Tecnología NFCNear Field Communication. Se trata de una tecnología inalámbrica que funciona en la banda de los 13.56MHz y que deriva de las etiquetas RFID (sistema de almacenamiento y recuperación de datos remoto, que pueden ser pegatinas adheridas a un objeto proporcionando información por medio de unas antenas). Están presentes en abonos de transporte o incluso en sistemas de seguridad de tiendas físicas.

Es una plataforma abierta pensada desde el inicio para teléfonos y dispositivos móviles. Su tasa de transferencia puede alcanzar los 424 kbit/s por lo que su enfoque, más que para la transmisión de grandes cantidades de datos, es para la comunicación instantánea. Su punto fuerte está por lo tanto en la velocidad de comunicación y en el reducido alcance que exige (se mueve en un rango máximo de 20 cm y para que sea óptima se necesitan 4 cm), que hace que los datos que se transmiten sea casi imposibles de hackear.

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Son muchos los que desde 2012 ya venían diciendo que 2013 será el año del marketing móvil. En menor medida hay quién cree que para eso aún queda un poco más o es escéptico al  respecto…. Y mientras esto se debate por foros y redes, avances tecnológicos de los que ya se hablaba en 2005 y tan lejanos parecían ya comienzan a formar parte de algunos dispositivos. En mi opinión es más productivo conocer estos cambios y reconocer los que afectarán de alguna manera al marketing móvil.

De todas las tecnologías que se han ido incorporando en los dispositivos móviles solo voy a mencionar aquellas que considero necesarias para saber hacia dónde evolucionarán los móviles e ir pensando en futuras estrategias para este mercado (que sin duda alguna está en pleno auge).

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Near field communication (NFC) technology embodies a set of standards for smart phones and other mobile devices that establish communications between such devices using radio frequencies.NFC Technology and Smartposter These transmissions can only be facilitated over short distances, hence the name of the technology. Typically, devices must either be touching or within an inch of one another in order to interface through NFC, but these devices do not require wires of any sort. NFC technology is an effective means of data transmission, especially in the commerce field.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) first emerged in 1983. NFC technology was developed as an offshoot of RFID, but did not garner any significant attention until 2004, when Nokia, Philips, and Sony founded the NFC Forum, a conglomerate that aims to promote the standardized use of the technology. Nokia was the first company to produce an NFC-enabled phone in 2006, thus drawing a significant amount of consumers attention to the technology. In recent years, NFC technology has become the cornerstone of mobile commerce.

Mobile commerce relies heavily on NFC technology. The technology enables smart phones and similar mobile devices to serve as mobile payment platforms, which can be used by consumers to make purchases of goods and services. Only mobile devices that are equipped with NFC chips can participate in mobile commerce. Typically, the financial information of a consumer is stored within this chip, or the mobile device itself. This information is then accessed to make transactions. By itself, NFC technology cannot initiate mobile transactions. Thus, mobile applications, often called mobile wallets, are needed to facilitate these payments. Leer más “NFC Technology What is it… | qrcodepress.com”

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Though smartphones will play an important role over the holiday season, by 2015 there will be massive growth. The results of a recent study by Tapjoy have shown that while the next couple of months should be quite defining for mcommerce, over the next three years, the sector will increase by well over 300 percent (up to 362 percent in the United States). This will occur as more consumers buy smartphones and use them to make their … Read entire article »

Mobile commerce app to be used year round by Sears

The application had previously been used on a seasonal basis to drive sales. As Sears releases the 60th edition of its Wish Book catalog it is also releasing it in a mobile commerce format for iPads for the second year in a row. The retailer’s catalog has become a holiday tradition for many shoppers. Sears is attempting to make certain that the catalog … Read entire article »

What is NFC Technology…

Near field communication (NFC) technology embodies a set of standards for smart phones and other mobile devices that establish communications between such devices using radio frequencies.
These transmissions can only be facilitated over short distances, hence the name of the technology.
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NFC technology proves popular amongst university students


 

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NFC technology being used for more than commerce

There are many uses for NFC technology that extend beyond the world of commerce. Before the technology became the backbone of mobile commerce, for instance, it was used in marketing to provide consumers with engaging experiences. Now, the technology is becoming more popular in the world of security because of its uses in access control. Ironically, NFC technology is currently surrounded by controversy concerning its security and how it can be easily exploited. The security industry has only ever seen these concerns justified in regards to commerce, however, meaning that the technology may be well suited for other purposes.

NFC-enabled sleeves serve as new form of access control

Both the University of San Francisco and the Villanova University have launched pilot projects concerning NFC technology and access control. These projects make use of NFC-enabled sleeves for an iPhone, developed by Ingresoll Rand. These sleeves are meant to provide students with access to certain areas of a campus as well as allow them to make use of some of the amenities that can be found therein. Thus far, students have shown a great deal of support for the NFC-sleeves now donning their smart phones and want to see more NFC services pop up around campus.

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QR Code Treasure Hunt Brings Teens to Libraries


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As a way to teach teens about library resources, the Chesterfield County, Va., public libraries gave them a challenge: Solve problems with the help of quick response (QR) codes.

QR codes are a unique series of patterns that — when scanned with a camera-ready smartphone or mobile device — pull up information such as facts about an object the QR code is attached to.

At the Chesterfield County Public Library, QR codes were deemed a fitting technology to use for teaching teens information about the county libraries.

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“We wanted to try to reach them on their own terms, so we thought about using technology,” said Carolyn Sears, the library services administrator for community services. “… that’s how we got the QR code idea.”

In November, the county libraries tried a two-month program called “iHunt: Crack the CCPL Code.” The program  challenged teens to learn about library resources by completing a digital treasure hunt inside the library.

Librarians strategically placed signs equipped with QR code readers throughout the facility for the teens to find.

Participants started by answering a question about one of the library’s resources. By following the clues in the question, they could find the item the clues led to. They’d also find a sign with a QR code, which when scanned would give them the clues for the second question.

For example, the hunt tasked its participants to locate a specific DVD title. Once participants located the DVD, they’d find a QR code that would help them find the next item in the hunt. Leer más “QR Code Treasure Hunt Brings Teens to Libraries”

Targeting Your Next-Generation Wallet


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The mobile wallet has been a solution in search of a problem for a number of years now. The promise of integrating payment and marketing tools into a portable digital device (namely the cell phone) is as obvious as it has been elusive. If digital marketing can be tied more directly to actual point of sale, then marketers can close the loop on measuring ROI in ways never before possible. The payoffs for ad impressions, loyalty programs, offers-based programs, etc. all can be tied to purchase. The implications for media attribution, consumer behavioral data and just about everything else in the media value chain are enormous.

While mobile wallets have been a dream of marketers, they have not been able to demonstrate the necessary value for two key constituencies, consumers and merchants. For the end user, mobile payments and wallets don’t solve much of anything, since pulling out a cell phone is not much better than pulling out a credit card or a loyalty card.

And what is in it for the payment chain? As Alistair Goodman, CEO of geo-located mobile solutions provider Placecast explains it, “There has been a realization in the mobile wallet space that there is not a lot of new revenue to be generated by the transactions because that is a very efficient channel and all the players are quite optimized.” There is also not a lot of incentive for merchants to get with a program that merely shifts the method of payments consumers will be using anyway. Leer más “Targeting Your Next-Generation Wallet”

Si Google no puede con el pago móvil, ¿quién podrá?


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Apenas se ha cumplido un año desde el lanzamiento de Google Wallet, la plataforma de pagos móvil NFC de la misma compañía. La esperanza es que un nombre como el de Google y asociado a un sistema operativo como Android, que al fin y al cabo es el más vendido, pudiese por fin romper el nudo gordiano en el que se ha convertido el pago con el móvil. Todos los ingredientes están sobre la mesa pero adie consigue mezclarlos sin tropezarse con mil y un problemas.

Pero 12 meses después de Google Wallet hay pocos motivos para ser optimistas. La compañía prepara una segunda versión de la plataforma que podría llegar a tiempo para la feria de desarrolladores I/O a finales de mes. El problema es que parece haber perdido a su socio principal, la operadora Sprint, que ahora prepara su propio sistema con acuerdos entre diferentes bancos. Leer más “Si Google no puede con el pago móvil, ¿quién podrá?”