News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Norwegians ready to ditch cash • Airtag raises €4m • Cassis signs TSM deals • Intel invests in NFC firm • NEC introduces NFC POS device • AT&T adds ShopAlerts • Square hits $1m a day More
Analysis by Comscore for its 2010 Mobile Year in Review has found that just under 10% of Japanese mobile subscribers made a purchase with their mobile wallet during December 2010... More
NTT Docomo has begun the world’s first mass market deployment of mobile phones with NFC tag reading capabilities. Sixteen of the operator’s new range of mobile phones and a number of existing handsets will be able to perform both Osaifu-Keitai mobile contactless payments functions and NFC tag reading from next week. More
NTT Docomo is set to make the switch to NFC standard technology in 2013, according to a report in Japanese business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun... More
The mobile network operator, 49.5% owned by the Sri Lankan government, is to launch a wide range of services using an NFC platform developed by Sony FeliCa. More
A new standalone NFC device from Toppan Printing is set to go into mass production next year with a target price of under US$25. Shaped like a thick bank card and incorporating a display and input keys, it can store and display prepaid funds, coupons, loyalty membership details, transport and entertainment tickets and advertising. More
HID Global and Sony have announced plans to enter into a strategic partnership to jointly develop an embedded contactless smart card reader platform for laptop PCs... More
Blackboard, which supplies campus card solutions to hundreds of higher education institutes, has launched a new contactless and NFC-compatible version of its Blackboard Transact card system, based on Sony FeliCa contactless technology... More
RF SIMs are now widely available for subscribers to purchase from China Mobile stores and the first major retailer has signed up to accept the new mobile contactless payments technology. More
Rumours that the world’s largest telecoms operator is to introduce a mobile contactless payments and ticketing system using a non-NFC standard technology have been confirmed with the news that three million RF SIMs are now in production. More
The NFC specialist is making its NFC protocol stack available via an Apache open source license, in a move that should make it simpler and easier for manufacturers to add NFC functionality to mobile phones and other devices. More
The Japanese electronics manufacturer’s new rugged PDA is equipped with both 3G mobile data and a range of functions for retrieving and gathering data in the field — including NFC. More
Hong Kong based Advanced Card Systems (ACS) has launched a token-sized USB plug and play version of its ACR122 NFC contactless reader... More
Proximity and NFC specialist MobiNear has signed a technology partnership agreement with Inside Contactless... More
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