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Wirecard NFC wallet gets BLE

German payments technology provider Wirecard has added support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to its mobile wallet platform. “With BLE, the Wirecard Mobile Wallet communicates directly with the point-of-sale system,” the company says. “This then enables it to also offer a wide range of services that add value for customers in the fields of loyalty, vouchers and personalised offers.”



Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2014/01/17/327547/wirecard-nfc-wallet-gets-ble/

Urevu unveils wearable BLE beacons for customer reviews

Shop owners and service providers could in future get real-time feedback on the service delivered by individual members of their staff, and thus improve the experience delivered to customers, thanks to a new mobile app from New York-based startupuRevu.

The employee rating app works in conjunction with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon worn by staff members so that customers who have the app can score individual shop staff from one to five stars instantly.

The beacons are being supplied by Gimbal and are designed to stick to the employee’s name tag. Opted-in customers with the app downloaded on their device will be prompted when entering into a uRevu-enabled location to participate.

“The idea is to improve customer service,” Brock Wylan, co-founder of uRevu, explained to NFC World+. “You can choose to opt in. If you do, you immediately see the photo of the person that’s serving you right on your screen; you just click from one to five stars, you have the option to leave additional comments and, when you submit the review, that review goes directly to the corporation.”

“Implementation is very simple and very easy,” Wylan added. “We are in a beta stage. We have our first test client, which is a limousine company in New York City, but we are speaking with several health clubs [and] a major car rental chain.”


Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/02/02/333804/urevu-unveils-wearable-ble-beacons- customer-reviews/

Bluetooth to get longer range, higher speeds and mesh networking in 2016

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced planned updates to the Bluetooth specification, bringing longer range, higher speeds and mesh networking to the technology. The enhancements are scheduled for 2016 and are “focused squarely on increasing its Internet of Things (IoT) functionality,” the organisation says.

“Announced updates will provide a variety of benefits for the growing number of IoT applications. For example, the range of Bluetooth Smart, set to increase up to 4x, will transform smart home and infrastructure applications and will deliver an extended, more robust connection for full-home or outdoor use cases.

“A 100% increase in speed, without increasing energy consumption, will enable faster data transfers in critical applications, such as medical devices, increasing responsiveness and lowering latency. Mesh networking will enable Bluetooth devices to connect together in networks that can cover an entire building or home, opening up home and industrial automation applications.”

“Bluetooth SIG member tools, like the recently launched Bluetooth Developer Studio, and training programs will be updated to ensure strong developer support for these new IoT features,” the association adds. “Additional features and profile updates contained in the 2016 roadmap will be previewed in the coming months.”

Significant demand

“There is significant demand from our members and the industry at large to enhance Bluetooth with the new capabilities we’re announcing today,” says Toby Nixon, chairman of the Bluetooth SIG board of directors. “The technical updates planned for Bluetooth technology in 2016 will help make these expectations a reality and accelerate growth in IoT.”


“The Bluetooth technology roadmap is a powerful expression of our mission to continue as a catalyst for industry innovation,” adds Mark Powell, executive director of Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth has been adopted by countless developers and manufacturers as their connectivity solution of choice for the IoT. The new functionality we will soon be adding will further solidify Bluetooth as the backbone of IoT technology.”

Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/11/12/339501/bluetooth-to-get-longer-range-higher-speeds-and-mesh-networking-in-2016/

Swipp contactless payment opens up to 30,000 Danish merchants through Verifone deal

More than 30,000 Danish merchants using Verifone POS devices will now be able to accept in-store mobile payments through Swipp — a service owned and supported by a consortium of more than 70 banks. This will be made possible via a “minor upgrade” to their existing terminals and “a number” of locations are expected to go live from December 2015, according to Swipp.

“The partnership will allow more than 800,000 Danes who currently use Swipp to use mobile payments to pay for their goods in-store on a day-to-day basis — currently, more than 50% of all terminals in Denmark are supplied by Verifone,” Swipp says.

“Based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, the service will allow contactless payment from all phones with Swipp. The user experience will be very similar to that of NFC — consumers will need to simply tap the phone in front of the terminal and swipe the app for approval. Consumers will also be able to benefit from Swipp’s high transfer limits, allowing them to pay up to kr25,000 (US$3,569) per day.”

The solution will be available for both standalone terminals in the SME market and for larger retailers with ECR-integrated devices, the company adds.

“The Swipp app relies on account-to-account payments with low transaction costs — no intermediaries and no risk of the payment not getting through to the merchant. Integration from the app directly to the Verifone terminals means no project costs, no extra devices and low barriers to adoption.”

Single service

Swipp was formed by Nordea Bank Denmark, Nykredit Bank,Sydbank, Jyske Bank, Workers’ Landsbank, Spar Nord Bankand members of local banks in 2014, and went on to acquire Paii — the mobile payments joint venture created by Danish mobile network operators — in November 2014 to create a single service for in-store and online payments as well as money transfers.

The company launched an upgraded version of its service in September this year and partnered with Danish drug store chainMatas and others to roll out the solution in more than 10,000 stores. It is also now being accepted in 190 branches of convenience store chain 7- Eleven across the country.

“It has always been possible to pay with Swipp in Danish stores,” the company explained to NFC World. “Since the beginning, it has been possible to pay with Swipp if the consumer ‘Swipps’ to the phone number of the shop, just like a regular transfer between two consumers.

“With the new independent Swipp app, which was launched on September 9, however, it is possible to integrate Swipp payment directly into the cash register software.”

Easy path

“The Danes are very eager to be able to pay via their phones and this is a genuine game changer in mobile payments in Denmark,” says Swipp CCO Peter Bredgaard. “Merchants will experience an easy path to mobile payment as this only requires a minor upgrade of already installed Verifone terminals.

“They avoid extra devices in stores and all the cost and complexity associated with new hardware. As such, it is by far the most cost-effective and fastest implementation of integrated mobile payment services you can embark on as a retail company in Denmark.”

“Verifone opens up BLE communication as a supplement to already active EMV and NFC capabilities and this allows the merchant to integrate new methods of payment without spending time and money on software integration with a number of different payment solutions,” adds June Felix, president of Verifone Europe.

Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/11/24/340010/40010/

Shopkick installs BLE beacons to reward Vanity customers

Users of mobile marketing appShopkick can now earn rewards via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons every time they walk into one of fashion retailer Vanity’s 150 US stores. “Shopkick will install two shopBeacon devices in every Vanity store,” Shopkick says.

“One at the front door to reward customers for the simple act of coming into the store and another at the dressing rooms to share unique messages with shoppers.”



Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/11/10/339406/shopkick-installs-ble-beacons-to-reward- vanity-customers/

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