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Great show, great people, great technology. MWC again was a very nice event with lot of new things to see. You can find a very comprehensive review at Heise.
I actually fancied all the Android activities which show that Google’s mobile phone platform is gaining more and more influence. And as Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is now supporting NFC as well, this will help the industry to move into contactless payment and ticketing using a mobile phone. Comprion – a German Test Tool Manufacturer — also showed a Nexus S with Single Wire Protocol (SWP) support. At the NTTDocomo booth an NFC-demo with the upcoming Galaxy S II and a Gemalto UICC was demonstrated. So I’m pretty sure we will see more Android NFC phones with card emulation very soon, as Samsung called NFC “the next business experience” on some banners. This trend is out pinned as well by G&D and NXP who announced a cooperation on the NFC/SEEK Stack for Android (just as expected).
At the app planet “WAC” was to most mentioned buzz-word. Although every handset manufacturer counts on its native platform, most of them (also Android) support WAC. From my personal experience, I only see WAC as a second J2ME, which never took off (will take off).
In the end, MWC 2011 was a big show for Android, Apps and a lot of talking about the Microsoft-Nokia cooperation agreement.
I’m becoming a big e-mobility fan. This week I was at the e-mobility conference in Graz. At the conference different presentations on concepts and products for and of the automotive industry were given. The conference gave a good inside into the problems we are facing the future and what we can expect.
n this context also Austria’s largest mobile network operator, mobilkom Austria, announced the launch of electricity power stations, that are built into “old-school” telefon phone, in order to recharge e-bikes.
My colleague Andreas Jakl and I, we have been nominated in the category “Mobile Applications” at the Multimedia Europrix 2009 with our Mobil-Doc Application. With this mobile App we have already been successful at the WYSA in spring this year.
Update: Unfortunatly we didn’t win – but anyway, the show was great and Graz was worth the trip
This week I gave the keynote at the gala dinner of the annual IKT-Security conference of the Department of Defense at the Museum of Military History in Vienna. The topic of the talk was the use of the SIM-Card in telecommunication networks for security reasons. I also gave insights into the SIMail Project, which we presentated at the Mobile World Congress 2009.
During the last weekend the A1 Innovation Days took place at Vienna/Telekom Austria. It was a very nice Event with a major Focus on NFC Technology including workshops from Nokia and Alcatel Lucent.
Besides the NFC Tracks Nokia gave a workshop on the new Maemo 5 Platform and Qt. I also got the chance to have a look at the upcoming N900 – the new Maemo Hardware platform running a Linux (Debian) OS. Nokia wants to target especially developers with this device from my point of view, as it is very open from a technical side but on the other hand not as stylish as the iPhone.
Just a quick note: Nokia today announce the new champions for 2010. Guess what — I’ve been re-elected *happy* THANK YOU NOKIA! The Nokia Champion Program is a great initiative from Nokia to support developers and innovators (and they are doing a great job).
I’m looking forward to my new Champion Device: the new Nokia e72
Yesterday I gave a talk at the monthly meeting of the Austrian Business Travel Assocciation (ABTA) at the Hotel Herrnhof in Vienna. The topic of the theme night was “Mobile Business Travel”. Therefore I present several solutions and visions using NFC. Other speakers that evening were Thomas Kreillechner (Lufthansa/Swiss) and Alexxandro Sansa (Marid Convention Bureau).
Stay tuned: At the end of 2009 the book mTourism – Mobile Dienste im Tourismus will be published including my article/findings on NFC in Tourism.
I spent the last week in Japan, Fukuoka. The reason for this trip was the ARES Conference, where I held a workshop on Contactless Security and Security in Sensor Networks. The conference was very nice, but as I stayed only for three days in Asia, jetlag hit me like a train.
Fukuoka itself is like Munich. A “small” town in the south of Japan, about two hours flying from Natrita, Tokyo. During the days staying the cherry trees started to flower beautfully and some people already celebrated the “Kirschblühtenfest” . I enjoyed experiencing this event.
Trip to Tokyo 2007