JCB, a leading
international credit card brand, has announced that it will formally
launch ‘Mobile Offica’, its wireless corporate solution, in the fall of
this year. The commercialization of Mobile Offica, which incorporates a
broad range of Offica* administrative functions into a wireless handset,
follows a successful eight-month site trial, run in association with NTT
DoCoMo’s “i-mode* FeliCa* Preview Service”, which concludes in July.
“At this stage, we are focusing on the pursuit of convenience and
user-friendliness in terms of usability of Mobile Offica. However, in the
future, with the experience and expertise acquired during the preview and
the rollout, we can look into providing further unique and unconventional
solutions, utilizing the advantages of mobile phone features”, said Mr. Go
Masaki, Assistant Vice President of Advanced Technologies at JCB.
JCB’s Offica solution is designed to meet the increasing administrative
and security needs of corporations with advanced employee convenience and
usability. Built around Sony’s FeliCa* contactless IC chip technology,
Offica includes a suite of functions including employee identification,
office and network access, and cashless payment. Mobile Offica is the
latest in a line of customer applications, and will mark the first time
that mobile phones incorporating a contactless chip enabling credit card
payment will be available in Japan.
“The advantage in utilizing the mobile phone lies in the fact that it can
show information on a handset display, and can send and receive data
quickly. Combining these features with payment functionality, we can
create new, higher value services. Payment with the mobile phone is a
practical and convenient alternative, and is fun and entertaining, as
well”, Masaki added.
Advanced postpay functionality is provided by linking to the employee’s
own credit card account, eliminating the need to carry cash, and allowing
the employee to earn loyalty points or mileage for spending in company
restaurants or stores. Mobile Offica also enables users with i-mode
capable phones to monitor outstanding credit card balances and view
detailed transaction histories, and users may be able to request increases
in their credit limits on-line.
JCB is committed to taking advantage of the latest chip and information
technology to provide corporations a ‘best fit’ solution in functionality
and media, whether in the form of plastic card, key chain token, PDA,
wristwatch or mobile phone, while employees enjoy greater convenience and
personalization. JCB Corporate Solutions offer a technical edge that
complements its expertise in domestic and international payment systems.
NTT DoCoMo, the world’s leading mobile communications company, will itself
be releasing i-mode FeliCa Service for mobile wallet applications,
including train pass and e-money, on four i-mode smart-card handset
models, in early July.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world’s leading mobile communications company with more
than 47 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of
leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include i-mode(R), the
world’s most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and
Internet access to over 40 million subscribers, and FOMA(R), launched in
2001 as the world’s first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition
to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North and South America, the
company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with
mobile and multimedia service providers in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and
North and South America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (TSE: 9437),
London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges.
About JCB Co. Ltd.
JCB is an international credit card brand and the largest card
issuer/acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961
and began expanding overseas in 1981. Its merchant network includes 11.4
million merchants and spans 189 countries and territories. JCB cards are
now issued in 18 countries and territories, with 49.6 million cardmembers.
As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances
with more than 320 leading banks and financial institutions globally to
increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. JCB’s corporate
philosophy of “Service from the heart,” a commitment to responsive,
high-quality service, continues to guide it as it creates the future
together with its customers, merchants and partners.