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MicroSD-led NFC products may do more harm than good

DeviceFidelity's launch of an NFC-enabling cover for the iPhone follows hot on the heels of other developments to convert mobile handsets into contactless form factors. Given the sensitivity surrounding the NFC business model, this will provide added impetus for acquirers to build contactless acceptance but risks alienating mobile operators from future discussions around mobile payments.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2010
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Contactless payment technology: at service stations in France and Germany

Fuel retailer Orlen has begun rolling out contactless payment terminals at its service stations in Germany, while in France, Carrefour has announced that it will be deploying readers throughout its entire network. Contactless payments offer benefits such as reduced transaction times and higher convenience, which should give these players a significant competitive edge in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2010
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What will the economic recovery do to smart metering return on investment?

Criticisms of the quality of smart meters in the US and Europe during the first quarter of 2010 could not have come at a worse time. Demand for smart meters will rocket in the next two years, while China, a key manufacturing center, is suffering from labor shortages and the threat of a revaluation of the renminbi, which could lead to soaring future production costs and further threats to quality.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010
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Global recession drives green IT financing trends

The global economic recession is driving organizations to adopt aggressive green IT strategies and flexible financing options to fund them. Increasingly, enterprises are leasing IT assets and refurbished IT machines as a way to reduce capital expenses from their balance sheets, while corporate chief financial officers are involving themselves in green IT and its financing structure.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2009
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Adoption of home energy management systems restricted by cost and control issues

While home energy management systems are a useful way of reducing energy use, with benefits for consumers and utilities alike, the adoption of this technology is likely to be hampered by a number of factors including concerns over privacy and a lack of return on investment. As a result, uptake is likely to be optional and driven by sophisticated users and utilities struggling to meet peak demands.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2009
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ATM outsourcing: a viable option for struggling banks

In the current economic environment, banks should carefully analyze the current and future total cost of ownership of their technology assets, and evaluate the outsourcing alternative. With a widespread lack of capital for costly upfront investments, renting ATM hardware and associated services becomes an attractive, and in some cases the only feasible, option to struggling banks.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2009
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Intel's health guide puts telehealth in the spotlight

Intel has entered the healthcare market in full force with the announcement of its Intel Health Guide product. However, a closer look at the 'personal health system' reveals it to be something of a disappointment. Although Intel's entrance into the telehealth space will bring much needed attention to the emerging technology, the company's success in this competitive new arena remains to be seen.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Nov 2008
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Is there a future for biometrics in retail?

Despite the collapse of the US's largest biometrics payment company earlier this year, some commentators are still predicting a rosy future for the technology. However, current credit and debit card readers remain cheap and effective. Unless banks push biometrics on to retailers due to fraud concerns, near field communication technologies are more likely to be adopted as alternative payment types.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2008
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Mr Darling regrets

Up to 25 million UK citizens are at risk of becoming identity fraud victims after HM Revenue and Customs lost two discs containing personal details of families with a child under 16. While the UK chancellor said that the data in itself was not enough for miscreants to access bank accounts, he has conveniently chosen to overlook the fact that data theft has been committed using far fewer details.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2007
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Smartcards dumbed down for bus passes

With just six months until free bus travel for elderly and disabled people across England is introduced, local authorities are struggling to meet government smartcard bus pass deadlines. Many rushed into investing in smartcards only to have them work as ordinary passes for the foreseeable future. Card software sharing could prove helpful here, but many authorities will still not be ready in time.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2007

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