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  • Editing Team 17:32 on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Large-scale NFC Implementations in the World 

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    1. Nationwide NFC Services by Singapore’s Operators

    Industry: Payment

    Singapore’s three mobile operators — SingTel, M1 and Starhub — have worked together to build a shared NFC infrastructure which is supported by the government. SingTel’s launch enables users to make payments using their mobile handset at over 20,000 POS terminals that accept its partner EZ-Link payments, including taxis, supermarkets and fast food chains; M1 also has an agreement so that its users can make payments at merchants which accept EZ-Link, and it is offering a MasterCard pre-paid card so that users can also make payments where PayPass is accepted. According to a report in the Straits Times, since August 2012, about 15,000 users have upgraded to NFC-based SIM cards that enable mobile payments.

    2. NFC Payments in 14 Chinese Cities by China Mobile

    Industry: Payment

    Last June, world’s largest mobile network operator China Mobile have partnered with Chinese bank card association China UnionPay to launch an NFC payments service in more than 14 Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Eight banks have signed up to make use of the partner’s platform. Later the company also started an NFC pilot on public transportation services in Beijing.

    3. Transit Ticketing in South Korea

    Industry: Transport

    By the end of 2012, three operators in South Korea — KT, SK Telecom and LGU+ — had sold more than 10 million NFC smartphones supporting the single wire protocol-SIM standard. The most popular service in South Korea is transit ticketing, and according to SK Telecom, more than 2 million people have used their phones to pay transit fares in 2012. KT, which led the rollout of standard NFC phones in the country starting in late 2010, said it has 80,000 “active” users for transit ticketing with NFC phones, and they pay fares regularly on buses, subway trains and taxis.

    4. NFC in Japanese Airlines

    Industry: Transport

    The NFC implementation by Japanese Airlines turned out to be a success, which shows the value NFC technology can bring if used in a smart way. “Japanese airlines using NFC can board a 450-person plane in only 15 minutes, as opposed to the standard boarding process for a 150-person plane without NFC in 40 minutes,” said Koichi Tagawa, chairman of the NFC Forum.

    5. Mobile Wallet Goole Wallet, Isis and Turkcell

    Industry: Payment

    According to Lars Kurkinen, telecom industry analyst at Berg Insight, “With the exception of a few projects in Asia Pacific, there are only three NFC mobile wallet services in the world that have an effective addressable market of more than 100,000 people. These three services are Google Wallet and Isis in the US and Turkcell Wallet in Turkey.”

    6. NFC Initiative — Cityzi

    Industry: Payment

    Cityzi, an initiative launched in May 2010, aims at deployment of NFC and contactless in France. It brings together the leading telecom operators, banks, transport operators, traders and industry players. There are now more than 2.5 million NFC-enabled phones that work with Cityzi NFC platform, reports trade association AFSCM. 55,000 French merchants are equipped with Cityzi-compatible contactless payment terminals.

    7. Operator Orange in Catering Industry

    Industry: Retail

    Following the launch of Orange’s Quick Tap NFC mobile wallet service, the operator has released Quick Tap Treats (QTT), an NFC voucher and loyalty service, at 114 locations nationwide. Customers have made 24,614 transactions over the two months using the service, which works out to 410 transactions per day, and 3/5 consumers also purchased other additional items simultaneously when collecting their treats. Proxama claims that this is UK’s first and largest NFC retail campaign to date.

    8. Advertising Campaign for KFC

    Industry: Advertising.

    Last March, Proxama, Posterscope and Clear Channel have launched a campaign for KFC. Utilizing over 400 of Clear Channel’s NFC-enabled UK outdoor media sites, the campaign encouraged consumers to tap or scan for directions to their closest restaurant. The campaign ran for 2 weeks at 400 locations in UK and received more than 60 interactions per day.

     
  • Editing Team 18:04 on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Reusable NFC Nano Suction Pads Seek Funding on Kickstarter 

    nfcPad-nfcTack-Kickstarter-NFC-rfid-blogA California-based startup is raising US$8,000 on Kickstarter on its self-developed nfcPad and nfcTack, two new NFC tags that use nano suction pad instead of a sticky adhesive which usually leave marks when they are removed.

    “In a mobile environment, NFC tag locations change often and NFC stickers need to be changeable, removable and reusable,” the team says, “Nano suction pads adhere to most hard flat and non-porous surfaces as long as the surfaces are not non-stick material like silicone, Teflon or polyethylene. Nano suction pads use microscopic suction pores to grip onto surfaces. They do not use any adhesive, yet their adherence is very strong and they leave no residue.” the team says.

    Different from nfcTack, the bigger nfcPad is designed to hold a device as well as provide NFC functionality. “The nfcPad can hold a device up to 2lbs (1kg) under ideal conditions, but the rated safe-working load is limited to 7oz (200g),” the team explains.

    “We evaluated many NFC form factors including NFC stickers, NFC cards, NFC rings and NFC bracelets, but the NFC tag with nano suction pad was the most versatile for our multiple applications.”

    “When the nano suction becomes soiled with dust or grease, it can be cleaned and its suction adhesion revived,” they add. “The prototype nano suction is durable; we have tested nano suction for two years.”

    Various nfcTack and nfcPad kits are now available, with prices starting at US$13.

     
  • Editing Team 17:57 on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP and EnOcean Shows NFC Smart Lighting Solution at CES 2014 

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    Except for providing the NFC badges at CES 2014, chip maker NXP Semiconductor has also partnered with smart home specialist EnOcean to show a solution which uses NFC to enable easy setting up and adding wireless lighting elements to their smart home network.

    The setup enables EnOcean switches to be added to a home network by just tapping the switch to the gateway or a tablet computer, to collect network setup parameters. Individual lamps and lighting elements can then be connected to the network, again using NFC, and then turned on, off, up or down via the physical light switch or an Android smartphone.

    “The switch contains an NFC nTag device that stores the wireless network security information,” said NXP, “This security information is written into the nTag devices by tapping it on an NFC-enabled tablet or on the NFC-enabled gateway.

    “In the case of the gateway, this already knows the network security information as it is part of the network. In the case of a tablet, this has to first learn the network security information from the gateway, either via a Wi-Fi network connection or by tapping the tablet onto the gateway.”

     
  • Editing Team 11:37 on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    TechNavio: Tags to Contribute Half of Global RFID Market in 2014 

    Statistics from latest research findings of TechNavio show that RFID tags are expected to account for a bit more than 50% of the revenue in the global RFID market, which also includes readers and services.

    According to the firm, the global RFID market this year is expected to be in the range of $9 billion to $11 billion, and this figure is expected to double by 2018.

    Numerous factors are expected to drive this growth in the RFID market, including the possible lowering cost of RFID systems and tags, as well as various initiative by retail establishments to have RFID tagging as part of their logistical support.

    Of the total market size, RFID tags are expected to contribute to a little more than half the value of the RFID market in 2014, and a significantly reduced amount by 2018.

    The report covers the forecast period of 2014 to 2018, and analysis of that period indicates that the RFID tags market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.7% during the forecast period, with the software and services segment following closely and growing at a CAGR of 22.9%, followed by the readers segment, growing at a CAGR of 20.9%.

    As of 2013, TechNavio indicates, the Americas was still the leading contributor to the global RFID market accounting for close to half the global revenue, followed by Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Asia-Pacific region. The Americas (particularly the U.S.) was one of the early and highest adopters of RFID. In terms of growth, however, the Asia-Pacific region exhibits the highest potential throughout the next 10 years, during which period numerous projects will be implemented in this region by private and government enterprises.

    The study also found that RFID started primarily as tool for tracking within a confined area, but that this has changed over the years, with the technology becoming an important tool for business-planning purposes, wherein data obtained from RFID tags is being used to determine what measures need to be taken within an organization. For example, the firm reports, employing RFID to track the quantity of containers being loaded onto a truck can help a company decide how many vehicles it requires, and to identify a trend, thereby enabling it to plan ahead.

    “In the coming years,” says Arijit Rakshit, a TechNavio spokesman, “we expect RFID to be more visible in terms of the number of deployments, and in the number of applications for which they can be used. We also expect lower costs of active tags that will help in the above scenario to take place in the coming years.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:52 on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    O2 UK to Close Mobile Wallet Service on 31 March 

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    Mobile network operator O2 is to cease operating its O2 Wallet service in the UK on 31 March. Launched in April 2012, the service included a range of money transfer, mobile shopping and offers services plus transaction tracking and a companion Visa contactless card — and was originally expected to expand to include NFC support in the future.

    “When we launched the O2 Wallet 18 months ago we were one of the first mobile wallets around,” the carrier says in a statement on its website. “Since then lots has changed for us, the market and our customers. So, we’ve decided to close the O2 Wallet to give us time to look into new and better ways to help people manage their money on the move, both in the UK and abroad.

    “After the 31st of March you won’t be able to use your O2 Wallet or O2 Money Account Card anymore — that includes sending or receiving Money Messages, using the O2 Wallet or card to shop, buy train tickets in the app or top up your mobile.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:12 on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Smart Sensors Use NFC to Automatically Adjust Temperature 

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    Smart technology provider Allure Energy has introduced new sensors that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy, enabling both iOS and Android device users to have the temperature of individual rooms in their home adjusted to their preferences as they approach, enter or leave a particular room.

    The Aura sensors can be placed in any room of a house and work in conjunction with Android and iOS apps and the company’s EverSense smart thermostats to add room-by-room temperature control to the company’s existing service. Based on GPS technology, this enables homeowners to automatically adjust the internal temperature as they draw near or move away from their home.

    EverSense thermostats feature Wi-Fi and a touchscreen display as well as speakers that can be used to stream music from a mobile device. Support for NFC was first announced at last year‘s CES.

    “Simply place an Aura sensor in any room in your home, walk through the simple set up process and you now have the ability to receive and maintain a more accurate room temperature easily from within the room,” Allure’s Jim Mills explains. “Add more Aura sensors to the system at any time and because they use Bluetooth Low Energy and NFC, they can run for up to two years.”

     
  • Editing Team 14:38 on January 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Korean Firm Turns Old Smartphone into NFC Attendance Machine 

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    Recently, a Korean company has developed an app which can turn an old smartphone into an NFC-enabled attendance machine which can save money for small and medium companies.

    By downloading an app into a smartphone, the phone can be turned into an NFC reader. It can be used as an attendance machine, enabling managers to check employees’ attendance on their computer, because the data is stored in the cloud.

    Transportation cards can be used on the smartphone as an NFC card, which saves money on equipment and avoids helping others attending.

    In addition, millions of old smartphones are disposed and turning these smartphones into attendance reader contributes to environment protection.

    The Android-based app is now available at Google Play Store and companies with less than 50 employees can download the app free of charge.

     
  • Editing Team 18:08 on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Part of NFC Products Shown at CES 2014 

    Lenovo

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    Sony

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    Panasonic

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    Samsung

    ■WB35F, WB50F, WB350F, WB1100F and WB2200F Cameras: All of the five smart cameras support NFC and Wi-Fi.

    ■NX30 Camera: The new camera centers around an NFC-based “Tag & Go” sharing feature which allows to share files to four devices at the same time.

    ■Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet: The flagship Android-based tablet supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and MHL.

    LG

    ■PD239 Printer: The pocket-sized printer is equipped with NFC and Bluetooth and allows compatible mobile devices to print 5.1×7.6cm (2x3inch) photos.

    ■TurboWash™ Range Washers: These washers are equipped with NFC technology and can pair with other compatible household appliances or mobile devices, providing a smart household appliance solution.

    Asus

    ■M70: World’s first NFC-enabled desktop computer

    Huawei

    ■Ascend Mate 24G Smartphone: The smartphone features a 6.1-inch 720p IPS panel, 4050mAh battery, 5 megapixels on the front and 13 megapixels f/2.0 on the back, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 64GB, plus Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

    ■MEMO Smart Router

    Nokia

    ■Lumia 2520 Tablet: The tablet features Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Windows 8.1 RT operating system, 2 megapixels on the front and 67 megapixels on the back, Wi-Fi and NFC.

    Canon

    ■PowerShot N100 and PowerShot SX600HS Cameras

    ■IXUS 265HS Camera

    Microlab

    ■MD312 NFC-enabled Bluetooth Headphone

    Coolpad

    ■8970L Smartphone

    Meizu:

    ■MX3 Smartphone

    Hisense

    ■H8c Series Televisions

    ■H9 3D Series Televisions

     
  • Editing Team 12:08 on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony Releases NFC Products at CES 2014 

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    Sony has shown off a new range of NFC-enabled products at CES 2014, including two new versions of its flagship Xperia Z1 NFC smartphone, four camcorders (two 4K and two full HD), a digital camera with interchangeable lenses and in-car CD players with NFC.

    The new variants of the Xperia Z1 are a sleeker and smaller Z1 Compact and a T-Mobile exclusive model called the Z1S for the US market. Both versions are equipped with NFC.

    Two versions of the company’s new compact camcorder are to be available — the US$1,999 Handycam AX100 in the US and the £1,939 Handycam AX100E in Europe. Both are capable of recording in ultra-high-resolution 4K, even in low light, thanks to a back illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor. NFC functionality can be used to pair the camcorder to a second device to allow clips and photos to be transferred via Wi-Fi. A Smart Remote Control function allows the user to start and stop recording from their smartphone. The £1,509 (US$2,477) Full HD Handycam CX900E and the £349 (US$573) splash-proof wearable Action Cam HDR-AS100VR will both also enable users to pair their camcorder with their mobile device via NFC.

    A light and compact A5000 camera, meanwhile, offers DSLR quality images through its 20.1 megapixel sensor, viewable on a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen. Interchangeable lenses can be swapped in and out and NFC can be used for one tap pairing.

    Sony is also featuring NFC in an expanded in-car audio range that features three CD players — the MEX-N4000BT, MEX-N5000BT and MEX-N6000BH — and two additions to its GS premium range, the MEX-GS610BT and MEX-GS810BH. NFC will allow users to touch their phone to the in-car unit in order to activate and connect to Bluetooth, enabling hands-free calling and music streaming.

     
  • Editing Team 18:23 on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Panasonic Introduces NFC Products at CES 2014 

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    Panasonic has unveiled a host of new NFC-enabled products at CES 2014, including a durable 7-inch Windows 8 tablet, headphones, a premium digital compact camera, four HD camcorders and a range of smart home theatre systems.

    The Toughpad FZ-M1 will be available in early Spring 2014 starting from US$2,099 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD housed within its 0.7-inch thick rugged IP65-rated frame.

    The Bluetooth-enabled wireless RP-BTD10 headphones will be available in April 2014 for US$199, enabling consumers to easily pair devices through NFC to enjoy rich sound quality.

    The US$449 Lumix DMC-ZS40 super slim digital compact camera features an ultra-wide angle 30x optical zoom lens and 18.1 megapixel sensor and can connect to a smartphone or tablet via NFC and Wi-Fi. This secondary device can then be used as a monitor to enable manual control of focus, zooming and shutter release.

    The four new NFC-enabled camcorders include the W850, which can shoot picture-in-picture video, as well as the slow motion capable V750, the V550 with 50x optical zoom and the compact V250. All four can use NFC to pair with a secondary device and can use Panasonic’s new baby monitor function. This allows the camcorder output to be viewed through a smartphone, allowing the user to watch their child from another room and even speak to the baby when it starts crying.

    NFC has also been included in the BTT465 and BTT405 Smart 3D Blu-ray Home Theater systems, HTB880 and HTB580 Home Theater systems and the SC-HC39 slim compact stereo system. The NFC functionality will allow consumers to quickly pair other NFC devices, such as headphones and smartphones, with one tap.

     
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