Monday, 28 February 2011

TazTag to Unveil First NFC Android Tablet at CeBIT 2011

TazTag, the French expert in contactless technologies, will display its complete range of NFC products and its latest product, the TazPad, an NFC ANDROID tablet, at CeBIT 2011 to be held in Hanover, Germany.

TazPad is equipped with a 7-inch colour screen that has multi-touch capacity as well as a full HD and HDMI output that connects via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and ZigBee (as do all TazTag products). Other available TazPad functions include a camera, a GPS device and an accelerometer.

As part of its secure hardware and software architecture, this product also features a biometric authentication option. The tablet works with Android, thus appealing to the largest mobile applications developer community.

The TazPad, without the biometric option, can also be used at aisle end displays or store window to inform a customer about a product presented to the tablet, to compare products, or to retrieve a promotional coupon using their NFC phone.

TazTag's TazPad is set to be available by Q2 2011.

ZK Software Announced Its First Magnetic and Barcode Reader

ZK Software, a leading developer of innovative advanced facial and fingerprint biometric and RFID readers has introduced its new US10 series. US10 series is ZK's first ever line of magnetic and barcode readers specifically designed for the North American market.

US10-B and US10-MAG are stand-alone barcode and magnetic stripe readers based on ZK's latest platform. They are available with either a black and white display or 3 inch TFT colour display. These readers offer unparalleled performance on an embedded Linux platform and include all the features a modern time and attendance reader should have. They even include a relay contact for connecting an external bell or door strike. All US10 models can store up to 30000 cards and 100000 transactions. US10 will read 3 of 9 or 2 of 5 barcodes and magnetic cards with track II.

TCP/IP communication is standard with the readers and ensures data transmission between the readers and PC/LAN is error-free. And in the event, if LAN connection becomes unavailable, authorised users can easily download/upload data from the readers' USB host port with any ordinary USB flash drive. For even greater convenience, the readers are also available with Wi-Fi connectivity option.

FBI and Florida Says Yes to Daon's Identity Services

Daon's Trusted Identity Services software (DTIS) that collects and manages biometric and biographic data has now been certified by The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

DTIS operates USA's largest civilian clearinghouse for fingerprint, biometric and biographic processing. This system reduces processing time and provides faster background checks by transmitting fingerprints electronically.

According to Tom Grissen, Daon's CEO, "This offering is being launched throughout the US and will eventually benefit citizens of all states".

Florida law requires residents to go through criminal background screening as a condition of employment and continued employment in many business and jobs, such as education, health, children and family services, real estate, construction, elder care, financial services, insurance and youth sports

Dubai's Etisalat and Western Union Signs Mobile Funds-Transfer Deal

Etisalat Group has inked a strategic agreement with Western Union to offer Etisalat subscribers the provision of sending and receiving Western Union funds transfers using mobile-wallet accounts tied to their mobile phones, reports PaymentsSource.

A spokesperson of Etisalat Group said: "Our subscribers would be able to send funds from their mobile phones to more than 400,000 international Western Union agent locations in 200 countries, where receivers would be able to get a cash payout".

Through the Mobile Money Transfer Service, Etisalat subscribers would also be able to send funds to other mobile subscribers who are registered for the service. Funds transferred to the user's wallets can be used to pay bills and top up mobile airtime. Users can withdraw money at a Western Union agent or at any participating ATM.

Information about the fees charged for Mobile Money Transfer Service was, however, not available.

Etisalat currently operates across Asia, Middle East, and North Africa where it has around 135 million customers. U.S.-based Western Union offers the Mobile Money Transfer Service in the Philippines with Smart Communications and Globe Telecom Inc; in Kenya with Safaricom Ltd.; in Malaysia with Maxis Communications Bhd.; and in Canada with EnStream LP.

Telefonica's Mobile Accesses Reached Over 220 Million in 2010

Telefonica's 2010 year-end net profit increased 30.8%, hitting a new all-time record at 10,167 million euros, which puts earnings per share at 2.25 euros, outpacing the target of 2.10 euros set by the company. The increased customer base and the growing contribution from the mobile data business drove growth in revenues, which totalled 60,737 million euros in 2010, up 7.1% year-on-year (+9.9% in the fourth quarter).

Mobile accesses at the Telefonica Group stood at 220.2 million at the end of 2010, a year-on-year growth of 8.9% (both in organic and reported terms). Organic net additions reached 18.2 million in 2010 (1.3 times those recorded in 2009). The focus on high-value customers has been reflected in a significant increase in contract net additions compared to 2009: 53% of organic net additions corresponded to this segment, compared to 38% in 2009. This has left a total of 69.0 million contract customers (+15.9% year-on-year in organic terms), which represents over 31% of the Group's total mobile accesses (+3 percentage points year-on-year organic).

Retail fixed broadband accesses reached a total of 17.1 million (+27.0% year-on-year in reported terms, +10.9% organic). Net additions picked up in the fourth quarter to reach 422 thousand accesses. In 2010, net additions stood at 3.6 million accesses (1.5 million in organic terms). Brazil was once again the driver of the Group's growth in this type of access, with Telesp registering 681 thousand net additions, a record-high figure in the Company's history.

The Group's high-class diversification is a key factor behind the strong revenue trends. In 2010, Telefonica Latinoamerica and Telefonica Europe accounted for 68% of consolidated revenues, whereas Telefonica Espana's contribution stood below 31%.

Customer loyalty programmes and the commitment to improve quality kept the rate stable year-on-year at 2.3% in 2010. As a result, the Company registered 19.2 million organic net additions during the year (1.5 times the net additions recorded in 2009), adding 5.7 million new accesses in the fourth quarter (+36.0% compared to the third quarter; +13.1% year-on-year).

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