buy metformin online buy propecia buy clomid buy synthroid seroquel

Nokia to Launch NFC Tag Applications in Taiwan

Nokia is introducing a handful of tag-based applications in Taiwan for the planned launch of new Nokia Symbian phones there.

Among the applications is one that would enable users to more easily summon taxis by tapping tags. There are also a few couponing and loyalty applications designed to get users into Nokia retail stores in Taiwan.

The small couponing and loyalty applications would run in an “open NFC wallet app” that users can download from the Nokia store. Locally based NFC company Toro developed the app.

The applications are another example of Nokia’s “open NFC” push, which promotes tag-reading and peer-to-peer applications over payment or ticketing services based on secure elements. The Finland-based handset maker believes the tag-reading and P2P applications will spread across the market sooner because they are much easier to implement commercially than secure payment.

“Nokia believes that open NFC–pairing devices, sharing content, using the device to read tags, checking in, loyalty, couponing, etc.–has great value to our consumers,” Charles Shen, head of marketing for Nokia Taiwan, said in a statement.

Nokia said it plans to introduce the Symbian-based Nokia 701 and 700 in Taiwan starting this month, through its retail stores and also through telco Taiwan Mobile, and both of the phones could run the applications. Nokia announced the two phones, along with the even more affordable smartphone, the Nokia 600, last month, saying the handsets would be the first to support an update to Symbian, known as Belle. All three phones could run the Toro wallet app, called BEeFun, said the software firm.

Nokia said it would begin shipping the phones in various markets during the third quarter. It is preloading NFC versions of such games as Angry Birds on the phones.

One application planned for the new Nokia phones and others in Taiwan is an NFC taxi dispatch service, which will involve Nokia, taxi company Taiwan Taxi, along with Taiwan Mobile. Tags would be deployed in Taiwan Mobile and Nokia stores and also locations connected with the taxi service. 

When a user taps a tag, the phone would send an SMS request to Taiwan Taxi, with the user's phone number and location of the tag. The system would then search for an available car near the tag location. The taxi company would reply to the user with an SMS giving the taxi car number and estimated time of arrival. It's unclear how widely the parties will roll out the tags.

 

HEADLINE NEWS

Spain’s Bankinter Launches HCE Commercially

Spanish bank Bankinter has launched its long-anticipated mobile-payments service based on host-card emulation, after being one of the first banks to propose an HCE-enabled service.

Apple Announces Bold Move into Mobile Payments Using NFC Technology

Sep 9 2014 (All day)

Apple, as predicted, is taking the NFC plunge, adopting the technology in its next iPhones and Apple Watch to enable a mobile-payments service, Apple Pay, and disclosing partnerships with the three largest U.S. payment networks, issuers representing more than 80% of U.S. credit card volume and major national merchants.

OTI Names Reader Customers; Discusses Wave Pilots; Possible iPhone Impact

NFC Times Exclusive: Ofer Tziperman, CEO of Israel-based NFC reader maker OTI, has named two of its largest reader customers in the North American market in an interview with NFC Times.

NFC Tags with I²C Interface Could Allow More Complex Device Pairing

NXP Semiconductors said its NTAG I²C tags, which combine an NFC Forum Type 2 NFC tag with an IC contact serial interface, will allow more complex device interfaces between smartphones and consumer electronics, such as home appliances, wearable devices, and health and fitness monitors

Canada’s Desjardins Expects Gradual Adoption of New SIM-Based NFC Payments; Interested in HCE

Quebec-based credit union Desjardins says that it expects gradual, or what it calls “progressive,” adoption of the SIM-based NFC mobile payments service, which it launched commercially this week, following an earlier soft launch.

Your Preview of Apple’s NFC Launch: Yes to SE, No to HCE, Tag Reading Unlikely

NFC Times Exclusive: Apple’s scheduled announcement Tuesday of its next iPhone is expected to make it the last and also the most prominent of the major smartphone makers to adopt NFC.

Isis and MCX Announce New Brands as Apple's Planned Mobile-Payments Service Looms

The telco-owned joint venture behind the Isis Wallet announced a new name for the wallet, while the merchant-led MCX consortium finally released its consumer-facing brand and a timeframe for a planned rollout, as the U.S. mobile-payments landscape heats up.

Gemalto Reports Lackluster First Half Though Notes Strong TSM Revenue Growth

Gemalto reported flat revenue and a drop in profit for the first half of 2014, though noted that sales for its TSM and NFC SIM business were strong, and its EMV card business in the U.S. was ramping up.

LG Licenses NFC Patents from Inside Despite NXP Suit Calling Patents Invalid

Aug 19 2014 (All day)

LG Electronics has signed a global licensing deal for NFC technology patents from Inside Secure, an initial win for Inside and its strategy to try to cash in on its NFC IP.

Contactless Reader and NFC Vendor OTI Reports Higher Sales

Israel-based On Track Innovations reported new orders for its NFC and contactless readers in North America, along with the first shipments of its NFC-enabled Wave attachment, driving higher revenue, though the vendor’s quarterly losses continued.

Identiv Reports Higher Revenue; NFC a Key Driver

U.S.-based Identiv reported higher revenue and narrowed losses for the second quarter, predicting a breakeven or positive result by the end of the year, as the company’s restructuring program draws to a close.

Gemalto Plans to Acquire SafeNet; Gives Vendor Network Security; Possible HCE Technology

France-based Gemalto has announced plans to acquire U.S.-based data security firm SafeNet in a cash and debt deal worth $890 million, its biggest acquisition since Gemalto was created in 2006 with the merger of what was then the two largest smart card companies, Gemplus and Axalto.