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O2 NFC trial in London

28 ноября 2007

O2 Wednesday announced the launch of the UK's first large scale pilot of NFC (Near Field Communications) technology on mobile phones.

The trial of the O2 Wallet paves the way for the mass market use of mobile phones to pay for purchases, access events or even be used as Oyster cards for travel around London, by touching the phone to a reader.O2 NFC trial in London

The trial, which will involve over 500 people invited from the O2 customer base, takes place across selected sites throughout London and begins on Nov. 28, 2007 running for six months until the end of May 2008.

In order to make this as comprehensive a pilot as possible, O2 has brought together a broad range of partners, including Transport for London, TranSys, Barclaycard, Visa Europe, Nokia and AEG.

Each trialist will be given a Nokia 6131 NFC handset installed with the O2 Wallet.

Just like a normal wallet, this will hold various everyday cards, including Oyster and Barclaycard, but in virtual form and with NFC functionality.

Trialists will be able to test a wide range of different services in London, such as making purchases in retail outlets and travelling on London's public transport system.

All participants will be asked to provide feedback on the services featured in the O2 Wallet evaluating its ease of use, security and overall usefulness.

In the initial phase of the trial, Barclaycard will credit each phone with GBP200 worth of non-reloadable funds which trialists can use and spend as they see fit at any participating retailer.

The partners are keen to extend the payment functionality delivered to trialists as part of the O2 Wallet and are actively discussing the opportunities to develop the trial service further in 2008.

Possible developments include PIN capability, over GBP10 purchases and reloadable / credit funds capability.

O2 and Nokia are collaborating on handsets that support NFC applications.

In addition to the Nokia 6131 NFC phones used in this project Nokia has also offered O2 a limited number of test or prototype phones that support the Single Wire Protocol (SWP) and the SIM as the Secure Element, or area where the applications are stored.

Источник: Total Telecom

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