Contactless Intelligence announces finalists for 2012 Contactless & Mobile Awards

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Diversity of nominations and finalists demonstrates global growth for contactless and NFC.

The global appetite for contactless technologies shows no sign of abating as Contactless Intelligence's 2012 Contactless & Mobile Awards (formally known as the Contactless Monkey Awards) honours achievements across a wide range of sectors and countries throughout Europe and further afield on the 26th April at an awards dinner in London.

Steve Atkins, CEO of Krowne Communications, the company behind Contactless Intelligence, said. "This year we have changed the categories slightly to reflect the growing spectrum of uses and implementations of contactless and NFC technology as you would expect from such a dynamic industry. The quality and quantity of entries reflect this dynamism. Narrowing the entries down to four finalists per category was very difficult". Atkins continued, "Now the really hard part is choosing a winner for each category."

Following are the categories and the finalists;

Competitive Advantage.
Narian Technologies - Narian NFC service (US/Global)
CocaCola - Contactless payment in mainstream vending (UK)
Impark - Contactless parking (Canada)
Proxama - MasterCard Mobile Reference Kit (Global)

Transportation and Ticketing.
Banca Commerciala Romana - Zambet BCR: contactless debit card with transport app (Romania)
City of Wrocklaw - Wrocklaw Urban card (Poland)
VDV - eTicket Germany: an interoperable e-ticket application for public transport (Germany)
NXP - Istanbulkart (Turkey)

Mobile Payment Application of the Year.
Tagattitude - TagPay mobile money application (Africa)
Merchant360 - PatientID+: combined medical and payment NFC solution (USA)
Boku - BOKU Accounts Platform (US/Global)
Google - Google Wallet (US/Global)

Contactless / NFC Innovation of the Year.
DeviceFidelity - In2Pay microSD solution for NFC (US/Global)
Qolpac - NFC and epackaging for medication (Europe)
eProvenance - NFC solution for monitoring wine (France/US)
AQ Corporation - NFC Active tag solution for customized mobile advertisements using digital signage (Korea)

Best Customer Experience.
Clinton Cards - Rollout of NFC payment acceptance throughout all stores (UK)
Garanti Bank - "MONEY" card: the payment and loyalty card for Migros supermarkets (Turkey)
Openways - NFC room keys for Hotel Chains (Scandinavia)
LAKS - "Watch2Pay": contactless payment using a watch (Hungary)

Loyalty.
Kadona - NFC Service Platform for retailer BIPA (Austria)
Adelya - "Carte Magique": Loyalty card for Nice residents (France)
K-Plus - K-Plussa card for use in the K-Group of stores (Finland)
SAS - "SAS Smart Pass": NFC solution for frequent flyers (Sweden)

Public Domain.
Connecthings - "Mobulles Paris": Smart Mailbox Implementation (France)
WhileOnTheMove - "Daisy": NFC enabled mobile solution for day cares, pre-schools and schools (Finland)
Smartran - "Active Points": residents loyalty programme for leisure services (UK)
Fjord Nordics - World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 mobile application (Finland)

Best Marketing Campaign using Contactless / NFC Technology.
EAT - "Quick Tap Treats": UK's first nationwide NFC retail loyalty programme (UK)
Horizon Media Agency - Halls OOH (Out Of Home) campaign in Chicago (US)
VOX Cinemas - Cinema Voucher Campaign (Dubai)
GO Outdoors - iPhone Discount Card App (UK)

Best Contactless / NFC Infrastructure.
ViVOtech - Single-tap point-of-sale (POS) transaction (Global)
Greggs/Spire Payments - The largest payment deployment (retail) by number of POS in Europe to date (UK)
VeriFone - VeriFone Taxi System in London (UK)
Proxama - Touchpoint platform (Global)

Contactless / NFC Eco-System.
Connecthings - Large-scale deployment of contactless/NFC mobile services (Europe)
Glodyne Technoserve - "e-Shakti card": ID and banking solution in Bahir (India)
Absa Bank - First NFC trial in S. Africa with EMV on handset (South Africa)
Mokipay - NFC based Mobile payment and loyalty platform (Lithuania)

There are also two further awards that Visa Europe will present on 26th April, where only the winners are announced; “The Visa payWave award for Business Leader of the Year” and “The Visa payWave award for Best Contactless Awareness and Education Campaign”.

“We are very pleased to be sponsoring the Contactless and Mobile Awards again in 2012. The increasing number and quality of nominations over the last five years is a great reflection of the growth in the market place. There are now more than 31 million Visa contactless cards in Europe, and an expectation that by the end of 2012 that number will be in excess of 50 million. The acceptance side is also set for rapid growth through 2012, with plans from tier 1 retailers set to push the number of terminals by 50% over the course of the year." said Mark Austin, Head of Contactless at Visa Europe (Platinum Sponsors of the CMAs).

The winners of each categories will be announced at a Gala Dinner award ceremony on the 26th April at the London Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel, London, England.
Details about the Finalists, CMAs and how to attend the ceremony can be found at http://www.contactlessintelligence.com.

Notes to Editors

About Krowne Communications
Krowne Communications is a specialized B2B PR agency. It was founded in Munich, Germany, in 2000, and is now headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Along with its UK company, Krowne Communications (UK) Ltd, it offers services developed specifically to fit the requirements of major organizations operating in the world of technology. The company also develops and manages marketing communications projects for special interest groups and companies.  It has pioneered the concept of marketing-oriented partner programs and digital PR integrated Web 2.0 media broadcast channels.
For more information, visit http://www.krowne.tv

About Visa Europe
In Europe, there are 445 million Visa debit, credit and commercial cards. In the 12 months ending September 2011 those cards were used to make purchases and cash withdrawals to the value of €1.7 trillion. 14% of consumer spending at point of sale in Europe is with a Visa card, and almost 80% of that is on Visa debit cards.
Visa enjoys unsurpassed acceptance around the world. In addition, Visa/PLUS is one of the world’s largest global ATM networks, offering cash access in local currency in over 200 countries.
For more information, visit http://www.visaeurope.com

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