Between 2012 and 2017 the installed base of NFC-enabled handsets will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 65% to reach 2.1bn units, according to new research from Berg Insight. "The penetration rate for NFC across all handset segments will similarly increase to approximately 32% by 2017."
"Readers of a biography of former Nokia chief technology officer Yrjö Neuvo can access multimedia content by tapping an NFC tag inside the book's back cover with their phones."
Like Nokia, Blackberry continues to roll out NFC enabled devices..
May 13: Nokia announces Lumia 928 with NFC and PureView camera
May 14: Nokia launches Lumia 925 in Europe
Source: GSMA calls for feedback on NFC loyalty and coupon proposals
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"Feedback from retailers that a lack of a common standard for managing loyalty cards, coupons and vouchers in a mobile wallet is a barrier to the development of these services has led the GSMA to take the initiative in this field," the association adds.
"Our aim is to have an open source specification that is implemented across the industry and to that end is seeking feedback from players in this field — particularly retailers, loyalty and couponing scheme operators and third party developers or suppliers of related hardware and software."
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Shimizu also explained that JAL is now offering a coupon service using its smartphone app. "We are the first airline to launch a customer servicing coupon solution," he says.
"You can get a coupon that discounts various merchandise just by walking through our check-in counter or security gate area. We use WiFi to confirm the customer's location and send them a coupon over the air. This now being promoted in eight major airports in Japan."
aTuch also provides a similar solution for restaurants. Check out our Restaurant Menu Smart Poster
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Guests are directed to a landing page when they use their smartphone or tablet to tap the NFC tags embedded in the 'table tent' stands. They can then find out more about the Masala Grill & Bar or like the restaurant's Facebook page.
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There are important key features that reinforce mobile NFC security:
1) NFC SIM cards storing a consumer's payment credentials and the payment applications are certified according to security standards. These standards are defined by financial services' authorities and are comparable to CHIP-N-PIN security.
2) Consumers can choose to authenticate transactions by entering a PIN code on the payment application. Consumers can also request the PIN to be entered for all payments, even for small amounts--providing the end-user with complete control over protection features.
3) Secure over-the-air technology for remote management enables immediate remote blocking of the payment application. This works in a similar fashion to blocking a bank card in opposition mode.
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Patently Apple outlines that Apple's newly patented 'method for conducting a financial transaction'. It includes:
- Taking a picture of a first code displayed on a transaction terminal using a camera of a portable electronic device;
- Sending data from the portable electronic device to the transaction terminal to conduct the financial transaction with the transaction terminal using a near field communication channel or another wireless communication channel;
Patently Apple also rounds up a number of iWallet related patents, including some from 2010 that look at: acquiring payment information on a handheld device; a method for conducting a group transaction having a plurality of group transaction members on a handheld electronic device; a method for authorizing a payment in a peer-to-peer transaction; and a method of conducting a wireless transaction.
BWH: Harvard's teaching hospital
Harvard Medical School's teaching affiliate Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has developed an NFC system aimed at making it easier for nurses to track and administer each patient's medication.
The new bedside system uses a combination of Google Nexus 7NFC devices, which run the new application and store details of each patient and their prescribed medications, and NFC tags attached to patient wristbands, medication packages and employee ID badges.
When administering medication, nurses use the NFC tablet to tap the tags on the patient's wristband, on the medication and on their ID badge. The application running on the tablet then checks to see if the medication and dosage is the correct one for the patient and records which medication was administered to the patient and by whom."