Wireless Dynamics Inc. Announces iCarte – the first NFC / RFID Reader for iPhones.
Wireless Dynamics Inc., a leading provider of NFC and RFID SD products, announces the iCarte™ 110, the first NFC (Near Field Communications) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Reader/Writer to provide NFC two way communications, RFID read/write and contactless payment capability for iPhones. As a MFi (Made for iPod/iPhone) accessory attaching to the bottom connector of the iPhone, the iCarte™ turns the iPhone into an NFC phone as well as an RFID Reader/Writer. The iCarte™ also contains an embedded smart-chip which can be configured as debit, credit, pre-paid and loyalty cards turning the iPhone into an electronic wallet. The iCarte™ is ideal for iPhone users who want to use their iPhone for fast and secure contactless payments, transit payments, loyalty rewards, checking balances, top-up pre-paid credit, discovering new services from smart posters or kiosks and exchanging information with other NFC phones.
In addition to NFC and peer to peer communication capabilities, the iCarte™ supports multiple RFID protocol read and write functions. RFID tag information can be read and written by the iCarte™ and communicated in real-time to enterprise databases through the iPhone’s Wi-Fi or 3G connections. Business users can use the iPhone and iCarte™ for commercial applications such as asset tracking, document tracking, healthcare, security and access control.
“We are excited about the introduction of NFC, RFID and contactless payment solutions for this (iPhone) game-changing smartphone platform with millions of users,” said Ambrose Tam, Chief Executive Officer of Wireless Dynamics Inc. “We anticipate that there will be many mobile payment and e-Commerce applications to be developed for the iPhone and iCarte™ to speed up the adoption of NFC and RFID.”
The iCarte™ operates at 13.56MHz and supports a wide range of ISO14443A/B and ISO15693 tags including NXP MIFARE and I-CODE SLI, Texas Instrument Tag-it™ HF-I, etc. The iCarte™ is capable of peer to peer communications utilizing NFCIP-1 and ISO 18092 standards and the embedded secure access module (SAM) is compliant with JCOP operating system. The iCarte™ works with iPhone 3G and 3GS with OS version 3.0 or higher and has a mini-USB connector that can be used to charge the iPhone and sync with iTunes.
Source: Wireless Dynamics