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Near Field Communication on iPhone with iCarte

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Exploring the possibilities of NFC usage with an iCarte NFC accessory for an iPhone 4/4S.
Presented at OzKFest, July 27th 2013

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Near Field Communication on iPhone with iCarte

  1. 1. Near Field Communication (NFC) on the iPhone with iCarte Andrew Roughan Sydney, Australia OzKfest 2013
  2. 2. What is NFC? NFC is a short range wireless RFID technology that makes use of interacting electromagnetic radio fields instead of the typical direct radio transmissions used by technologies such as Bluetooth. It is meant for applications where a physical touch, or close to it, is required in order to maintain security. http://www.mobileburn.com/definition.jsp?term=NFC Examples of usage Mobile phone actions 6:30 McDonalds table games 1:48 Electronic Shelf Labels 1:00
  3. 3. What are NFC Tags? NXP MIFARE Ultralight C functional diagram
  4. 4. NFC options on the iPhone Flomio FloJack US$70 RRP Incipio Cashwrap US$70 RRP CalypsoCase EUR 129 RRP Wireless Dynamics iCarte US$159 RRP
  5. 5. iCarte – a closer look Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader and Writer Contains a secure element that can be configured as credit, debit, pre-paid and loyalty cards, for secure contactless transactions. iCarte can also read NFC Smart Posters, download or upload electronic coupons, tickets or receipts. Attaches to the bottom connector of the iPhone Different models available for iPhone 3, 4/4S, & 5
  6. 6. Commonwealth Bank iCarte Available to order through the ‘Kaching’ application ~AU$50 Black, White, or Pink colour choices for iPhone 4/4S cases Use with the Kaching application requires Commonwealth Bank Mastercard. Payments up to $100 can be made using PayPass. Once ‘personalised’ with the Kaching application, the iCarte cannot be used on another iPhone, or with another phone number* - therefore don’t buy a second hand used iCarte. Trying to use the iCarte on another iPhone may ‘lock’ the iCarte so it cannot be used with the original iPhone either. A Locked iCarte cannot be used for NFC / RFID *According to Netbank technical support
  7. 7. iCarte – the good news You don’t need to personalise it for use with Kaching to be able to use it for NFC/RFID purposes. Available on eBay Australia. Recent sales range: AUD$10-$30 You don’t need to be a Commonwealth Bank customer for NFC/RFID capability. ‘NFC Tags’ application demo App store search for NFC
  8. 8. Compatibility of NFC tags with iCarte Confirmed working: NTAG203 – worked with ‘NFC Tags’ application Not Working: Samsung TecTiles – based on NXP Mifare chip – Not working with ‘NFC Tags’ or ‘iCarte Reader Mifare’ applications
  9. 9. NFC on iPhone Gimmick or Killer App? ‘NFC Tags’ App (iCarte): •Browse URL •Receive contact information ‘NFC Actions’ App (FloJack): •Browse URL •Compose Email •Compose SMS •Dial Number
  10. 10. NFC on iPhone Questions?

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