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  • Editing Team 11:28 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple’s Passbook Gets NFC on Android Devices 

    Apple-Passbook-Android-PassWallet-NFC-rfid-blogAttido Mobile has updated its PassWallet app to allow Android devices to beam and redeem “passes” created for Apple’s Passbook via NFC.

    Apple’s Passbook app stores coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and more as .pkpass files. They are typically received by email and redeemed or validated at the point of use by presenting an on-screen 2D barcode to a reader.

    PassWallet was developed to allow Android and BlackBerry users access to these files too, and now Attido has worked with Skycore, the developers behind the CodeReadr mobile data capture platform, to add NFC beaming to the app.

    “Passes stored within PassWallet normally present pass IDs as barcodes for scanning but can now also beam pass IDs via NFC and have those IDs validated and redeemed with the CodeReadr app on NFC-enabled Android devices,” the partners say.

    “Apple created the Passbook standard for card, coupon and ticket delivery to iOS devices. My team built PassWallet to fill the gap for the Android platform,” adds Attido’s Andy Nugent. “We then expanded the technology to support NFC redemption on Android through our partnership with the CodeReadr team.”

    “Beaming NFC passes has the potential to eventually offer a fast, secure and seamless tap-to-validate process for passes,” points out Skycore CEO Rich Eicher. “As the technology matures and becomes broadly available, we expect consumers will find convenience in a simple tap.”

     
  • Editing Team 11:07 on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Parcel Tag Lets You Know If Your Parcel Has Been Treated Properly 

    parcel-delivery-RFID-blogA British invention company called Cambridge Consultants has developed DropTag, a gadget that combines a battery, a low-energy Bluetooth transmitter, an accelerometer and a memory chip. The gadget uses RFID technology and can track your parcels.

    The tag is stuck on a parcel as it leaves an e-commerce warehouse. The idea is that when the courier puts it in your hands, you turn on Bluetooth on a smartphone running a DropTag app and scan it before you sign for it. A readout then shows what’s happened to the parcel in transit, with the option of a graph that shows you if the box has been mistreated – and when. If it has clearly been beaten up, you don’t sign and refuse delivery.

    The $2 tag will run on a coin battery for “many weeks”, the inventors say, and there may be incentives for the parcel deliverer to reuse it after scanning.

    At the moment DropTag is a solution in search of a user. British patents are already filed, but Cambridge Consultants hopes a major delivery chain or e-commerce firm will buy into the tech at the massive Hannover Messe tech fair in Germany in April.

     
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