27 September 2012   
Quick Contactless
QuickPaylife’s Quick is one of the most successful payment solutions in Europe – to date, more than 8 Million cards have been issued. Yet, employing contactless technology, such as Near Field Communication, can do quick payments even quicker. RISE provides an easy to use mobile application enabling customers a convenient way to check and track their balance, or even find a nearby ATM to charge quick cards. Our mobile app is available for any NFC enabled Android phone.

30 August 2012   
AirKey – NFC enabled access

AirkeyThe Technical University of Vienna carried out the first controlled usability and field study on a new NFC enabled access system. Research Industrial Systems Engineering (RISE) Forschungs-, Entwicklungs- und Großprojektberatung GmbH provides the latest NFC technolog for this product.

“With paybox NFC we developed a forward-looking payment model and implemented it with two strong partners at nine acceptance points. NFC is a highly secure technology, which is not only suited for making payments: Together with EVVA, the Austrian market leader for locks and locking systems, and the R&D provider RISE, which is known throughout Europe, we piloted a completely new access concept at the TU Vienna,” said Alexander Sperl, A1 CCO.

AirKey – Unlocking by Mobile Phone

For the AirKey key solution from EVVA the “keys” are encoded and installed in a highly secure NFC chip on the A1 SIM card. They open/lock the NFC locking cylinder in mere seconds by simply holding the key at the lock. This solution combines simple application and the highest security standards for residential and business customers. Regardless of whether it is the key to one’s home, company access for suppliers, an emergency key for the neighbors or the key for the cleaning service: the administration software enables all access rights to be granted easily and clearly. They can also be allocated according to individual criteria (e.g. permanent, only Mondays, one-time access only, etc.).

“Together with A1, RISE and the TU Vienna, EVVA tested a revolution on the security market: the newly developed EVVA AirKey locking cylinder with NFC interface. It makes it possible to open doors at home or in the company with one’s – previously authorized – mobile phone. The first test results are very promising. The solution provides high convenience and high security. International mobile communication operators enable data transmission to the mobile phone. First negotiations are being carried out with A1,” Stefan Ehrlich-Adám, CEO of EVVA Sicherheitstechnologie GmbH, said.

A1, EVVA and RISE Launch Pilot Project in June at the TU Vienna

True pioneer work was carried out this summer by roughly 40 test participants at the Technical University Vienna. Within the scope of the pilot phase, which started on June 13th and lasted for ten weeks, besides the technical characteristics the focus was on evaluating usability, i.e. how easy it is to use this new solution from EVVA and A1. The technical integration was implemented by the R&D provider RISE.

The test series was concluded several days ago and the first results are very positive: The new access concept functioned smoothly – as far as both hardware and software were concerned. The usability test was also very satisfactory.

Thus, in the pilot phase areas for optimization were identified and immediately implemented in the joint solution. Further test series are currently being drawn up.

SONY Mobile Communications is Exclusive Pilot Partner

Besides EVVA’s locking technology and NFC know-how from A1 and RISE, SONY Mobile Communications also took part in this pilot project. With the SONY Xperia S the Japanese company provided several customized NFC smartphones with Android operating systems.

18 April 2012   
Paybox NFC: the new way to pay

Paybox NFCAustrian mobile operator A1, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria Group, has teamed up with PayBox Bank to trial NFC mobile payments at select McDonald’s restaurants and Merkur supermarkets.

From now until summer, up to 5,000 customers will be able to use the partners’ “Paybox NFC” solution to make contactless mobile transactions up to €25 without the need to enter a PIN. According to A1, the payment solution can be stored on a secure chip directly on the SIM card of a mobile phone or embedded in an NFC sticker.

After the testing phase is complete, A1 says they plan to expand Paybox NFC to additional points of sale and new business partners.The telco, which is one of the few operators worldwide to own its own bank, today announced it is launching a trial of its “paybox NFC” application, with the intention of launching it commercially this summer.

The application will be available on both NFC SIM cards and contactless stickers issued by the telco. Among the NFC phones that will support the SIMs will be the new Sony Xperia S and HTC One X, said the telco, though a 500-person trial kicking off this month is expected to start with the passive stickers.

RISE has planned, developed, integrated and roled out the whole system.


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