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  • Editing Team 16:37 on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hungary’s Mobile Operators Join Forces to Launch NFC Payment System 

    Hungary-mobile-operators-NFC-payment-system-rfid-blogHungary’s three mobile operators — T-Mobile, Telenor Magyarorszag, and Vodafone Hungary — have joined together to launch a system which will allow clients to use their phones to pay for goods and services from the start of next year.

    The move is intended to bring the country closer to global communications trends. The sector is currently battling to deal with fallout from the economic downturn and various special, sectorial taxes levied on telecommunications companies by the Hungarian government in its push to improve the country’s finances.

    The system can allow consumers to pay with their NFC-enabled phones, as well as replace electronic smart card tickets such as those used in some public transport systems, including London’s Oyster card. They can also function as IDs that give access to buildings for a limited number of people.

    By the end of next year, 80% of new smart phones sold will have NFC-capabilities, said Gyorgy Beck, president of U.K. mobile company Vodafone’s Hungarian arm. The only current drawback is that Apple’s iPhones are not NFC ready.

  • Editing Team 16:20 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hoverkey: Unlock Apps by Touching a Smart Card to Your Android NFC devices 

    Hoverkey-smart-card-unlock-apps-Android-NFC-devices-rfid-blogA London-based startup has launched a system called Hoverkey, which uses a contactless smart card as a key to secure NFC-enabled Android devices.

    Users can use Hoverkey to automatically enter a complex password into a mobile login screen by touching a card to the device rather than typing it in. According to the company, this means IT departments can mandate strong passwords to protect enterprise apps and data without meeting the usual user resistance.

    On first use users need to register credentials with the Hoverkey app, which then transmitted over the secure channel to a Java Card applet running on the card, where they are encrypted. The resulting encrypted object is returned to the app for storage.

    On subsequent uses when the card is tapped against the device, the encrypted object is passed to the card, which then verifies its integrity and decrypts it before returning plaintext credentials over the secure channel to the app.

    “Hoverkey is fast, authenticating in just a couple of seconds,” says the company. And, since it does not require a data connection, it continues to work even when devices are offline or outside wireless coverage areas.

    The app and card combination can be used as a password store for third party mobile apps that have been Hoverkey-enabled, which involves integrating a Hoverkey Button user interface widget.

    App developers can encrypt data stored on the device with keys derived from very complex passwords and let Hoverkey do the hard work of remembering and entering these passwords on behalf of the user.

    A developer kit containing two Hoverkey cards is available for £79 (US$99) from the company’s website, along with a free SDK. Support for Windows Phone 8 is planned, with iOS devices getting Hoverkey “as soon as Apple integrates NFC hardware into their devices.”

  • Editing Team 10:13 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How RFID-enabled Smart Card Changes Taipeiness’ Daily Life 

    Taiwan-Easycard-smart-card-RFID-blogNowadays, Easycard, a smart card equipped with RFID tag, makes up part of Taipeiness’ daily life. People here use it to open office door, buy coffee at a corner shop, pay for parking, check out a library book, so on and so forth.

    Taiwan introduced its RFID-enabled smart card in 2002, following the examples of Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

    The card was first used on buses and Taipei’s Tube, the MRT. Later it expanded to cover high-speed rail and some taxis, in addition to hospitals, shops, renting bicycle and even on domestic flights.

    Today, Easycard is one of the world’s most multifunctional smart cards. Other cities are now considering equipping their citizens with something similar.

    The card brings countless convenience and benefits to users.

    Most schools in Taipei use the RFID technology, both to track students’ attendance and to reassure parents that their children are safe. For example, when a student arrives at school, he/she touches the Easycard to a sensor at the entrance to the school, and the student’s parents will receive a message, telling them that their child is safely at school.

    Hundreds of shops around Taiwan, and especially supermarket chains 7-Eleven and Family Mart, are equipped with the Easycard payment system.

    The technology reduces the amount of cash in the till, which discourages robbers.

    The Easycard is currently in talks with smart-cards providers in other Asian countries and areas, including Octopus in Hong Kong, Ez-link in Singapore and T-Money in South Korea.

    It could be possible that in a couple of years, you might need just one card to travel around Asia.

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