List of applications of near field communication

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As of April 2011, several hundred trials of near field communication have been conducted. Some firms have moved to full-scale service deployments, spanning either a single country or multiple countries.

Multi-country deployments include Orange's roll-out of NFC technology to banks, retailers, transport, and service providers in multiple European countries,[1] and Airtel Africa and Oberthur Technologies deploying to 15 countries throughout Africa.[2]



  • Public transport: The Nairobi-based Citi Hoppa bus company has partnered with Beba[3] to offer NFC enabled proximity cards for fare payments. Citi Hoppa staff use the Huawei Sonic NFC enabled phone to process these transactions.


  • Mobile payments: LPTIC, Al Madar, Libyana[4]

South Africa[edit]

  • Public transport: Aconite, Proxema[5]
  • Mobile payments: Absa[6]



  • Public transport: Mobilkom Austria (A1), ÖBB, Vienna Lines[7]



  • Public transport (ZET, Zagreb)[10]
  • Payment (Erste Bank Croatia, MasterCard PayPass system)[11]

Czech Republic[edit]

  • Mobile payments: Telefónica O2 Czech Republic, Komerční banka, Citibank Europe, Globus, Visa Europe, Baumax, Cinema City, Ikea[12]
  • NFC Access Control: IMA ltd. developed in 2009 a standalone access control system PATRON-PRO programmed by NFC enabled phone.[13]
  • NFC social board game: NFCengine launched in 2011 NFC based social board game, with several virtual, entertaining and marketing layers.


  • Mobile payment vending machines: NFC & SMS payment, CocaCola and Microsoft, NFC Danmark.[citation needed]



  • Public transport (selected regions): VRR, RMV and Deutsche Bahn (combines the companies' previous HandyTicket and Touch & Travel programs)[22]
  • Mobile workforce management: ENAiKOON[23]
  • Mobile payment: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Germany, Telefónica 02 Germany[24]
  • Health insurance card: All public health insurance providers[citation needed]
  • NFC-based Card Game[25]


  • Event ticketing: Sziget Festival, Vodafone Hungary[26]


  • Loyalty program: AIB Merchant Services (Allied Irish Bank, First Data), Zapa Technology[27]


  • Mobile payment: Telecom Italia.
  • Public transport: ATM (Milan),[28] CAP autolinee (Prato).
  • Contactless payment cards: Intesa Sanpaolo, MasterCard, Gemalto.[29]
  • Anti-counterfeiting: Tag Over.[30]


  • Mobile payments: Mokipay[31]

The Netherlands[edit]

  • Public transport: OV-chipkaart
  • Commercial services: T-Mobile, Vodafone, KPN, Rabobank, ABN Amro, ING.[citation needed]
  • Employee payments: Rabobank, Multicard[32]


  • Airline Smart Pass: SAS Scandinavian Airlines introduces an NFC-based Smart Pass for frequent flyers, and the aviation industry's adoption of NFC is now truly underway.[33]
  • Payments with MobilePay by Danske Bank.
  • Public transport tickets in most cities.


  • Mobile payments: Polkomtel, Bank Zachodni WBK;[34] PTC, Inteligo;[35] Orange, Bank Zachodni WBK[36][37]




  • Mobile payments, marketing: Banka Koper, Cassis International, Inside Contactless, System Orga, Mobitel[44]


  • Mobile shopping: Telefónica, Visa, La Caixa (Sitges)[45]
  • Public transport: Bankinter, Ericsson, Empresa Municipal de Transportes (Madrid);[46] Vodafone, Entidad Publica del Transporte (Murcia)[47]
  • Event product payments: Mobile World Congress, GSMA, Telefónica, Visa, Samsung, Giesecke & Devrient, Ingenico, ITN International, La Caixa[48]
  • Employee payment, building access: Telefónica Espana, La Caixa, BBVA, Bankinter, Visa, Samsung, Oberthur, Autogrill, Giesecke & Devrient[49]


  • Airline Smart Pass: SAS Scandinavian Airlines introduces an NFC-based Smart Pass for frequent flyers, and the aviation industry's adoption of NFC is now truly underway.[50]
  • Hotel keys: Choice Hotels Scandinavia, Assa Abloy, TeliaSonera, VingCard Elsafe, Venyon (Stockholm)[51]
  • Transportation: Pay as you go in Southern Sweden with NFC enabled "Jojo cards"[52]


  • Phone service kiosk: Sicap, Swisscom[53]
  • Mobile wallet[54]


United Kingdom[edit]

  • Contactless payment: Transport for London[60]
  • Transport study: Department for Transport, Consult Hyperion[61]
  • Mobile payments: Waspit, Yates;[62] Barclaycard and Everything Everywhere (Orange, T-Mobile)[63]

North America[edit]


United States[edit]



  • Mobile payments: China Unicom, Bank of Communications, China UnionPa[citation needed]
  • Mobile transport ticketing: China Unicom[81]

Hong Kong (China)[edit]


  • Mobile banking: A Little World;[82] Citibank India[83]
  • Tata Docomo, MegaSoft XIUS (Hyderabad)[84]
  • PayMate have partnered Nokia to deploy NFC payment solution for mass market in India through Nokia NFC enabled handsets.[85]
  • Tagstand partnered with Paymate to deploy an NFC marketing campaign for Nokia and the movie Ra-One in priority partner stores across India.[86]
  • jusTap! has tied up with CineMAX to implement NFC campaign using nfc enabled smart posters at the movie theaters in Mumbai[87]
  • jusTap! partners with Game4u to launch the first of its kind retail in‐store experience using NFC across India[88][89]


  • Consumer services: Softbank Mobile, Credit Saison, Orient Corporation[90]
  • Consumer services: KDDI, Toyota, Orient Corporation, Credit Saison, Aiwa Card Services, MasterCard, Nomura Research Institute, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Toho Cinemas, Dai Nippon Printing, NTT Data, T-Engine, IBM, Japan Remote Control Co., Hitachi, Gemalto[91]
  • Consumer services: NTT Docomo and KT[92]
  • Social networking: Mixi[93]


  • Clixster
  • Maxis FastTap
  • Touch n Go


  • Consumer and commercial services: Jollibee Happyplus Card
  • Xcite Republic: J Centre Mall

South Korea[edit]

  • Consumer and commercial services: KT solo and with NTT Docomo[94]
  • Cross-border services (with Japan): SK Telecom, KDDI, Softbank[95]
  • Mobile payment: SK Telecom, Hana SK Card[96]
  • Guided shopping: SK Telecom[97]


  • Mobile payments:MasterCard, DBS Bank, StarHub, EZ-Link, Gemalto[98]

Sri Lanka[edit]


  • Mobile payments: Kasikorn Bank, AIS, Gemalto,[103] AIS mPay Rabbit



New Zealand[edit]

Middle East[edit]


  • Rav Kav - An electronic ticket used in all public transportation companies over Israel. was first introduced in August 2007 by the Ministry of Transportation of the state of Israel, first offered on August 28, 2007 by Kavim bus company, and since January 2009 used as nationwide payment method in all public transportation companies, includes: all bus companies, Israel Railways and the Jerusalem Light Rail.
  • The First NFC news&shop website[106]

South America[edit]


  • Mobile payments: Oi Paggo, Paggo from Oi, Germalto's Upteq N-Flex[107]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Airtel Africa to launch NFC services in 15 African countries",, February 14, 2011 
  3. ^ Citi Hoppa NFC, KE 
  4. ^ "Libyan mobile operators test new NFC solution from Nokia Siemens Networks and More Magic",, February 15, 2011 
  5. ^ "Aconite brings NFC to South African transport system",, March 29, 2011 
  6. ^ "Absa in NFC smartphone payments trial",, December 6, 2011 
  7. ^ NFC, AT 
  8. ^ Near Field Communications World - Belgian banks and mobile operators to launch SMS and NFC mobile payments service in 2011, February 10, 2011 
  9. ^ "Belgian Group Reports on Two Year NFC Voucher Study", Near Field Communications World, March 8, 2011 
  10. ^ ZET kartica (in Croatian) 
  11. ^ Beskontaktno plaćanje (in Croatian) 
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  13. ^ "Czech NFC Access Control System development",, April 2, 2012 
  14. ^ "France national home care services association to roll out NFC services", Near Field Communications World, March 24, 2010 
  15. ^ "Consortium wins funding to develop specialist NFC TSM for home healthcare services",, October 15, 2010 
  16. ^ "Orange France launches NFC time and attendance service",, June 14, 2010 
  17. ^ "France's top sporting venue to adopt NFC ticketing",, July 21, 2010 
  18. ^ "Centre Pompidou's Teen Gallery lets young people test NFC",, November 19, 2010 
  19. ^ "French government funds nine NFC cities". January 13, 2011. 
  20. ^ "French retailers begin the move to NFC loyalty programmes",, June 17, 2010 
  21. ^ "Veolia Transport to add NFC and 2D barcodes to 1,500 bus and tram stops in Nice region",, April 21, 2010 
  22. ^ "Transport operators Deutsche Bahn and RMV to co-operate on national NFC ticketing system for Germany",, March 3, 2011 
  23. ^ Mobile workforce management with NFC, October 10, 2012 
  24. ^ "Deutsche Telekom details T-Mobile NFC rollout plans",, February 21, 2011 
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  26. ^ "Vodafone brings NFC payments to Hungary's Sziget Festival",, April 14, 2011 
  27. ^ "First Data joint venture to offer mobile contactless loyalty service to merchants in UK and Ireland",, August 27, 2010 
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  45. ^ "Sitges trial results: Consumers pay more often and spend more with NFC phones than with cards",, January 7, 2011 
  46. ^ "NFC bus ticketing trial to take place in Madrid",, February 12, 2010 
  47. ^ "Vodafone and EPT launch NFC bus ticketing service in Murcia, Spain",, March 28, 2011 
  48. ^ "NFC trial begins at Mobile World Congress",, February 15, 2010 
  49. ^ "Telefonica staff to test NFC payments and access control",, April 1, 2011 
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  51. ^ "NFC phones replace room keys and eliminate check-in at Swedish hotel",, November 3, 2010 
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  53. ^ "Swisscom prepaid customers top up at in-store NFC kiosks",, April 8, 2011 
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  58. ^ "Garanti Bank and Ave to launch commercial NFC service in Turkey in July",, May 14, 2010 
  59. ^ "Turkey's Akbank and Visa Europe to test microsD NFC device",, August 9, 2010 
  60. ^ "Transport for London confirms plans to accept contactless cards in time for Olympics",, February 27, 2011 
  61. ^ "UK's Dept for Transport reports on 18-month NFC ticketing project",, April 13, 2010 
  62. ^ "Pub chain Yates's partners with Waspit for launch of NFC payments service in the UK",, November 1, 2010 
  63. ^ "Orange and Barclaycard set date for UK's first commercial NFC service",, January 27, 2011 
  64. ^ "Tim Hortons launches NFC payments service using Host Card Emulation • NFC World". 13 December 2013. 
  65. ^ "Enstream begins Zoompass Mobile Payments Sticker Trial",, March 4, 2010 
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  68. ^ "US Bank begins testing microSD based NFC payments service",, November 15, 2010 
  69. ^ "AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile to test NFC payments in the US",, August 2, 2010 
  70. ^ "Adirondack Trust launches mobile contactless payments in New York State",, March 24, 2010 
  71. ^ "Bling Nation signs up additional Colorado bank for mobile contactless payments",, April 27, 2010 
  72. ^ "Bankers' Bank of the West to offer Bling Nation's payment services to its 330 member banks",, May 13, 2010 
  73. ^ "PayPal begins move into retail store payments with Bling Nation pilot",, July 14, 2010 
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  75. ^ "US Bank to test NFC to Q4 2010". June 7, 2010. 
  76. ^ "Wells Fargo to run NFC field trial". September 2, 2010. 
  77. ^ "Blackboard adds NFC and contactless support to campus card system",, March 8, 2010 
  78. ^ "Wallet", Google, May 27, 2011 
  79. ^ "Google chooses Identive to deliver NFC tags for Places campaign",, April 24, 2011 
  80. ^ "Visa lets New York commuters pay for their fares with mobile phones",, October 1, 2010 
  81. ^ "China Unicom to Launch Commercial NFC Services in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou",, October 22, 2010 
  82. ^ "NFC bank branch developer A Little World Raises $18M from state bank of India",, October 15, 2010 
  83. ^ "Citi's Bangalore trial: Offering cardholders phone subsidies can kickstart NFC transaction volumes",, March 11, 2010 
  84. ^ "Tata Docomo to test NFC self-service kiosks in Hyderabad",, February 22, 2011 
  85. ^ "PayMate and Nokia starts deploying Google Wallet-like NFC payment in India",, November 9, 2011 
  86. ^ "2012 Will Be The Year NFC Breaks Big--Just Not In The U.S.",, November 15, 2011 
  87. ^ "Indian Cinema Lets Users Tap to Launch Mobile Services", NFC TIMES, Nov 27, 2012 
  88. ^ "game4u adds nfc likes",, November 14, 2012 
  89. ^ "jusTap! launches NFC based couponing engine, jusPocket!",, April 16, 2013 
  90. ^ "Softbank to test NFC in Japan". December 15, 2010. 
  91. ^ "KDDI to run multiple NFC tests in Japan". April 22, 2010. 
  92. ^ "NTT Docomo partners with Korea's KT to switch to NFC at end of 2012",, February 9, 2011 
  93. ^ "Japanese social network Mixi introduces NFC check-ins",, February 11, 2011 
  94. ^ "KT to launch commercial NFC service with new Samsung handset, Android NFC devices to follow",, October 14, 2010 
  95. ^ "KDDI, Softbank, SK Telecom begin testing joint NFC services for Japanese and Korean customers",, February 9, 2011 
  96. ^ "SK Telecom and Hana launch SIM-based mobile contactless payments and promotions service",, March 25, 2010 
  97. ^ "SK Telecom opens retail outlet that uses NFC to let shoppers browse in-store and buy online",, March 28, 2011 
  98. ^ "DBS, StarHub and EZ-Link to begin Singapore NFC pilot in December",, November 29, 2010 
  99. ^ a b TOUCH Travel Card, February 10, 2014 
  100. ^ Pre-paid card system launched for private buses, February 7, 2014 
  101. ^ HNB unveils NFC-enabled card, December 22, 2013 
  102. ^ Sampath pay for anything card, January 30, 2014 
  103. ^ "Mobile payments: Kasikornban, AIS, Gemalto". July 10, 2010. 
  104. ^ "ANZ and Visa begin NFC microSD trial in Australia",, March 20, 2011 
  105. ^ "New York Times". 
  106. ^ SemiColonWeb. "NFC Israel". 
  107. ^ "Mobile payments: Oi Paggo, Germalto's Upteq N-Flex",, May 28, 2010 


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