Smartlocks, NFC and Cyborgs?

On: Feb 22, 2017 Under:

Unconventional NFC use #354 - Implanting Keys in your hand.

A few months ago, I (Jesse Barber) started working at NFC wireless. I've always been passionate about how far we can take technology - NFC being a prime example of one of the tools I use to explore this.

Also passionate about body modification - I recently had a chip installed in my hand so I can seamlessly interact with technology. This chip uses a NXP NTAG216 to talk to NFC readers on phones and locks - 
This is perhaps the most mildly interesting video of a door opening you'll see today!




Hydraulink, NFC Wireless and the Hydratag system

On: Oct 27, 2016 Under:

Hydraulink has been operating as hose and fitting specialists with over 400 service points in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region and operates 24/7. From this standpoint it's easy to see why asset management is such an important element for streamlining operations.


The Hydraulink Hydratag system was developed to optimise the process of breakdown repair and preventative maintenance. 
In the even of a hose breakage, the Hydratag itself provides a point-of-access that allows the clients to scan the hose in question with the Hydraulink application on their phone. This subsequently relays data of the exact hose specifications and its location to the Hydralink team; who can arrive with the correct equipment first time, every time.

Additionally the system is used for preventative maintenance. The system stores analytics about the tagged hoses allowing for the optimisation of refitting and planned maintenance - preventing disaster before it happens. The system can even alert you by email for scheduled hose replacements. 

 

NFC Wireless developed a radical new ABS enclosure for the worlds smallest NFC tag from SMARTRAC N.V, working closely with Hydraulink to decide the best design, features and fitting of the Hydratag system. The Hydratag is designed to withstand 1000's of hours of use on a Hydraulink hydraulic hose and heavy machinery.

Telstra and NFC Wireless

On: Oct 04, 2016 Under:

At NFC Wireless, we're always looking to provide new and exciting NFC applications for professional and personal desires alike. Recently, NFC teamed up with the Telstra Discover Store in Melbourne to streamline how customers review and compare potential purchases. 


By providing customers with a NFC card and having the visual display units (VDUs) tagged with NFC tech - the consumers have an opportunity to create their own digital catalogue whilst browsing in a physical space.

Customers Begin by tapping the NFC cards to the desired products VDU, which generates a digital log, readily accessible online, for a more thorough comparison at their discretion.

Once generated the customers can see a side by side comparison of the potential purchases by reviewing cost and specifications. i.e. a digital, user-generated catalogue.

This new application of NFC provides benefits for both the consumer and the supplier. 
It provides the customer with more control over the purchasing process; primarily allowing for a genuinely uncomplicated and objective comparison of products, without dealing with personal opinions and confirmation bias. 


The new tech also provides Telstra with all the benefits that accompany user-generated content - notably, the absence of a costly and outdated scattergun approach to catalogue marketing.

NFC Wireless is proud to partner with the Telstra Discovery Store and to provide Australians with Unique NFC solutions everyday. 

Smart Door Locks

On: May 13, 2016 Under: Nfc, Nfc australia, Nfc cards, Nfc door locks, Smartphones

Unlock doors using NFC Enabled Smartphones 

  • No more keys
  • No more codes
  • No more swipe cards
  • The NFC Door Lock is your most convenient access control device on the market

How does the NFC Door Lock work?

If you have an NFC enabled smartphone you can use your phone as a keycard to gain access into your front door. Feedback from the market on the NFC Door Lock has been extremely positive.  Having the benefit of using your smartphone as your wallet and key requirements is an elementary step to integrating your life into one simple device.

 Compatible Smartphones

  • Any device with NFC enabled
  • Samsung, Android, HTC, etc

iPhone’s are NFC enabled

Yes, Apple have released the new iPhone 6 and 6+ with NFC capability. However, so far the phone has only been enabled to work with Apple Pay and is locked for third party applications. 

http://www.kas.com.au/products/cat/nfc-door-lock

 

 

 

2/3 of Aussies Prefer Contactless

On: Dec 05, 2015 Under: Contactless payments, Nfc, Nfc cards

By Rian Boden NFC World 2/12/15

Almost two thirds of Australian consumers (64%) prefer contactless payments to cash and 66% prefer using tap and go to entering their PIN for transactions under $100, research from Mastercard reveals. “Shoppers in West Australia have the highest preference for contactless payments in the country (72%), followed by shoppers in New South Wales (67%), Victoria and Tasmania (66%),” the payment network says.

http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/12/02/340267/two-thirds-of-aussies-prefer-contactless-over-cash/

Air New Zealand gives children NFC wristbands to track their journey

On: Dec 04, 2015 Under: Nfc, Nfc wristbands

By Rian Boden NFC World 30 November 2015

“When checking in at the airport, the child travelling will be given a special wristband,” the airline says. “When they reach certain stages of their journey and their Airband is scanned by staff, contacts provided will receive a text message notifying them where the child is on their journey.

“Up to five drop-off and pick-up contacts can be nominated to receive text messages at the following stages — on check-in at the airport to confirm registration; when boarding the plane; when their flight has landed and they are handed over to ground staff [and] when they are picked up by the designated pick-up person.”

Peace of mind

“The airline’s new service applies to all children aged between five and eleven who are travelling alone, but those aged up to sixteen years can choose to opt-in,” Air New Zealand adds. “The service is being offered on a complimentary basis through until 3 February 2016. Bookings made from this date will incur a fee of US$15 per child for each one way domestic journey, or $40 per child for each one way international journey applies.”

“We know that having your child travel on their own can be a nervous time for both children and their guardians,” says Carrie Hurihanganui, Air New Zealand’s general manager of customer experience. “We believe this is the first time this type of technology has been used by an airline anywhere in the world for the purpose of providing caregivers greater peace of mind when their child is travelling alone.

“We have been trialling it across our network over recent months and the feedback from parents and guardians has been very positive with many welcoming the additional reassurance of knowing where in the journey their child is.”

http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/11/30/340200/40200/

Apple pay Goes Live In Australia

On: Dec 05, 2015 Under: Apple pay, Mobile payments, Nfc payments

By Rian Boden NFC World 19/11/15

Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Australia, allowing American Express cardholders to make NFC mobile payments using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch devices.

“Card members with a card issued directly by American Express can add their eligible personal, small business and corporate American Express card and pay at participating stores where contactless American Express payments are currently accepted,” American Express says.

“They will have easy access to the American Express mobile app directly from the Wallet app for on-the-go access to Amex Offers and the ability to use their Membership Rewards points to pay for recent purchases in the American Express mobile app.”

“Card members can also use their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 or iPad Pro to pay within participating merchant apps,” the company adds.

“Card members can go to the Wallet app in iOS 9 to get started. If a card member already has an eligible American Express card on file with iTunes, they only need to type in the card verification code or they can simply choose to add a new American Express card.”

http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/11/19/339853/apple-pay-goes-live-in-australia/

 

 

The Future of NFC is not all about Commerce

On: Mar 15, 2016 Under: Nfc, Nfc tags

Other Uses of NFC 

Cameron Faulkner from Techradar 17 November 2015 

Passive NFC 'tags' are being built into posters and informational kiosks to transmit additional information similar to how scanning a QR code can trigger launching a web address, offering a discount coupon, or a map to download on your smartphone.

Another practical use of NFC is with Bluetooth speakers and headphones. Many devices brandish the NFC logo, which means that by holding your smartphone to the NFC-enabled device, you'll be able to connect via Bluetooth much faster than pairing devices manually.

http://www.techradar.com/au/news/phone-and-communications/what-is-nfc-and-why-is-it-in-your-phone-948410/1

 

 

Swatch to launch NFC smartwatch

On: Feb 13, 2015 Under: Nfc

Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group is to launch a smartwatch that includes NFC and mobile payments capabilities and works with both Android and Windows phones, CEO Nick Hayek has told Bloomberg. “Swatch is in talks with retailers on its payment system, Hayek said, without naming them. The device will enter the market in two to three months.”

http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/02/06/334004/swatch-launch-nfc-smartwatch/

NFC phones available now

On: Feb 12, 2015 Under: Nfc

For a comprehensive list of all the NFC enabled phones around the world, refer to NFC World's NFC Phones - Definitive List

http://www.nfcworld.com/nfc-phones-list/

NFC Use Cases

On: Feb 11, 2015 Under: Nfc, Nfc tags

18 Creative & Useful Ways To Use NFC Tags With Your Smartphone – 2014 Update

1. At home

2. In the car

3. Working out in peace

4. On the bedside table – to fall asleep and wake up

5. Turn on your computer remotely

6. On your set of keys

7. Create a hotspot for your laptop or tablet

8. Save battery on your mobile

9. Turn on/off your lights at home

10. At the office

11. Set timers

12. In your wallet - as a business card

13. Start tasks on your smartphone

14. Give others access to your wifi

15. Lock & unlock doors

16. Control NFC devices with a ring

17. NFC tags in Education

18. NFC tags in Business

By  on February 8, 2014 


NXP's NTAG213 chip soon to replace NTAG203

On: Feb 11, 2015 Under: Nfc, Nfc tags, Ntag213

The new NTAG213 NFC tags come with 144 bytes of user memory with password protection and are compatible with NFC Forum Type 2 tag and ISO/IEC14443 Type A standards. They also offer UID mirroring, enabling every tag to be easily identified as unique without requiring users to encode tags with serial numbers.

NFC Wireless key fobs & blank cards contain the latest NTAG213 chips.

Nestle runs NFC marketing campaign in 480 Woolworth stores across Australia

On: Dec 06, 2015 Under:

By Sarah Clark NFC World 31/07/14

Shelf banners equipped with NFC tags have been placed in Woolworths supermarkets across Australia to promote food giant Nestle's new Oats and Strawberries breakfast cereal.

The campaign went live in 480 stores this week and was delivered by shopper and transit media network Torch Media and mobile marketing specialist Tapit.

http://www.nfcworld.com/2014/07/31/330737/nestle-runs-nfc-marketing-campaign-480-woolworth-stores-across-australia/

Advertising Agency WHYBIN/TBWA

On: Mar 20, 2014 Under: Advertising, Nfc, Nfc wireless, Nrma

Used our NFC stickers in their latest Sydney showroom exhibition for NRMA

 

 

 

 

Do you accept Bitcoin? We do!

On: Dec 04, 2013 Under: Nfc, Nfc tags, Qr codes

As a tech business we pride ourselves in being at the uphill side of the curve. We are always on the hunt for new ways to improve our services and we have watched with interest in a new technology called Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a decentralised digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network.

Head on over to our mates at www.coinjar.com based in Melbourne Australia or check out Bitpay.com in the USA to get yourself set up! 

If you think you have seen it all ... check out the NFC Ring on Kickstarter

On: Jul 26, 2013 Under: Android, Awards, Growth rate, Innovation, Nfc, Nfc research, Solutions

Found this fun project on Kickstarter, shows the interest in NFC with meeting its fund raising goal in 3 days. John McLear was looking for 30,000GBP and is at nearly 90,000GBP at the time of writing! 

From their site we saw "The NFC Ring can be used to unlock doors, mobile phones and to transfer information and link people." AND it is open source. Of course you can do all the above with any NFC tag bought right here, but it is good fun to see how these clever folks are putting into an every day use. 

Keep in touch with the project, you might even want to support it. Good luck NFC Ring! Go you good thing. 

NFC the key selling point in Sony's new camera

On: Jul 04, 2013 Under: Android, Innovaitons, Nfc australia, Nfc camera, Nfc marketing, Nfc research, Nfc tags, Retail, Solutions

The key selling point behind the RX100 II is the camera’s Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, as Sony Australia marketing manager for Digital Imaging Ervin Quek explained.

“Sony’s strategy behind NFC is to simplify the connection of its RX100 II with One-touch to smartphones and tablet to upload images straightaway to their favourite social networking site.” 

“Usually connecting devices can lead to frustration and confusion. One-touch products eliminate this frustration. Simply touch two NFC products together and within moments, they're connected.”

 

Gotta love the NFC devices coming out ... fingers crossed for Sony's NFC Smart Watches

On: Jun 24, 2013 Under: Android, Innovaitons, Nfc, Nfc australia, Nfc research, Smartphones, Solutions

'Sony Xperia’s Twitter account has published two teaser images along with the hashtag #MAE13, which is the official hashtag for the Mobile Asia Expo taking place in Shanghai next week.

The first message says “1 in 3 smartphone users want smart wrist wear” while the second message simply says “tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock” along with an image of the Sony Smartwatch.'

Rumored to have NFC on board, how would you use an NFC Smart Watch?

From Ubergizmo, great blog for latest tech; check out the full article here.

 

Wondering which devices have NFC? Ensure your hardware and tags play well together

On: Jun 18, 2013 Under: Nfc, Nfc australia, Nfc marketing, Nfc tags, Smartphones, Solutions, Stickers, Tags

This has to be one of the first three questions we get asked all day every day. Simple answer in Australia is 9 out of the top 10 phones sold in Australia today have NFC on board. Obviously all except the iPhone.

If you want a more detailed answer the most current list we have found is this one here from NFCworld.com: List of NFC enabled phones.

And another more readily scanned list is the one on Wikipedia, not as current, but easier to scan quickly to see if your handset: Check it out here.

Happy hunting for the right handset for your project, and be sure to confirm which versions of the NFC Forum Tag Types are best to work with. Not all of them play with all hardware.

If in doubt, don't be shy and ask!

Shipments of NFC enabled phones grows 300% in 2012

On: Jun 18, 2013 Under: Android, Nfc, Nfc australia, Nfc marketing, Smartphones

Berg Insight predicts this will continue to grow at nearly 50% per annum to reach 1 billion units by 2017.

Global sales of handsets featuring NFC, the technology required to make contact-less payments, grew 300 per cent in 2012 to reach 140 million units, market research firm Berg Insight has found.

Wider adoption of NFC in mobile phones began in 2011 and accelerated in 2012 when the top-ten handset vendors released nearly 100 NFC-enabled models.

We hope your plans to use NFC in your business are coming together and to read the full article you can find it here.

ACMA just published some NFC Research; a must read for your NFC business case

On: Jun 06, 2013 Under: Nfc, Nfc australia, Nfc payments, Nfc research, Nfc tags, Solutions

If you haven't seen this report it is will worth a read. It gives a great summary on NFC technology, perfect to broaden your understanding, get some ideas and build your business case for use within your own business.

The report gives a range of uses of NFC including "loyalty cards stored on mobile phones, electronic locks, accessing advertising and marketing information and sharing social information by holding or ‘bumping’ two phones together." It also adds that payments are 5 to 10 years, something we concur with, hence our focus with our clients on what to do with 20% of users at end of 2013 with an NFC-enabled phone. The opportunities to delight customers and improve processes are endless.

Getting your customers to tap your tags matters

On: Jun 05, 2013 Under: Nfc advertising, Nfc marketing, Retail, Smartphones, Solutions

Steve Smith has written a great thought piece in Mediapost on the importance of understanding where your target customers' head is at when being asked to "tap here".

He draws a creative connection to Alice in Wonderland being asked to "drink this", quite rightly Alice paused for thought...perhaps your potential customers are too.

Incoming disruption: Near Field Communication (NFC) - Electronics News

On: May 31, 2013 Under: About us, Growth rate, Nfc, Solutions, Sponsorship

NFC Wireless is a proud NSW based business and as we are catering to early adopters and developers of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology we get written up all the time by different media at conferences and trade shows.

Recently Isaac Leung from Electronics News had a sit down with Patrick Crooks, our Strategy and Consulting Manager. Read on to see why we believe 2013 will be the year of change.

Buying quality NFC tags could not be easier!

On: May 27, 2013 Under: About us, Nfc, Tags

NFC Wireless are NFC pioneers, having opened Australia's first online NFC store in early 2012. Supplying quality NFC tags is paramount at NFC Wireless. We are proud partners of Smartrac Technology - world leaders in NFC technology.

Keen to dig deeper into smartphone wallets?

On: May 14, 2013 Under:

Sometimes it is hard to find a good collection of wallet apps when you are looking for one. We recently found one the SMH pulled together here on smartphone wallets and thought we would share it.

NFC payments to get a boost in Australia

On: May 14, 2013 Under: Android, Nfc, Nfc payments, Retail, Smartphones, Solutions

EFTPOS Australia is partnering with C-SAM to to set up trials with 10 Aussie retailers to offer payments via NFC-enabled mobile phones soon. C-SAM will offer a white labelled product and wallet to allow broad adoption over the EFTPOS network in Australia within 3 years. Could be a game changer and yet another sign that handset adoption is behind us and time to get solutions ready to go.

NFC-enabled smartphones set to double in 2013

On: May 08, 2013 Under: Growth rate, Nfc, Smartphones

According to Strategy Analytics' blog most new LTE (long term evolution) 4G handsets will have NFC installed in 2013. The technology is now supported as a default inclusion in top end Samsung, Blackberry, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, HTC to name a few.

9 out of 10 top selling handsets in Australia now include NFC, and given sales growth rates of Android devices, the projected doubling of NFC-enabled devices in this report would seem assured.

Retailers - no need to wait for NFC payments to use NFC today

On: May 06, 2013 Under: Android, Nfc, Retail, Solutions

Brick and mortar retailers are not waiting for mobile payments and are leveraging mobile solutions already in the market, such as mobile advertising, couponing, loyalty cards and alternative payments, to drive footfall in stores, and convert that footfall into revenues. We can help you use NFC today to achieve all of the above. Get in touch now with our sales team to find out how we can help you: sales@nfcwireless.com.au

Tap to Print becomes a reality with Samsung Galaxy S4

On: May 02, 2013 Under: Android, Nfc, Printing, Solutions

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has introduced three separate mobile printing solutions that will make it possible to print from mobile devices with only a few simple taps. Available on the GALAXY S4, these mobile printing solutions consist of a mobile printing app for both smartphones and tablets, a built-in “Print” command in the mobile operating system, as well as the integration of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in several new Samsung printers.

NFC wireless wins global NFC design competition for making NFC easy for all

On: Feb 04, 2013 Under: About us, Awards, Nfc, Solutions, Tagster.it

SMARTRAC N.V., the leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of RFID transponders and inlays, today announced Albury-based NFCWireless.com.au as the winner of its global NFCtags.com partner competition.

NFCWireless.com.au has been awarded first place in a global NFC product design competition due to the ease of use of its Tagster Hotdots and Tagster.it app, which allows anyone with an NFC phone to customize NFC tags to perform complex tasks regardless of design or technology skills. It thereby embodies the vision of NFC.

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