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Monday 11th March 2002


Handset Market Suffers First Decline in 2001, Says Report

New research conducted by Dataquest have confirmed the mobile industry's first ever decline last year with figures revealing that handset sales in 2001 reached 399.5m - a 3.2% decline from 2000. The saturation of the key European market was considered to be the main factor in the industry-wide slowdown.

Despite the slowdown, market leader Nokia still managed to increase sales from 126.4m to 139.7m and saw its dominant market share jump from 30% to 35%. The other notable success was Samsung which increased its market share by 37% with over 28m handset sales, whilst the biggest loser was Ericsson with sales plummeting from 41.5m in 2000 to just 27m in 2001.

South Korea in Mobile Payments Trial

Residents of South Korea's Seongnam City are to take part in a three year trial which will see their mobile phones fitted with payment cards to allow easy payment at selected retail and restaurant outlets in the city. According to South Korean daily, the Korea Herald, users would have to enter a PIN on the handset to initiate a payment which will then link to the city's central payment system.

According to the paper, the "Zoop" mobile payment system will run on infrared technology developed by local firm Harex InfoTech and be delivered by Korean carriers KTF, Kookmin Card and KFT Technologies.

Radiant Install Indian Transport Solution

India's Radiant Infosystems has implemented its first punctuality and revenue monitoring system for the Karnataka State Transport Corporation (KSRTC). The Smart Card-based system is to run on 140 services on the Bangalore-Mysore and Mangalore sector of KSRTC and is expected to streamline the functioning of transport services in the state.

The system uses a Smart Card that stores information such as route, date of journey, driver's name, bus number, time of departure, origin and destination and number of passengers. On arrival at the intermediate or final station, the crew can use the Smart Card reader at the bus terminal to record the arrival details onto the card.

Fingerprint Biometrics Make US Campus Debut

Evive Corporation has completed the implementation of its FingerAccess systems at two major US universities. The fingerprinting system will be used at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, for use in the University's Micro Electronics Research Laboratory (MERL) and at Baltimore's Towson University to guard against unauthorised access to the University's on-campus data centre.

The contracts at Rutgers and Towson mark Evive's first entry into the university market. "We anticipate securing additional campus environments throughout 2002 to help large universities cope with access control challenges," noted Evive CEO Jonathan Eisner.

Wave Integrate Chip into Samsung Keyboard

Samsung and Wave Systems are to launch a new secure PC keyboard for e-commerce and trusted digital exchange based on Wave's 'Embassy' e-commerce chip. The new product is to be showcased at this week's CeBIT 2002 in Hannover (Germany).

At the show, Wave are scheduled to demonstrate the integration of its Embassy technology into a Samsung keyboard, which will also integrate a Smart Card reader for secure access and data transfer.


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