Contactless & Mobile Awards: FINALISTS 2013

Now in its 6th year, the Contactless & Mobile Awards are presented to those companies, organizations and retailers who have done the most to embrace and implement contactless/NFC technology into their day-to-day operating practices. These awards represent a real promotional springboard and give the winners a reputation and credibility for their efforts within the industry.

The competition is open to all implemented contactless applications within the relevant sectors, regardless of geographic region or size of corporation. In fact 2012 saw our most diverse percentage of nominees per region than ever before with 23% based in the UK, 40% based in mainland Europe, 19% US & Canada, 12% Asia and Asia Pacific and 6% Rest of World. In 2013 we are expecting the percentage of nominees per region to be even more diverse.

Selected by a panel of industry experts, the Winners are announced at a prestigious evening ceremony organized in London during the Contactless Intelligence Spring Conference.

After an amazing amount of entries, the judges have narrowed the field down to four finalists per category and are now moving into the final selection process. The winner of each category will be announced in London, at a gala dinner on the 30th April 2013.

Competitive Advantage

Contactless / NFC technology, if utilized professionally, can give even a small company a huge advantage over a giant corporation. We are looking for evidence of competitive advantage within a business environment achieved through the use of contactless / NFC technology.

  • De Krantenautomaat – NFC magazine vending (the Netherlands)
  • Identive – Cloud-based mobile service platform (US)
  • Cardis International – CardMobile in Linz (Austria)
  • Michelin Travel Partners – Michelin Guide information via NFC (France)

Transportation and Ticketing

Awarded for the best use of contactless / NFC technology within the transportation and ticketing environment. Be it public transport or tickets for events, this award is aimed at those companies who have embraced the new contactless / NFC technology to deliver their specific products to a mass audience.

  • OSPT – CIPURSE (Germany)
  • Transport for London – Contactless bus travel (UK)
  • Garanti Bank – Esparacard (Turkey)
  • Vix Technology – Beijing ACC (China)

Mobile Payment 

With so much energy going into NFC payment applications for mobile payment solutions, there is a vast number of payment apps available in the market; each with their own distinct characteristics. From mobile wallets to pure payment solutions, this category aims to reward one company for doing the most to bring mobile payments to the mass market.

  • MOPET – Mobito (Czech Republic)
  • FNB – Geo payments (South Africa)
  • Royal Bank of Scotland/ Giesecke & Devrient – TouchPay (UK)
  • T-Mobile – MyWallet (Poland)

Innovation 

Contactless and NFC technology is moving beyond payment to new applications, be it location marketing, museum guides, or online notetaking. In this category, we are rewarding innovative uses of NFC and contactless technology.

  • Rosetta Stone – NFC for the funeral industry (US)
  • IS Bank – Parakod QR code payment (Turkey)
  • Scanvibe – Scan Card 3.0 (Canada)
  • 99Squared – Kuoob platform (UK)

Customer Experience

Awarded for the most convenient use of contactless / NFC technology creating a great customer experience. Be it public transport or tickets for events, this award is aimed at those companies who have embraced the new contactless / NFC technology to deliver their specific products to a mass audience.

  • Casino/Think&Go – NFC Shopping (France)
  • Sony – One-touch functions (Japan)
  • SRC – WiseOrder (Slovenia)
  • Watchdata – SIMpass (China)

Loyalty

What could be a better sector just waiting for contactless / NFC technology than the loyalty industry? With so many loyalty cards out there today – all waiting to be integrated into a mobile phone – surely this industry sector is the one embracing new technology the most?

  • Proxama – EE coffee loyalty card (UK)
  • I am Mpowered – SaaS Platform (US)
  • Loylogic – PointsPay (Switzerland)
  • MoSoCo – MOSIVO Platform (Poland)

Public Domain

NFC and contactless technology enables innovative and convenient public sector applications. From health to local government, from education to electronic services – in this category we award successful implementation in the public domain.

  • Connecthings – StrasPlus (France)
  • Open eCard – Mobile authentication with German eID card (Germany)
  • Young Scot – Young Scot National Entitlement Card (UK)
  • Signaids – Communication & mapping via NFC (Canada)

Marketing Campaign 

Smart posters, in-store endorsements, social networking, location marketing –  a number of marketing and advertising agencies have embraced  NFC technology within the heart of their campaigns. It’s an exciting time and  this category rewards both agencies and clients who have taken the leap and used NFC technology to market their products to the public.

  • Kyp – Marie Claire NFC advert (UK)
  • Thinaire – Mondelez International/Kraft Foods/News America Marketing campaign (US)
  • Tapit – Out of Home xBox campaign (Australia)
  • Escher – Finnbees Coffee House (Ireland)

Infrastructure

Without a solid and reliable infrastructure in place, containing tags, registers, readers and POS terminals, NFC and contactless implementation would fail. In this category, we are looking for backend players with a track record of suitably impressive projects, rollouts or ventures.

  • VeriFone/M&S – Full integration with contactless & NFC (UK)
  • Merchant Warehouse – Genius platform (US)
  • YEP – Yepify platform (Estonia)
  • Secure NFC – NFC security solution (Australia)

Eco-System

Small-scale pilots have made way for company-, city- or even country-sized projects, bringing together many application areas and user experiences. Payments, posters, tourist information services, public transportation and even parking – in this category we award the efforts behind those contactless / NFC ecosystems.

  • CBT – MUGI65+: NFC for the elderly in Bilbao (Spain)
  • Digicel – Countrywide Beep & Go implementation (Tonga)
  • MoLo Rewards – MoLo Rewards in Reading (UK)
  • NXP/BSS – Rabbit e-money system in Bangkok (Thailand)
 JUDGING PANEL: 
  • Wendy Atkins – Contactless Intelligence Editor [Head Judge]
  • Mark Austin – Visa Europe
  • Michel Barjansky – ex RATP
  • John Berry – European Commission (Research & Innovative Transport Systems)
  • Paul Chamberlain – Association of Convenience Stores 
  • Kevin Farquharson – Smart Card Networking Forum
  • Hervé Pierre – SIMalliance
  • Kristian T. Sørensen  – Mobey Forum
  • Samee Zafar – Edgar Dunn

The event will take place at;

Hilton London Tower Bridge
5 More London Place
Tooley Street
SE1 2BY London
United Kingdom

The 2013 Contactless Intelligence Spring Conference and Contactless & Mobile Awards Dinner

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 at 19:00 (GMT)

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