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  • Editing Team 16:46 on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    New Security Guards’ Check-in System Combines NFC and GPS 

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    FC Solution, a Thailand-based company, has introduced a tracking system which requires security guards to check in to a location by tapping their NFC phone to a tag. The system also records the employee’s GPS location to ensure guards can’t cheat the system by removing tags placed around a secured area and putting them in an easier-to-access location.

    “We add the GPS location in the data record after the tag is tapped so the employer can check this tag read against the GPS location,” says FC Solution’s Vanchai Wongthamrin, “Before, without the GPS, the employee could take all the tags with them and keep them in the control center.”

    “All data recorded by the CloudFCS service can be accessed from a back office computer in real time,” says Wongthamrin. “The system can also be used for asset tracking.”

     
  • Editing Team 18:23 on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Ski Maker Madshus Introduces NFC-enabled Skis 

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    Cross country ski maker Madshus is to incorporate NFC chips into its 2014/15 Redline and Champion range skis, enabling retailers to select the ideal set of skis for customers more quickly.

    The NFC chips will be used to store each ski‘s unique signature, including its flex profile, target skier weight, optimal waxing properties and camber profile. Retailers will then be able to scan the chips in-store so they can quickly identify the right skis for their customer.

    A companion MyMadshus consumer app is also being introduced in autumn 2014, enabling skiers to log each of their ski’s unique “DNA” as well as track snow conditions, wax history and recent workout data.

    “Individual skis vary in many ways,” said global brand manager Chris McCullough, “Because cross country skis are designed for specific snow conditions and user weights, the overall camber, flex, length and base of a ski varies significantly from one to the next. By making fine adjustments to the ski presses during production, we can target key properties of their final design and so design skis that meet targeted needs in the market.”

    “The importance of having an internal NFC chip that stores all of the ski’s DNA is a huge added value to the retailer. Rather than having to take a pair of skis into a back room to manually use a ski flexer to designate the correct wax pocket for the consumer, the retailer can now scan the ski and get the necessary info in a matter of seconds.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:50 on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    HOAX: ObamaCare Mandates American Citizens to Implant RFID Chip? All European Newborns Must Take Microchip Implants from May 2014? 

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    There has been rumor circulating over the past few years about ObamaCare RFID Microchip implant. It says that wording from the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) contains a section that requires the implantation of a RFID chip in all Americans by a certain date and allows for data collection from those devices.

    Sounds scary, right? Truth is the Act did not mandate the use of any such devices, however. Nowhere in any version of the bill did it say Americans must have microchips or any other devices implanted anywhere in their bodies. More importantly, the provision creating a national medical device registry was entirely stricken from the final legislation signed into law by President Obama.

    Recently, similar rumor goes that all European newborn babies will be compelled to take in a subcutaneous RFID chip beginning in May 2014. However, the rumor is obviously false, with absolutely no basis in reality whatsoever — there are no laws currently on the books in any European country requiring newborns to receive microchip implants.

    Hoaxes like these gain viral success through the medium of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter because they exploit a common fear of a lack of privacy and control from a prying, authoritarian Government.

    Yet, who’s it for us to say what will happen in 500 years or even 1,000 years? We simply have no idea what the future holds but what we do know is that any plans like the mandatory implanting of all a countries’ citizens are unfeasible and thus are certainly not going to happen in the foreseeable future, in America, Europe, or anywhere else.

     
  • Editing Team 18:22 on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple New Patent Combines NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for Mobile Payments 

    Apple-patent-NFC-Bluetooth-WiFi-rfid-blogApple has published a new patent which uses a secure element in a mobile phone to store cardholders’ data, NFC to initiate a transaction and Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to complete the processing of a transaction and return coupons and other information to the customer’s device.

    In US patent number 20140019367, “Method to send payment data through various air interfaces without compromising user data”, Apple sets out a system that uses a secure element to store payment card data. This data could then be sent directly from the secure element to the merchant’s POS terminal via NFC in the usual way or, alternatively, NFC could be used only to initiate a transaction.

    In this case, once an initial link-up had been established via NFC, payment card data would be sent from the secure element to the application processor and then on to the POS terminal, via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, in an encrypted format, since, as Apple explains, “the confidentiality of data sent to the application processor may be compromised, e.g. by a rogue application.”

    The system could also be used to make online purchases, Apple adds, as well as in an offline retail environment.

     
  • Editing Team 18:12 on January 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Five UK Banks to Launch NFC and QR Payments 

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    Five banks in the UK — the UK’s HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank — are going to make NFC and QR code payments available next year to their 18 million UK customers. The payments use an online and in-store mobile payments service that integrates with the banks’ existing mobile apps.

    The banks have all signed up to use Zapp, a mobile payments startup which uses secure digital tokens, which means consumers don’t need to reveal any of their financial details to merchants during a transaction. It is also fully integrated into financial institutions’ mobile banking apps, enabling consumers to see their account balances and select from multiple accounts when they make a purchase.

    “Zapp will go to market with real scale offering simpler, more secure and efficient payments to millions of customers and businesses,” says chief executive Peter Keenan.

     
  • Editing Team 18:24 on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Transit Ticketing to Go live in Chicago and Washington 

    NFC-transit-ticketing-Chicago-Washington-rfid-blogTransportation authorities have announced the use of NFC payments in Chicago and Washington DC in the coming years, which means passengers in the two cities will be able to use their NFC phones to pay for the tickets. New York is also to get contactless transit cards, but it’s not yet known whether NFC phone payments will also be supported.

    The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is currently testing an NFC mobile ticketing solution that will work on both trains and buses. The test is being conducted with a limited number of the NFC devices currently on the market. No date has yet been set for when the service will go live but “an announcement could come later this year,” the CTA says.

    The other city, Washington, is upgrading its existing fare payment system for more payment options including NFC mobile payments, EMV chip-enabled bank cards and federal government ID cards.

    “The new technology will provide more flexibility for accounts, better reliability for riders and real choices for customers to use bank-issued payment cards, credit cards, ID cards, or mobile phones to pay their Metro fares,” says Metro general manager and CEO Richard Sarles.

    In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is to go live with a replacement for its current MetroCard system in 2019. The new ticketing system will use contactless NFC or RFID cards, produced and distributed by a third party, and is designed to save the MTA money as well as eliminate swipe errors.

     
  • Editing Team 17:49 on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Gets More and More Popular at the Festival Market 

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    The festival market is at a tipping point where RFID systems are proven to both increase revenues and be 100% reliable, according to Serge Grimaux, chief executive of Intellitix.

    “The two fears that have prevented more promoters and festival organizers from adopting RFID up until now have been concerns about it not working and that it’s too expensive,” said Grimaux, adding, “2013 was a tipping point for both of these concerns.”

    “It is no longer a question as to whether RFID works or ultimately costs an event money to deploy, it is now just a question of whether the technology suits the event and the organizer wants to open up additional revenue streams, or not.”

    However, the rapid growth of RFID wristbands may not necessarily mean festivals will also switch to cashless payment systems.

    “I think that quite a number of festivals use RFID wristbands, but still not a lot doing full cashless,” said Christof Huber, head of European festivals organization Yourope.

     
  • Editing Team 17:58 on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    More Than Half of Consumers Are Interested in RFID Wearable Technologies 

    wearable-device-RFID-blogSurvey from consulting company Accenture has found that 52% of consumers are interested in buying wearable technologies, many of which utilize RFID and wireless sensors, such as fitness monitors for tracking physical activity and managing their personal health.

    The survey involved more than 6,000 participants from six countries — Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, UK and U.S. It shows that 52% in a fitness monitor and 51% in a personal safety monitor.

    According to the report, wearable technologies can be used in a variety of ways. Fitness monitor can track a person’s heart rate and calories burned, while Internet-connected eyeglass displays enable consumers to browse the Internet, take digital photographs and receive hands-free notifications.

    “In the past year wearable technologies have emerged as the next big consumer electronics market category, particularly for health and wellness,” said Mattias Lewren, the global managing director of Accenture.

    “To capitalize on this growth opportunity, consumer electronics companies should consider investing in wearable product innovation and industrial design, and building ecosystems that connect wearables to the broader array of interactive digital networks. Every consumer is a digital consumer, and the keen interest in wearable technology provides further evidence of that.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:22 on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Top Reasons That Drive Retail RFID Implementations 

    A new report from ChainLink Research indicates that the three top reasons that drive retail RFID implementations are improving accuracy, reducing out-of-stock and increasing on-floor availability.

    The report says that improved inventory accuracy should be a top priority, because it is so critical to strong sales, and that RFID technology can enable faster inventory accounts (about 25 times faster than traditional, manual barcode scanning), which, in turn, means inventory counts can be performed more often and more accurately. In addition, accurate cycle counting improves inventory accuracy, typically by 20%-30%, which allows retailers to achieve 99% inventory accuracy. This, in turn, enables replenishment alerts to be reliably generated, thereby increasing on-floor availability and decreasing out-of-stocks, typically by 15%-30%. All of this, results in a sales uplift ranging from 1%-10% or more.

    The report indicates that many of the challenges associated with earlier RFID use have been resolved through technology advancements, and also identifies other reasons that retailers are more often turning to RFID, including for loss prevention (specifically by using RFID at store exits).

    Besides, the report also explores the lessons learned from projects that stalled or were cancelled. According to the report, top reasons why an RFID program was cancelled or halted include lack of well-defined use cases, lack of executive support, and other competing business priorities.

     
  • Editing Team 18:01 on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Global RFID Adoption Accelerating in Retail Industry 

    The Big Ideas panel session hosted this week focus on the acceleration of global RFID adoption by retailers.

    “Of the top 30 retailers in the US, two out of three have something going on with RFID. If you’re not doing it now, you’re already behind, and if that doesn’t scare you, it should,” says industry expert Dr. Bill Hardgrave, “To succeed in the retail and apparel industry, you’ve got to solve the fundamentals first, which means inventory accuracy, and then you can focus on enhancing the customer experience. If you haven’t started addressing the fundamentals, you are behind.”

    “RFID is about sales growth and improving customer experience,” says expert Pam Sweeney, “We’re moving forward with additional categories and penetration into existing categories. The greater the penetration of RFID throughout the supply chain, the greater the benefits we see. I encourage more retailers to get on board.”

    “We’re seeing a significant number of retailers piloting and adopting RFID around the world,” says expert Francisco Melo, “This is due to the return on investment RFID delivers, its ability to significantly improve inventory accuracy and the simplification of implementation.”

     
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