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  • Editing Team 18:07 on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    HSBC in Hong Kong to Launch NFC Mobile Wallets 

    HSBC-Hong-Kong-NFC-mobile-wallet-rfid-blogHSBC is going to launch NFC-based mobile wallets in 2014 with four Hong Kong-based mobile carriers — HKT, CSL, SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings and China Mobile Hong Kong.

    The wallets will enable HSBC customers to store their HSBC-issued credit cards on Android-based NFC-capable smartphones issued by the mobile operators. The maximum amount per NFC transaction can be set at either HK$500 ($65) or HK$1,000 ($129).

    HKT said in a press release that it will use Single Wire Protocol SIM cards for the secure storage of payment applications and credit cards on its customers’ NFC-enabled mobile phones. The SIM cards can store different credit cards issued by multiple partner banks, including HSBC, HKT said.

    Starting in early 2014, customers will be able to download the HSBC mobile banking app to their NFC-enabled smartphones. They will then be able to make payments from their HSBC credit cards by tapping their phones against NFC readers. Details of the applicable cards will be announced after the service has been launched, HKT said.

  • Editing Team 11:43 on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID to Authenticate Traditional Chinese Medicines 

    LSCM-Hong-Kong-authenticate-traditional-Chinese-medicines-RFID-blogThe Hong Kong R&D Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM) is conducting a pilot project in Hong Kong to examine the use of RFID in authenticating traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) in the retail setting.

    The pilot involves placing RFID tags on packs of TCM during manufacturing which can then be read using a scanner in-store.

    Partners of the project include companies such as Chinese Pharmaceuticals, Eu Yan Sang, Hin Sang Hong, Ling Nam Medicine Factory and Wisdom Come.

    The project, with the registered trademark Authen√Tick, involves setting up an authentication network with “secured communication and reliable authentication processing between third-party operated readers and authentication platform through the open Internet”.

    In the LSCM’s latest newsletter it notes that when a product with an RFID tag embedded in package connects with an RFID reader, an authentication check would be processed with the result known in a few seconds.

    “Product information such as product ingredients and laboratory test certifications can also be simultaneously acquired,” it says. The pilot also plans to use QR codes on packs so that consumers can use their own smartphones for product information checking.

  • Editing Team 17:39 on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hang Seng Bank Announces NFC Payment Service in Hong Kong 


    Hang Seng Bank is bringing NFC to Hong Kong. According to a report from Inside Retail Asia, the Hong Kong-based bank, part of the HSBC Group, has launched the service through about 1,000 outlets in Hong Kong.

    Based on MasterCard’s PayPass technology, the service lets Hang Seng Bank customers with a MasterCard account and an NFC-enabled smartphone pay for purchases at merchants such as Pacific Coffee, Hung Fook Tong and Japan Home Centre by tapping their phones on contactless point of sale terminals.

    The bank said it expects the number of outlets across Hong Kong which accept the new mobile payment product to exceed 2,500 by later this summer.

    The mobile scheme requires users to get a free replacement NFC-SIM card installed in their enabled handset at PCCW-HKT stores and download the app. Once set up with the SIM and app, user can make contactless payments of HK$500 or less.

  • Derek Du 02:35 on April 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    CostuMagic, RFID system from Hong Kong Disneyland 

    Hong Kong Disneyland is the world’s fifth Disneyland and reaches millions of tourists every year. As one of the largest “wardrobe” in Hong Kong, more than 200,000 apparel and accessories has managed by the Disneyland. More than 6500 pieces of costume distributed to 2,500 cast members daily, and every single member needs 3 minutes to register to get their costume. You can imagine that 50 Disneyland colleagues waiting in the dressing room which just like shopping in a supermarket checkout point.

    Since September last year, a self-service costumes borrow system (CostuMagic) has introduced to Hong Kong Disneyland which using radio frequency identification technology, the time of lend costumes to employees has being greatly saved. By CostuMagic, cast members just need to pick up their costume from dressing room, scan their staff card and costume (RFID tag inside) at one of four sets of self-services kiosks which outside the dressing room, and… that’s it! Plus the system will notice cast member if they choose wrong size of costumes from their actual size, awesome! According to Disneyland official, this RFID system enhanced the efficiency over half.

    CostuMagic, the success of RFID technology in Hong Kong Disneyland has awarded “RFID application and creativity silver” by Hong Kong Article Numbering Association, and is now being used at Disneyland Florida.

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