I understand that the Oyster cards system used on London public transport systems uses NFC....It has its own infrastructure in small shops where you buy travel credit and then you 'spend' the credit when you go on the bus or underground railway.
Once these get established the next step is to combine your card with your mobile phone. The only question then is how much integration consumers will want between various micropayments and their phone service provider.
Rick is right about the Hongkong public transit, and it was true in 2007 the last time I was there. And so far the public loves it.
The mass transit system in Hongkong has been quick to incorporate support for contactless payment. It saves time for management as well as the customer. In areas where a lot of people have to be moved quickly, its great!
Unless the infrastructure keeps up with this type of innovation, it won't take off anywhere.
I agree privacy is a big issue. I personally do not want all my movements track-able. Nor all my payments for goods and services. But even if pay by credit card at a counter, there is still a record...so...where is the privacy anyway? If you want privacy, stick with cash, and stay away from security cameras. And this is getting harder to do as time goes by.
Yes, NFC is a big thing at my employer Broadcom. Mandated by our customers or our customers' customers. Rick, Merritt, I understand there are lots of NFC cards and readers in Europe. NXP is the 800 pound gorilla there, but can they integrate NFC with Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, etc.? Probably not. BTW, there's some pretty interesting engineering underlying NFC because since the communicating parties are so close together, the impedances vary all over the map. Rather challenging to deal with. If not for the necessity of travel to customers in distant countries, I would have taken a job doing systems engineering for NFC a year ago. May get a chance to work with it yet, hopefully.
I know contactless payment was happening in Hongkong public transit in a big way when I was there more than a year ago--but where else is it taking off?
The US has been stuck on mag stripes for years. I don't see anything that says retailers will swap in contactless cards to save the effort of a mag swipe anytime soon. So who will pay for this infrastructure upgrade and why?
As with the recent buy of 3Par by HP, it appears that, once again, the patent system has worked well for a small company. Up until Broadcom acquisition, Innovision's whole business model was about licensing IP. If one looks at the prior article about this deal, dated June 18 (referenced in the 1st paragraph of the above article), Innovision shareholders are now receiving, from Broadcom, an 84% premium on their stock.
Looks like a clean buy and also definitely a great deal for Broadcom. Not just the company and Resources they also get the customers who are going to pay life long royalty for Innvision's NFC technology. Broadcom can successfully integrate NFC into their wireless mixed signal controllers along with bluetooth, gps and wifi. I think there is already many leading mobile makers like nokia and samsung have already supplied handsets integrated with NFC feature. Also like to know where does NXP stand?