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  • Editing Team 17:35 on September 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    New York Comic Con Thwarts Counterfeit Tickets via RFID 


    New York Comic Con (NYCC), a pop-culture and comic-book convention which will be held next month at the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan, will use RFID-enabled badges instead of traditional paper tickets in order to thwart counterfeit tickets as well as better monitor and control traffic.

    Each badge contains an NXP Semiconductors Mifare NFC chip to make sure that visitors are not using counterfeit tickets. NYCC staff will use Google Nexus 7 tablets, which equipped with NFC readers, to check badges at all the entrances and exits.

    Attendees entering or exiting the building will be required to tap the Nexus 7 tablets with their NYCC ID badges. Each RFID chip contains only a unique ID number associated with a particular user profile that each registrant provides during the badge-activation process, and a badge’s RFID tag will not be encoded with the badge-holder’s name or any other personal information.

    The data collected through the RFID technology includes such things as the quantity of people entering NYCC, the date and time of each visit, the number of times the badge-holder entered and exited, and which entrances or exits were used.

  • Editing Team 11:48 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Runs NFC-based Digital Advertising Campaign in Australian Airports 

    Google-Australian-airports-NFC-digital-advertising-rfid-blogGoogle is running an NFC and QR code based digital advertising campaign in airports around Australia, allowing travellers to use a smartphone or tablet to take control of Google Play Video ads on giant screens.

    Travellers visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports can interact with Google Play content by tapping an NFC tag or scanning a QR code featured on 39 digital advertising panels managed by out-of-home media company Ooh! Media. Android phone users can also download selected books, movies, music, magazines or apps directly to their phone using Ooh’s free airport Wi-Fi.

    “The Google Play campaign is Ooh’s most unique use of NFC, QR and Red Crystal technology to allow consumers to control a screen without needing to download an app,” says Warwick Denby, group director of business strategy at Ooh!. “They can select the content they want displayed on the big advertising screens and then download movies, magazines, books, music or games from the Google Play Store immediately to their Android device.”

    “This campaign is a real example of how the traditional billboard and technology can work together to gain a deeper connection between a brand and individual. It demonstrates how well online and digital billboards work together, and how smartphones can drive engagement and enable consumers to connect and transact with the brand online — immediately.

  • Editing Team 09:21 on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Google May Be Prepping Physical Google Wallet Card 

    physical-Google-Wallet-card-rfid-blogIt is said that Google may be planning to launch plastic wallet cards that would work in conjunction with Google Wallet.

    The physical Google Wallet card will work just like a regular credit card and can charge whichever default card you currently selected on the Wallet app.

    It will work anywhere major credit cards are accepted, and can be used in those scenarios where tap-and-pay is not a supported or preferred method of payment. With a Google Wallet card and a phone, user can leave all his/her credit cards at home.

    Acquiring the card is simple — you can order the card straight through the Google Wallet app and have it delivered directly to your house.

    In addition, additional features are coming to Wallet app as well: the ability to deposit and withdraw money to and from a “Wallet Balance”, and person-to-person money transfers.

    Google could publish a version of the Wallet app without NFC permissions that just allows you to switch between your cards, which could be installed on any phone (even iOS or Windows Phone, theoretically), and you just use the Wallet card for payments. Google really does seem to have thrown a wrench in the works of the likes of ISIS and other competing systems.

  • Editing Team 23:40 on October 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Updates TecTiles App, Offering More Options for NFC Tagging 


    TecTiles, Samsung’s NFC tagging app, was officially debuted in June. Since then, the company has been improving it.

    Last week, the company announced version 3.0 of the app, which includes various enhancements that allow for better customization.

    With the new features, now you can choose from a larger selection of settings that can be programmed into the tags. Besides, you’ll also have the ability to send pre-written emails to a specified address, update your Google+ status, store a history of your profiles, customize preloaded profiles, and create private tags that can only be read by your phone.

    The new app is ready to go in the Play Store, and users can download it for free. Yet a pack of five tags is priced $15.

  • Editing Team 17:54 on August 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Mobile Wallet & NFC — the Next Patents Battleground 

    NFC-mobile-wallet-war-Google-Apple-Microsoft-rfid-blogLast week, a California court decided Samsung infringed on various patents related to the iPhone and Apple was awarded $1 billion. Thus far, the smartphone wars entered a critical phase.

    Yesterday, Robin Dua, Google Wallet project manager, announced that he wanted to add more features to the app, including support for movie tickets, boarding passes, ID cards, and gift cards. The idea is to leave your leather wallet at home and carry your phone to do all transactions from getting a bus to buying a coffee.

    However, at the WWDC in July, Apple also demonstrated a new Passbook app that allows users to gather all their passes in one place, including boarding passes and sports tickets. The app enables users to scan coupons with their iPhones or iPod touch devices, such as getting into a concert or checking into hotels.

    Yet, Microsoft also has big plans for this area. It appears to be progressing with its WalletHub for Windows Phone 8, emphasizing enhanced security. At a recent Windows Phone keynote, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demonstrated the NFC capabilities of forthcoming devices. He also talked about NFC tags in posters for apps, or using NFC to execute a call to a taxi, or using tags on business cards to receive contact information.

    Although NFC is the one area that Apple has been very quiet about, it does make sense that a device as predominant as the iPhone will play a role in this rapidly unfolding m-commerce area.

    As many people expect, mobile payment and digital wallet could be the next big thing in the next five years. So what’s the next big move from these mobile giants? Stay tuned as we’ll be learning more about it.

  • Editing Team 11:42 on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Wallet May Support Movie Tickets, Boarding Passes, Coupons in the Future 

    google-wallet-nfc-mobile-payments-ticket-rfid-blogGoogle is currently working on Google Wallet to try to make the digital wallet application more widely adopted. Besides its Wallet APIs, Google has planned to add more features to the app, including support for movie tickets, boarding passes, coupons, and gift cards. These items were named by Google Wallet project manager Robin Dua. However, a specific timeline was not given yet. Dua says that Google is in active discussions for Google Wallet partnerships.

    Google is currently working with airlines, transit agencies, and other partners to try to get secure credentials for Google Wallet. If Google succeeds, the app, along with Android-based smartphones with the NFC chipset inside, would be used for tickets for things like movie tickets, boarding passes, transit passes, gift cards, identification cards for school and government agencies, as well as other uses.

    Right now, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in the San Francisco Bay Area is using an NFC ticket card called Clipper Card which is used to tap on an NFC terminal. Clipper’s mechanism, for example, can be rolled into Google Wallet, so that customers can tap their Google Wallet-enabled phone onto Clipper readers to pay for their transit rides.

    Similarly, the system can be implemented for airline tickets, movie tickets, and other event tickets like for the theater, opera and concert.

    In this way, Google would be making its Wallet application able to replace your physical wallet, especially in terms of government and student identification cards.

    Right now, the only carrier that actively supports Google Wallet in the U.S. is Sprint, but the company says that it is working with more carriers to expand the app.

    In addition, Google is hoping to have a peer-to-peer payment mechanism, so that if you owe a friend $10, for example, you can easily pay back the money with Google Wallet either by sending money over the Internet or by tapping two NFC-enabled phones together.

    Besides Google, carriers AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA are developing their own competing wallet service called ISIS. As reported by Brief Mobile, Google feels that its wallet system is better for consumers and merchants: ISIS is working on “direct provisioning” of cards to an issuer. Dua doesn’t think this approach is scalable. He believes Wallet is better for end users and merchants with its new cloud-based model.

  • Editing Team 11:24 on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Singapore Telcos Have Launched NFC Mobile Wallets 

    Singapore-telcos-SingTel-M1-NFC-mobile-wallet-rfid-blogLast year, a consortium, including European vendor Gemalto Citibank, DBS Bank and pre-paid card specialist EZ-Link, was set up by Singapore’s government, in order to build a S$40 million interoperable NFC infrastructure for mobile payments.

    Earlier this month, StarHub was the first telco to launch an NFC wallet which used the infrastructure. Now M1 and SingTel have joined in.

    According to SingTel, it has developed a mobile payments service with EZ-Link. With its NFC SIM, customers can make cashless payments by tapping NFC-enabled smartphones at terminals at over 20,000 points that accept EZ-Link, such as taxis, supermarkets and fast food chains.

    Download the EZ-Link app from the Google Play Store for use on NFC-enabled Android mobile handsets, and users can check transaction history and balances, and top-up the purse with any debit or credit card.

    The app can be topped-up over-the-air, which means that SingTel customers can easily download and top-up on the go, with their NFC-enabled phone and credit cards.

    “The NFC solution that we are launching today is the first of many innovative mobile services that SingTel will unveil. We will progressively launch differentiated services that enhance our customers’ lifestyles and provide them with a unique mobile commerce experience, ranging from payments to value-added services.” says Gan Siok Hoon, VP, m-commerce, SingTel.

    At the same time, M1 has also been working with EZ-Link and MasterCard on its wallet. Customers who buy an NFC SIM and certified handset (Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S Advance or Sony Xperia S) will be able to make contactless payments at merchants that accept Paypass and EZ-Link.

    Using M1 Mobile Wallet, users can obtain information on available NFC services, as well as manage their account and settings, such as default cards, initiating payments, viewing transaction details and password amendments. M1 has also implemented a wallet passcode as an additional security measure, which is required before processing manual payment transactions.

  • Editing Team 12:34 on August 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Defects of Google’s Cloud-based Wallet Service 

    Google-Wallet-service-Cloud-rfid-blogGoogle is now re-launching its NFC wallet service which supports the new Android-based handsets. It’s good news to those tap & go fans that the service now supports a much wider range of cards. However, there are still major limitations to its usage:

    First, the service is still available for U.S. ONLY, which is specifically designed for U.S. magstripe payment networks.

    Second, it must be connected to the Cloud in order to authenticate the user and switch cards.

    Finally, it ONLY supports Android handsets which have the secure element that Google has used to pre-issue its own pre-paid MasterCard PayPass card, along with the original Citibank card.

    The deadly weak point of Google is that it will have to take the risk and pay the cost for all contactless transactions, instead of the bank that has its cards linked into the Google Wallet Cloud. Google is actually putting its own “card-present” contactless card transactions into less secure e-commerce transactions in the Cloud.

    What’s more, since this is a Cloud-based service, switching or activating cards and logging into Google Wallet will require mobile connectivity. On the other hand, most NFC wallet services being deployed in Europe that work with the EMV card technology support offline functionality for essential tasks such as card switching and PIN authentication.

    MasterCard and Visa are now mandating that U.S. banks also migrate to EMV, which suggests that Google will need to do likewise in the very near future, or it’ll need to invest a lot more to win the banks over with this new Cloud-based service.

    An interesting future direction for Google with this approach is that it is possible to get its pre-paid card into network operators’ SIM-based wallets, and maybe migrate Google Wallet onto other non-Android devices. Many people are waiting to see where Google goes next in the U.S. and other markets with this approach, especially in this budding mobile wallet space that the network operators and banks are teaming up and getting ready for their own non-Cloud-based wallet roll-outs.

  • Editing Team 16:38 on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Partners with Discover to Popularize Google Wallet 

    Google-Wallet-Discover-credit-card-rfid-blogGoogle Wallet, the company’s NFC-based virtual wallet for Android, is looking to reboot the service to attract more people to use NFC transactions with their Android devices. Just a few weeks ago, Google launched a system allowing you to use major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard, with Google Wallet. Now, Google is partnering with Discover, one of the smaller credit card companies in the U.S., to make it even easier for Discover customers to save their cards to Google Wallet.

    Discover now uses Google’s “Save to Wallet” API to allow its cardmembers to save their credit card directly to their Wallet account from Discover’s online account center. You only need to sign into your Discover account and then Google account, and your card is added. You can now rack up points by using the card through NFC. Discover was even nice enough to allow Google to use an image of their card on Google Wallet so you can identify which card you are using.

    Given that mobile payment systems and virtual wallets are still used by a minority in the U.S., the collaboration between Google and Discover will surely raise the overall awareness of mobile payments and also a few new users to Google Wallet. After all, most users log into their credit card accounts at least once per month to pay their bills. If Google manages to partner with other major credit card issuers as well, this API could turn out to be quite a boon for Google Wallet (especially in such a situation of the increasing competition in this market).

    Google notes that since launching support for all the major credit cards, it has “seen a significant increase in signups and app usage as people have loaded all their cards into Google Wallet.” This doesn’t come as a surprise, given that Google Wallet only worked with CitiBank-issued MasterCard cards before, but Google hasn’t provided any concrete numbers for Google Wallet usage yet, so it’s hard to gauge how successful the program actually is.

    Hopefully we will see more companies jumping on the Google Wallet train and making the switch this easy.

  • Editing Team 16:40 on August 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Wallet Adds Major Credit Cards 

    Google-Wallet-credit-cards-mobile-payment-nfc-rfid-blogAll major credit cards now work with Google Wallet, the company announced on its blog last Wednesday. Previously restricted to one CitiBank-issued card, the company has now expanded its mobile payments platform to add Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

    From now, users don’t need to swipe a card; they just have to enter their info into the service to use their phones at places accepting Google Wallet payments.

    Still, there are some concerns over the security of these kinds of services, so Google has also launched a cloud-based version of the app that allow users to, for instance, remotely disable the tool if a phone is lost or stolen. Customers can now make purchases in physical retail stores or online using Google Wallet, and can turn the app on or off on their devices remotely from the Web, according to Google.

    But Google Wallet still only works on devices adapted to the near-field communication (NFC), like Sprint, Virgin Mobile handsets and the Nexus 7 tablet.

    For the moment, there are 25 national retailers accepting Google’s mobile payment app. Besides, there are 200,000 locations where people can use Google Wallet.

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