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DEC
11

Cereal boxes with NFC tags

Cereal boxes with NFC tags
No one can have missed the latest Super Mario game sweeping the world off its feet, Super Mario Odyssey. It's a platform adventure game where Mario yet again has to save Princess Peach from Bowser, with help from his hat Cappy. To bring more fun to kids in the US, Nintendo has now teamed up with Kellogg's. Pairing up the enjoyment of gaming with th...
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NOV
10

Microchips to unlock doors

Microchips to unlock doors
Would you be willing to insert a tiny chip into your hand in order to be able to unlock your front door hassle-free? I will admit, when I first read this article by The Guardian I was skeptical, but after giving it some thought it sounds very appealing. Kayla Heffernan, technology expert, is doing a PhD on the applications of insertable technology ...
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NOV
09

Gemalto Launches First of its Kind On-Demand Security Platform to Protect Data Anytime, Anywhere

Gemalto sent out an interesting press release earlier this week."SafeNet Data Protection On Demand is a data security-as-a-service solution for enterprises and managed service providers to protect data anywhere.Amsterdam, November 6 2017- Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced the launch of SafeNet Data Protection On Demand,...
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SEP
04

Smart parking

Smart parking
Finding parking can be quite the feat sometimes, right? Driving around in circles looking for just one available spot. Mobile network operator Deutsche Telekom has found a solution.Deutsche Telekom's new Park and Joy app will notify drivers in the German city Bonn of available parking spaces and give the driver the opportunity to pay for their park...
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MAY
09

Contactless car for fundraising

Contactless car for fundraising
Charities have numerous ways of collecting donations; through websites, events, people out and about etc. Two years ago I wrote about a UK charity using cardboard cut-outs of famous people in combination with contactless payment to collect donations for vulnerable people in the UK and across Africa. Well, the UK is keeping up the clever fundraising...
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MAR
06

Pizza ordering shoes!

Pizza ordering shoes!
Pizza Hut keeps pushing the limit for pizza ordering options. A few years ago they released an app which allows customers to place orders and have their food delivered. Last year, 2016, they introduced a "pizza ordering tattoo" with NFC and QR code technology. The tattoo is pre-programmed with your favourite pizza and knows your location, and by ta...
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FEB
23

New App for Android

New App for Android
Smartjac App for AndroidWe've developed a first version of an Telecom app that has a SIM card configurator, some telecom tools and mobile access to our webstore.You can test it and download it here for your Android phone. FRONT ENDThe application is very simple and straightforward with the choice of 3 ...
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FEB
08

More smart benches

More smart benches to the people! My last post had a section about smart park benches in New York City which allowed visitors to charge their devices. The same technology is now being implemented in London. Solar powered benches have been installed in Islington and Lewisham and let visitors charge their devices and surf using WiFi. So far ten bench...
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JAN
12

A smarter New York City

A smarter New York City
New York City has taken innovating steps towards making the city smarter. The first step was appointing the very first Chief Technology Officer, Minerva Tantoco, in 2014. Thereafter they implemented four smart solutions, free WiFi, smart park benches, smart bus technology, and gunshot identifying technology. This article brings up these innovations...
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AUG
26

NFC Ring now worldwide

NFC Ring now worldwide
A few months ago I posted a blog about an NFC Ring which was supplied by Visa to athletes participating in this year's Olympics in Rio. The ring was linked to their Visa account and they were able to make payments with just a tap to the terminal. Now the ring has been made available to the rest of the world. The ring contains a chip from Infineon a...
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AUG
03

Internet of Medical Things

Internet of Medical Things
We are continuing on last week's theme of innovative Internet of Things technologies. This week we are covering medical innovations. 1. Tricella PillboxWhen taking medication it is important to take the correct dose, no more, no less. This can however be a, somewhat, difficult feat for the elderly or forgetful. That is where the Tricella Pillbox co...
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JUL
28

Smart home appliances

Smart home appliances
Internet of Things, IoT, has quickly been creeping into people's homes. You've got everything from smartphone apps controlling your appliances to a fork telling you to slow down your eating. Gemalto wrote a nifty article I found interesting. Here are the innovations they cover:1. HomeChatLG has got a line of smart appliances called SmartThinq ...
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JUN
07

NFC ring for Olympic athletes

The summer Olympics are getting closer and Visa, the exclusive payment provider of the event, are making payments easier for Team Visa athletes. The athletes will be given an NFC ring, which allows them to make purchases by tapping the ring to the terminal. Business Wire writes: "Key features of the ring make this a unique payment experience. The r...
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MAY
31

Pavlok's wearable device to break habits

Pavlok's wearable device to break habits
Are you a person who easily overspends when you are out shopping? Or perhaps you're a nail biter? Maybe you are always late? Then this might be something for you. Pavlok, a wearable device, originated when Maneesh Sethi noticed how his productivity went down, so he hired someone to slap him in the face every time he went on Facebook. He went on to ...
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MAY
20

Bluesmart, the smart carry-on suitcase

Marketed as the the world's first smart suitcase Bluesmart has developed a carry-on suitcase with a whole lot of nifty features. It started as an Indigogo project that quickly gained attention which has led it to now being sold online and in stores. Bluesmart, a company that develops Internet-connected travel products, wanted to re-design the suitc...
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MAY
10

5G and the necessity to evolve TCP/IP

5G and the necessity to evolve TCP/IP
The TCP/IP protocol suite has definitely enabled the evolution of connected computing and many other developments since its invention during the 1970's. Thanks to the development and very widespread and well-known nature of this protocol stack, we have managed to build an Internet on which we are dependent as a communications tool, an ...
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APR
27

Smart racing suit

Smart racing suit

A race suit with an NFC chip which will tell you if it fulfills the current Fédération Internationale de I’Automobile regulations. Sounds pretty cool. That’s what Adidas has developed with Fyshe, a motorsport driver equipment specialist. The Climacool Smart Suits are equipped with NXP’s NFC chip.

Fyshe says “The Smart Suits can be read and authenticated by swiping an NFC-enabled smartphone using a free downloadable app”. In the future they have plans to be able to read the driver’s key medical data, in case of an emergency, from the suit. Fyshe also adds “With threats of driver disqualifications at major races due to non-authentic or non-compliant suits being presented at scrutineering, the Smart Suit can help eradicate this risk and ensure driver safety”

It is definitely an interesting concept. I don’t know much about motorsport, but I imagine it’s a fast and efficient way of making sure your equipment it authentic, and it leaves you curious what they will come up with in the future.

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NOV
09

Mobile ticketing globally with Gemalto's next gen NFC

A “true universal approach to the transport market” is how Gemalto describes the next generation of their UpTeq NFC SIM card. This is because it has an embedded MIFARE4Mobile v2 application which supports multiple transport applications from different city networks. Simply put it means you can use your phone for mobile ticketing globally wherever MIFARE Classic® and DESFire® is used.

Gemalto’s press release states: “It is compatible with existing infrastructures and makes the need to carry several tickets or travel cards become a thing of the past. Simultaneously transportation providers can enjoy efficient deployment of enhanced digital ticketing solutions and savings on operation costs via a fully standardized mobile approach.”

Convenient.

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SEP
08

Lyle & Scott's bPay contactless jacket

One of the hottest things right now is contactless payments. Wherever you look there are new variations of the technology popping up. One of these variations is wearables.

Last year in June Barclaycard released their bPay contactless band which allows the user to make contactless payments up to £20. They have now teamed up with Lyle & Scott, a Scottish knitwear brand, to launch a jacket fully equipped with the technology in the right-hand sleeve. A chip has been inserted and will let the wearer make payments up to £30.

Jonathan Briggs, innovation project manager at Lyle & Scott, says “We are proud to partner with bPay to launch the world’s first contactless payment jacket.”

Mike Saunders, managing director of digital consumer payments at Barclaycard adds “This collaboration with Lyle & Scott shows the potential of wearable payments and how they can be customised to fit more conveniently and easily into consumers’ everyday lives.”

The jacket is available both online and in their Carnaby Street store in London at £150.

What do you think? Would you like the option to make contactless payments using nothing but your jacket?

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AUG
20

Biometric wristband payments in Canada

Last year in November Royal Bank of Canada pilot tested Nymi, a wristband that authenticates the wearer using their cardiac rhythm, equipped with an NFC chip for contactless payments. Neat, huh? It sounds super convenient, especially since you are authenticated as long as you keep it on and, to quote Jeremy Bornstein (head of payments innovation at RBC): “[the customer] can leave their phone at home while they go for a run or run an errand and conveniently and securely buy a coffee or groceries with a tap of the wrist”.

TD Bank has now jumped on the Nymi train and is piloting the technology in Toronto, Canada with more than 100 customers.

Chuck Hounsell, senior vice president of payments at TD Bank, says “Over the past several years, TD has improved the customer experience by introducing a host of innovative digital enhancements allowing us to better address customer needs.”

More Canadian banks are scheduled to pilot the technology as well later this year.

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