Archive for February, 2007

DoCoMo & McDonald’s said in a joint statement on Monday they will set up a 300 million yen ($2.48 million) joint venture in July, McDonald’s Japan will hold a 70 percent stake in the joint venture, with DoCoMo owning the rest.

2007_02_26t050157_450x341_us_docomo_mcdonalds_2_.GIFThis initiative prooves the relevance of mobile contactless for retailers. Together with transport companies, retailer networks will play a proactive role in developping the contactless ecosystem.
>>> Read the press release

Tapping For Teriyaki Burgers In Japan

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GSMA.GIFNTT DoCoMo and South Korea’s KTF have just joined UK-based Vodafone, Orange of France, Telefónica Móviles of Spain, South Korea’s SK Telecom and China Mobile in the GSMA NFC workgroup.
The aim of the workgroup is to promote a secure environment for the NFC ecosystem based on the SIM card and managed by “trusted service manager” …
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keitai24_1_.pngHere is a nice description (in French…), of the contactless revolution in Japan, and particularly explaining the value added of such services for retailers (gain in service time, promotion, loyalty etc…)
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Here is a very interesting interview (in French) of Jerome Sion - Head of contactless at Gemalto, explaining the NFC ecosystem form a SIM vendor standpoint:

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Bouygues Telecom announced last week a new transport NFC pilot in the French town of Grenoble.

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A new pan-European consortium wants to define next-generation mobile services with Near Field Communications (NFC) and accelerate development of NFC applications. Made up of companies, universities and user groups and funded by the European Commission, the consortium came together to develop an open architecture for the development, deployment and use of NFC-enabled applications in mobile handsets. With more industries employing contactless payment applications, the ‘Store Logistics and Payment with NFC’ (StoLPaN) project aims to define open commercial and technical frameworks for NFC-enabled services that will facilitate the deployment of NFC-enabled mobile applications across a wide range of vertical markets, regardless of the phone type and the nature of the services required.

“With NFC-enabled mobile devices you should soon be able to provide a variety of services, based on either the contactless interface or over-the-air-download, replacing the need for physical credit, loyalty, bank or transportation cards,” says Alan Wright, head of strategy and new business development for Motorola Mobile Devices, Europe. “The StoLPaN project aims to make this vision a reality for many operators, financial service providers, merchants and mobile subscribers.”

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