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Mobile barcodes

Airport_Angel-Screenshot Finally some useful action on the Airport Angel app

At last Barclays Premier Life passengers might be happy

By complete accident, here at GoMo Towers we were browsing through old Android apps that we’d once installed and noticed that Airport Angel had recently been updated [May 18th 2015]. Our original story about the Airport Angel service being available free with Barclays Premier Life accounts first ran in 2008 (See here). Ever since, GoMo News has been inundated with requests for help. The Angel service is currently being offered by the CPP Group and even though we did manage to speak to Joanne Gibbons, head of customer propositions with CPP, we still couldn’t answer all readers questions. Until now. Continue reading

Miles_Quitmann Guest Post: Don’t forget the rest of the mobile journey when thinking about beacons

by Miles Quitmann, CCO with Proxama

There has been a lot of discussion about the potential for Bluetooth beacon technology or iBeacons as Apple has branded it, particularly its use in retail. Given interesting roll outs by EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Major League Baseball, it is clear that Beacon technology is not limited to retail but has the potential to transcend these boundaries. ABI Research recently forecast that the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device market would reach 60 million within the next five years. Coupled with these use cases it is clear that confidence in the technology is growing strong. Continue reading

giving tourists something to do - bruce grant-braham City-Insights proves mobile tech can help tourists engage with local history

Oxford & Poole get QR code and NFC treatment

A digital consultancy, City-Insights , has found a way to bring historic places to life for visitors and tourists using readily available mobile technologies. They are invited to capture QR codes or tap NFC tags to take them to a bespoke web platform. This enables them to understand and appreciate a towns’ history; gain information and directions; find maps, hear stories and discover fun activities through their smartphones or tablets. All whilst they stroll around the streets. Amongst the first locations to receive this treatment across the UK are charming seaside town Poole in Dorset and famous university town – Oxford. Continue reading

nfc_world_2014 NFC World Congress 2014

Organisers:Strategies Telecoms & Multimedia
Venue: Pharo Palace
Location: Marseille, France
Twitter: #nfcwc

Register: here

All the mobile proximity technologies are covered including: – NFC, QR Code, BLE/Beacons, HCE/Cloud-based models, LBS, and Hotknot. Continue reading

Is that UPC? QR? No, it's an Azrec barcode. UPC barcode made its debut 40 years ago today

& we make an entire plane journey without printing a code out

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It’s amasing to think that it is only forty years ago [June 26, 1974], that the first barcode that we would now recognise made its debut. There was a Uniform Product Code (UPC) on the side of a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. This was scanned by the Marsh Supermarket store in Troy, Ohio by cashier Sharon Buchanan for customer Clyde Dawson. The supermarket was employing at test system developed and installed by NCR (National Cash Register Company) but within two years UPC codes had become almost universal with stores in the USA. Just out of interest that pack of gum cost a mere 67 cents. Oh, and GoMo News made an entire trip to Barcelona without having to print out the barcode. Continue reading

First reactions to Amazon’s Fire phone

Actually we think it’s Shazam that’s in deepest trouble

It’s amazing how dazzling Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, must be because the hype seems to have buried the fact that his company has launched a smartphone running a ‘forked’ version of Android. Um, just like that massive success the Nokia X, then? [Sarcasm]. Now GoMo News has read nothing to suggest that the new Amazon Fire smartphone when it is introduced will seriously damage Samsung or Google. Unlike Android which killed Symbian. The thing that strikes us most is the existence of ‘Firefly’ as an app on this phone. This facility can apparently identify songs. Continue reading

Scandit_glass Latest version of Scandit SDK supports Glass

Android SDK incorporates Pick by Vision for Google Glass

Scandit has launched the new version (4.0) of its barcode scanner SDK for the Android platform. This SDK incorporates dynamic features including full-screen scanning, further improvements to its unique blurry scanning functionality and optimized support for all Android devices – even including Google Glass. The comapny argues that the SDK 4.0 represents the next generation in barcode scanning – delivering unparalleled scan performance to a wide range of business sectors from retail and logistics through to manufacturing and healthcare. Continue reading

MTA_Masabi Masabi to launch mobile ticketing with New York’s MTA

Riders will be able to use their phones as tickets on both Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road

Press release

May 1st 2014. Masabi, the leader in mobile ticketing and payments for transit, has announced that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has selected the company to provide mobile ticketing for both the Metro-North Railroad (MNR) and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). Masabi’s mobile ticketing technology will allow riders to buy train tickets using their smartphones, anytime and anywhere, eliminating the need to ever carry a paper ticket again. Continue reading

- punskaya VASCO Announces Acquisition of Cronto (UK)

Cronto offers a patented visual transaction signing solution for financial sector
Acquisition provides technology for VASCO’s core banking market and MYDIGIPASS.COM
Strengthens VASCO’s innovation initiatives

Press release

May 20th 2013. VASCO Data Security International, (NASDAQ: VDSI), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products and services, has announced its acquisition of Cronto, of Cambridge (UK), a provider of secure visual transaction authentication solutions for online banking. VASCO acquired all of the stock of Cronto in exchange for an initial cash consideration of €15 million and contingent cash consideration in the form of an earn-out of up to a maximum of €2 million (combined, approximately $21.9 million using the exchange rate of 1.29). Continue reading

you can't see this screen without a PIN Glimmer of hope for Barclays customers using Airport Angel app

CPP might eventually sort the mess out

There’s always a grain of truth in the old saying that you don’t get something for nothing. And this very definitely applies to those customers of British bank, Barclays, who are offered the Airport Angel service free with their Premier Life account. See our original story from 2008 here. The app which goes with this service was originally developed for iOS and is now available for Android here. Quite frankly we’ve never encountered an app which generates so may negative responses as this one. How it rates 3 out of 5 on Goggle Play, we don’t know. But GoMo has been able to chat to some-one at CPP which operates the Airport Angels service about it, though. Continue reading

FCC-Aztec_code Masabi supplies secure mTickets for FCC trains

Aztec based codes initially readable @ 3 English rail stations

As something of a breakthrough, Masabi – a specialist developer of  mobile ticketing has enabled British train operator  First Capital Connect to roll out its first mTicket capability at three English railway stations. An mTicket enables a smartphone user to purchase a ticket electronically with no need to collect it physically from a ticket office or machine. Instead the mTicket is displayed onscreen as an encrypted Aztec code. [Note: Not a QR code!]. Machines at London King’s Cross, Cambridge and King’s Lynn will initially be able to read these mTickets as will conductors’ portable ticket machines. The plan is to be able to roll it out to other locations including London’s Gatwick airport. FCC is strangely coy about the number of platforms able to run its ‘Rail Tickets’ app. There are Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia apps, for example. Continue reading

helping auto finance companies to transform - ulis BillingTree to deliver mobile payment and customer communications solutions to auto finance industry

Press release

January 22nd 2014. BillingTree, the leader in on-demand payment processing technology, has announced a suite of new solutions that allow auto finance companies to expand mobile payment options to consumers, and to manage and extend customer relationships beyond their initial purchase through digital marketing promotions and value-added customer service. BillingTree’s mobile payment and lifecycle management solution enables customers to view and pay their bills by scanning a QR code from their smartphone and instantly access their account information and payment options. Continue reading

Aztec_code GoMo digs out 2D barcode examples

Hope this manages to clear up confusion over 2D barcode types

These days, the 2D mobile barcode wars are really over. For all intents and purposes, the QR code has won out – even though it technically might not be the best solution available. However,  in some cases there are still some refuseniks left. A good case in point is the travel industry. Hence, when we wrote this story … ‘BA’s barcode causes confusion – Datamatrix or Aztec?‘, we tried to clear up the confusion. The travel industry actually utilises Aztec codes rather than going down the QR code route. As GoMo reader xx has just pointed out that story contained a link to a web site page that no  longer exists. So below we have published examples of the seven most popular 2D barcode types again. Continue reading

Scandit_screen Scandit develops SDK for Google Glass-based scanning apps

Foresees 10% of firms using AR spectacles in 5 years

A new version of its Barcode Scanner SDK software will deliver highly optimised support for Google’s icon Glass [AR spectacles], says Scandit. The company develops software-based barcode scanning and data capture technology for smartphones, tablets and wearable computing devices. The new Scandit release will be compatible with Google’s new Glass Development Kit (SDK), and Scandit is already working closely with application developers to match its wide range of features and functionality to the specific requirements of Glass. This release leverages Scandit’s unique blurry scanning and dynamic range capabilities to the fullest extent. The move follows a recent prediction from Gartner that companies using Google Glass or other wearable devices could save $1 billion a year in field service costs over the next five years. Continue reading

gold standard for inter platform comms - kader Waiting line to join BBM disappears

BlackBerry’s IM system on course to become No. 1 private messaging platform

As we previously reported here, BlackBerry’s official BBM client for Android and iPhone devices was downloaded over 10 million times in the first 24 hours. Now that its first week has ended, over 20 million new users have joined BBM bringing the worldwide total to more than 80 million monthly active users. Significantly, BlackBerry has transformed itself into a major player on Apple’s iTunes and Google’s Play app stores. BBM was the top free overall app in 35 countries in Google Play and in 107 countries in the iTunes App Store. It shows that BlackBerry is maintaining a strong position in markets such as Canada (no surprise); the USA; the UK and Indonesia. Now the focus is on keeping those users active. Continue reading