Bringing NFC to the iPhone?
Incipio®, designer and manufacturer of mobile device accessories and DeviceFidelity, Inc. a vendor in plug and play NFC mobile solutions announced a technology and co-marketing partnership to bring to market a brand new range of premium NFC enabled accessory products for iOS based devices.
Incipio is widely recognized for consistently creating ingenious protective solutions for the mobile world, and recently won the best of show at 2013 International CES with 4 product design and technology awards. DeviceFidelity, holder of 40 global patents on NFC technology is known for powering many mobile NFC implementations across the world.
Together, the two companies announced today, the Cashwrap family of new cases designed for iPhone devices that enable the hundreds of millions of iOS users to benefit from apps powered with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The partnership will together bring to market unique, stylish and streamlined case, in multiple colors, that enable the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S/4 to run NFC based tag reading, writing and wallet apps for mobile payments.
The CashWrap product portfolio aims to utilize Incipio’s innovative and unique product designs, marketing expertise and worldwide retail distribution reach with DeviceFidelity’s award winning mobile apps, proven and certified NFC technology, industry leading embedded NFC software and security expertise.
“Incipio brand is known for innovation and design that consumers covet, and NFC technology is changing the way consumers will interact with their digital world,” says, Valentine Lopez, Executive Vice President, Incipio. “Partnering with DeviceFidelity was a no brainer, as they have a proven and certified NFC technology platform that enabled us to come to market in the fastest possible manner.”
Based on DeviceFidelity’s patents, electronic designs and software for NFC smartphone technology and accessories, Cashwrap uses DeviceFidelity’s leading microNFC and CredenSE microSD solutions to power NFC on iOS devices. This powerful combination enables the Cashwrap product line to satisfy the growing demands from NFC based mobile wallet market. In addition Cashwrap will also boost the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) industry by powering secure physical, logical access and data encryption apps on iOS devices. Upon release, the Cashwrap products will be available for iPhones with a major mobile wallet program in the Unites States.
“DeviceFidelity’s mission has always been to fuel worldwide consumer adoption of NFC technology and apps on devices that consumers like to carry,” says Amitaabh Malhotra, COO and Co-Founder of DeviceFidelity, Inc. “iPhone users like to carry Incipio cases on their iPhones and the brand is known for original and premium designs. We are very excited to help bring Cashwrap to market and give consumers and businesses an aesthetic case choice that they can pick from and enjoy apps backed by a technology they can count on.”
Cashwrap for iPhone will be available in the second quarter for the US market at Incipio.com, with an international release to follow. Pre-orders can be placed immediately for both iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 versions by interested mobile wallet developers, mobile network operators and financial institutions deploying NFC technology.
CashWrap products feature a one-piece design with industry leading protection. Case features an NFC antenna and a microSD slot for housing DeviceFidelity’s microNFC secure card that is certified by all major payment networks for mobile payment applications. Multiple colors and choice for both iPhone 4S/4 and iPhone 5 will be offered.