Taiwan: Residents Tap Phones With Mobile Door Keys

 

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TaipeiTaiwan
Scope: 
Trial
Launch: 
Sep 2008
Est. Launch: 
Main Application: 
Access control
Mobile Operator: 
Chunghwa Telecom
Service Provider (application): 
Farglory Realty (door access control)
Service Provider (application): 
Cathay United Bank (MasterCard PayPass and EasyCash e-purse)
Service Provider (application): 
EasyCard Corp. (EasyCard transit)
Merchants: 
N/A
Users: 
3,000-6,000
NFC Handsets: 
BenQ T80
Secure Element: 
SIM
Other Vendors: 
MasterCard Worldwide, NXP Semiconductors (NFC phone chip)

The large trial, scheduled to end in January 2010, distributed two BenQ NFC phones apiece to up to 3,000 families in apartment complexes owned by Farglory Realty. Residents could use the phones as an electronic door key and more, including paying for train and bus tickets with Taipei’s popular EasyCard contactless fare-collection application. The secure element on the SIM, which does not support the single-wire protocol, also supports a MasterCard PayPass application and the EasyCash e-purse, according to Chunghwa Telecom. Cathay and other Taiwanese banks have quixotically tried to roll out their own e-purse. It was unclear how many EasyCash or PayPass merchants accept payment from the phones for the trial.

NFC Times Take: 

With this trial, Chunghwa, Taiwan’s largest telco, has held at least five NFC trials, including a couple of small internal pilots. The BenQ T80 was originally touted to support applications on secure microSD cards, although the telco apparently decided against the new media for this project. Overall, Chunghwa, like other telcos in Taiwan, did not realize its once rosy plans to rollout NFC as early as 2008 or 2009. But Chunghwa is reportedly continuing work on NFC, including developing applications with partners for mobile phones supporting Google's Android operating system as part of a government-funded project.

 

 

* Trusted Service Manager: Defined loosely to include companies or other organizations securely distributing, provisioning and managing applications, generally over the air, on secure elements in NFC mobile phones; or licensing their platforms for this purpose.

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