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Will your phone replace your wallet?

If you still carry a wallet (or something similar, like a credit-card case, a billfold, or a change purse), you may not be carrying it for much longer. Now that nearly every major smartphone manufacturer supports NFC, most of today’s smartphones now have the power to make payments, and that Read More

Posted by Laurent Dardé  /   May 12, 2015  /   Posted in Featured, Innovation, Innovation Trends, Near-field Communication, Portable devices  /   No Comments

All in one: MIFARE4Mobile gives smartphones multi-app MIFARE features

Multi-application MIFARE smartcards make it possible to do lots of things with a single card. The Rabbit card in Bangkok, for example, lets people pay for transport, access their offices, and participate in retail loyalty programs. And the Mobilis card, in Valencia, Spain, lets you use one card for transport, Read More

Posted by Christian Lackner  /   December 15, 2014  /   Posted in Featured, Innovation, Innovation Featured, Innovation Trends, Near-field Communication, Security, Uncategorized  /   No Comments

Go straight to your room: MIFARE4Mobile and virtual MIFARE hotel keys

Checking into a hotel and getting to your room isn’t always as relaxing as it could be. Depending on when you arrive, there can be lines at the check-in counter, and you may have to spend several minutes confirming details and answering questions before you get your key card. At Read More

Posted by Christian Lackner  /   December 09, 2014  /   Posted in Featured, Innovation, Innovation Featured, Innovation Trends, Near-field Communication, Security, Uncategorized  /   No Comments

Skip the rush hour lines with MIFARE4Mobile and virtual MIFARE ticketing

If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably old enough to remember the days before MIFARE-based contactless ticketing was used in public transport. It was a very different experience from what we have today. In the metro, for example, you waited in line at the ticket counter or token machine, Read More

Posted by Nav Bains  /   December 02, 2014  /   Posted in Featured, Innovation, Innovation Trends, Near-field Communication, Security, Uncategorized  /   No Comments

The Digitally Enhanced Shopper Journey: NFC and BLE

The retail industry is in the midst of a dramatic shift: in-store foot traffic is down, online research is up and smartphones are becoming increasingly important to customers’ shopping journey. ‘Everywhere commerce’, a term coined by the Futures Company, has arrived and is here to stay. Increasingly connected shoppers expect Read More

Posted by Sylvia Kaiser-Kershaw  /   December 01, 2014  /   Posted in Featured, Innovation, Innovation Featured, Innovation Trends, Near-field Communication, Security  /   No Comments

TAMAGOTCHI 4U – NFC enhances toy interactivity!

Cast your mind back almost 20 years and you may remember the launch of the Tamagotchi – an electronic ‘pet’ that owners fed, washed, entertained and exercised.  The keychain sized Tamagotchi was a pet simulation game which allowed owners to have a pet without physically owning one.  The pets needed Read More

Posted by Brigitte Jud  /   July 18, 2014  /   Posted in Featured, Near-field Communication, Near-field Communications  /   No Comments

Controlling Color Lights With ZigBee – How Hard Can It Be?

How hard can it be to control color LEDs using ZigBee?  It may sound simple, but it’s fraught with hidden difficulties. ZigBee is a low-power, low-data rate wireless standard for control and monitoring that allows us to control large numbers of lamps with battery-powered remote controls and also to link Read More

Posted by Colin Faulkner  /   October 30, 2013  /   Posted in Featured, Home and building automation, Interface and connectivity, Internet of Things, Lighting, Portable devices, Social, Wireless infrastructure  /   2 Comments

Tesla’s Legacy: Wireless Power Transfer

The concept of wireless energy transfer goes back to the late 19th century with the invention of the Tesla Coil. And today, the realization of the wireless energy concept is perhaps most readily recognized in the powering of electric toothbrushes. But clearly there are a whole host of potential applications Read More

Posted by Richard Stockdill  /   July 02, 2013  /   Posted in automotive, Near-field Communications, Portable devices, Power management, RF, White goods  /   No Comments