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  • Editing Team 10:52 on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    AT&T Introduces NFC-enabled iPhone Cases for Isis Payments 

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    AT&T has introduced a range of phone cases that add NFC functionality to iPhone, allowing users in the U.S. to make Isis payments.

    Five options are available:

    ■The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 5 and 5S, available in black, pink or white for US$65.

    ■The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, available in black, white or pink for US$69.

    ■The Isis Ready Case for iPhone 4 and 4S users, available for US$65.

    ■The Isis Ready Charging Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, providing both NFC functionality and a backup battery for US$85.

    ■Otterbox Defender Series Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, offering NFC and rugged protection, for US$129.

    All five options can be ordered from AT&T now.

    “Using the Isis Mobile Wallet on an iPhone is simple. Select the Isis Ready NFC case, slide the iPhone in, download the Isis Mobile Wallet app from the App Store and tap your iPhone at hundreds of thousands of merchants nationwide for a quick and easy way to pay and save.”

     
  • Editing Team 16:46 on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    New Security Guards’ Check-in System Combines NFC and GPS 

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    FC Solution, a Thailand-based company, has introduced a tracking system which requires security guards to check in to a location by tapping their NFC phone to a tag. The system also records the employee’s GPS location to ensure guards can’t cheat the system by removing tags placed around a secured area and putting them in an easier-to-access location.

    “We add the GPS location in the data record after the tag is tapped so the employer can check this tag read against the GPS location,” says FC Solution’s Vanchai Wongthamrin, “Before, without the GPS, the employee could take all the tags with them and keep them in the control center.”

    “All data recorded by the CloudFCS service can be accessed from a back office computer in real time,” says Wongthamrin. “The system can also be used for asset tracking.”

     
  • Editing Team 18:23 on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Ski Maker Madshus Introduces NFC-enabled Skis 

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    Cross country ski maker Madshus is to incorporate NFC chips into its 2014/15 Redline and Champion range skis, enabling retailers to select the ideal set of skis for customers more quickly.

    The NFC chips will be used to store each ski‘s unique signature, including its flex profile, target skier weight, optimal waxing properties and camber profile. Retailers will then be able to scan the chips in-store so they can quickly identify the right skis for their customer.

    A companion MyMadshus consumer app is also being introduced in autumn 2014, enabling skiers to log each of their ski’s unique “DNA” as well as track snow conditions, wax history and recent workout data.

    “Individual skis vary in many ways,” said global brand manager Chris McCullough, “Because cross country skis are designed for specific snow conditions and user weights, the overall camber, flex, length and base of a ski varies significantly from one to the next. By making fine adjustments to the ski presses during production, we can target key properties of their final design and so design skis that meet targeted needs in the market.”

    “The importance of having an internal NFC chip that stores all of the ski’s DNA is a huge added value to the retailer. Rather than having to take a pair of skis into a back room to manually use a ski flexer to designate the correct wax pocket for the consumer, the retailer can now scan the ski and get the necessary info in a matter of seconds.”

     
  • Editing Team 18:22 on January 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple New Patent Combines NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for Mobile Payments 

    Apple-patent-NFC-Bluetooth-WiFi-rfid-blogApple has published a new patent which uses a secure element in a mobile phone to store cardholders’ data, NFC to initiate a transaction and Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to complete the processing of a transaction and return coupons and other information to the customer’s device.

    In US patent number 20140019367, “Method to send payment data through various air interfaces without compromising user data”, Apple sets out a system that uses a secure element to store payment card data. This data could then be sent directly from the secure element to the merchant’s POS terminal via NFC in the usual way or, alternatively, NFC could be used only to initiate a transaction.

    In this case, once an initial link-up had been established via NFC, payment card data would be sent from the secure element to the application processor and then on to the POS terminal, via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, in an encrypted format, since, as Apple explains, “the confidentiality of data sent to the application processor may be compromised, e.g. by a rogue application.”

    The system could also be used to make online purchases, Apple adds, as well as in an offline retail environment.

     
  • Editing Team 18:12 on January 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Five UK Banks to Launch NFC and QR Payments 

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    Five banks in the UK — the UK’s HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank — are going to make NFC and QR code payments available next year to their 18 million UK customers. The payments use an online and in-store mobile payments service that integrates with the banks’ existing mobile apps.

    The banks have all signed up to use Zapp, a mobile payments startup which uses secure digital tokens, which means consumers don’t need to reveal any of their financial details to merchants during a transaction. It is also fully integrated into financial institutions’ mobile banking apps, enabling consumers to see their account balances and select from multiple accounts when they make a purchase.

    “Zapp will go to market with real scale offering simpler, more secure and efficient payments to millions of customers and businesses,” says chief executive Peter Keenan.

     
  • Editing Team 18:24 on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Transit Ticketing to Go live in Chicago and Washington 

    NFC-transit-ticketing-Chicago-Washington-rfid-blogTransportation authorities have announced the use of NFC payments in Chicago and Washington DC in the coming years, which means passengers in the two cities will be able to use their NFC phones to pay for the tickets. New York is also to get contactless transit cards, but it’s not yet known whether NFC phone payments will also be supported.

    The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is currently testing an NFC mobile ticketing solution that will work on both trains and buses. The test is being conducted with a limited number of the NFC devices currently on the market. No date has yet been set for when the service will go live but “an announcement could come later this year,” the CTA says.

    The other city, Washington, is upgrading its existing fare payment system for more payment options including NFC mobile payments, EMV chip-enabled bank cards and federal government ID cards.

    “The new technology will provide more flexibility for accounts, better reliability for riders and real choices for customers to use bank-issued payment cards, credit cards, ID cards, or mobile phones to pay their Metro fares,” says Metro general manager and CEO Richard Sarles.

    In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is to go live with a replacement for its current MetroCard system in 2019. The new ticketing system will use contactless NFC or RFID cards, produced and distributed by a third party, and is designed to save the MTA money as well as eliminate swipe errors.

     
  • Editing Team 17:32 on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Large-scale NFC Implementations in the World 

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    1. Nationwide NFC Services by Singapore’s Operators

    Industry: Payment

    Singapore’s three mobile operators — SingTel, M1 and Starhub — have worked together to build a shared NFC infrastructure which is supported by the government. SingTel’s launch enables users to make payments using their mobile handset at over 20,000 POS terminals that accept its partner EZ-Link payments, including taxis, supermarkets and fast food chains; M1 also has an agreement so that its users can make payments at merchants which accept EZ-Link, and it is offering a MasterCard pre-paid card so that users can also make payments where PayPass is accepted. According to a report in the Straits Times, since August 2012, about 15,000 users have upgraded to NFC-based SIM cards that enable mobile payments.

    2. NFC Payments in 14 Chinese Cities by China Mobile

    Industry: Payment

    Last June, world’s largest mobile network operator China Mobile have partnered with Chinese bank card association China UnionPay to launch an NFC payments service in more than 14 Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Eight banks have signed up to make use of the partner’s platform. Later the company also started an NFC pilot on public transportation services in Beijing.

    3. Transit Ticketing in South Korea

    Industry: Transport

    By the end of 2012, three operators in South Korea — KT, SK Telecom and LGU+ — had sold more than 10 million NFC smartphones supporting the single wire protocol-SIM standard. The most popular service in South Korea is transit ticketing, and according to SK Telecom, more than 2 million people have used their phones to pay transit fares in 2012. KT, which led the rollout of standard NFC phones in the country starting in late 2010, said it has 80,000 “active” users for transit ticketing with NFC phones, and they pay fares regularly on buses, subway trains and taxis.

    4. NFC in Japanese Airlines

    Industry: Transport

    The NFC implementation by Japanese Airlines turned out to be a success, which shows the value NFC technology can bring if used in a smart way. “Japanese airlines using NFC can board a 450-person plane in only 15 minutes, as opposed to the standard boarding process for a 150-person plane without NFC in 40 minutes,” said Koichi Tagawa, chairman of the NFC Forum.

    5. Mobile Wallet Goole Wallet, Isis and Turkcell

    Industry: Payment

    According to Lars Kurkinen, telecom industry analyst at Berg Insight, “With the exception of a few projects in Asia Pacific, there are only three NFC mobile wallet services in the world that have an effective addressable market of more than 100,000 people. These three services are Google Wallet and Isis in the US and Turkcell Wallet in Turkey.”

    6. NFC Initiative — Cityzi

    Industry: Payment

    Cityzi, an initiative launched in May 2010, aims at deployment of NFC and contactless in France. It brings together the leading telecom operators, banks, transport operators, traders and industry players. There are now more than 2.5 million NFC-enabled phones that work with Cityzi NFC platform, reports trade association AFSCM. 55,000 French merchants are equipped with Cityzi-compatible contactless payment terminals.

    7. Operator Orange in Catering Industry

    Industry: Retail

    Following the launch of Orange’s Quick Tap NFC mobile wallet service, the operator has released Quick Tap Treats (QTT), an NFC voucher and loyalty service, at 114 locations nationwide. Customers have made 24,614 transactions over the two months using the service, which works out to 410 transactions per day, and 3/5 consumers also purchased other additional items simultaneously when collecting their treats. Proxama claims that this is UK’s first and largest NFC retail campaign to date.

    8. Advertising Campaign for KFC

    Industry: Advertising.

    Last March, Proxama, Posterscope and Clear Channel have launched a campaign for KFC. Utilizing over 400 of Clear Channel’s NFC-enabled UK outdoor media sites, the campaign encouraged consumers to tap or scan for directions to their closest restaurant. The campaign ran for 2 weeks at 400 locations in UK and received more than 60 interactions per day.

     
  • Editing Team 18:04 on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Reusable NFC Nano Suction Pads Seek Funding on Kickstarter 

    nfcPad-nfcTack-Kickstarter-NFC-rfid-blogA California-based startup is raising US$8,000 on Kickstarter on its self-developed nfcPad and nfcTack, two new NFC tags that use nano suction pad instead of a sticky adhesive which usually leave marks when they are removed.

    “In a mobile environment, NFC tag locations change often and NFC stickers need to be changeable, removable and reusable,” the team says, “Nano suction pads adhere to most hard flat and non-porous surfaces as long as the surfaces are not non-stick material like silicone, Teflon or polyethylene. Nano suction pads use microscopic suction pores to grip onto surfaces. They do not use any adhesive, yet their adherence is very strong and they leave no residue.” the team says.

    Different from nfcTack, the bigger nfcPad is designed to hold a device as well as provide NFC functionality. “The nfcPad can hold a device up to 2lbs (1kg) under ideal conditions, but the rated safe-working load is limited to 7oz (200g),” the team explains.

    “We evaluated many NFC form factors including NFC stickers, NFC cards, NFC rings and NFC bracelets, but the NFC tag with nano suction pad was the most versatile for our multiple applications.”

    “When the nano suction becomes soiled with dust or grease, it can be cleaned and its suction adhesion revived,” they add. “The prototype nano suction is durable; we have tested nano suction for two years.”

    Various nfcTack and nfcPad kits are now available, with prices starting at US$13.

     
  • Editing Team 17:57 on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP and EnOcean Shows NFC Smart Lighting Solution at CES 2014 

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    Except for providing the NFC badges at CES 2014, chip maker NXP Semiconductor has also partnered with smart home specialist EnOcean to show a solution which uses NFC to enable easy setting up and adding wireless lighting elements to their smart home network.

    The setup enables EnOcean switches to be added to a home network by just tapping the switch to the gateway or a tablet computer, to collect network setup parameters. Individual lamps and lighting elements can then be connected to the network, again using NFC, and then turned on, off, up or down via the physical light switch or an Android smartphone.

    “The switch contains an NFC nTag device that stores the wireless network security information,” said NXP, “This security information is written into the nTag devices by tapping it on an NFC-enabled tablet or on the NFC-enabled gateway.

    “In the case of the gateway, this already knows the network security information as it is part of the network. In the case of a tablet, this has to first learn the network security information from the gateway, either via a Wi-Fi network connection or by tapping the tablet onto the gateway.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:52 on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    O2 UK to Close Mobile Wallet Service on 31 March 

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    Mobile network operator O2 is to cease operating its O2 Wallet service in the UK on 31 March. Launched in April 2012, the service included a range of money transfer, mobile shopping and offers services plus transaction tracking and a companion Visa contactless card — and was originally expected to expand to include NFC support in the future.

    “When we launched the O2 Wallet 18 months ago we were one of the first mobile wallets around,” the carrier says in a statement on its website. “Since then lots has changed for us, the market and our customers. So, we’ve decided to close the O2 Wallet to give us time to look into new and better ways to help people manage their money on the move, both in the UK and abroad.

    “After the 31st of March you won’t be able to use your O2 Wallet or O2 Money Account Card anymore — that includes sending or receiving Money Messages, using the O2 Wallet or card to shop, buy train tickets in the app or top up your mobile.”

     
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