Archive for April, 2007

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Chinese banking card network China UnionPay plans to launch a trial of a mobile payment in Shanghai in the second half of the year, according to Yan Qiang, assistant president of the organization. Yan, speaking at a recent 5th-anniversary event held by UnionPay, says the trial will involve 1,000 mobile-payment handsets and several hundred point-of-sale terminals in Shanghai’s Pudong business and residential district, Card Technology’s sister publication CT China reported. UnionPay didn’t disclose the technology the organization planned for the trial, but most observers believe it will involve handsets supporting Near Field Communication. UnionPay was involved in a trial launched last August in Shanghai that included downloads of a loyalty application to Nokia NFC handsets. In an unrelated note, Yan also disclosed UnionPay would help one of China’s largest banks, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, to upgrade about 500,000 of the bank’s popular Peony card to credit smart cards that support the Chinese version of the global EMV standard. Some Peony cards already sport a chip to store driver’s information. A magnetic stripe on the cards now stores a debit application. ICBC plans to issue the new credit chip cards in Beijing, although it was not clear just how soon. It will later expand the program to Shanghai and Guangzhou. (In Card Technology 2007-04-09)


vodafone.gifVodafone and the smart card manufacturer, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have announced that they plan to jointly develop a secure storage element for NFC-enabled mobile phones. This element, intended for trusted applications in NFC mobile devices, is the SIM card, with Vodafone and G&D driving the necessary standardization forward. NFC is a new, wireless-based technology that enables contactless transmission of data between two NFC devices over short distances (i.e., a few centimeters).

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Among the most bullish mobile telcos on NFC are France’s three major operators, which are joining with France’s major mass transit companies to create an interoperable ticketing application subscribers could download to NFC handsets and use in cities throughout France and beyond.

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5th April 2007, WIMA Press Office – Organisers of the European Near Field Communication (NFC) Competition to be held on April 18 at the European NFC Developers Summit during WIMA 2007 have announced the competition shortlist.

Each finalist will attend the Competition award ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Wednesday April 18, where they will have an opportunity to present and discuss their work and where WIMA participants and members of the jury can try out the prototypes. Ten awards will be handed out in total; the two overall winners – one in each Track (Track A for present NFC solutions and Track B for future uses of NFC) – will be presented with a trophy, and eight runners-up will receive certificates.Addressing this year’s theme of ‘the simplicity of touch’, entrants have focused on innovation, commercial potential and usability, as well as the design and implementation of NFC technology, in their designs. Entries for each track have been categorised as City Life, Enterprise Solutions, Personal Wellness & Healthcare and Infotainment.

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