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  • Editing Team 15:35 on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Badges Will Be Used at 2014 CES 

    2014CES-NFC-badges-rfid-blogAttendees at this week’s 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas will be using NFC-enabled badges to exchange business credentials and retrieve product information from other NFC devices as well as from posters displayed by exhibitors.

    The NFC tags in the badges are supplied by Smartrac, use NXP’s Mifare DESFire EV1 chips and are being deployed in partnership with ITN International, the show’s official registration and lead retrieval supplier.

    “Year after year, CES sees the introduction of the latest consumer technologies,” says the Consumer Electronics Association’s Karen Chupka. “We are excited to use one of our exhibitors’ products for our registration system, and bring a more personalized experience to every attendee.”

  • Editing Team 07:46 on April 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ABI: 2.1 Billion Contactless Credentials Including RFID Solutions to Ship in 2018 

    ABI-Research-2018-contactless-credential-rfid-blogABI research predicts that in 2018, a total of 2.1 billion contactless credentials including a combination of smart cards and RFID solutions, will ship into the transportation and ticketing market. This amounts to just over double compared to 2012.

    Of all contactless ticketing credentials deployed in 2012, MiFare solutions accounted for over 80% of sales. Although MiFare continues to be the top solution provider, by 2018, it is expected that CiPurse and other categories will contribute in reducing MiFare’s share.

    With the increase of national government standards worldwide, such as ITSO in the UK and VDV in Germany, further fragmentation is expected. This will enable cross-authority travel with single credentials.

    ABI Research’s, Transportation Ticketing Technologies include coverage of secure IC’s, smart cards and RFID.

  • Editing Team 16:52 on September 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sydney’s the Rocks Set to Deploy NFC Technology 

    Sydney-The-Rocks-NFC-rfid-blogIn the near future, visitors to Sydney’s the Rocks will be able to use their NFC-enabled smartphones to learn history of the popular tourist attraction.

    The Rocks is the world’s first heritage precinct to offer visitors an interactive tour via cell phones, claims Andrew Stoner, the deputy premier of New South Wales (NSW). “With just a simple tap of their mobile phone, visitors will be taken on a journey through laneways of the Rocks,” he says, “along cobblestone streets, and up and down sandstone steps, to reveal fascinating stories of families, friends, convicts and colonists.”

    NFC technology provider Tapit provided the NFC technology, combining both NFC-enabled passive smart stickers and QR codes in 37 historic locations within the Rocks. The stickers employ Mifare 13.56 MHz NFC chips which comply with the ISO14443 standard.

    Tapit’s chief executive Jamie Conyngham says that affixing NFC tags to the sites allows tourists to instantly download information, graphics and videos they want, with just a tap of their phone on the plaques and plinths, thus enhancing the experience. The technology was easy to roll out.

    When a visitor taps his/her NFC-enabled smartphone against the sticker, it matches a unique code linked to that particular location, so that the appropriate content will be sent directly to the user’s mobile phone. Besides, those lacking an NFC-enabled smartphone can scan a graphic, printed with a QR code, which then direct them to the appropriate content.

    “Because our servers match the appropriate codes and direct it to the mobile phone, it is very simple to change content when necessary,” Conyngham states. “If the NSW Government wants to add a new site within the Rocks, or even run its own promotion, it can all be done automatically by Tapit.”

    “Based on current statistics, approximately 25 percent of usage has been via the Tapit NFC technology, with the remaining 75 percent scanning the QR code. This could be due to low market penetration of NFC-enabled phones currently available in Australia. NFC technology does provide a number of opportunities for dissemination of content to visitors in the Rocks. There are plans to enhance the existing content; however, this is scheduled for a time when NFC-enabled phones have higher market penetration.”

    Stoner says, with the new technology, the 14 million tourists who visit the Rocks each year will get a richer experience and be encouraged to spend more time in the precinct. This is just the first stage of technology development within the Rocks, with video, audio and bilingual capabilities planned to follow soon. The tag could also be expanded to tell visitors information about nearby shopping and dining places as well as provide other special offers, such as getting access to social networks, making a purchase or booking.

  • Editing Team 10:19 on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP Leads the Growing Contactless Ticketing Market 

    NXP-Semiconductor-MiFare-contactless-ticketing-rfid-blogAccording to a report from ABI Research, NXP Semiconductors still dominates the contactless ticketing market despite strong competition from key market players like Austriamicrosystems, Infineon and Samsung. NXP claims that its line of MiFare solutions has played an important role in maintaining its position in the market. The company had 70 percent market share in 2011 due to its mart card and RFID ticketing IC shipments.

    ”Contactless smart ticketing used to be adopted only by those large flagship cities across the world. We are now starting to see contactless ticketing solutions adopted by smaller towns and cities, who realize the benefits and potential ROI contactless technology can achieve. For example, the transport authorities within Newcastle, Bradford, and Manchester in the UK are all looking into contactless ticketing adoption, inspired by the London Oyster card,” says John Devlin, Practice director at ABI Research.

    The overall contactless ticketing market continues to grow at a double digit rate (YoY) and is bringing in new market players, whilst allowing those already active and dominant to maintain a strong position in the years to come.

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