Contactless Intelligence Announces Finalists for 2013 Contactless & Mobile Awards

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Award finalists demonstrate innovation and creativity in the use of contactless and NFC technology

The global appetite for contactless technologies shows no sign of abating as the 2013 Contactless Intelligence Contactless & Mobile Awards (formally known as the Contactless Monkey Awards) honours achievements across a wide range of sectors and countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

The Contactless & Mobile Awards are presented to those companies and organisations 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.

Now in its sixth year, the Contactless & Mobile Awards (this year sponsored by Visa Europe) has attracted, once more, a record turnout, making it an important fixture in the contactless calendar. The finalists for the 2013 Contactless & Mobile Awards have now been announced and can be found below.

The finalist details have been passed to the judging panel who are:

  •          Wendy Atkins - Contactless Intelligence Editor [Head Judge]
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  •     Mark Austin - Visa Europe
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  •     Michel Barjansky - ex RATP
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  •     John Berry - European Commission (Research & Innovative Transport Systems)
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  •     Paul Chamberlain - Association of Convenience Stores 
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  •     Kevin Farquharson - Smart Card Networking Forum
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  •     Paul Naldrett - SIMalliance
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  •     Kristian T. Sørensen  - Mobey Forum
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  •     Samee Zafar - Edgar Dunn

"This year has been an amazing year for the Contactless and Mobile Awards. We have had the greatest ever amount of entries from all over the world and every entry exhibiting a real flair for innovation when it comes to NFC, contactless or mobile technology. It was an incredibly hard job to choose just four finalists per category - we could have had more, but that would not do justice to those companies that made the final selection per category." said Steve Atkins, CEO of Krowne Communications, the company behind Contactless Intelligence. "To those companies I wish to express my admiration for their innovative solutions and business excellence and wish them all the best of luck for the final selection in their Contactless and Mobile Award categories."

Following are the categories and the finalists;

Competitive Advantage
Contactless / NFC technology, if utilised professionally, can give even a small company a huge advantage over a giant corporation. The judges 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)
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  •     Identive – Cloud-based mobile service platform (US)
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  •     Cardis International – CardMobile in Linz (Austria)
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  •     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)
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  •     Transport for London – Contactless bus travel (UK)
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  •     Garanti Bank – Esparacard (Turkey)
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  •     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)
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  •     FNB – Geo payments (South Africa)
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  •     Royal Bank of Scotland/ Giesecke & Devrient – TouchPay (UK)
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  •     T-Mobile – MyWallet (Poland)

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

  •     Rosetta Stone – NFC for the funeral industry (US)
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  •     IS Bank – Parakod QR code payment (Turkey)
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  •     Scanvibe – Scan Card 3.0 (Canada)
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  •     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)
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  •     Sony – One-touch functions (Japan)
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  •     SRC – SmartOrder (Slovenia)
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  •     Watchadata – 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)
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  •     I am mPowered – SaaS Platform (US)
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  •     Loylogic – PointsPay (Switzerland)
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  •     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 the judges will present the award for the most successful implementation in the public domain.
    

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

Marketing Campaign 
Smart posters, in-store endorsements, social networking, location marketing –  a growing number of marketing and advertising agencies are embracing NFC technology within 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)
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  •     Thinaire – Mondelez International/Kraft Foods/News America Marketing campaign (US)
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  •     Tapit – Out of Home xBox campaign (Australia)
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  •     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, the judges 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)
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  •     Merchant Warehouse – Genius platform (US)
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  •     YEP – Yepify platform (Estonia)
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  •     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 the judges are looking to reward the efforts behind those contactless / NFC ecosystems.
    

  •     CBT – MUGI65+: NFC for the elderly in Bilbao (Spain)
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  •     Digicel – Countrywide Beep & Go implementation (Tonga)
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  •     ATCM – MoLo Rewards in Reading (UK)
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  •     NXP/BSS – Rabbit e-money system in Bangkok (Thailand)

New for this year is the Contactless Intelligence "Industry Choice Award". The nominees of this award are all the finalists in the ten categories outlined in the years CMA's. Voted for by the industry at http://www.contactlessintelligence.com, this award allows the Mobile, NFC and Contactless industry to say who they think should get recognition. Voting starts on the 8th April and finishes on the 19th April. The winner will be announced at the 30th April event.

Visa Europe will also present the winners of two further awards on 30th April; “The Visa payWave award for Business Leader of the Year” and “The Visa payWave award for Best Contactless Awareness and Education Campaign”.

"Visa is delighted to be sponsoring the Contactless and Mobile Awards again in 2013. The high-standard of nominations this year is evidence of tremendous growth in the market. Contactless momentum is building and it's clear we have passed the tipping point. There are now more than 53 million Visa contactless cards in Europe, and by the end of 2013 that number will be in excess of 70 million. Those cards can be used at over 670k terminals across Europe and as a result transaction volumes have increased five-fold over the last 12 months. We expect that as we expand the acceptance footprint we will see similar growth over the next 12 months." 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 30th 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.

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Notes to Editors

About Krowne Communications

Krowne Communications is a specialised B2B media relations agency, well established in the high-tech industry. Founded in Munich, Germany, in 2000, and now headquartered in Berlin, Germany, along with its UK company, Krowne Communications (UK) Ltd, it offers media communication services developed specifically to fit the requirements of major organisations operating in the world of technology. Krowne understands that with the explosive growth of social media platforms and instant communications, today’s media relations should look to create message resonance through message relevance – with the goal of forging long-term relations for their clients with their own customers and within their industry.

By combining its expertise and background in media communications with first-hand journalistic experience through such on-line media platforms as their own 'Contactless Intelligence', Krowne fuses both Press and PR elements together effectively, and so offer its clients a unique approach to 21st Century media relations. Contactless Intelligence and the Contactless & Mobile Awards (Formerly known as the Monkeys) have been in operation since 2007.

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 Europe is owned and operated by more than 3,700 European members and was incorporated in July 2004. Visa Europe is independent of global Visa Inc., with an exclusive, irrevocable and perpetual licence in Europe, while both companies operate to ensure global interoperability. As a dedicated European payment system Visa Europe is able to respond quickly to the specific market needs of European banks and their customers - cardholders and retailers - and to meet the European Commission’s objective to create a true internal market for payments.

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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