Monday, 28 November 2011

Telefonica and RIM Announce NFC Payments with Blackberry Smartphones

Telefonica Digital and Research In Motion (RIM) announce a pilot program of the Telefonica wallet for BlackBerry smartphones.

In collaboration with local banks and retailers Telefonica will roll out the Telefonica Wallet for BlackBerry to 350 employees at its headquarters in Distrito Telefonica, Spain. Those taking part in the trial will be able to pay in a simple, easy, safe and convenient way by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones against a reader. Employees that are part of the NFC pilot project will also be able use their BlackBerry smartphone (in lieu of a security card) to gain physical access to the Telefonica headquarters office.

The Telefonica Wallet for BlackBerry makes use of SIM-based NFC capabilities, offering a simple interface for managing cards. The application replicates a physical wallet, showing the different cards available to the user. Once the user has selected a card, they are offered a range of options including making transactions, getting account balances and receiving confirmations from the bank.

According to Julio Linares, COO from Telefonica, S.A, 'We have chosen the BlackBerry solution for this pilot because of the security that the platform brings.' He continued: 'RIM's participation has been important for this pilot project, and we are now planning to extend the project to more and more Telefonica employees around the world'.

Three Quarters of European Businesses Might Not Recover from a Disaster

EMC Corporation (EMC) announce the results of the EMC-sponsored European Disaster Recovery Survey 2011 which found that 74% of European companies are not very confident that they can fully recover systems or data and that more than half of all organisations (54%) lost data or suffered systems downtime in the last 12 months.

Commissioned by EMC and researched by independent research company Vanson Bourne, the report looks at the state of backup and disaster recovery in Europe to understand how well companies are poised in case of data loss and systems downtime.

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ST-Ericsson Appoints Didier Lamouche as President and CEO

ST-Ericsson, a joint-venture of STMicroelectronics and Ericsson today announced the appointment of Didier Lamouche as president and chief executive officer of the Company effective December 1, 2011. Lamouche, chief operating officer of STMicroelectronics, has served on the board of ST-Ericsson since April 2011 and brings more than twenty-five years of IT and semiconductor industry experience to the role.

Lamouche replaces Gilles Delfassy after the transformation of the company's portfolio roadmap. "I am very pleased with this appointment," said Hans Vestberg, Chairman of ST-Ericsson, on behalf of the whole board of directors. "Didier Lamouche's background and extensive industry experience will bring important additions to ST-Ericsson during this crucial phase in the company's evolution. On behalf of ST-Ericsson's board, I thank Gilles for his strong contribution to ST-Ericsson.

Bred, Vialink and Morpho bring Digital Services to the Masses

Bred Banque Populaire, through its subsidiary Vialink, a digital service provider, has chosen Morpho (Safran group) to equip its corporate and private customers with cryptographic devices to secure the use of Ipab digital services.

Electronic signatures have proven their worth in the B-to-B market, particularly when it comes to the secure management of cash flows between companies and banks over the Internet. With the development of new processes, it is now possible to offer this technology to private individuals. The new range of Morpho ypsID cryptographic keys can be used for authentication and signing with a digital certificate, without having to install software on users' PCs and Macs.

Ipab provides account holders with an online space which receives & stores documents sent by its partners and acts as the key to facilitate strong authentication and electronic signatures. This also means that the entire process is paper-free.

As Vialink's first Ipab partner, Bred will equip its customers with Morpho cryptographic USB keys to further secure sensitive banking transactions on its website, and payment transactions made by Bred-3DSecure bank card holders, to provide electronic bank statements, checks, and contracts, and to offer new services supporting online signatures via fixed and mobile devices.

Charlie Walton a Pioneer of RFID Passes Away at 89

Born in 1921 Charlie Walton was best known as the first to receive patents for RFID technology.

Walton grew up in Maryland and New York State, after graduating from Cornell University in 1943 with a degree in Electrical engineering, he went on to earn a Masters degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.

After leaving IBM in 1970 Walton started his own successful company, Proximity Devices based in Sunnyvale, California.

A memorial service will be held on 18th December at the Los Gatos Unitarian Fellowship.

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