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  • Editing Team 16:52 on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Acardo and CorFire Sign NFC Coupon Partnership 

    Acardo-Corfire-NFC-coupon-partnership-rfid-blogCouponing technology provider and clearinghouse Acardo, which serves more than 10,000 retail locations across Europe, has signed a strategic partnership deal with mobile commerce specialist CorFire to enable NFC acquisition and redemption of vouchers through mobile wallets.

    “The partnership will enable Acardo to incorporate its digital vouchering solution ‘Open Wallet’ into the CorFire Wallet product platform,” says CorFire. “Using this enhanced technology, companies will now be able to develop and deliver offers that are customized based on past consumer behavior, time of day and physical location.”

    “Merchants will have the opportunity to engage with consumers through social check-ins, mobile gifting and more, which has the ability to recreate how companies structure loyalty programs.”

  • Editing Team 17:30 on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Next-gen NFC Smartphones to come perloaded with Visa’s payWave 

    Samsung-NFC-smartphone-Visa-payWave-rfid-blogSamsung and Visa have announced an alliance, and Visa’s payWave mobile payment applet will be embedded in next-generation Samsung smartphones and tablets enabled with NFC.

    The next-generation Samsung Galaxy S4 is reportedly to be announced on March 15th. It is expected to include the Visa payWave applet, according to several officials for Visa and Samsung.

    Announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, this is the first partnership of its kind between a payments technology provider and a handset manufacturer, and will pave the way for large-scale mobile payments program implementation, according to Visa.

    Visa expects the alliance with Samsung to significantly accelerate NFC mobile payments adoption, including in the U.S., where NFC use in smartphones and NFC-ready payment terminals has been slow to catch on.

    Selected Samsung NFC-enabled handsets with a secure chip embedded inside will be preloaded with Visa’s payWave app. Banks and other financial institutions can then load payment account information remotely using Visa’s mobile provisioning service to those Samsung handsets for a mass NFC mobile payments rollout.

    “Samsung devices enabled with Visa payment functionality will no doubt be a powerful product offering — especially in markets where paying with a mobile device is becoming commonplace,” Visa global head of products Jim McCarthy said in a statement. “However, the key to making mobile payments broadly available all over the world is to offer financial institutions a secure way to provision millions of smartphones with payment account information — and that is exactly what Visa and Samsung are ready to deliver.”

    With the alliance, it will be faster, easier and cheaper for banks and carriers to set up mobile payments with NFC. Visa payWave is already used in the ISIS NFC consortium of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, as well as in Google Wallet.

  • Editing Team 12:22 on January 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ZTE Launches NFC Phone Deal with Inside Secure 

    ZTE-Inside-Secure-NFC-rfid-blog“The long-term cooperative relation with Inside Secure gives us access to mature, even proven NFC technologies and first-class support which are bringing our handsets to market quickly and cost effectively.” The general manager of GSM and UMTS handset products at ZTE, Wang Yongzhong said “Both smartphones and feature phones are vital to our long-term success in the global mobile phone market, and NFC acts an important role of these platforms.”

    It’s reported that Inside Securer’s Simon Hu announced, “We look forward to expanding our partnership with ZTE to provide best-of-breed NFC solutions as they develop more high-value handsets and enlarge their business all over the word. Then Today’s announcement is the latest result of our long-term relationship with ZTE in developing NFC solutions for their handset offerings, which now cover GSM 2G and TD-SCDMA 3G networks.”

    This cooperation is integrating NFC technology into the smartphone both GSM and next generation TD-SCDMA on the basis of Android operating system. It can predict that using internal MicroRead NFC controller chip which may open NFC protocol stack.

    In 2010, the sale of ZTE was reached 90 million. Recently, the group begins to expanding its sales area in Western Europe, Japan and USA quickly.

  • Editing Team 13:14 on December 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony and Watchdata Team up to Bring NFC to More Smartphones 

    Sony-Watchdata-NFC-smartphone-rfid-blogSony has signed a deal with smart card specialist Watchdata to bring NFC technology to more smartphones.

    Watchdata’s contactless technology will be incorporate into Sony’s SIMpass solutions, which is set to commence during the opening stages of 2013. SIMpass is a SIM card-centric mobile payment technology that functions without the requirement of additional antennae.

    Sony and Watchdata will develop NFC for a “wider range of mobile phone handsets”. This means customers can make mobile payments without the need for separate hardware. The company could initially incorporate the system into its rumored Odin device, and Yuga, with the firm expecting upwards of 50 million Xperia smartphone sales in 2013.

    FeliCa, contactless payment system already utilized by Sony, is integrated into its mobiles in Asia. It’s predominately utilized to authorize mobile payments and provide digital tickets for public transport.

    “The commercially proven security and performance of FeliCa is something we want to aggressively promote in the growing NFC ecosystem,” said Mario Manabe, senior general manager of Sony’s FeliCa division. “The agreement with Watchdata allows us to adapt FeliCa technologies to more handsets and expand global market presence.”

    Sony stressed that it has more than 605 million FeliCa chips installed in devices worldwide as of July, 2012. A third of that figure is associated with mobiles, while SIMpass is mainly used across Thailand and China, with a user base of around 6 million.

  • Editing Team 18:26 on December 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    MasterCard Partnered with NFC Wallet Provider C-Sam to Develop NFC Services 

    MasterCard-C-Sam-NFC-wallet-service-rfid-blogMasterCard has signed a strategic partnership agreement with C-Sam and also acquired a minority shareholding in the NFC mobile wallet and transaction platform provider. The move follows a deal the two companies signed in May 2012 to offer a white label mobile wallet solution to mobile operators, retail banks and payment providers in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.

    C-Sam’s offering includes a back-end mobile wallet management platform, software development kits and on-device software to support NFC, bar code, QR code and cloud-based transactions as well as customer-specific offers, loyalty incentives, banking, bill-pay options and non-financial secure transactions. Customers include ISIS and Singapore-based carrier Starhub, which launched a commercial NFC service in August 2012.

    “C-Sam and MasterCard played a vital role in the development of our secure digital wallet service, enabling our customers to conveniently shop, pay for transport, redeem discount coupons and use digital credit or debit cards securely with a single tap of their NFC-enabled smartphone,” says Yeong Mun-Ling, Starhub’s vice president of business strategy.

    “This partnership further strengthens our ongoing efforts to work with industry-leading companies to deploy our technologies and help drive innovation and adoption in the rapidly evolving digital payments space,” adds Ed McLaughlin, MasterCard’s chief emerging payments officer. “C-Sam’s proven track record and expertise in developing mobile platforms, combined with our worldwide network and suite of industry-leading payments solutions, will help enable us to deliver new, innovative solutions to a wide range of global customers.”

  • Editing Team 00:21 on December 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Orange Partnered with China Mobile to Develop NFC-SIM Services 

    Orange-China-Mobile-SIM-NFC-service-rfid-blogA memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the France-based mobile network operator Orange and China Mobile. It “aims to accelerate the commercialization of mobile contactless services” by “integrating standardized technical protocols based on the SIM card into their respective services.”

    “By adopting internationally recognized standards for embedding the secure technical protocols directly into the SIM card, the two operators will participate in the development of a market in which users can access NFC services regardless of their device or operator,” says Orange.

    “Orange and China Mobile share a common belief that, for such services to take-off on a global scale, the industry needs to work together in order to adopt a common set of standards that operate within a fully-interoperable business platform,” the carrier adds.

    The two carriers’ goal for their partnership is to achieve:

    ■The Large-scale adoption of SIM-based NFC services and the availability of compatible devices in an open and transparent way.

    ■The interoperability of such services in a way that will lead to the emergence of a wide range of applications.

    ■The development of standardized solutions that will provide consistency across ecosystems, regardless of the mobile network operator or third party involved in providing the service, and regardless of the device used.

    “To encourage the widespread take-up of NFC services, the industry as a whole needs to find ways to offer NFC services that are simple, transparent and secure,” says Thierry Millet, Orange’s vice president of mobile payment and contactless solutions.

    “By working together with China Mobile, we hope to show that the development of a SIM-card based approach using recognized standards will be a key factor in winning over consumer confidence as NFC services become more and more prevalent over the coming years.”

    “Many major mobile network operators including China Mobile promised to adopt SIM-based NFC standards and promote the launch of new products,” adds China Mobile’s Shen Hongqun. “By signing this MoU between China Mobile and Orange, the two MNOs can cooperate in the fields of service model design, marketing strategy, product standards for mobile payment, the promotion of NFC services and handsets based on SWP-SIM and to develop a harmonized ecosystem based on standard solutions.”

  • 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 16:34 on September 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    EMVCo Working with NFC Forum to Improve NFC Testing 

    EMVCo-NFC-Forum-testing-rfid-blogAn agreement was signed by both NFC Forum and EMVCo, the EMV standards body owned by American Express, JCB, MasterCard and Visa, to improve the development and testing process of NFC-enabled mobile devices.

    Under the partnership, the two organizations will synchronize their specifications, test plans, test tools, laboratory accreditations and the management of contactless product certifications. This will reduce product time-to-market and decrease certification costs for EMV-related NFC products in the contactless payments industry, according to EMVCo.

    The organizations’ activity will focus on Level 1 functionality, which covers contactless communication protocol. Initial efforts will center on outlining the scope of work and the specifications to be covered, followed by a gap analysis to identify and examine specification differences, agree on specification updates and determine how agreed amendments will be collectively managed.

    “To enable contactless to reach its full potential and facilitate the delivery of secure payment solutions, we need to create an efficient testing and certification framework that allows products to be swiftly brought to market,” said Joe Cunningham, Chair of the EMVCo Executive Committee. “Alignment between industry bodies is therefore essential to ensure we apply specialist knowledge and a cohesive approach to the creation of this very innovative ecosystem.”

    “We want to make it fast and affordable for organizations to build and deploy EMV-based NFC solutions,” added Koichi Tagawa, NFC Forum Chairman. “By working closely with EMVCo, we’re able to better support vendors while furthering our commitment to global interoperability.”

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