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Telefonica to Test NFC Payments at its Head Office

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Telef nica Digital and Research In Motion have announced a pilot program of a Telef nica wallet for BlackBerry smartphones involving 350 employees at its headquarters in Distrito Telef nica, Spain.

Those taking part in the trial will be able to pay for goods by tapping their BlackBerry smartphones against a reader. Employees that are part of the NFC pilot project will also be able use their BlackBerry smartphone (in lieu of a security card) to gain physical access to the Telefónica headquarters office.

According to Julio Linares, COO from Telefónica, "We have chosen the BlackBerry solution for this pilot because of the security that the platform brings." He continued: "RIM's participation has been important for this pilot project, and we are now planning to extend the project to more and more Telefónica employees around the world."

The Telefónica Wallet for BlackBerry makes use of SIM-based NFC capabilities and replicates a physical wallet, showing the different cards available to the user. Once the user has selected a card, they are offered a range of options including making transactions, getting account balances and receiving confirmations from the bank.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 smartphones have already received certification for NFC payments and are compatible with the UICC/SWP protocol which, when used with Telefónica SIM cards, provides a secure platform for NFC use.

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