Monday, 04 July 2011

Giesecke & Devrient Supplies Turnkey NFC Solution for Norwegian Mobile Contactless Payment Project

Leading Norwegian financial services provider DnB NOR and the world's 6th largest mobile operator Telenor have launched a trial in Oslo of a new mobile payment solution - Tap2Pay. The new project is based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and utilises infrastructure provided by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D).

Other companies involved in the project include MasterCard, provider of the MOTAPS system, PayPass payment product and Nets, one of Northern Europe's biggest providers of payment solutions. The Oslo trial aims at collecting feedback from consumers and store owners about making contactless payments using mobile phones.

During the trial, 250 consumers have been provided with Samsung S5230 mobile phones equipped with NFC short-range wireless technology and a G&D's ProxSIMTaurus SIM card. The Oslo district Majorstua. Kaffebrenneriet coffee bars, outlets of the Vita cosmetics chain and Deli de Luca Group restaurants have all been equipped with the new payment terminals.

In the Tap2Pay project, customers simply hold their mobile phones against the payment terminal and the amount is immediately debited to their MasterCard. The payment application, personalisation of card credentials, and updates are loaded onto the SIM cards over the air (OTA) via the mobile network. For this pilot trial, G&D is installing the MasterCard PayPass payment application on the NFC-compatible SIM cards using its secure Trusted Service Manager (TSM) service.

G&D's TSM is connected with MasterCard Mobile Over-The-Air Provisioning Service (MOTAPS) and is the world's first deployment of the system supporting contactless EMV payment on the NFC SIM and mobile phone.

Vodacom Cuts Off A Million Users

Vodacom, which is South Africa's biggest wireless phones operator, has cut off about a million users last Friday for failing to register their SIM cards under the new Regulation of Interception of Communication Act, introduced within the country. The new Regulation Act has made it mandatory for the mobile phone SIM cards to be registered by 2200GMT to avoid being cut off from the network.

Vodacom, (a unit of the UK's Vodafone) has confirmed that a million subscribers were disconnected from its network, although spokesman Richard Boorman said, "the impact on revenue would be minimal".

Vodacom's rival MTN Group said: "MTN is not in a position to disclose the figures of . . . subscribers who have been cut off because MTN is in a closed period". MTN has about 19 million subscribers in SA, while Vodacom boasts about 26 million users in the country.

Nokia to Shutdown its Japan Business: A Report

According to the Nikkei report, the Finnish mobile phone handset maker Nokia will finally exit the Japanese cellphone market at the end of August, 2011. The report states, Nokia had stopped supplying all kinds of mobile phones to Japanese carriers in 2008.

The company will shut down its high-end Vertu handset stores in Tokyo's Shibuya and Ginza districts by the end of July. The Vertu business has been struggling as the since the rise of smartphone market in Japan, the business daily reported.

Nokia's cell phone service, run on network infrastructure leased from NTT DoCoMo Inc., will also be discontinued when its contract expires at the end of August. However, Nokia's Tokyo office will remain open till the end of this year to handle fee refunds and sort out such other matters, according to the Nikkei report.

Facebook to Earn $1Billion from Social Gaming

Popular social networking site, Facebook Inc, is said to generate $1 billion in revenue this year from social gaming. According to Kevin Ryan, a leading internet entrepreneur and former chief executive of online advertising giant DoubleClick, the networking site's major revenue will come from advertising, and from Facebook Credits, which allow users to buy virtual items for games and other activities on the social network.

Facebook has more than 500 million active users who are contributing to the company's online marketing earnings. Research firm eMarketer estimated in January this year that ad spending on Facebook would exceed $4 billion this year. That is more than double the figures of 2010.

Health Service Must Get It Right On Data Security, Says ICO

According to the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the health service needs to do more to keep patients' personal information secure. The warning comes in the eve of the ICO finding 5 more health organisations in breach of the Data Protection Act.

Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said: "The health service holds some of the most sensitive personal information of any sector in the UK. Millions of records are constantly being accessed and we appreciate that there will be occasions where human error occurs. But recent incidents such as the loss of laptops at NHS North Central London - which we are currently investigating - suggest that the security of data remains a systemic problem".

ICO stressed that the UK heath sectors should share health-related information with the patients. The health sector needs to bring about a culture change so that staff gives more consideration to how they store and disclose data and properly encrypt it. The 5 undertakings the ICO has issued to health bodies all relate to incidents where they failed to take appropriate step

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