NFC technology to be used by Standard Bank

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The South African financial institution has announced the upcoming rollout of its contactless payments. Standard Bank, a major financial institution in South Africa, has announced that it will soon be releasing contactless payments through NFC technology that will be incorporated into both credit and debit cards issued to its customers. This is the largest move that a South African company has made for near field communications. The bank’s new cards will allow customers to use the “tap and go” technique in order to make their payments, instead of having to…

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Sequent Software joins with Global Platform to improve mobile security

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Mobile security, a very important piece in the mobile commerce pie. Sequent Software, a developer of NFC technology, has joined with Global Platform, an organization that aims to standardize the management of mobile security applications. Through the partnership, Sequent will be able to help develop more robust security technologies for NFC-based contactless services. The company will also help establish new business requirements and best practices guidelines to help other industries make use of secure NFC technology. Sequent believes that the partnership will be beneficial to the entirety of the NFC…

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Nokia unveils the NFC technology based Lumia 610

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With a magic swipe of your NFC phone! This week, Nokia unveiled its new Lumia 610 smart phone. The Lumia is the latest mobile device for the Microsoft Windows Phone platform. The Lumia will also be the first Windows Phone to include NFC technology. Nokia has developed the 610 with mobile commerce in mind, spurred largely by the number of other telecommunications companies introducing their own NFC-enabled smart phones to the market. Despite the tenacity of the competition, Nokia has been able to establish itself as one of the leaders…

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United Arab Emirates launches NFC identification pilot project

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NFC technology gets a push with new test run. The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, the telecommunications company of the United Arab Emirates more commonly known as Etisalat, has announced a partnership with the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), an independent federal authority responsible for population registration. Through the partnership, the two organizations will be examining the possible uses of NFC technology for the Emirates ID card program. The duo have launched a pilot project in the UAE to collect data on how well the technology performs in this manner and whether or…

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The NFC Forum expands accessibility of the N-Mark symbol

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NFC Forum News The NFC Forum, a non-profit association that works for the progress of NFC technology, has announced that its N-Mark symbol is growing in popularity. The N-Mark was introduced in late 2010 and serves as a special marker for certified NFC-enabled mobile devices. The NFC Forum has worked to standardize the symbol in an effort to provide some stability to the emerging industries of mobile commerce and NFC technology in general. Due to the rising demand for NFC-enabled devices and technology, the organization has decided to expand the…

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MacKay Meters and UIC team to bring NFC technology to parking spaces

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New ways to included NFC technology   MacKay Meters, a manufacturer of parking meters, has announced a partnership with the Uniform Industrial Corporation (UIC), a company specializing in electronic commerce and data collection. The partnership will be focused on bringing contactless payment systems to MacKay’s parking meters around the world. Both companies will be developing and implementing NFC technology for MacKay’s Guardian SOLO meters. These meters already accept various forms of payment and MacKay believes they are the best candidate for a new NFC-based payment system. NFC technology is getting…

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ROAM Data unveils the world’s first universal NFC and magnetic card reader

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ROAM Data, a developer of mobile commerce platforms, has announced that it has created the world’s first universal card reader that combines NFC technology with magnetic strip recognition. The reader, called NFC Swipe, is compatible with any mobile device and is designed with mobile commerce in mind. The NFC Swipe will allow consumers to make purchases using a credit card or anything that is NFC-enabled. In fact, the platform can turn nearly any electronic device, including a PC, into a mobile payment system. ROAM Data believes that the NFC Swipe…

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Berg Insight study shows that NFC-enabled smart phones sales will jump to 100 million this year

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A new study from Berg Insight, a market research and analysis firm based in Sweden, paints a bright future for NFC-enabled smart phones. The study suggests that sales of NFC-enabled smart phones will jump to 100 million this year, up from 30 million in 2011. The rapid adoption of these mobile devices is likely due to the growing popularity of mobile commerce. NFC smart phones can be used as mobile payment devices, enabling users to make purchases without having to use physical currency or credit card. The technology is not…

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Microsoft registers new NFC Tap and Do trademark for Windows 8

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Technology giant Microsoft seems to have plans to enter the arena of NFC. The company has applied to register a new patent for its upcoming Microsoft Tap and Do initiative. According to the application, the trademark will be used to cover all of the company’s products that make use of NFC technology. This includes hardware, such as computers and mobile devices, as well as computer software. While this has implications for Microsoft’s long-term goals with technology, one of the mark’s immediate uses may be with the Windows Phone 8. The…

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European Commission to determine whether mobile commerce project from the UK can proceed

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Regulators with the European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, are determining whether to grant approval for a mobile commerce project from the United Kingdom. The project has been dubbed “Project Oscar” and is a joint venture amongst three of the UK’s largest telecommunications companies: Everything Everywhere, O2, and Vodafone U.K. The project seeks to promote mobile commerce through the spreading of NFC technology and mobile devices. The companies also want to build a system that would store the financial information of consumers so that this information is…

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WestSummit announces new investments, targets mobile commerce for future growth

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WestSummit Captial, a technology investment firm based in China, has announced that it will be investing in projects from Union Optech, an optical lens manufacturer, and INSIDE Secure, an NFC technology provider from Europe. WestSummit has extensive history in investing in growth stage technologies, powering their progress and making new products ready from commercialization. The company believes that its latest investments will be beneficial for the technologic ecosystem of China, especially as the country becomes more interested in mobile commerce. INSIDE Secure has been a leading developer of NFC technology…

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