Tag Archives: NFC

iBEACON (BLE) VS NFC DEBATE: NOW THE TRUTH

Near Field Communications (NFC) is a powerful consumer engagement technology that has taken a massively bad rap over the past two years. Many dismissed it when Apple didn’t put it in the iPhone 5. Then, the slower-than-projected adoption of NFC-based mobile payments prompted some to proclaim NFC dead. Apple’s Airpass feature, a peer-to-peer communication capability […]

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Can Ad-Funded Digital Signage Survive The Mobile Onslaught?

In 2010, I wrote a white paper entitled: “Ad Funded Digital Signage: Is There A Future In It?”  That paper discussed how Apple’s 2008 launch of the iPhone 3G and the iTunes App Store was a catalytic event that spawned a new era in mobile communications.   The paper went on to describe how this new […]

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But They Didn’t – Circa 2013

A day after the iPhone 5 was released last September, I wrote a blog post entitled “But They Didn’t”.  The blog post extolled the iPhone 5’s apparent engineering excellence, but it lamented its inability to facilitate game-changing innovation.  The following is an expert from last year’s post about the iPhone 5, which is followed by […]

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Mobile Payments: Why Is It Falling Short?

Mobile Payments Create Excitement… and Confusion It has been believed for quite some time that “mobile payments” represents a tantalizing new source of revenue for brands, payment processors, card issuers, network operators, content providers, etc. But the term “mobile payments” is confusing because it is an umbrella reference that covers six functional models and each […]

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NFC Is Not Dead!!!

Many have branded Apple’s iOS7 the harbinger of death for Near Field Communications (NFC).  Although iOS7’s Airdrop feature is a really intriguing peer-to-peer communications application, it does not rule out the use of NFC in an upcoming iPhone nor does it suggest that NFC is dead.   Why?  Because peer-to-peer is only one of three communication […]

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Mobile Wallet: What’s Your Value Prop?

Today’s open-loop mobile wallet offerings generally concentrate on three things: payments, loyalty and promotions.  Most, however, are primarily focused on enabling the smartphone to connect with a merchant’s payment terminal (wirelessly in the case of NFC or optically in the case of 2D bar codes) for the purpose of transmitting the information that typically resides […]

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Do They Have The Staying Power

Just before the Holidays, I had an opportunity to attend a presentation on Isis, the mobile payments venture backed by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.  The presenter was Jim Stapleton, Isis’ Chief Sales Officer. Jim gave a very witty and engaging talk on the evolution of mobile, a primer on mobile payments and a broad explanation […]

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The Future of Customer Engagement

Much is being said about the latest generation of customer engagement technologies such as interactive digital signage, location-aware mobile apps and tablet-oriented kiosks. Marketers are excited with their ability to use these technologies to actively engage the consumer on a real-time, location-centric basis.  They are also excited about their ability to track and analyze, in […]

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A Rising Tide Floats All Boats

No one can advance a cause or idea without the help of others. In business, this is why we have industry associations. They provide a non-threatening environment where companies can test ideas, solicit the feedback of others, and collaborate with like-minded individuals/organizations to achieve a common cause. Industry associates create unique synergies that move ideas […]

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No One Buys Cellphones Anymore

There was a day when it was relatively simple to buy a cellphone.  Back in the “olden days” of pre-2008, cellphone features were generally limited to talk, text and email.  Then along came Apple. Apple ushered in a fully integrated mobile ecosystem consisting of sophisticated smartphones connected to ubiquitous wireless broadband networks that provided anytime/anywhere […]

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NFC Advances In November

November Was A Busy Month Please excuse the dearth of blog posts this month, but it’s been a very busy time around the office.  In the last three weeks I have . . . Spoken on NFC and Mobile Payments at the Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) conference in New York.  It was a good […]

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Where’s The Game-Changing Innovation?

Last Monday Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, took the stage to introduce Windows 8 Mobile and a bevy of new Windows 8 phones from Samsung, HTC and Nokia.  This announcement followed Friday’s release of their new Windows 8 Surface tablet.  On the same day, Google also announced a new Nexus 4 smartphone, an updated […]

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Oh No! Here We Go Again!

James Wester of Mobile Payments Today wrote a great article this afternoon entitled: “Wal-Mart Exec Says ‘No’ to Google Wallet, NFC”.  Not long after the article was published, I had people flooding my in-box with both shrieks of panic saying: “oh no! You’re doomed!” and boasts of pride saying: “nah, nah, I told you so.” […]

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NFC: It’s Not All About Mobile Payments

Nearly every review of the iPhone 5 since its September 14th release has made reference to its conspicuous lack of Near Field Communications (NFC). These reviews, almost without exception, have regarded the absence of NFC as a major defeat for mobile payments.  In addition, most reviewers have written their articles in such a way as […]

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But They Didn’t.

It’s official.  The iPhone 5 is out.  How do I feel about it?  Not good. First, let me say that the iPhone 5 appears to be a masterpiece of engineering excellence.  It packs more features and functions in a smaller, more elegant package than anything before it or anything likely to come along in the […]

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Will It or Won’t It? Have NFC That Is.

In a matter of hours, months of speculation about the successor to the iPhone 4s will likely come to an end. It is said that we’ll finally learn what the new iPhone will be called, what feature/functions it will possess and what form-factor it will embody.    For those who follow Near Field Communications (NFC), the […]

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The Many Faces of NFC

Mobile communications entered a new era in June of 2008 when Apple simultaneously launched the 3G iPhone and the iTunes App Store.    That one event became the cornerstone of a new mobile model in which hyper-intuitive smartphones, high-speed wireless networks, geo-location services, multimedia content, downloadable applications and mobile commerce seamlessly converged to form a new […]

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NFC Will Change Things – Perhaps In A Big Way

Imagine a world in which copious amounts of information pertaining to just about anything you can touch is only a tap away.  That’s what NFC represents. NFC is an acronym for the term Near Field Communications.  It is a derivative of a 1940’s technology called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Both RFID and NFC are microchips […]

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2D Barcodes Revisited

Two years ago I wrote an article about 2D barcodes and my opinion of their viability. I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit the subject given all of the recent discussions surrounding the topic.  Before I give you my latest views however, I think it may be worthwhile to look back at what I wrote […]

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