Zenius Solutions clippings file https://www.nfcw.com/tag/zenius-solutions/ At the heart of the contactless ecosystem since 2008 Mon, 04 Feb 2019 22:16:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.nfcw.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-nfcw-favicon-white-32x32.png Zenius Solutions clippings file https://www.nfcw.com/tag/zenius-solutions/ 32 32 37289602 Zenius wins Disruptathon https://www.nfcw.com/2011/10/14/310711/zenius-wins-disruptathon/ Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:40:21 +0000 http://www.nfcw.com/?p=10711 NFC software specialist Zenius Solutions beat six other entrants to win the CTIA’s Disruptathon Mobile Enterprise innovation contest in San Diego on October 12. The firm’s NFC-based mobile payments offering picked up nods for most unique offer, best business model and most disruptive product and took home a US$20,000 first prize package.

Zenius wins Disruptathon was written by Mike Clark and published by NFCW.

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NFC software specialist Zenius Solutions beat six other entrants to win the CTIA’s Disruptathon Mobile Enterprise innovation contest in San Diego on October 12. The firm’s NFC-based mobile payments offering picked up nods for most unique offer, best business model and most disruptive product and took home a US$20,000 first prize package.

Zenius wins Disruptathon was written by Mike Clark and published by NFCW.

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Zenius aims to be ‘Microsoft of the NFC world’ https://www.nfcw.com/2011/04/08/36931/zenius-aims-to-be-microsoft-of-the-nfc-world/ Fri, 08 Apr 2011 12:18:36 +0000 http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/?p=6931 The Silicon Valley-based startup has unveiled a hardware-neutral NFC platform that, co-founder John Wiese has told NFC World, will allow developers to write software applications once and then deploy them on multiple types of NFC phone.

Zenius aims to be ‘Microsoft of the NFC world’ was written by Christopher Brown and published by NFCW.

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ZENIUS: Lofty ambitions

Silicon Valley-based NFC software specialist Zenius Solutions has released a wide ranging suite of frameworks and applications for NFC transactions which, the firm believes, puts it firmly on course to be for NFC what Microsoft has been for the personal computer.

The NFC Transactions Suite includes an ambitious package of NFC applications and other software that will allow payments, transportation, loyalty, access, and identity providers to quickly roll out NFC services on virtually all mobile phone platforms.

The software suite features an NFC hardware abstraction layer, a re-brandable electronic wallet, open loop payments card applications and a bouquet of white-label closed-loop NFC applications that add new revenue streams to NFC offerings.

To round out the offering the company has also released software that turns NFC-enabled smart phones into point-of-sale (POS) and transaction devices and a back-office server to support the white-label applications.

Speaking to NFC World, Zenius co-founder John Wiese would not reveal which companies Zenius has been working with, but said commercial roll-outs will be ready by the end of the year. He added that the firm was profitable last year and expected revenue growth of 10 to 30 times this year in comparison.

“The reality is that a lot of people haven’t thought about how to create a complete convergence for an electronic wallet. We had to be a software rather than a hardware company to make this convergence happen,” he said.

“We wanted to solve some of the fragmentation issues of NFC and make it simple for people to use a tool set across the whole system to solve the interoperability issue.

“We’re making it possible for a complete proliferation on the hardware side without any complexity for an issuer.”

While the firm had toyed with using the term ‘operating system’, spokesperson Crisel Ortiz said the software suite allowed developers to work across different platforms without needing in-depth hardware knowledge of NFC secure elements. “We’ve thought about coining the ‘operating system’ term, but we felt that may be confusing,” she explains. “But essentially we are trying to be for NFC what Microsoft is to personal computing.”

Available immediately, the suite features:

  • Zenius white-label apps, a group of NFC closed-loop applications that allow issuers to easily add essential NFC apps to their solution portfolios. All the white-label apps can be re-branded.
  • Zenius Mobile Wallet, a full-featured electronic wallet that can be re-branded or used as a reference implementation. Zenius Mobile Wallet features a graphical user interface that permits the user to select and manage secure open-loop payment, private payment, loyalty, tickets, coupons, transport, identity, access, and gift card applications from a single wallet.
  • Zenius M-Transact, a product bringing merchant point-of-sale (POS) acceptance to popular smart phones including the Google Nexus S. M-Transact goes beyond a traditional payment acceptance device by supporting a complete set of open- and closed-loop applications, says Zenius. Like most of the company’s products, M-Transact can also be rebranded.
  • TransactionServer, which is used with M-Transact, is a back office solution for processing high volumes of closed-loop transactions. It integrates with current authorization systems making it easy to transition to NFC, says Zenius.

Wiese, who set up Zenius in 2008 with Ming-Li Liu after a 20-year career that included stints at Verifone and in the telecommunications industry, added that developers can mix and match elements of the suite to meet their needs. He said the firm would work with anyone who was interested in working with them.

“We support everyone who will let us. Phones have different ways of talking to NFC components, so we abstract all that so the UI designer doesn’t have to worry about the NFC technology underneath,” he says.

“Nothing compares to what we have provided. Others are doing little pieces of it but we wanted to do a comprehensive package — total convergence.”

Zenius aims to be ‘Microsoft of the NFC world’ was written by Christopher Brown and published by NFCW.

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Charge Anywhere turns Nexus S into mobile NFC payments terminal https://www.nfcw.com/2011/03/28/36671/charge-anywhere-nexus-s-nfc-payments-terminal/ https://www.nfcw.com/2011/03/28/36671/charge-anywhere-nexus-s-nfc-payments-terminal/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:18:35 +0000 http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/?p=6671 Charge Anywhere has unveiled new mobile payment software which can transform Google’s Nexus S smartphone into an NFC payment terminal. Building on its mobile payment application for Android, the US firm says it intends to expand its portfolio of NFC mobile payment acceptance solutions as additional smartphones are released. “The Charge Anywhere payment platform has […]

Charge Anywhere turns Nexus S into mobile NFC payments terminal was written by Christopher Brown and published by NFCW.

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Charge Anywhere has unveiled new mobile payment software which can transform Google’s Nexus S smartphone into an NFC payment terminal.

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Building on its mobile payment application for Android, the US firm says it intends to expand its portfolio of NFC mobile payment acceptance solutions as additional smartphones are released.

“The Charge Anywhere payment platform has always stayed ahead of the payment technology curve and adding NFC payments ensures that our partnering financial institutions, mobile network operators and distributors always have the most competitive advantage in delivering secure payment technology,” said Paul Sabella, the firm’s president and CEO.

Charge Anywhere launched its first NFC payments solution in 2009 when the company partnered with Zenius Solutions to enable merchants to accept contactless card payments via a Nokia NFC phone equipped with the ZeniusMobilePOS solution.

Charge Anywhere turns Nexus S into mobile NFC payments terminal was written by Christopher Brown and published by NFCW.

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Zenius adds NFC to standard mobile phones with Bladox Waver https://www.nfcw.com/2009/11/04/32152/zenius-adds-nfc-to-standard-mobile-phones-with-bladox-waver/ Wed, 04 Nov 2009 15:58:24 +0000 http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/?p=2152 The Bladox Waver is a SIM+antenna solution that is currently being tested by 15 companies in Turkey, India and Europe and can be retrofitted to most mobile handsets, including the iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones.

Zenius adds NFC to standard mobile phones with Bladox Waver was written by Sarah Clark and published by NFCW.

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BLADOX WAVER: 'A disruptive technology that extends near-term opportunity to a variety of industry players'
BLADOX WAVER: 'A disruptive technology that extends near-term opportunity to a variety of industry players'

Zenius Solutions has become the latest company to offer a way to add NFC functionality to standard mobile phones, using its ZeniusMobilePay software and an NFC device developed by Czech firm Bladox.

The solution supports multiple NFC applications, including Mastercard PayPass and Visa payWave, and enables NFC applications to be provisioned over-the-air.

The Bladox Waver product fits into the phone’s SIM slot on top of the original SIM card. “The add-on seamlessly and securely integrates with wallet applications on the mobile phone — allowing a consumer to control and access multiple applications dynamically, providing the same functionalities available in NFC capable phones,” says Zenius. “The application combinations that could be loaded remotely onto the Waver are diverse and endless, and the Zenius software design ensures that multiple applications — such as transport, payment, and coupons — will be interoperable and compatible.”

“This add-on with integrated Zenius software opens new revenue streams for card issuers, mobile network operators (MNO), trusted service managers (TSM), and numerous closed-loop solution providers,” explains John Wiese, CEO of Zenius Solutions.”Our solution is a disruptive technology that extends near-term opportunity to a variety of industry players.”

The company says the Bladox Waver is compatible with a wide range of mobile phones, including the iPhone, Android devices and Blackberry phones. “The flexible connector is placed between the SIM card and the phone or, we can say, below the SIM card,” Tomas Orlik, director of marketing and business development at Bladox, told NFCW. “The Bladox Waver main body consisting of the chips and the NFC antenna lays on the battery. Once the phone cover is closed up, the phone looks as before. We have different and detachable flexible connectors of different shapes in order to address different mechanical setups of the phones.”

The Bladox Waver became commercially available during the first quarter of 2009. “We currently produce thousands of units,” says Orlik, and the product is currently being used in 15 trial projects. “The trials are in the banking space, with some MNOs and mainly in Turkey, Western Europe and India,” Orlik added, but further details are not available as each is currently covered by a non-disclosure agreement. A mass production facility is to be added during the second quarter of 2010.

“We do have several flexible pricing schemas, which depend on volumes, types of projects and applications, revenue generation models etc,” he added. “Generally we price at a few tens of euro in this market entry phase.”

Zenius adds NFC to standard mobile phones with Bladox Waver was written by Sarah Clark and published by NFCW.

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Zenius, Charge Anywhere turn NFC phones into low cost POS terminals https://www.nfcw.com/2009/10/16/32002/zenius-charge-anywhere-turn-nfc-phones-into-low-cost-pos-terminals/ https://www.nfcw.com/2009/10/16/32002/zenius-charge-anywhere-turn-nfc-phones-into-low-cost-pos-terminals/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:21:47 +0000 http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/?p=2002 The two companies have launched solutions that enable merchants equipped with just an NFC mobile phone to accept contactless bank cards and more.

Zenius, Charge Anywhere turn NFC phones into low cost POS terminals was written by Sarah Clark and published by NFCW.

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ZENIUS: Software turns NFC phones into mobile point-of-sale terminals
ZENIUS: Software turns NFC phones into mobile point-of-sale terminals

New products from Charge Anywhere and from Zenius Solutions enable merchants to accept contactless card payments via an NFC phone.

ZeniusMobilePOS enables merchants to accept contactless US and EMV bank card payments and will also handle a variety of contactless couponing, ticketing, transport and other applications.

“Compared to current mobile merchant options which demand manual entry of credit card information, ZeniusMobilePOS offers a next-generation competitive edge: A faster and more secure transaction where the card never has to leave the hand of the customer,” says Zenius.

ZeniusMobilePOS is currently running on Nokia 6131 and 6212 handsets, but can be ported to additional hardware platforms upon request. The company also provides libraries under the Zenius Contactless Payment Acceptance API to allow the easy addition of contactless payment acceptance to an existing solution.

VIDEO: A demonstration showing the ZeniusMobilePOS software in action

A second Zenius product, ZeniusMobilePay, enables NFC phones to send payments, tickets and coupons to a POS system or other payment acceptance mechanism and “beyond mobile software, Zenius is also working on a broader system infrastructure, a portable set of frameworks that will allow any platform — mobile, acceptance and network services —  to support contactless transactions,” Zenius’ Jenny Rae Cortese told NFCW.

“Additionally, Zenius has a set of applications on offer that work end-to-end, on all three parts of the system, to enable payment, ticketing, transport, loyalty, gift cards, couponing and more,” Cortese added. “Finally, expect to see some announcements in the near-term about Zenius-enabled mobile add-ons that interface with the UI for smartphones such as the iPhone and the Blackberry, bringing interactive NFC to a broad deployed mobile handset base.”

The company charges a one-time company-wide license fee for ZeniusMobilePOS, plus an on-going maintenance fee. A demo version of the software is available, free of charge, on request.

Charge Anywhere‘s product enables both Visa PayWave and MasterCard PayPass transactions to be accepted by merchants equipped with a Nokia NFC phone.

“Charge Anywhere has distinguished itself by PA DSS validating and enabling mobile payments on a wide variety of innovative platforms: From BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and J2ME smart phones, POS terminals, netbooks and PCs,” says Paul Sabella, Charge Anywhere’s CEO. “This latest NFC implementation is a valuable addition to our technology portfolio giving merchants the choice to process any kind of payment, from any location, while utilising PCI secure technology that is readily available.”

Zenius, Charge Anywhere turn NFC phones into low cost POS terminals was written by Sarah Clark and published by NFCW.

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