”

    CommBank announced plans to introduce NFC payments using embedded secure elements, as well as contactless PayTags that work with iOS and other Android phones in October 2013.

  • Editing Team 18:00 on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    US Bank Wells Fargo Works with Isis to Pilot NFC Payments 

    US bank Wells Fargo and Isis have announced the first phase of an agreement that will see customers with a Wells Fargo Visa credit card and an Isis NFC phone being able to load their card into their Isis Mobile Wallet and make purchases at merchants across the US.

    “We are committed to helping our customers succeed financially,” says Peter Ho, digital payments manager at Wells Fargo’s consumer financial services group. “Helping them make payments when, where and how they want is part of that promise.”

    “During this pilot phase with Isis, we will test and learn with customers who want to be on the leading edge of this technology,” he adds.

    Payment processor First Data will act as Wells Fargo’s trusted service manager (TSM) and will be responsible for delivering card credentials to consumers’ mobile devices.


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