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Virtual Wallet News/ Updates

Telecom has just signed up to push for mobile payments. Some of our biggest networks Vodafone, telecom and 2Degrees are working on this project in collaboration. They are working towards buying goods over the counter with smart phone devices as well as to pay for public transport. All those RFID scanners installed on our public transport systems for smart cards (Hop) will also work in conjunction with smart phones. The company’s involved are working on loyalty programs as a scheme to get people to make the transition and to stick with the program.

This is more evidence that NFC  and smart phone use is soon going to soon become a reality. Mobile wallet services were launched in North America and the United Kingdom this year and have been operational in Japan since 2004 and South Korea since 2007. Vodafone have been testing in cafes since November 2011. More smart phones with NFC technology are expected to be arriving soon. New Samsung mobiles already have NFC, the Iphone does not. The new Iphone is expected to include NFC. Because of this as well as the testing that is still underway we are said to not see mobile wallets go commercial until early next year.

Readings:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/public-transport/news/article.cfm?c_id=536&objectid=10796849

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/public-transport/news/article.cfm?c_id=536&objectid=10796151

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Hop Cards Make Life Hard For Tertiary Students

Auckland’s new public transport system “Hop” has been reviewed as not user friendly for tertiary students. A student ID is not enough validation to renew a Hop card. Signed and scanned documents from approved members have to also be included. Ten working days must be allowed for the concession to be renewed and only cash is accepted. This process measure was put into place for security measures. Is it really the best way to go about it in terms of usability? Probably not.  Linking up with the universities would be a better solution if they are worried about security. In Sydney all that is needed is a student ID card. I think this systems are great, as I outlined in my prior post on this.

Article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/public-transport/news/article.cfm?c_id=536&objectid=10799849

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New Zealand’s Public Transport Smart Card Upgrade

Our public transport system is finally catching up with the rest of the world. A major overhaul of our buses, trains and ferries and being put into place. This overhaul is the introduction of smart card technology. This new smart card is known as a hop card.

I have used this smart card technology before on a trip to the Gold coast. The Gold coast’s smart card is called a go card. I found the go card to be successful. It saves time when entering the mode of transport, there is no fumbling around of loose change to give to the bus driver or Ticketmaster.  People without a go card actually became an annoyance because they would hold up others at a peak time. Both the hop card and the go card offer discounts to the user which is appealing to a regular  public transport user.

How does it work? There is a tag in the card itself and then there is a recover on the transport vehicle. It is near field communication. You must swipe your card within a close range (about an inch) of the receiver. You swipe the card when you enter the chosen mode of transport and then you swipe the card again when you exit. Thus calculating the total cost of your fair. It cuts out communication with the driver/ticket master who works out a total cost of your fair before your journey.  To buy a hop card cost’s ten dollars, then after that you can keep topping up funds through selected locations and retailers.

for more info:

Hop Card – http://www.myhop.co.nz/Pages/default.aspx
Go Card – http://translink.com.au/

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A Future Without Wallets

Hey Team,

Did anyone else watch 3 news tonight?
A interesting segment came on about Near Field technology. I have already foreseen some of the future possibilities of NFC  because of my own research into the available technologies. In case you don’t know ill keep you up to speed.. Hopefully..

First I will cover abit of background on Near field Communication. NFC has been around for many years, it was patented first in 1983 and then it was founded in 2004. NFC has only just recently kicked off with the use smart phones. Devices are still limited, but they are ever growing.

Back onto the subject. Excitingly there are reports that NFC will be seen in use for purposes such as shopping, towards the end of this year/ early next year. That’s not the exciting part, what it means for us is that this technology will be readily available soon to be used as a part in our project. NFC is what I would describe as cutting edge.

“Paymark chief executive Simon Tong says the joint venture between the four companies will help set up the system which can then be built upon.”

“It’s the first time this particular mix of organisations has come together to provide a centralised TSM which will offer world-class, yet low-cost infrastructure,” he says.”

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Have-phone-can-pay-for-shopping/tabid/412/articleID/249001/Default.aspx#ixzz1qs0Ym3HK

Beyond the project I see these smart phone capable devices evolving into the “all in one device” that replaces many other things. First on the chopping block is our wallets, containing our credit cards. Our mobile phones will replace our credit cards. There are endless possibilities on the horizon, such as our mobile phones replacing our car keys right down to replacing our television remote. There will aslo be no need for hand out receipts due to digital receipts, which is a plus for environment and our draining paper pulp resources. Obviously the change to NFC will not be sudden due to current capabilities and ownership of devices, however it is a growing market.

To some, the possibilities may bring on future shock. The first real concern that people have is security.  From what the articles I have read say, is that to use your smart phone as payment option is just as safe as a credit card. Currently pay mark, Vodafone New Zealand, 2degrees and Telecom New Zealand  have already signed up. “Vodafone expects to go to the market with the technology in 2013 when NFC-enabled devices become more common. ”

There is testing currently underway.. “The trial involves 44 staff members from both companies and runs until the end of February. Also taking part are Visa and Paymark. Participating retailers are cafes located inside Vodafone’s headquarters in Auckland and BNZ’s headquarters in Wellington, hence the codename, ‘Project Espresso’.” The device that is being used is a SII handset.

Read More:http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/vodafone-and-bnz-trial-near-field-communications

To some up obviously we are doing something different with the technology that is innovative in our own way, but it is still relevant to see how this technology is evolving around us with different outcomes. We can learn from what is already being put into place. If we play it smart we can open up our audience to exciting new possibilities. NFC technology is cost effective, cutting edge and user friendly so whats not to like. We just need to employ the technolgy strategically. I still like the idea of combining NFC with QR  because it caters to people that are not up to date with NFC at present and it is easy to set up as well as having the lowest cost.

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NFC Vs. QR Codes

Both means have clear advantages and disadvantages. However. New thought. Why not use both??

There are a few marketing campaigns out there that are trailing the use of both. It will be interesting to see the results of which method gets used the most.

Having both methods available caters to a wider audience, since NFC capable devices are limited at this point in time.

Here is an example of a tag with NFC and a QR code built in. It is also a good comparison of the usabilty of each technologies so take a look at this:

http://2d-code.co.uk/qr-code-nfc-tag-comparison/

Here is a poster trail of both the technologies. Hopefully they post the results!

http://2d-code.co.uk/nfc-qr-code-combined-posters/#comments

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Museum of London NFC Technology

The Museum of London currently introduced the use of some NFC technology. The NFC technology is used in certain exhibitions as a way to engage and interact with is visitors. The NFC-based interactive service was provided by Nokia’s NFC Hub. They have used and installed NFC RFID tags for the recivers.This app is a free app, that connects the sights and sounds of the exhibit, to the user.

The app also offers other things such as promotions like discount vouchers, which promotes the advantage of using technology. It is worth checking out the video:

http://interactivemultimediatechnology.blogspot.co.nz/2011/12/near-field-communication-nfc-for.html

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Rosetta Stone

QR Codes and near field communication microchips are used to store information about an object. The storage capacities are said to be over 10,000 words and one photo for the microchip and 1000 word and one photo for the QR code. With these kinds of technologies no batteries are needed for the receivers, they are powered by the device.

The NFC tags are on a granite surface and the QR codes are on an aluminium surface. The company puts a clear sealer on over the tags to protect and extend there life. The heavy duty design will allow it last for 100’s of years. Obviously we do not need to go as far as that for our project it would be unnecessary and a waste of money. We would only need lightweight tags for indoors and some protection would be needed to make the tags durable outside.

The last thing to mention is that QR codes need additional software, so this may have some impacts in terms of usability for some users. I guess on the other hand would people really seek this technology in this instance if they had no clue about it? More likely not, I am assuming.

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Near Field Communication: 6 Ways It Could Change Our Daily Lives

As you will all remember Cris was talking about NFC on Monday. Even though this technology is 5 years old in terms of public release, it is  yet to extend itself beyond the early adopters user groups. There are many rumors about it being bundled into the iPhone 5 (the same was rumored for the 4S, so set aside a grain of salt).

Here’s the link

Near Field Communication: 6 Ways It Could Change Our Daily Lives.

But what are the alternatives. What can be done with smart phone magnetometers? Is Wifi triangulation enough. What can be done with a Wifi address?

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