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NOL Card goes mobile

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced its partnership with Etisalat & du to launch its first ‚Smart Nol‘ Service for Dubai commuters utilizing public transport. Smart NOL enables smoother travel and accessibility via NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled mobile phones. Commuters can utilize RTA’s Smart NOL technology by placing their mobile devices against the card readers at the passing gates of the metro stations, or validator devices onboard public buses and water buses.

NFC for public transport – how to deal with DESFire?

Today contactless technology is already widespread in public transport. NXP with its products MIFARE Plus (former Mifare Classic) and MIFARE DESFire is the most dominate player besides Sony with FeliCa which is commonly used in Asia.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus with NXP PN65

In a press release NXP announces the NFC solution used in  the upcoming Google experience phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Like in the Nexus S, Google again decides for the NXP PN65N. This chip contains an NFC controller as well as an embedded secure element (SmartMX) supporting both JavaCard as well as Mifare technology.

As already pointed out in our technology section, the PN65N is pin compatible with the PN544 (without embedded secure element), it is up to the manufacturer which option to choose.

Although the Galaxy Nexus uses the same NFC chip like the Nexus S, the upcoming OS Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) enhances the NFC capabilities: Users can easily exchange and beam data by holding two NFC enabled Android 4.0 phones close to each other.

Yet it is not clear whether Google will officially support SWP as well as SEEK in order to support the UICC as SE.


Windows 8 with NFC support

Microsoft Upcoming operating system Windows 8 will also include NFC capabilities. Therefore a driver has been developed in cooperation between NXP and Microsoft. In press release it was said, that the driver will support the PN544. Therefore the driver will contain the FRI of NXP and will provide similar functionality as the integration of the FRI into Android 2.3. The new Windows version focuses more on mobile devices such as handset as well as tablet PC/pads. Thus we are about to expect more devices with NFC and Windows 8 in the next year.


Final NFC hits the consumer market

Today Google announced its NFC based mobile wallet for the Nexus S in New York. Therefore Google developed new applications using the embedded NFC hardware in the Nexus S, the PN65 from NXP. In the future, customers can use Google Wallet to pay (eg using a contactless creditcard) or redeem a coupon using Google Offers. The offer currently is limited to Sprint customers in the US. The trial will start in New York and San Francisco and will continuously be extended till fall 2011.

In order to make this project happen Google partners with FirstData who provides the TSM (Trusted Service Management) Infrastructure. The first player offering a service in the wallet it Citi-Bank, which has a contactless credit card (Mastercard paypass) in the wallet that allows customers to pay in less than a second at the POS. Additionally Google will provide a prepaid stored value account in the Wallet, which can be topped up with a credit card.

There are already a number of merchant that will accept this special wallet from Google such as Macy’s, Guess or Subways. Of course, the contactless credit card can be used at any store which has been acquired to accept Mastercard paypass. Currently there are around 300.000 Mastercard Paypass terminals in the field in the US.

This is actually the first time, that Google opens the secure element in its mobile device for contactless applications. So far the APIs to access the secure element are not available to developers. The main feature, sending APDUs from an Android App to the secure element was not possible so far, as the Radio Interface Layer (RLI) blocked this kind of communication. Thru modifications in the firmware it is already possible to access the embedded secure element through the contactless interface as well as enable Single Wire Protocol (SWP) support to use the SIM card as a secure element. Although the API will allow other service providers to access the secure element, without an application on the embedded secure element there is not much benefit. FirstData is responsible to up apps into the secure smartcard chip in the phone.

In order to enable the NFC card emulation functionality of the mobile phone, the screen of the Android device needs to be unlocked and a PIN code is required as well. Of course the contactless communication is encrypted.

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