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  • Editing Team 16:01 on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Visa Preparing for “Mainstream Launch” of NFC Mobile Payments in UK 

    Visa-UK-NFC-launch-rfid-blogIt is reported that Visa is working with mobile operators Telefónica and Vodafone in the UK, as well as banks and Android device makers, in preparation for a “mainstream launch” of NFC mobile payments, along with a cloud-based digital wallet called V.me.

    Visa, which has announced plans to expand its acceptance of contactless payment, predicted that the UK will have 34 million contactless Visa-branded cards on issue and 175,000 contactless terminals deployed by the end of 2013.

    Mark Austin, Visa Europe’s head of contactless, stated that contactless transactions topped 2.5 million per month in 2012 and predicted a fourfold increase in 2013, fueled in large part by such major retailers as Boots, Marks and Spencer and McDonalds supporting contactless, as well as Transport for London.

    In December, the transit authority began accepting payment of fares on 8,500 London buses from contactless bank cards. Transport for London reportedly plans to expand open-loop fare collection to the London Underground and Dockland Light Railway next November.

    The launch of the open-loop service on buses had been planned for launch in time for the Olympics, but was delayed, with the authority citing complexities in rolling out the service. Accepting bank cards directly to pay fares on the fast-paced Underground, or Tube, is even more complex, so delays are likely.

     
  • Editing Team 15:29 on August 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC/RFID Enhancing Events 

    NFC-bracelet-wristband-events-festivals-mobile-payment-rfid-blogBringing a bulging wallet for cash and credit cards, fishing through pocket for some change, waiting in extremely long lines for beer, or simply lacking the accessibility to check-in or upload to Facebook — all these could destroy an originally pleasant event. Consequently, event organizers have been looking for ways to enhance events and strive to offer attendees with convenience, simplicity and interaction. Now all of these can be simply achieved via the implementation of NFC technology.

    The integration of NFC into mobile devices, wristbands and smart cards allows users to easily make a contactless payment, share content and gain access to social media, which has greatly sparked the interest of event organizers everywhere. A number of events such as sports, entertainment and leisure realms have commenced to use NFC technology as a catalyst.

    Today, a host of event vendors are now accepting contactless payments via NFC stickers affixed to the back of mobile devices or through means of an NFC-enabled wristband. At popular, highly-visited music festivals, ticketholders are now being given the unprecedented option of loading up “cash” on their wrist, which is later deactivated at completion of the festival, with the remaining unused amount reloaded to the owner’s credit/debit card account. All in all, NFC is appearing more frequently in all kinds of events, festivals and theme parks.

    GALA EVENTS

    The opening night Gala at the New York Public Library offered nearly 30,000 different cocktails, created by over 150 different bartenders, which made it difficult for attendees to “like” a particular cocktail on social media.

    In order to solve this problem, guests were issued NFC-enabled bracelets, and then instructed to tap the NFC readers positioned atop each bar. From here, guests had the ability to check-in on Facebook or Twitter accounts, automatically upload pictures at the party’s web-connected photo booths, post a real-time message by merely tapping touch-point on the library walls, and “like” for the cocktails they were consuming.

    Furthermore, smartposters were strategically positioned throughout the event, offering guests the unprecedented opportunity to enter raffles via a simple tap of their NFC-enabled wristband.

    THEME PARKS

    Disney World, one of the most renowned tourist locations in the world, wants to bring guests more happiness. It has unveiled plans to roll out a FastPass system employing RFID technology and iPads to accelerate the ticketing queues.

    Guests will select and receive a list of the FastPass attractions they’ve chosen. They will then be granted an RFID wristband to wave by the specifically-designed-for-FastPass scanners in order to check-in upon arrival to the ride. The wristbands are embedded with RFID chips, which have been rumored to include the names, credit card information and favorite attraction data ahead of your arrivals, allowing for your identity and data to be encrypted directly on it, thus acting as your park ticket.

    According to Disney Projects, when the guests arrive at their reserved time, they will wave their RFID band by a sensor, which sends their reservation information to a nearby cast member’s iPad. The RFID-based system is expected to replace the existing system of distributing paper FastPass tickets with a digital format that lets people bypass long queues and indicates when they can enter a ride or a show.

    Additionally, the RFID capabilities of the wristband would communicate with sensors deployed throughout the parks and resorts, which can then trigger interactive features. Envision yourself walking up to Space Mountain, where you are then greeted by name. One of the interactive places ever may soon become even more interactive.

    MUSIC FESTIVALS

    In a large-scale festival, all kinds of problems could appear — from losing wallets in the mud, trying to locate ATM machines, having trouble exchanging or uploading social media data, tracking people and possessions, etc. Thus, events like Barclays Wireless Festival, Coachella Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo Festival, Electric Zoo, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury Festival have deployed or considered RFID technology. Besides solving all the problems above, using RFID, organizers can expedite fast-track entry, VIP upgrades and offer access to various perks and accommodations.

    In the UK’s first cashless event, the Wireless Festival provided event-goers with NFC-enabled wristbands to “wave and pay” for goods, significantly downsizing line times for food, memorabilia and most of all, alcohol. This is not the only British music festival rolling out NFC wristbands this summer, as an emerging number of organizers have developed an acquired taste in the convenience and ease of this contactless technology.

    At the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, 30,000 fans signed up to “live click” throughout the event, commencing a new era and digital age in social media. Using RFID-enabled bands, registered ticketholders were able to check-in, update their status on Facebook, as well as have the availability to a collection of other individualized options tailored to each respective guest, thus enhancing their event experience. Registered guests can automatically “check-in” upon arrival on various “touch points” located throughout the grounds.

    All these wristbands provide enhanced e-ticketing, cashless payment and access control, subsequently reducing lines and eliminating fraudsters, providing secure and speedy payments, and boosting the overall fan experience.

    In terms of tracking guests, checkpoint zones are set up to track what zone an attendee has just exited and entered, theoretically placing them in a zone at a specific time and place. This allows for event organizers to track traffic flows to improve planning for succeeding festivals. It also provides means of assistance when it comes to theft and other forms of crime.

    SPORTING EVENTS

    Olympic Games is the sporting world’s largest global competition, with hundreds of millions of visitors from different nations flooding into the host city. An advanced technology like contactless payment can alleviate many problems.

    Samsung and Visa have worked together to install over 3,000 terminals on the 2012 London Olympic grounds to coincide with its official payment app, “payWave”.

    Visitors were granted the option to use NFC to purchase snacks and memorabilia. Consumers throughout London were granted the opportunity to experience NFC and become educated on it, which helped facilitate the speedy universal adoption of the technology in the near future.

     
  • Editing Team 15:52 on August 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Cadbury Offers RFID-Enabled Social-Media Sharing on Facebook during Summer Olympics 

    Cadbury-Facebook-2012Olympics-rfid-blogWhile athletes are trying to perform the best of themselves at the 2012 London Summer Games, visitors can share their experiences via RFID-enabled social-media sharing at Cadbury House in Hyde Park.

    There, confectionary company Cadbury is providing visitors with a tour of its chocolate-making history. At the same time, visitors can link photographs of their visit with friends and family on their Facebook account, by means of a hands-free passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID system created by Dwinq, a social-media technology company based in Massachusetts.

    Cadbury House is a large, purple, inflatable structure. As visitors enter Cadbury House, they can check in by placing their RFID badges next to a Facebook check-in station.

    Since the 2012 Games began on July 27, Cadbury House has been receiving approximately 3,500 visitors daily. Guests come to view a museum-like exhibit of Cadbury’s history, sample the company’s confections, learn how chocolate is produced, play interactive games and share details about the visit with their Facebook friends, via RFID activation points.

    What makes Dwing’s RFID solution different from most RFID-enabled social-media technologies is that it allows users to send pictures and updates to their Facebook page without having to tap a card against a reader.

    Before entering Cadbury House, a visitor is offered an ID badge which contains an EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID tag. The badge is worn around a person’s neck on a lanyard. The visitor then register his/her Facebook account information, which is linked to the ID number encoded to the badge’s RFID tag in Dwing’s software, explains Patrick Sweeney II, Dwinq’s president and CEO. Upon entering the exhibit area, the guest can then check in by placing the badge next to a “check-in spot” with a ThingMagic reader built behind it. A reader is installed in each area to capture every tag’s ID number.

    “From the deliciousness of the Joyville Tasting zone experience to the magic of the Chocolatrium,” Sonia Carter, the head of Kraft Foods UK’s digital division says, “We wanted to give visitors the opportunity to share the joy and magic of the experience with friends and family, there and then.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:17 on July 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    tomPAY NFC Tag Used at London 2012 Olympics 

    Identive-tomPAY-NFC-tag-London2012-Olympics-rfid-blogIdentive Group, Inc. is a provider of products and services for the identification, security and RFID industries. It has announced that the Olympics is deploying and using its tomPAY NFC tag technology for payment application at large hospitality events.

    tomPAY can be manufactured with standard ISO PVC card manufacturing process. It can be removed and stuck. It can be used as conventional contactless cashless payment card, too. Besides, the NFC tag portion can be peeled off and affixed to a mobile phone. When it is placed on a mobile device, it enables contactless mobile payments and also can be used for loyalty or other applications. tomPAY can be adapted to support EMV-compliant (SDA/DDA) chips, opening new opportunities for card makers and issuers to provide their customers with an EMV-enabled tap-and-go experience.

    “We are excited that our new tomPAY product is used at a major event like the London Olympics shortly after its launch a few weeks ago. We are gratified that tomPAY has been accepted and is expected to be used by up to 100,000 visitors for mobile payment at hospitality events in London,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, COO of Identification Products for Identive. “This is a great occasion to showcase our innovative NFC tags and our proprietary patented and patent pending technology in a challenging environment with a large number of users and daily transactions.”

    Identive developed its patented tom technology (“tag on metal”) to overcome the issues inherent to RFID performance when in contact with metal surfaces. The performance of conventional RFID tags is adversely affected by exposure to interference generated from metals, such as the components of mobile phones.

     
  • Editing Team 16:44 on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC-equipped Smartphones 

    phones-with-NFC-rfid-blogWhen it comes to phones with Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities today, people often talk about Apple, as it is a tiny minority which has not introduced an NFC-enabled phone to the market among major smartphone makers.

    While rumors suggest that Apple’s next version of iPhone, the iPhone 5, will equip with an NFC chip, Apple has not said anything publicly about it. Reports claim that Apple is concerned about NFC security.

    Even though, a number of other smartphone manufacturers are testing the waters with NFC-enabled phones. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Samsung and Visa are working together to offer each Olympic athlete a new Samsung Galaxy S III with NFC and an Olympic mobile wallet app, so that the athletes will be able to use the phones to access events and make payments during the Games.

    Below is a list of NFC-enabled phones that are available today, by operating system. And if this isn’t enough to make your head spin, see a more comprehensive list of phones available worldwide, and those coming within the year, including tablets and PDAs here.

    Android

    Acer E320 Liquid Express

    Acer Cloud Mobile

    Acer Liquid Glow

    Fujitsu Arrows μ F-07D

    Google Galaxy Nexus

    Google Nexus 7, Q, S

    Motorola Droid Razr

    HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE,

    HTC Evo 4G LTE

    HTC One X

    Lenovo K800

    LG Optimus LTE, Net, Vu, L5, L7

    LG Viper

    Panasonic Eluga

    Samsung Galaxy S Blaze

    Samsung Advance, Mini 2, Ace 2

    Sony Xperia Sola, P, Ion

    BlackBerry

    BlackBerry Bold 9790, 9900, 9930

    BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360, 9370, 9380

    Windows

    DLI 9000

    Nokia Lumina 610 NFC

    Toshiba TG01

    Windows Phone 8 (coming this fall)

    ZTE Orbit

    The good news is that if you want to use NFC to make wireless payments, there are workarounds for Android phones and iPhones. Android users can insert an NFC-enabled MicroSD card into their phones and affix a booster sticker to the inside of their battery cover to amplify the NFC signal. iPhone users can use Moneto’s patented iPhone case embedded with NFC.

     
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