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  • Editing Team 14:38 on January 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Korean Firm Turns Old Smartphone into NFC Attendance Machine 

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    Recently, a Korean company has developed an app which can turn an old smartphone into an NFC-enabled attendance machine which can save money for small and medium companies.

    By downloading an app into a smartphone, the phone can be turned into an NFC reader. It can be used as an attendance machine, enabling managers to check employees’ attendance on their computer, because the data is stored in the cloud.

    Transportation cards can be used on the smartphone as an NFC card, which saves money on equipment and avoids helping others attending.

    In addition, millions of old smartphones are disposed and turning these smartphones into attendance reader contributes to environment protection.

    The Android-based app is now available at Google Play Store and companies with less than 50 employees can download the app free of charge.

     
  • Editing Team 18:23 on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ABI Research: Smartphones Accounts for Majority of NFC Shipments in 2013 

    Building on the momentum gained last year, smartphones will continue to account for the majority of NFC shipments in 2013 as volumes jump by 129 percent. However, importantly for the future of NFC, this trend is set to decline from 2014 onwards as attach rates in other categories, including computing products, peripherals and speakers, digital cameras and printers, domestic appliances and automotive, increase more rapidly.

    Consequently, smartphones will decline from a peak of 80 percent of all NFC device shipments this year to less than 60 percent in 2017 as these other product categories see greater adoption of NFC.

    The ABI Research report shows that currently the greatest level of adoption is in the mid-tier smartphone category, where approaching half of smartphones are NFC-enabled. This is to be expected as the high-tier smartphone category is heavily influenced by Apple, which remains the notable exception for NFC adoption.

    Practice director, John Devlin, said: “Much has been made of Apple’s decision not to add NFC and prioritize Bluetooth Low Energy for the time being. However, ABI Research’s latest figures show that, in terms of connectivity, NFC is increasingly being adopted in an expanding range of products and will continue to grow. This has been triggered by current levels of smartphone adoption and we don’t see this trend reversing.”

    “In addition, the volume of announcements and agreements relating to the launch of NFC-based payment services in all regions indicates that there will be another wave of interest in 2014-15.”

     
  • Editing Team 16:50 on October 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Are RFID Wristbands an Ideal Tool for Festivals Compared to NFC Smartphones? 

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    Modern festivals and events are featured by RFID wristbands which simplify the way you pay for drinks and share the experience on social networks.

    Most RFID wristbands contain short-range — typically 3-5cm — passive tags which require no batteries. They are powered when placed near or “tapped” against an RFID reader. When a reader detects an RFID wristband, it activates the magnetic field created by a coiled antenna within the tag which then uses this kinetic energy to power up and send data stored within the tags’ memory back to the reader.

    The tags in RFID wristbands can either be written with data directly on the chip itself, or they can be used as an access key to a secure database of personal data.

    More than 40 festivals around the world have used RFID wristband technology to offer fast-track entry, cashless payments and interaction with social media — after buying a ticket online, you can choose to link your RFID wristband to your Facebook or Twitter account, enabling you to post, tweet, share, and like all your favorite parts of the festival.

    In the UK, wristbands were used at some festivals last summer including the Isle of Wight Festival. An estimated 3.5 million festival-goers around the world have now used them.

    Although NFC smartphones can be a substitution, the problem with them is that not everyone has one. This alienates ticket-holders and brings contactless participation down from an achievable 100% if you issue every attendee with an RFID wristband.

    Another problem is that phones run on batteries and, unlike RFID wristbands, could run out at some point during a multi-day festival. With limited ways to re-charge your phone in a field, you may not use your e-wallet, e-ticket and social media on the phone.

    But it’s not true to say that there’s no place for NFC at festivals. The Samsung Galaxy S4, for example, has been used as an RFID reading device and it is a perfect handheld scanner for smaller events.

    With statistics showing that RFID wristbands have already made 3 million Facebook likes and a billion cashless transactions, it won’t be long until they’re everywhere.

     
  • Editing Team 11:49 on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with NFC 

    Samsung-Galaxy-Note-3-NFC-rfid-blogSamsung has unveiled its latest Galaxy smartphone, the Note 3, an NFC-enabled handset with a 5.7-inch full HD Amoled display and 13 megapixel camera which can capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second.

    A 4G LTE model has a 2.3GHz quad core processor while a 3G variant will use a 1.9GHz eight core system-on-chip.

    Both versions will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and include a front-facing 2MP camera to complement the larger rear one, which is able to capture 4K video dependent on the model. Samsung’s Smart Stabilization technology will be used by both cameras.

    The Note 3 will include an updated version of the S Pen stylus that can operate a new Air Command feature to give quick access to a palette of tools including scrapbooking, memo writing and multi-tasking.

    As well as NFC, Bluetooth and its LE variant will be included. Samsung Knox, the company’s TEE-based security solution, will be preloaded.

    The Note 3 will be available in 149 countries from 25 September, with an October release date scheduled for the US and Japanese markets.

     
  • Editing Team 17:32 on July 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Adoption in France Accelerates 

    A total of 3.5 million consumers in France now have smartphones compatible with the country’s Cityzi NFC service, up from 2.5 million in February, according to figures released by AFSCM.

    In addition, there are now 36 different mobile phones that support NFC payments on the market in France, an increase of 39% over the past five months, said AFSCM.

    “We see a real acceleration of NFC equipment rate at the national level, making it now possible to deploy large scale services leveraging this technology” says Thibault Dreuille, the association’s CEO.

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  • Editing Team 15:25 on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Far EasTone Launches Low-cost Android NFC Smartphone in Taiwan 

    Taiwan-Far-EasTone-Vodafone-Android-NFC-smartphone-rfid-blogMobile network operator Far EasTone has teamed with Vodafone to launch a low-cost Android NFC smartphone in Taiwan in preparation for its NFC payments pilot later this year.

    Far EasTone has already purchased some 10,000 units of the Vodafone Smart III handset, reports Focus Taiwan, which will retail at NT$4,990 (US$166) when it goes on sale later this month.

    “We are likely to see more mid- to entry-level NFC phones available in the market in the future,” says Far EasTone president Yvonne Li. “But it will take some time because these phones have to be built in accordance with certain technological standards and complete many security tests.”

    The launch is a push towards the carrier’s NFC payments project, which will start with a trial period for employees of the Far EasTone Group at the end of July, adds Li.

    Far EasTone says it will purchase between 1.7m and 1.8m smartphones this year, with half of these being NFC-enabled.

     
  • Editing Team 16:12 on January 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Will Wireless Charging Drive NFC Growth? 

    Qi-wireless-charging-NFC-development-rfid-blogAt CES 2013, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) displayed dozens of devices that were designed to the Qi wireless charging standard, including the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Droid DNA, suggesting that 2013 may be the year wireless charging becomes a feature consumers expect to come standard in new smartphones.

    Qi is an interface standard developed by the WPC. The standard applies to inductive electrical power transfer over distances of up to 40 millimeters. That is to say, it’s used for charging phones. Recently, a growing number of phone manufacturers have been integrating the wireless charging standard into their devices.

    But what does the impending rise of wirelessly charging smartphones have to do with the growth of NFC technology?

    At CES, the WPC also displayed several new components designed to facilitate the integration of the Qi wireless charging technology. One component on display, developed by TDK, integrated both Qi wireless technology and NFC into a single chip.

    As these components become smaller, cheaper, and easier to integrate into devices, Bas Fransen, chief marketing officer at ConvenientPower, says manufacturers will ship more smartphones featuring both wireless charging and NFC.

    It’s possible that as Qi wireless charging becomes more predominant, NFC could piggyback on that popularity.

     
  • Editing Team 00:24 on December 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Hyundai Demonstrates Locking and Unlocking Vehicle via NFC 

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    This week Hyundai have previewed a concept vehicle system which enables you to use your smartphone to unlock your vehicle with a tap. The system deploys NFC tags to build the connection between your smartphone and your vehicle, saving you from taking a bunch of keys.

    The system, which is called “Connectivity Concept”, uses NFC technology to make the connection. Your smartphone makes the vehicle unlock its doors. Then you can place the phone in a center console in the vehicle for further use. Once you’re connected within, you’ve got a 7-inch touchscreen to work with up front on the dash where you’re able to access music, phone contacts, radio, and phone settings.

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    This system also works with wireless charging, this we must assume being compatible with all of the new devices that are working with said technology including the Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC DROID DNA (and Butterfly), and the LG Nexus 4. Of course it’s no guarantee, and the device they’re using in the demonstration thus far is none of these, but we can dream.

    “Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept showcases the brand’s philosophy of making tomorrow’s technology accessible to a wide range of customers. With this technology, Hyundai is able to harness the all-in-one functionality of existing smartphone technology and integrating it into everyday driving in a seamless fashion. As the technology continually develops, there will be capabilities to store driver’s seating positions and exterior mirror settings, providing customers with a comfortable and individual driving environment.” noted Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO Hyundai Motor Europe.

     
  • Editing Team 13:14 on December 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony and Watchdata Team up to Bring NFC to More Smartphones 

    Sony-Watchdata-NFC-smartphone-rfid-blogSony has signed a deal with smart card specialist Watchdata to bring NFC technology to more smartphones.

    Watchdata’s contactless technology will be incorporate into Sony’s SIMpass solutions, which is set to commence during the opening stages of 2013. SIMpass is a SIM card-centric mobile payment technology that functions without the requirement of additional antennae.

    Sony and Watchdata will develop NFC for a “wider range of mobile phone handsets”. This means customers can make mobile payments without the need for separate hardware. The company could initially incorporate the system into its rumored Odin device, and Yuga, with the firm expecting upwards of 50 million Xperia smartphone sales in 2013.

    FeliCa, contactless payment system already utilized by Sony, is integrated into its mobiles in Asia. It’s predominately utilized to authorize mobile payments and provide digital tickets for public transport.

    “The commercially proven security and performance of FeliCa is something we want to aggressively promote in the growing NFC ecosystem,” said Mario Manabe, senior general manager of Sony’s FeliCa division. “The agreement with Watchdata allows us to adapt FeliCa technologies to more handsets and expand global market presence.”

    Sony stressed that it has more than 605 million FeliCa chips installed in devices worldwide as of July, 2012. A third of that figure is associated with mobiles, while SIMpass is mainly used across Thailand and China, with a user base of around 6 million.

     
  • Editing Team 09:07 on December 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Stop Worrying, and Embrace RFID 

    stop-worrying-embrace-RFID-blogRadio-frequency identification (RFID) is a convenient technology of using embedded chips as a form of tracking and authentication. It is now fairly common to have pets implanted with RFID chips, so that they can be identified even without a collar.

    As more and more RFID products are being put into use, there has been a number of religious and privacy advocates opposing the technology. Yet in reality, RFID isn’t that scary, and we should embrace it.

    Now, some schools require students to wear RFID-equipped badges so they can track students’ movement on campus for funding and truancy purposes. One of the students in these schools refused to wear the badge on religious and privacy grounds. In response, the school suspended her until she agrees to use the school ID. Thus a legal battle ensued, and a judge temporarily lifted the school suspension until the case can proceed later.

    In fact, these concerns are minor and based on fear of technology. The case mentioned above is just a tinfoil hat situation on a larger scale than normal. Besides, the low-tech method of having teachers taking roll call in class is even more inconvenient and time-consuming. If this was legitimately about privacy concerns, advocates would be against roll call in school as well. Instead, this whole situation is about fear-mongering — not privacy concerns.

    Although there are some issues concerning the technology, specifically relating to other people accessing the information on the chip, this can be solved as the technology advances. Preventing unauthorized access to the chip’s data is a problem, but it can be handled with cryptography. For example, using a PIN or rolling code can thwart evil-doers successfully. Besides, some manufacturers are now concerning biometric technology on mobile devices. In the future, it may become an effective means of identification. But if you are still worried about other people reading your RFID chip, you can cover it in an RF-blocking wallet

    Behavior is the real problem here — not technology. RFID is a useful tool and it’s already being used by big companies like Wal-mart and organizations like the Department of Defense in the United States for authentication and tracking purposes.

    Yes, it’s true that RFID might be abused by some evil-doers, but it’s just like anything else and the technology isn’t inherently bad. After all, common technology like smartphones and tablets are more susceptible to nefarious use. Thus we should embrace RFID and stop worrying about the tech so much. Just give it a break.

     
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