07 Aug '12, 3pm

Gemalto gets NFC gig: Singapore punters will all bonk the same way

Operators, banks and loyalty schemes in Singapore can now use a common API to interact using short-range radio tech Near Field Communications, while in Europe similar schemes continue to flounder. The scheme was commissioned by the Infocomm Development Authority, a department of the Singapore government, which has asked Gemalto to run the hosting servers. Those servers provide APIs open to any bank, network operator or other party wanting to join the NFC bandwagon, though the company admits that neither PayPal nor Google are likely to sign up any time soon. For paying-by-bonk – the NFC application that most interests web players and bankers – to achieve any success, standard platforms are needed. This is why the UK mobile network operators launched Project Oscar – but the EU is still deciding if Oscar can be allowed to exist. Google and PayPal have argued that the overwhel...

Full article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/07/gemalto_singapore/

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