HID Global and Sony jointly developed contactless smart card reader platform that embeds secure access control capabilities and Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality into laptops and other mobile devices. The platform holds a secure element that stores cryptographic keys which secure the authenticity and integrity of user credentials. It supports widely used contactless technologies for applications ranging from physical access control and identity assurance at the desktop to transit-fare, point-of-sale collection and loyalty programs. The jointly developed NFC global reader platform is the result of a strategic partnership that Sony and HID Global announced last year.
Blackboard has made available its “Blackboard Transact,” offering a unique contactless campus ecosystem seeking to make the student experience significantly more convenient and secure.
Developed specifically for higher education institutions in the United States, the fully integrated technology platform transforms the way students navigate life on and off campus.
Already used by hundreds of institutions to support campus commerce and security, Blackboard Transact is the first platform to fully support the industry leading, standards based Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless technology. And while there are more than 400 million cards and mobile phones worldwide that carry Sony’s FeliCa contactless technology, Blackboard’s platform is the first to bring FeliCa to U.S. colleges and universities to enable a faster, safer, more convenient system that integrates better with many technologies already on campus.
Mobile application provider Pradonet Technology has released “ST4fx”,a
FeliCa enabled contactless handheld terminal. The “ST4fx”
portable handheld now enables
more mobility to access FeliCa card without the restriction of location.
System Integrators and existing service providers can now adopt this new
handheld with FeliCa Technology to build more applications and services
to further enhance their offerings. The multi application terminal is designed to
offer instant, reliable check on various electronic documents and
chip-based card. Various applications that can
be offered by the “ST4fx” include identity authentication, e-ticket
validation for events, cashless e-payment, field sales automation as
well as security access and border control.
Moversa plans to introduce a new “Universal Secure Access Module” that manages contactless smart card applications, regardless of protocols and operating systems, in NFC-enabled mobile devices. The new “U-SAM” supports two of the most widely installed contactless smart card technologies, NXP’s “MIFARE” and Sony’s “FeliCa” systems, as well as a number of other contactless operating systems and applications. The new chip will enable mobile device manufacturers to design products which are interoperable with existing contactless infrastructures. The “U-SAM” will be available in both embedded and SIM form factors. Built-in software from Moversa enables seamless switching amongst the different contactless technologies. It also supports standardized communication interfaces such as “SPI,” “ISO7816,” “UART” and “SWP” (ETSI compliant).
The “U-SAM” runs on 32-bit architecture with a high density embedded non-volatile memory. To address the highest security requirements for contactless transactions, the chip supports “DES/3DES,” “AES,” “RSA,” “ECC” and its hardware is targeted to receive “Common Criteria EAL 5+” and “EMVCo” certification. Moversa is a joint venture of NXP and Sony, created in November 2007.
Sony Corporation has signed an agreement with card manufacture
Versatile Card Technology to be the North American manufacturer for FeliCa contactless cards
based on the ISO 18092 standard (NFC). FeliCa is the contactless IC card with secure RFID
communication that has been extensively deployed by public transport
operators and enhanced to offer a range of value-added applications
including e-cash and loyalty. Sony believes the best way to ensure the success of FeliCa is to
accelerate collaboration with established suppliers capable of flexibly
supplying FeliCa products that meet various demands. With more than 330 million contactless
cards and FeliCa enabled wallet mobile phones issued.
FeliCa contactless cards have quickly become the de facto standard in
Asia’s largest transit systems — already having been extensively
deployed in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and others.
Also, as the new NFC standard gains acceptance, Sony has seen FeliCa
making major inroads into the mobile phone market where it is being
embedded into handsets to conduct financial transactions.
IL-based Versatile Card Technology has been selected by Sony to be the
North American manufacturer for “FeliCa” contactless cards. “FeliCa”
contactless cards have become the de facto standard in Asia’s largest
transit systems. Also, Sony has been making major inroads into the
mobile phone market where “FeliCa” is being embedded into handsets to
conduct financial transactions. There are more than 350 million “FeliCa”
cards and cell phones already deployed worldwide. VCT is the largest
U.S. manufacturer of plastic cards and has facilities in Turkey,
Germany, Mexico, Singapore, South America and India. “FeliCa”
contactless cards are based on the ISO 18092 NFC standard.
Research shows the processing cost to transit operators of electronic
transactions are roughly 40% cheaper than that for a paper ticket. The
same research, based on the strength of trials conducted in 2007,
concludes in 2008 device manufacturers will ship NFC-enabled handsets
CAGR of 338% for the period 2008-2012, translating to 504 million
devices in 2012. Having released the “Driving Mobile Payments and
Ticketing with NFC Handsets” report, Research and Markets examines how
mobile phones can be used similar to other contactless payment methods,
the emergence of handset proximity payments,
ticketing, discusses the impact this will have on the mobile industry
and concerned industries.
A consortium of seven companies has launched a major consumer trial of near field communications technology for bus, tram and tube travel. About 500 London customers of mobile-network operator O2 will test the pros and cons of rolling out NFC technology commercially. Each participant will be given a “Nokia 6131” NFC handset and “O2 Wallet.” Barclaycard will credit GBP 200 to 225 of the participants. Transport for London, AEG, Barclaycard, Nokia, O2, TranSys and VISA are involved in the six-month test. If successful, a full scale roll-out will likely occur by the end of 2008.
American Express Incentive Services has launched an online promotion enabling shoppers to receive a free “Gadget Lover’s Card” worth $25 when they purchase five “AmEx Gift Cards” in one order through December 31st. The Gadget Lover’s Card can be redeemed for three months after the date of issue at U.S. locations of participating electronic retailers, including f.y.e., Sam Goody, The Sharper Image, and Suncoast. Shoppers can take advantage of this online promotion by visiting the American Express Web site, www.americanexpress.com/gift, purchasing any five American Express Gift Cards and completing a rebate form found on the Web site. According to a new American Express Gift Card Survey, 37% of consumers say they will shop for consumer electronics this year. Among shoppers 18-24 years old, the number of gadget givers jumps 60%.
NTT DoCoMo has joined the non-profit NFC Forum as a sponsoring
member, joining organizations from around the world. NTT DoCoMo
serves about 53 million customers while the NFC Forum was launched
as a non-profit industry association to serve the globally expanding NFC
market. The Forum was designed to develop NFC technology with
specifications to ensure interoperability among devices and services and
has over 135 industry members. NFC allows secure interactions among
electronic devices and cuts consumer wait time.
Washington, DC-based Blackboard and Sony have teamed to integrate Sony’s “FeliCa” contactless technology in Blackboard’s “Commerce Suite,” a suite of applications supporting one-card transactions on-campus, off-campus and online and allowing for identification, payment and access. Sony said it is anxious to bring its “FeliCa” technology to the U.S. following its success in Japan. There are more than 250 million “FeliCa’ cards and chips embedded in mobile phones in circulation. In addition to meeting ISO standards, “FeliCa” provides a supportive layer of user credentials which can be integrated with NFC-enabled devices including door access readers, point of sale terminals, mobile phones and a variety of attended and unattended devices. Blackboard products are used by millions of people at academic institutions worldwide.
JCB and Union Bank of Taiwan have launched the first card with
“J/Speedy” in the world. “J/Speedy” is JCB’s global standardized
contactless payment solution. Union Bank is issuing the “Breeze Center
JCB Card with the J/Speedy.” Union Bank has been issuing JCB cards and
acquiring JCB card acceptance locations in Taiwan since 2002,
and started issuing the “Breeze Center JCB Card” with the country’s most
popular shopping mall in 2002. JCB and JCBI will continue promoting the
“J/Speedy” contactless payment program in Taiwan and the rest of Asia, a
market that has already seen the introduction of multiple international
brand contactless payment programs, expanding both issuing of JCB brand
cards with “J/Speedy” and merchant acceptance. In Japan, JCB also rolled
out the “QUICPay” contactless payment product in April 2005 based on
Sony’s “FeliCa” chip specification, which is widely employed for
contactless payment solutions such as public transportation fare systems
and mobile phone applications in Japan.