Monday, 14 February 2011

Nokia Chooses Microsoft Over Google

Putting an end to rumours as to whether Nokia will turn to Android or Window, Nokia has finally joined forces with Microsoft. The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones instead of the existing Symbian open source operating system in Nokia phones.

By forming an alliance, Nokia aims to regain its position lost to Apple's iPhone and Google's Android-based devices. Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop said, "there would be substantial job losses as a result of the tie-up". Mr. Elop further added "the game has changed from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems".

CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer believes, "Nokia and Microsoft working together can drive innovation that is at the boundary of hardware, software and services". Microsoft Bing will power Nokia's search services, while Nokia Maps will boost Microsoft mapping services.

Symbian, which runs on most of Nokia's current devices, will become a "franchise platform", although the company expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian based smartphones in future.

Atos Origin and CASSIS to Offer Mobile NFC Services in Europe

Atos Worldline, which brings together Atos Origin's expertise in hi-tech transactional services, announced its partnership with CASSIS International, one of the key suppliers of NFC and TSM solutions, to implement complete solutions enabling service providers such as banks, public transport operators, and telecommunication operators, distributors, to deploy innovative and secure contactless applications (payments, transport season tickets, loyalty cards and authentication).

This alliance of complementary expertise will aid the deployment of complex NFC services in Europe, offering flexible and scalable solutions from start to finish.

This agreement is concluded within the context of ongoing projects which is Atos Worldline is delivering to develop applications for secure contactless electronic transactions.

CASSIS International brings its range of "Trusted Service Management" (TSM) solutions and services and its internationally recognised expertise in the field of NFC solutions, enabling the deployment and extended management of the lifecycle of applications securely integrated into mobile phones on all types of secured elements (SIM cards, SD cards, onboard OS).

Atos Origin and CASSIS International are observing a growing demand for the deployment of increasingly complex and sophisticated NFC services from major providers of mobile services in Europe (banks, public transport companies, mobile phone operators, distributors, etc).

SMARTRAC Takes 50 percent Stake in Omnia Technologies

SMARTRAC N.V. today announced that it has reached an agreement with Omnia Technologies to take an interest of 50 percent in the Indian manufacturer of RFID tags.

The acquisition of 50 percent of Omnia Technologies is part of SMARTRAC's growth strategy and further strengthens the company's business activities in the Indian market. Omnia Technologies is a manufacturer of RFID tags located in Gurgaon, India, with long-lived experience in the production of LF, HF and UHF transponders.

"Omnia's product and technology range perfectly complements our industry and logistics product portfolio," said Dr. Christian Fischer, CEO of SMARTRAC. "India is one of the fastest growing markets for RFID. We are very pleased to have Omnia as strong partner in the region to further participate in the growth potentials of this market."

SMARTRAC has extensive technical and operating experience and a proven track record that amounts to more than 1.5 billion RFID transponders. What also adds to SMARTRAC's manufacturing expertise is its broad intellectual property from more than 300 patents and patent applications as well as its extensive knowledge and experience in processing technologies such as module packaging capabilities, and antenna-chip connecting technologies.

Omnia Technologies will henceforth be managed conjointly by SMARTRAC and its owners Ashish Bhutani and Ajay Bhutani.

VeriFone Expands PAYware Mobile to Global Markets

VeriFone Systems, Inc. today announced a next-generation version of PAYware Mobile Service for global markets. This latest innovation features VeriFone's sleek mobile payment solution and gateway service and brings international payment standards including NFC and EMV smart card, with PCI-compliant PIN keypad for Chip & PIN transactions, to popular smart phones.

With this solution, small businesses around the world will be able to accept smart card, mag-stripe card and contactless-based payments anywhere at any time. The second generation of PAYware Mobile will be available in the UK and Canadian markets during the first quarter of 2011. In addition, PAYware Mobile will be introduced into additional countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia throughout 2011.

"PAYware Mobile struck a chord with micro merchants in North America who wanted to be able to quickly and securely accept credit card payments anywhere by leveraging a cost-effective, mobile smart phone" said Paul Rasori, VeriFone senior vice president of marketing. "VeriFone is now leveraging our global partnerships and distribution capabilities to provide a mobile payment platform that supports regional demands for EMV, NFC-based applications, and secure, PCI-compliant PIN entry."

Each generation of PAYware Mobile provides smaller merchants with a cost-effective alternative to dedicated payment devices by providing an entire smart phone-based solution that includes VeriFone's VeriShield Protect end-to-end encryption of card data. Users also gain access to sophisticated reporting tools via VeriFone gateway services, as well as the ability to email customized receipts to customers.

The global version of PAYware Mobile incorporates a battery that provides 10 hours of PIN pad operation so users can accept payment without impacting on the smart phone's battery. It also incorporates a mini-USB port for convenient charging capability.

Motorola Mobility Acquires 3LM

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Three Laws Mobility, Inc. (3LM), a developer of mobile enterprise security software and solutions and mobile device management products for the Android operating system . The agreement was completed in late 2010 and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

3LM's technology is designed to enable the adoption of Android devices by businesses and governmental entities. The 3LM technology addresses ease-of-use, cost-of-management and security concerns for IT managers and chief information officers by making Android devices more manageable within corporate environments. The acquisition is expected to enable the commercialisation of device management services in the second quarter of 2011.

In addition to incorporating the technology into Motorola Mobility products, Motorola intends to make the 3LM solution available to other handset manufacturers.

"Along with their technology, the 3LM team brings deep knowledge and expertise in the development of enterprise security features and software for Android," said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services product management for Motorola Mobility. "With 3LM, we are excited to be able to work across the Android ecosystem to accelerate the adoption of Android devices by corporate users and their IT departments. We are excited to welcome 3LM's talented personnel to the Motorola Mobility team."

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