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  • Editing Team 16:57 on September 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Dubai Deploys NFC Mobile Ticketing Service 

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    Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has developed a new service which enables public transportation users to use NFC-enabled phones to purchase and store tickets for use on Dubai’s subway, buses and water bus services.

    Starting next week, the Smart Nol mobile ticketing service will be available to customers of two mobile network operators, Etisalat and Du. The launch follows a pilot test conducted last year.

    The service is based on Dubai’s existing Nol transit card, a stored value card that can be topped up with funds at ticket offices, ticket vending machines, sales agents and RTA customer service centers. Customers wishing to use the service will be able to obtain an NFC-SIM card at Etisalat locations and Du business centers from 29th September.

    “We are providing this service for NFC-enabled mobile phone users via a special SIM card to use Nol services for public transport and in future for micropayments in UAE,” Abdulla Ali Al Madani, the RTA’s CEO says. “Customers will have similar experience to Nol cards and there is no major change in using it.”

    “Currently we have more than six million Nol cards and we are expecting good adaptation from our customer base since UAE has a good number of NFC-enabled handsets. By virtue of this pivotal service, you can use your NFC phone to check in and check out at the metro stations, public bus and water bus as well as reload and check your Nol balance”, he added.

     
  • Editing Team 18:19 on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Be Ready for Mass RFID Adoption 

    Geoffrey Moore is the author of Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado and other books about the technology adoption life cycle. He has studied how new technologies are embraced by the mass market, and has found that adoption typically remains slow for many years until five factors exist, after which adoption then explodes.

    The five indispensable factors, according to Moore, are as follows:

    ■a global standard

    ■a problem that no other technology can solve

    ■the “whole” product (an integrated solution)

    ■a critical mass of end users

    ■a gorilla (a dominant technology provider) that the market can embrace

    In terms of global standard, in today’s RFID industry, we have different global standards for different applications: ISO 15693 and ISO 14443 for short-range applications, ISO 18000-6C for passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) applications, and Wi-Fi and others for active systems. Besides, there are many problems for which RFID is ideal, that no other technology can solve cost-effectively.

    However, RFID is not a product or solution designed for a single market. It solves a wide variety of problems, and so there are many whole products. Adoption will likely accelerate perhaps first in retail (to monitor apparel inventory) and then in healthcare (to track hospital equipment). Now that we have whole products emerging, all that is required for mass adoption in a given area is for one company to emerge as the dominant solution provider, and for a critical mass of companies in that sector to adopt the technology.

    How long will that take? It’s difficult to say, but it certainly will not happen overnight. Yet businesses would be smart to start examining RFID’s benefits now, learn how to use the technology, understand the systems-integration issues involved and deploy a small-scale solution that delivers a return on investment within the next 12 to 18 months. And they would be smart to monitor adoption trends within their sector.

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  • Editing Team 17:02 on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RapidNFC Offers NFC Christmas Cards 

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    Tag supplier RapidNFC has offered a range of Christmas cards which include an NFC tag programmed with a link to the sender’s choice of digital content, together with London-based Freestyle Print.

    Each tag includes an NXP NTAG203 NFC chip and is integrated into the festival cards using a specialist lamination process.

    “Our clients are increasingly looking for new ways to engage with their customers and the NFC Christmas Card offers a unique and fun way to do so,” says Phil Coote, CEO of RapidNFC.

    Senders can choose from two pre-designed cards held in stock or can have A5 or A6 cards custom printed to their own requirements.

     
  • Editing Team 16:16 on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Aerospace Company Uses RFID to Track Handsets for Safety Purpose 

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    An aerospace company has piloted an RFID solution which uses GuardRFID’s active label, a 6-millimeter-thick, battery-powered 433 MHz tag small enough for monitoring individuals and assets in real-time location system (RTLS) applications.

    Since the work performed at that facility was highly sensitive, staff members or contractors entering specific areas were required to leave their mobile phones in a locker or other location outside the secured area.

    To solve this problem, GuardRIFD developed a new tag which comes with a battery, a motion sensor and a temperature sensor and is small enough to be affixed to the back of a cell phone. The built-in motion sensor enables the tag to be read more frequently when the object to which it is attached is moving, but less often when stationary, thereby extending the battery life.

    If an individual forgot to remove a phone from his or her pocket upon entering through the door, the exciter awakened the phone’s tag, which began transmitting its ID number. The reader received that ID and forwarded it to the software, which not only stored that event data but also triggered an alarm to be sounded by the doorway’s audio device, thereby reminding the individual to remove his or her phone and store it outside the secured area.

     
  • Editing Team 10:02 on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Compatibility Issues with Mifare Classic 1K NFC Tags ——Reasons Why Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, & New (2013) Nexus 7 Cannot Completely Read the Tags 

    Mifare-Classic-1K-NFC-tag-rfid-blogMany users of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the new 2013 Nexus 7 Tablet have reported the problem of NFC compatibility with the Mifare Classic 1K NFC tags. Here is the reason why they are not compatible:

    As is known, NXP is a world-leading manufacturers of NFC hardware which is widely used for a great many Android phones. The NFC Forum was established to create protocols for NFC, so that any hardware and any microchip (NFC tag) that adheres to this protocol will be compatible. The Mifare Classic 1K chip is created by NXP specifically to be compatible with its hardware and not necessarily to adhere to the protocols. Since the chip is designed to be compatible with NXP’s hardware, this means it is compatible with the MAJORITY NFC-enabled devices but not necessarily compatible with ANY phone that uses other manufacturer’s hardware.

    The four devices mentioned above (Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7) use a different manufacturer’s NFC hardware (Broadcom). Since only chips which adhere to the NFC Forum’s protocols are completely compatible and the Mifare Classic chips are not, thus it is not totally compatible with the Broadcom NFC hardware which can ONLY read off the UID (unique identifier) in a Mifare Classic chip and cannot write to them at all or read anything else that has been written to them.

    But that doesn’t mean Mifare Classic tags cannot be used at all with the four devices. Since the UID can be detected and read, Mifare Classic chips can be used with these devices with the help of an app such as Automatelt and ReTag which simply uses a tag’s UID to trigger tasks saved on the device. But if you want to create tags to share information with others, you’ll need universally compatible tags that you can write to and can be read by anyone.

    Is there any NFC tags that are fully compatible with these devices? The answer is YES. Any NFC tag that complies with the NFC Forum’s protocol will be compatible with these devices and there are plenty of them! Yet the more memory they have, the more expensive they are.

    ■NTAG203 tag: with 137 bytes of memory

    ■Topaz 512 tag: with 450 bytes of memory

    Although they have far less memory than the 700 bytes found on the Mifare Classic 1K tag, this is more than enough for most apps which only record a small amount of info on a tag that ties the tag to the specific app and then allows the app to store the various settings and events.

    At present, the NTAG203 tag remains the most popular NFC Forum tag and it should be able to use by most tasks triggering apps, while the Topaz 512 tag has plenty of memory for full electronic business card info but costs a little more. These tags are referred to as “Universal” NFC tags because they are universally compatible with ALL NFC devices.

    So if you want the tags to be read by anyone, you’ll probably want to go with the NTAG203 or Topaz 512 NFC tags since they are compatible with all NFC-enabled devices. If you are using the Samsung Tectile app, you definitely do not want to use NTAG203 or Topaz 512 tags, for the Tectile app takes up much more memory than the NTAG203 chip can afford.

    But how can I find out how much data I need for a specific tag? Many NFC apps, such as NFC Smart Q, will let you know how much memory you need for things you want to do by creating tags (without actually having tags).

    So far, the compatibility issues only affect the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the new 2013 Nexus 7. But it might affect other devices if other companies decide to use NFC hardware not made by NXP.

     
  • Editing Team 14:25 on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How Long Does It Take to Read an RFID Tag Compared to Barcode? 

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    It should be borne in mind that RFID systems can be divided into various types. Different types of RFID systems can store a different amount of data, which affects the amount of time required to read a tag.

    The most commonly used tags — passive RFID tags can store only a serial number. They can be read within a second, so the read time is mere milliseconds.

    One big advantage of RFID over barcodes is that RFID does not require line of sight. Reading an RFID tag is slightly faster than scanning a barcode when you pick up a single tag and read it with a handheld, but it is faster when you perform inventory counts of multiple items on shelves or in a pile.

    To read a barcode, a holder must align the barcode to the scanner, while with RFID, you can just wave a scanner over the shelves and read all (or nearly all) tags on them.

    To summarize, RFID is 10 to 20 times faster than barcodes — and more accurate.

     
  • Editing Team 17:24 on September 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Irish Dublin Business School Installs NFC Kiosk 

    Dublin Business School (DBS) in Ireland has installed a triple-screen kiosk with NFC. Students can use their contactless ID cards to access timetable information.

    The ‘Tri Screen Poser Table’ kiosk is provided by ImageHolders, housing three Microsoft Surface Pro tablet computers.

    An application is also under development which can enable students to check in to lectures.

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  • Editing Team 12:00 on September 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Wristband Developers Raise Funding on Kickstarter 

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    A team of developers are raising funding on Kickstarter for a rubber wristband with which wearers can unlock their phone, cancel or postpone an alarm clock, control the volume of music, skip songs and share their contact information via NFC.

    Each wristband contains two NFC tags. Users need to download an app that allows them to program the bracelet to carry out different functions depending on the phone’s state and whether the wristband is tapped or held to a phone.

    “This app provides the smartphone with the support necessary to detect, and interpret in the right way, the movement you perform over your phone,” said Guillermo Medina, member of the Thirteenfiftysix team. “Therefore, with only two different tags, you will be able to carry out more than six different actions.”

    The crowdfunding campaign will be closed on October 16th, with a target of £20,000 in order to develop the app further and put the current prototype into production. So far, £3,800 has been raised.

     
  • Editing Team 18:00 on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship Store Deploys RFID System for Better Management 

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    The New York-based Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store had a problem with its shoes — there are always more than 4,000 individual shoes needed to be placed in the proper locations. Now the retailer has turned to Tyco Retail Solution’s RFID system to manage all the shoes within the store.

    With the RFID system, the store was able to raise its display compliance rates from 65% to 100%, which means that if a shoe style is available in the backroom, a sample is also on display for shoppers. The success from the NYC store pilot prompted the retailer to install the RFID system at three more of its prominent store locations.

    “Initially, we were experiencing too many styles that were not represented on the selling floor,” said Ed Stagman, Saks’ senior VP of store operations. “We needed to find a more efficient and productive means of accomplishing this task.”

     
  • Editing Team 15:43 on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Encode NFC Tags with NXP’s TagWriter App 

    In fact, it is quite easy to encode NFC tags with your NFC-enabled smartphone. You may even encode hundreds of tags with a single mobile phone. Here we’ll introduce how to encode NFC tags using NXP’s free TagWriter app.

    1. Download TagWriter

    You may download NXP’s TagWriter for free from Google Play. It should be easy to find.

    2. Enable “Professional Edition”

    Before you start the encoding process, it is better to enable the extra features, which at the time of writing is free. Go to preferences through the menu button and “Switch UI Mode” to “Professional Edition”.

    3. Using the Start Menu

    The start menu allows you to “View” information already on the tag. You can use the “Tools” section to lock or erase content. To write something, first tap “Create and write”.

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    4. Tap “New” or Select from “History”

    You can view data that you have recently written to tags in “History”, or you can create something new. For the latter, tap the “New” option.

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    5. Encoding Options

    This screen shows you all the encoding options available to you. Select “URL”.

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    6. Create New Bookmark

    Select “Create new bookmark”.

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    7. Enter Your Data

    You may enter a title, but it takes up memory space on the NFC tag and doesn’t always display on all phones, so we’d suggest you not to. Enter a web address (for example, Google.com) and tap “Next”.

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    8. Encoding Options

    On this screen, you can select whether to write to one tag or multiple tags and whether you want to protect. Uncheck all options, for if you “protect”, it will lock the tags and you will no longer be able to change the data, unless you are sure that you definitely will not use it again. Then tap “Next”.

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    9. Encode Your Tag

    The last step is to hold your phone over the NFC tag and wait for a second for it to encode.

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    10. Complete!

    That’s the whole process. A confirmation “Store Successful” will be shown and you have finished the encoding process. If you want to lock it, you can do this from the “Tools” menu option.

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