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  • Editing Team 17:55 on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    CalypsoKey Adds NFC to the iPhone 

    CalypsoKey-NFC-Apple-iPhone-rfid-blogMany people complain about the absence of NFC capability in Apple’s iPhone. NFC technology allows smartphones to do all sorts of interesting things such as share content or make purchases by simply holding the phone close to a compatible device. A new product called CalypsoKey has surfaced that adds NFC to the iPhone.

    The system includes a case for the iPhone, adding NFC technology which allows users to store their entire selection of NFC identification cards inside the Calypso case. Using the device you can unlock doors, check in at your office, or even open your garage.

    Calypso decided to keep things simple, avoiding the use of an app or the iPhone itself, instead providing batteryless NFC data storage in the case itself, so it never needs recharging.

    The case has a 13.56 MHz RFID antenna inside with 1k memory capacity. It also has a second 125 kHz RFID antenna built-in. The two antennas make the case compatible with most RFID-based NFC access points for locking systems. The company doesn’t show exactly how you transfer NFC data to the Key, but does mention it’s compatible with Kaba RFID locks among others.

    The NFC-enabled CalypsoLoop case sells for $119(USD) with the CalypsoRing costing $129. The CalypsoKey versions of the case are only available for the iPhone 5.

  • Editing Team 21:50 on November 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use Your NFC-enabled Phone and Tags to Automate Daily Tasks 

    This year, a lot of phones are being released with NFC readers built into the devices, and there’s a growing number of NFC apps in Google Play to manage them on Android phones. If your phone is NFC-enabled, you can use your own NFC tags and apps to automate daily tasks.

    NFC already pushes your credit and debit cards into your smartphone, yet it can do far more than that. Maybe you’ve bought an NFC-enabled phone and aren’t sure where to start. But once you have NFC tags in hand, there are dozens of ways to use them to make your life a little bit easier, and stop spending so much time in your phone’s Settings menu.

    Here are a few ideas on how you can put NFC technology to work for you:

    ■Set your phone to silent/vibrate at work. Stick a tag by your desk and program it to put your device in silent mode when you tap it. This can be particularly useful to those who are extremely forgetful about these things.

    ■Save from giving out your Wi-Fi password. If you have guests or clients visiting who want to use your Wi-Fi, you may program a tag to connect to your wireless network, so that your guests can save from typing in your 15-character combination of uppercase/lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

    ■Sync your stuff. Most media is in the cloud, for example, Dropbox, Google Drive and Rdio. To make sure things get backed up every night, you can have a tag set up by the charging station that regulates Wi-Fi and auto-sync. Another tap to the NFC tag in the morning switches Wi-Fi off, so that battery power is not wasted throughout the day.

    ■Keyless entry to your home or workplace. Many companies already use pass-cards which employees wave at a sensor to get into their office. These “smart keys” are powered by NFC. As NFC becomes more prevalent, you’ll probably be seeing more and more devices like Lockitron emerging in the marketplace. The device is installed on your deadbolt at home and can be programmed to grant keyless entry to your home or office through an app. Now you can leave your keys at home and just grant/remove access within the app.

    ■Mobile payment. Instead of pulling out your credit card, you can just tap your NFC-enabled phone to a terminal, much like MasterCard, Visa and Interac are doing with their wave-and-pay systems now. We’re not quite there yet, but it’s something to look forward to.

    ■Connect to social-media. Several parks or festivals have already allowed guests to log into Facebook, Foursquare, or Google Places by tapping their NFC-enabled phones to a poster or something else. It’s a lot easier than trying to convince them to open an app.

    Since NFC is secure, easy to manage and extraordinarily versatile, it will become more popular with time. And now is the perfect time to get ahead of the curve and start wowing your friends.

  • Editing Team 14:02 on August 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Unlock Your Door Anywhere Via Lockitron 

    Lockitron-unlock-NFC-rfid-blogWhen going out, there are three things that people always take with them: keys, wallet and phone, but now, with Lockitron, you simply need to take your wallet and phone, because you can use this new gadget to lock and unlock any door with your phone, from anywhere in the world.

    Lockitron is produced by Apigy, an American start-up company founded by university students Paul Gerhardt and Cameron Robertson. Gerhardt said that “the idea is to replace keys entirely, everywhere from your home to your car to your gym locker”.

    When you sign up, you’ll receive a Lockitron deadbolt kit containing the Wi-Fi-controlled deadbolt and a base station with a USB remote control. After that, you only need to install the deadbolt on your door and configure it on your phone. Then you can simply select the door you want to access and tap the lock or unlock icon, the door will respond accordingly, no matter where you are — you could be a thousand miles away and still let in a visitor, plumber or forgetful housemate. If there’s no Wi-Fi connection, you can still unlock the door and grant other people control of the door via a text message.

    Any smartphone can use the service over the Web. The app is for iPhone and Android. The Lockitron system will even work by simply waving an NFC-enabled phone at the lock. NFC (near-field communication) tech is becoming increasingly popular, allowing phones to pay for things and enabling you to play Angry Birds with other phone users.

    A big concern is the security. The online service uses the secure HTTPS protocol, and Lockitron promises that data is encrypted and protected by firewalls, but if you lose your phone, that means you also lose your keys.

    Lockitron is one of the coolest examples we’ve seen of the ‘Internet of Things’ — the idea that real-world stuff can be connected to you and to other stuff via the Web. Google recently announced its own take with Android @ Home, which turns your Android phone or tablet into a remote control for everything electrical.

  • Editing Team 11:04 on July 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Openways’ Mobile Key Allows Customers to Open Hotel Rooms with Phones 

    Openways-mobile-key-nfc-rfid-blogOpenways, the global leader in smartphones and hotel keys, has worked with NXP semiconductors and announced a little near-field magic to its Mobile Key solution. This solution is not only fully deployable today, but also future proofed for the anticipated consumer take up of NFC mobile and smartphones of tomorrow. Now, you can receive your room number direct to your phone and wave yourself past the door, no need for stopping in front of a reception desk. The makers claim that the optimized antennas mean it can work with any phone, carrier and lock system, which is effectively future-proofed.

    OpenWays has pioneered front desk bypass solutions, and with the only actual deployments, is the leading solution of its kind, chosen by international and national chains, and leading independent hotels as their standard for enabling guests to skip waiting in line when they arrive at their hotel and head straight to their rooms. Guests coming from anywhere in the world can use their own mobile phone regardless of carrier or operating system. Despite a very slow start, NFC is seen as becoming important in mobile technology and usage in the next five to seven years.

    “NFC is a complicated and confusing topic, but it is essential for hoteliers to understand and differentiate between NFC and RFID,” said Pascal Metivier, founder and CEO of OpenWays. “Having an RFID door lock does not future proof an investment when considering NFC – far from it! Similarly, having an NFC strategy without considering the wider implications of mobile phone and carrier dependency means anyone selecting NFC today needs to thoroughly research the topic to avoid making a costly mistake.

    “Guests are looking for efficiency in their travel,” Metivier added. “Modern hoteliers understand the importance to adapt to new guest demands.”

    Guests choosing to use the Mobile Key option are sent a message on the day of their arrival at the hotel with their room number. They simply proceed directly to that room, hit a key on their mobile device and enter their room.

    Hotels also are increasingly realizing the convenience of mobile keys. This enables hotels to manage instantly and track and report usage real time, thereby enhancing operations and security.

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