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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 14:35 on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Coffee Bean in Singapore Adds Samsung TecTile NFC Stickers 

    Singapore-Coffee-Bean-Samsung-TecTile-NFC-stickers-rfid-blogSamsung has reached an agreement with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) to place Samsung-branded NFC stickers in all 51 outlets in Singapore.

    Their marketing campaign began on February 8th and will run through March 7th. It will reward Samsung NFC-device users with a larger drink for tapping the NFC stickers. The tap also generates a “Like” for CBTL chain on Facebook.

    Samsung’s TecTile stickers are used during the campaign. Reports from Samsung suggest that other NFC-enabled, Mifare-compliant Android devices should be able to interact with the TecTile NFC stickers.

    The Singaporean government has been backing the NFC ecosystem in the country, with its national tap-to-pay system launched late last year, after years of throwing money at retail outlets to get them to put in contactless payment terminals. All of this is backed on a national technology standard for contactless payment called Cepas, which was set up in 2009.

  • Editing Team 14:13 on January 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Citibank to Issue NFC Payment Stickers in the Czech Republic 

    Citibank-NFC-payment-sticker-credit-card-rfid-blogStarting in February 2013, Citibank Europe, partnered with MasterCard, will issue NFC payment stickers with each new Citi Life, Citi Life Metropole, Citi Broker Consulting, Citi BILLA and Citi CSA credit card. The service will be free of charge.

    The sticker can be placed in any location such as the back of a cell phone or on a key fob and basically works the same way as contactless credit cards: users simply have to hold the sticker in front of the reader at the payment terminal, and the transaction is completed. Payments below CZK 500 (approx. 26 USD) do not require the PIN.

    “Citibank wants to provide its clients with state-of-the-art technologies that will make shopping easier for them. Therefore it will begin to issue free contactless payment stickers with most new Citi credit cards. Current holders of Citi credit cards may also request to receive a free sticker,” said Milan Reznícek, Citibank credit card product manager.

    In the near future, contactless stickers will also be automatically provided with the O2 Citi credit cards that are issued in cooperation with VISA.

  • Editing Team 09:19 on December 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Mobile Payment Technology Comes to London Buses 

    London-buses-NFC-mobile-payment-rfid-blogThe use of NFC technology for making mobile payments have just received a notable boost as London announced that the city’s 8,500 buses would now be accepting payments through NFC, which means passengers can swipe a debit or credit card to pay, as well as use a charge card through a mobile NFC reader.

    Stagecoach began installing the readers for NFC mobile transaction back in 2009. Transport for London (TFL) is also using the Oyster smartcard program, which uses another form of technology called RFID.

    The buses that already have the Oyster card reader have been upgraded to accept NFC mobile payments as of December 12th. This will allow the vehicles to receive payments in both the old and the new methods. NFC-enabled Smartphones are also expected to be compatible.

    Users are cautioned not to simply use their wallet against the NFC mobile reader if they have more than one enabled card. This could cause them to both be simultaneously rejected. Oyster card users received an email that warned them “If you present two cards together, the reader will normally reject them both.” This is a security precaution against double billing the passenger.

    TFL has explained that it intends to use the NFC mobile technology on the busses first, but that it also plans to bring the payment method to the London Underground networks at some time in the future.

    The hope is that this development on the London public transportation system will help to build on the awareness and adoption of NFC mobile contactless payment methods, so that more companies and other systems will use it as well. This technology should help to speed up the process of paying for fare.

  • Editing Team 08:51 on October 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Optus Seeking NFC SIM Card for Contactless Phones 


    Nowadays, although NFC is quite a heated topic, it has yet made its way into most mobile phones. To get around the problem of handset manufacturers not building the technology into their products, Singtel-Optus is turning to NFC-equipped SIM cards.

    Cameron Churchus, Singtel-Optus head of market development for mCommerce, said the SIM card was the key to delivering NFC to consumers. “The SIM is very much where we see the market moving,” he said.

    According to Churchus, 1,000 consumers polled by the carrier expressed a great interest in NFC-capable handsets. This was because they didn’t like carrying wallets thick with credit, loyalty and identification cards. “People like the simplicity and ease of an electronic equivalent to cash,” he said.

    So far, few NFC-enabled handsets have reached Australian consumers. Churchus did not explain how a contactless payment system would work with NFC-enabled SIM cards and non-NFC phones.

    He expected merchants to have largely replaced swipe machines with proximity-based devices by 2016, driven by an uptake of contactless credit and debit cards.

    At present, “tap and go” is restricted to purchases under $100. Optus’ survey found consumers willing to pay for larger purchases using NFC.

  • Editing Team 21:59 on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Orange Brings NFC Payments to Poland 

    Orange-Cash-Poland-NFC-payments-rfid-blogOrange has collaborated with mBank and MasterCard for the national launch of Orange Cash, a commercial NFC service available on 9 different mobile phone models. It’s Poland’s first commercial NFC payment service.

    The new service uses Orange SIMs to store an NFC version of a pre-paid MasterCard issued by mBank. The following 9 models of NFC phone are available to customers from launch:

    ■HTC One X

    ■Nokia Lumia 610

    ■Nokia 808 Pure View

    ■Sony Xperia S

    ■Sony Xperia P

    ■Sony Xperia T

    ■Samsung Galaxy S III

    ■BlackBerry Bold 9900

    ■BlackBerry Bold 9790

    The service will begin operations on Nov.1st, but customers can order the new service today from Orange.

    “I am convinced that thanks to the simplicity and convenience of Orange Cash, our customers will be happy to learn about the benefits of mobile NFC technology,” says Maciej Witucki, president of Orange Poland. “We hope that next year we can attract hundreds of thousands of customers.”

    “Over the past four years, Poland has become the undisputed leader in the development of contactless payments,” adds MasterCard’s Paul Rychliński. “Over one-third of payment terminals already support Mastercard PayPass technology and more than 10% of all card transactions in Poland are made with PayPass. In terms of the monthly number of such transactions, Poland is in the top three countries in the world.”

  • Editing Team 20:11 on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Reduces Class Skipping 

    ScholarChip, a provider of smart ID solutions for schools, has updated its classroom attendance solution to meet new state mandates, which require schools to actually track the time a student is present in class.

    Its automated student time and attendance reporting, also known as ASTAR, is ScholarChip’s latest version of its classroom attendance service and provides accurate to-the-minute reporting of a student’s attendance.

    The time a student spends in class is now part of a teacher’s performance review. Without automation, these mandates are difficult and expensive to implement. ScholarChip automates the collection of this classroom data and supports integration with student information systems.

    When students enter a classroom which registers the student’s attendance, they need to tap their contactless ID cards on a reader. They also need to tap when they leave the classroom and tap again when re-entering the classroom. The time a student is absent from class is recorded.

    There are three platforms supporting ASTAR: a browser-based service, a mobile Android app available for use with NFC-enable tablets and smartphones, and a platform designed to operate with a wall-mounted smart card reader inside a classroom.

  • Editing Team 15:41 on September 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    G&D’s Worldwide TSM Services Get Approval from Visa 

    GD-TSM-Visa-MasterCard-nfc-mobile-payment-rfid-blogAccording to Visa, it has approved the TSM (Trusted Service Manager) centers, operated by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) in Munich and Toronto, for commercial NFC applications. The technology group has previously received MasterCard certification for its two TSM hubs last year, and now it is offering worldwide TSM services for contactless payment applications based on

    After a series of tests had been carried out on critical security features and functions, Visa finally issued its approval for it. The G&D data center in Munich was already running pilots via the Visa payWave payment application. With the approval by Visa, G&D will be able to offer service providers the option of having the Visa payWave payment application installed, personalized, and managed Over-the-Air (OTA) in protected memory devices, such as mobile-phone SIM cards or embedded secure elements. As to account data and other sensitive information, they are transmitted in multiple-encrypted form.

    Once the service has been activated, end-users can use their mobile phones to make contactless payments at several hundred thousand merchant contactless terminals around the world.

    With two separate but interlinked data centers — one in Munich and the other in Toronto, G&D can guarantee service providers uninterrupted access even if one of the centers should encounter technical problems.

  • Editing Team 13:16 on September 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    French Telco Released Pre-paid Contactless Card 

    SFR-MasterCard-pre-paid-contactless-card-rfid-blogFrench wireless operator Paycard SFR is going to issue a pre-paid cash card to customers, as a first step to the introduction of contactless mobile payments and NFC.

    The pre-paid cash card is priced at €14.90 and valid for one year. It does not require opening a bank account and can be recharged by cash, credit card or by bank transfer free.

    Developed in conjunction with MasterCard, the contactless card can be used at PayPass terminals in-store for “tap and go” payments alongside conventional point-of-sale terminals, and for card-to-card transfers between friends and family. The card comes with a mobile app that provides real-time transaction data on balances and withdrawals.

    MasterCard and SFR signed an agreement in July to develop a contactless NFC SIM card for fully-fledged mobile payments. SFR says it will start issuing its first NFC-ready SIM cards in 2013.

  • Editing Team 16:12 on September 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Coming to Spanish University 

    Spanish-university-NFC-rfid-blogNFC is coming into the University Católica of Murcia, located in southeastern Spain, for physical access, payments and attendance. SALTO Systems, Banco Santander, Vodafone, Gemalto and the public local government have teamed up for the project.

    All staff and over 20,000 students at the university will take part in the eight-month project, and use NFC-enabled services to access all university buildings including laboratories, classrooms, gym, library, as well as the parking areas.

    The school has deployed a campus-wide contactless solution, which enables the university to integrate all its physical security and management needs, through SALTO Systems’ wire-free networked stand-alone locks, for access control.

    The university has produced a video showing a student using his NFC-enabled handset to check bus arrival, attendance to class, access to lab, enter a school recreation facility and check out a bicycle.

    Besides, the pilot also includes additional services using NFC and data-on-SIM based technology to store student academic profiles, university accreditation, data use on campus and public transportation services. The latter includes both local buses and a bicycle rental service where users can load funds onto their mobile phones via a network of payment machines and kiosks.

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