Friday, 19 August 2011

Novacroft is Awarded TfL Concessionary Oyster Photocard Contract

Novacroft a Northamptonshire-based organisation designing, developing and managing innovative end-to-end smart card ticketing solutions, has been awarded the contract to manage Transport for London's 5 - 10, 11 - 15, Under 16, 16+ and 18+ concessionary Oyster photocard schemes for three years from 1st July 2011, with a possible two year extension. The contract award comes following a competitive retender process.

Having managed TfL's concessionary Oyster photocard schemes since 2001, Novacroft has a proven track record of success in the TfL environment, and offers a fully integrated end-to-end solution including card production, card management, contact centre services and software design and implementation.

Debra Charles, Novacroft's Managing Director, commented: "To win this contract is a testament to Novacroft's quality of service delivery and to the efforts of the team. Novacroft's service to Transport for London meets the challenge of combining quality, innovation and capacity for improvement with value for money. Novacroft looks forward to continuing to work with Transport for London."

Nokia Enables NFC with Symbian Anna Update

Yesterday Nokia released an updated version of Symbian Anna for Symbian smartphones, which significantly enhances the user experience on the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7.

Symbian Anna software update also activates the NFC hardware in the Nokia C7, so people can now simply tap their Nokia C7s together to share contacts, photos, videos and play games; easily pair with NFC-enabled accessories from Nokia and others; and read NFC tags to check-in and more.

Other features include: A new user interface, virtual QWERTY keypad in portrait mode, split-screen messaging, enhanced Nokia Maps, better web browsing and stronger security are just a few of the improvements that people will be able to enjoy.

"Nokia's Symbian smartphones are used by millions of people around the world every day, addressing specific consumer needs and providing choices at many price points," said Ilari Nurmi, Vice President at Nokia. "Symbian Anna represents a significant update to the experience those users have and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Symbian, which will see up to 10 more phones introduced over the next 12 months, further updates to the user experience and support for the software until at least 2016."

Wavestore Integrates with FaceFirst Biometric Facial Recognition Software

The new technology partnership established between Wavestore and Airborne Biometrics Group, Inc. (ABG) brings an additional dimension to Wavestore's ability to provide high performance video recording solutions, with the added functionality of facial recognition.

The innovative FaceFirst biometric facial recognition software offers the police and military, as well as personnel responsible for security in business environments such as retail, with the ability to identify suspects, VIPs and employees within seconds of them entering a specific area, allowing appropriate action to be taken.

Wavestore has welcomed the ability to distribute this powerful technology which, compared to the facial recognition software previously available offers dramatically improved identification accuracy. Using 2D algorithms FaceFirst is able to perform over one million facial comparisons per second per server.

Using innovative compression and data transmission technology, ABG has also allowed FaceFirst to be truly mobile, by using the add-on 'Mobile Communications Module' for images taken on mobile telephones, SD digital cameras and other smart devices, to send facial recognition match requests to be identified.

Chris Williams, Director of Wavestore said, "I am truly excited by the technology partnership we have established with ABG. Over the years I have seen facial recognition technology evolving and I am in no doubt that FaceFirst which is scalable depending on the size of the project, is the best on the market. ABG's credibility in the market place has been substantially underlined by a contract to supply FaceFirst to the US military, airports and casinos, and I am confident that there are a large number of projects which our two companies can successfully work on together."

iZettle App Takes Credit and Debit Card Payments Anytime, Anywhere

iZettle has announced its iZettle App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is now available on the Swedish App Store. iZettle is a mobile payment app providing users with the ability to take credit and debit card payments anytime, anywhere.

The iZettle App can be used with or without an iZettle card reader accessory, however using iZettle with the card reader is great for large and frequent transactions. The iZettle App is simple to set up with no monthly fee. Instead, for each transaction using iZettle, users will be charged 2.75 percent of the sale plus 1.50 SEK. (GBP 0.14)

Nothing is more important to iZettle than security. iZettle is EMV (Europay, MasterCard and VISA) approved and compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). No sensitive data is ever stored on your iOS device or iZettle reader, and all data traffic is encrypted.

"Innovative solutions like iZettle are making the everyday lives of MasterCard cardholders, businesses and small merchants much easier," said Mats Taraldsson, Deputy General Manager, MasterCard Nordic & Baltic region.

ViVOtech Ships EMV Payments and NFC mCommerce-Ready Reader

ViVOtech announces the availability of its new point of sale (POS) terminal for payments and NFC mobile commerce that could save eligible merchants more than $2 billion a year in annual Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) validation costs under a Visa Inc. initiative.

ViVOtech's new ViVOpay 8100 terminals accept traditional swipe cards with magnetic stripes, chip cards, contactless cards, and NFC-enabled mobile phones, as required by the Visa initiative announced last week to accelerate the migration to Eurocard-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) contact and contactless chip technology in the United States.

To motivate merchants, Visa announced on August 9, 2011: "Effective October 1, 2012, Visa will expand its Technology Innovation Program (TIP) to the U.S. TIP will eliminate the requirement for eligible merchants to annually validate their compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard for any year in which at least 75 percent of the merchant's Visa transactions originate from chip-enabled terminals. To qualify, terminals must be enabled to support both contact and contactless chip acceptance, including mobile contactless payments based on NFC technology."

The new ViVOpay 8100 includes ViVOtech NFC checkout technology that enables merchants to accept and process coupons, personalised offers, loyalty programs and payments through the merchant's proprietary mobile applications.

UPM RFID and SimpleNFC Launch NFC Shop for Developers

UPM RFID and SimpleNFC (the software development division of CustomerIn) have teamed up to launch a website offering an extensive selection of near field communication (NFC) tools for building NFC solutions suited for a variety of markets and applications. features NFC tags from UPM RFID, an NFC Starter Kit and many other tools to enable NFC solutions. is a platform for developers who want to quickly integrate NFC into their businesses and applications. In addition to building location-aware apps with NFC capabilities, site users can order NFC tags with customised artwork for their applications and speed quickly through NFC development with the NFC Starter Kit. SimpleNFC tags make it possible to create applications for smart posters, micro-location, audio and visual tours, product information, social networking and real-world games, for instance. The ultimate goal of is to provide a development platform for every operating system and NFC handset in the market.

"With their SimpleNFC platform, CustomerIn is acting on a vision of new NFC applications which are taking advantage of the resurgence of millions of NFC consumer devices, the majority of them smartphones. Location-aware mobile solutions offer interesting possibilities for consumers and business owners, but until now, there haven't been formalized offerings available. CustomerIn is changing that," says Jan Svoboda, Sales and Marketing Director, Americas, UPM RFID.

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