Monday, 07 February 2011
Toshiba Starts Delivery of Commercial UIM Card Supporting NFC
Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will start delivery of commercial User Identity Module (UIM) cards supporting NFC to KDDI Corporation, a leading Japanese mobile network operator in February.
Toshiba's newly developed UIM card equipped with CDMA2000 and Global System for Mobile Communications, supports NFC, which is expected to go into commercial service in the near future. The card was developed based on the latest specifications of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute-Smart Card Platform, GSMA and GlobalPlatform. It is also compatible with GSMA's Pay-Buy-Mobile programme and meets the security level required for international payment applications.
Mobile handsets supporting UIM and NFC will allow users to access services in such areas as electronic payment, transportation, personal identification, coupon redemption and more.
KDDI initiated verification testing on contactless IC technology subject to the ISO/IEC14443 Type A/B international standards in May 2010. KDDI used handsets supporting NFC in order to verify the technical reliability and user-friendliness of the application systems including electronic payment and so on, and Toshiba, which started to develop a UIM card in 2009, participated in the testing in order to verify the reliability of the UIM card and to establish the technology. In December 2010, KDDI approved Toshiba as a UIM card supplier for KDDI, and Toshiba will start delivery of the cards this month.
Toshiba is now ready to mass produce UIM cards for the global market and is starting to promote UIM cards to mobile network operators worldwide, including operators in Europe, the United States and Asia.
UK Firm Stops Pursuing Net Pirates
MediaCAT, a firm which has sent thousands of letters to alleged illegal file-sharers in the UK, has ceased to operate, according to its law firm - ACS: Law. It follows the resignation of Andrew Crossley, head of ACS: Law that pursued alleged file-sharers on its behalf. Mr. Crossley resigned during a court hearing, brought against 27 alleged illegal file-sharers. It comes days before a judgment is due on the case in a hearing at London's patent court.
MediaCAT had signed a number of contracts with copyright owners, allowing it to pursue alleged illegal file-sharers on their behalf. Together with ACS: Law, MediaCAT sent letters to people identified as downloading content without paying for it, asking them to pay a one-off fine or face legal proceedings.
Consumer watchdog Which, pointed out a number of cases where people claimed they had been wrongfully accused. During the court case it emerged that ACS: Law received 65% of any recouped revenue, while the copyright owners received a 30% share.
Now Precise Biometrics Expands into Mobile Solutions
End of financial year (January - December 2010) saw Precise Biometrics reorganising its sales organisation due to increase of new business opportunities in combination with developing a more customer oriented organisation. The new organisation came into full effect on January 1, 2011 and consists of 3 business units - IAM, Access Solutions and Mobile. Mobile is a brand new and strategically important business unit, from which Precise Biometrics will provide solutions for the SmartPhone and TabletPC markets.
Precise Biometrics has a net sale of SEK 44.9 million, and for the fourth quarter SEK 6.3 million. The group's income for the year (January - December 2010) was SEK-14.6 million and for the fourth quarter it was SEK - 4.4 million.
Precise Biometrics is helping its Nigerian partner Interswitch roll out a state ID card. It is the first project of its kind in the world, as the state ID card also includes e-payment. The company also received 2 follow-up orders for hardware from an existing customer in the Middle East at a total value of SEK 6.7 million for a Match-on-Card project for government employees.
Smart Sensors MIRLIN Iris Biometric Recognition Coming Soon
Smart Sensors will be showcasing its latest MIRLIN Iris biometric recognition and matching algorithms at the Embedded World to be held on 1-3 March 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany. The algorithms utilise MPC Data's new Windows Embedded Compact 7 board support package for the BeagleBoard-xM.
At the Embedded World conference, the company will display an Access Control kit with embedded control board, Wiegand interface for door control and on-board database for up to 2000 users on MPC Data's booth
The system is based on a Texas Instruments DM3730 (ARM Cortex A8 CPU) with USB interface and running MPC Data's latest Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP BSP with integrated Vector Floating Point library. The Embedded System handles all camera control, image capture and iris recognition functions using embedded MIRLIN technology.
INSIDE Secure Brings True NFC Hardware Independence to Google Android Gingerbread
INSIDE Secure today announced the availability of a new version of its award-winning, open-source Open NFC protocol stack geared to the latest version of Google Android (aka Gingerbread). This makes Open NFC the first truly hardware-independent, open-source NFC protocol stack for this popular smartphone operating system. Open NFC version 4.2 for Google Android 2.3 simplifies interoperability and provides the NFC ecosystem with a consistent NFC application programming interface (API) and functionality, offering chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers, wireless carriers and software developers a way to implement NFC functionality independently of the underlying NFC hardware as Gingerbread is adopted for use in a broad range of mobile products around the world.
"Open NFC relies on a separate, very thin and easily adaptable hardware abstraction software layer, which accounts for a very small percentage of the total stack code, meaning that the Open NFC software stack can be easily leveraged for different NFC chip hardware," said Philippe Martineau, executive vice president of the NFC business line for INSIDE Secure. "This has tremendous cost, time-to-market and flexibility advantages for NFC chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers and software developers who would otherwise have to contend with rewriting the hardware-specific elements of the Gingerbread NFC protocol stack."
Open NFC supports several levels of functionality, from low-level RF control to high-level NFC Forum tag handling, peer-to-peer communications as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, interactions with single-wire protocol SIMs and other secure elements and compatibility with smart cards and RFID tags based on Felica, Mifare and ISO 14443 standards. By providing a consistent API across all NFC hardware, the open-source Open NFC protocol stack improves the interoperability of all NFC devices.
Apple to Include Wave and Pay on iPhone 5
Apple Inc. is planning to install new wave-and-pay program in its yet to be released iPhone 5 to handle mobile commerce, giving the company access to the multibillion-dollar transaction industry.
As per The Financial Times reports, iPhone 5, to be released this year, is likely to incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Apple has already conducted some small trials using the wave-and-pay program. Some card-issuing banks are mailing small cards with financial credentials that can be inserted into the iPhone and other smartphones.
Currently, Apple has about 100 million credit card numbers from its iTunes program. That could help them get better terms from card companies. Card companies usually charge 2% to retailers who accept their systems. Apple is likely to offer an "open strategy," which would allow consumers to choose which accounts to tie to their mobile phones.
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