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Moneto: Change is good, isn’t it?

Since August 16th, 2012 the moneto service is out of service. This is due to the fact, that the card processor TransCard is not cooperating with the University National Bank any more. As all moneto prepaid Cards were issued by this bank, the service is currently not working.



Nokia presents NFC Wallet and Windows 8 Proximity API

Today Nokia gave the first presentation on the NFC API for the new Windows 8 devices as well as their native wallet. The new Nokia 820 and the Nokia 920 already come with the new operating system, the Nokia Wallet and provides NFC functionality. Unlikely the Nokia 610 (WP 7.5) the new device come with a completely new integration as well as SWP functionality for card emulation.



EVVA, Sony and A1 Telekom launch Pilot for NFC access system AirKey

EVVA, Sony and A1 Telekom team up to provide an NFC access solution. The system called AirKey current is installed at the Technical University Of Vienna for a Pilot with Students. AirKey uses specially designed door locks with an RFID-Reader which neither do have network connection nor a wired power supply. Cards and NFC enabled mobile devices are used as access tokens.



Visa vpay launch in Linz

Since the beginning of July 2012 it is possible for the participants of Raiffeisen’s NFC pilot to pay contactless with Visa vpay. This is the second NFC pilot Austria’s largest bank runs after having started issuing a PayPass Creditcard in August 2011.



How to read a contactless credit card such as Visa paywave or MasterCard paypass

RFID enabled creditcards such as MasterCard paypass or Visa paywave have been in the news in the recent time due to the Forbes article on cloning of RFID creditcards as well as the Analysis from viaForensics. The vulnerably of these types of cards is not new. Already in 2006 researchers were able to read creditcard data form such cards as shown by the RSA labs. So far the reading of such cards was demonstrated with creditcard reads such as Vivopay or Verifone Terminals. Thru a new Android app reading of RFID creditcard is now possible for everyone with an NFC enabled phone.



BIPA’s NFC Loyalty pilot

In November 2011 T-Mobile and REWE’s Pharmacy Store Chain BIPA announced the pilot to test an NFC enabled loyalty schema. The BIPA-Card is a wide spread loyalty card for the customers of the store chain similar to other customer cards of the REWE family like the “Friends of Merkur” card or the “Billa Vorteilscard”. Currently those cards shop a simple barcode with is scanned at the POS and therefore the customer received special reward points and discounts.



NFC Chips for the mass

This year’s mobile world congress in Barcelona was a high light with regard to NFC technology. Lot’s of new phones as well as a lot of new NFC chips were present at the show. Although there was a lot of innovation, the NXP platform is still the most favored on by the handset manufactures due to the smooth integration into the Android platform as well as the widely tested chip in different pilots and trials.



Turkcell’s NFC wallet solution.

Turkey’s largest operator, Turkcell, is currently aggressively rolling out NFC devices with MasterCard’s contactless payment functionality paypass. Currently Turkcell is offering three different devices: The T11 is made by ZTE and the T20, which is manufactured by Huawei, and also know as U8650. On top the most current BlackBerry the Bold 9900 is also used for Turkcell’s wallet app, which is a SIM based solution



NFC Card for Germany

Germany’s Sparkassen are already in an extended phase in their NFC project, issuing contactless cards and putting according terminals into the market. The plan is to issue about 16 Mio. Cards till August 2012. Currently the project is in a pilot phase with merchants situated in the area of Hannover, Braunschweig, Wolfsburg. The NFC card can be use for payments at the POS as well as for automated vending.



Galaxy Nexus: Accessing the embedded secure element and insights into Google Wallet.

Recently the XDA-Developer lukegb described how to run the current version of Google Wallet on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. There are also other approaches to modify Google Wallet. The devices need to be rooted in order to have all the rights in order to access the embedded secure element of the device. Google Wallet is configured (partly hardcoded) to use the embedded secure element.




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