Archive for September, 2007

Burn Out Session

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Well, summer is gone guys and also the jetlake is heading towards its break during the winter. (Although we do have 23° C degrees air and 17° C water temperature …) Thus today there was the last chance to ride one’s board. Wow, that was fun, I tell yah.

Btw: At the beginning of October (6th or 8th) MTV is showing a Wakeboard-Edition of its magazine “Hot Sports” (9.00 pm). And guess what, this edtition was shot at the Jetlake! So tune in.

“O’zapft is” – Wies’n 2007

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Today (12:00 CET) the major of munich, Christian Ude, is going to disclose the Oktoberfest 2007, world’s largest folk festival. Question is: how many strokes will Ude need in order to open the first barrel of beer this year? 2006 after three strokes it was “o’zapft”.

Some facts: The event is taking place at the heart of Munich, the “Theresienwiese”. The 14 major breweries of Bavaria are going to sell 7 Mio. litres of beer to roughly 6. Mio. visitors. One Mass (1 letre of beer) is around EUR 7,90. The “Wies’n” will result in a revenue of about 1 billion (!) euros for Munich (+ area), with about 50 % spent on the Theresienwiese itself. By the way: all Mass-Krüge (Beer Glasses) are made in Austria and out of the 12.000 employees at the Wies’n more than 50 % are from Austria as well.

Some phrases for our foreign visitors:

  • * “Bring’ ma nuna mos” = “I’d like to have new beer”
  • * “Oane geht nu” = “I’m still thirsty, would you please bring me some beer?”
  • * “I mog a Wies’n hendl” = “I take the chicken deal”
  • * “Hoast mi?” =”Would you kindly repeate our order?”
  • * …

In case you don’t know what to do after the Wies’n (which is closing at 23:00), you could try one of the clubs at Ostbahnhof or Munich-Mitte (Karlsplatz). By the way : The “old” Michlbar is reopend during the Wies’n.

E-Smart @Sophie Antipolis

Friday, September 21st, 2007

After a great week in London last week, this week I participated in the E-Smart Conference/Smartcard University in Sophie Antipolis/French Riviera. SA (Sophie Antipolis) actually is the silicon valley of France, located about 20 kilometres way from the coast (the closest city/airport is Nice). In SA there are about 32.000 IT-Jobs, 1.300 Enterprises, 4 Hotels and NO supermarket, NO bar and NO leisure facilities. Taxis are quite expensive for having a ride to Nice (between 55 and 75 EUR). With public transport (which is not running at 100 % due to holidays) it takes you about 1 hour to get to the next town, Antipes, which is directly located at the sea. But don’t think about hanging out too long; the last bus is going back at 8.00 pm. Thus the only thing you could do in SA is work — and that’s what I tried.

At the conference I experienced again how small the world could be. I got to know several Austrians dealing with smartcards and payment, some colleagues I already met at different conferences and interesting people in the field of NFC. The conference itself was very nice, expect for the food (sorry, guys you still have to practice that).

My trip home actually was some kind of nightmare. On the bus to the airport I fell asleep and woke up in the middle of nowhere. I could convince the bus driver to drop me off at the next gas station where I tried to get a taxi (I was never that happy, that I could speak a little bit of French). After a delayed flight to Munich, the plane to Linz was overbooked and as I was already late, they didn’t take me to Linz that night – damm. Thus I had to stay in Munich (Lufthansa gave me a room at the Kempinski, which is among the most exclusives hotels I ever stayed at).

Well, when trying to check out, it appeared that my suitcase was lost – double damm. (My suitcase appeared during the night again.) At last and least I lost my passport at the airport after the check-in in the morning. (Fortunately the Bundesgrenzschutz found it.). In order to get the passport I do have to show up in Munich and pick it up in person (I do need my passport quite urgently as I’m going to Tokyo on Saturday next week). Did I already mention that the Oktoberfest is starting tomorrow? Well, looks like I do have to go to Munich this week to get me a beer and my passport again.

NFC mobile Conference (London, UK)

Friday, September 14th, 2007

A great City, Sunny weather (~ 20° C) and lots of people interested in NFC are a good mixture for an exciting conference. Josef and I, we held the opening workshop on NFC technology at the conference. The audience including several mobile network operators, credit card issuers as well as handset and semiconductor manufactures joined our talk.

Besides work I did some sightseeing downtown as well as enjoying the night life of UK’s capital. I bought myself an Oyster Card in order to experience the convenience of c-less technology in public transport. I recommend: if you’re in London, get this card. It is worth its 3 pounds deposit. Hopefully I’m able to use my NFC handset the next time to pay the fee of my ride on tube.

NFC Smartposter at Blackfriars (London, UK)

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Mind the Gap! Right after exiting the tube at Blackfriars station I saw one of the new smartposter installed at the end of August 2007. I touched the target mark with my Nokia 6131NFC and — surpise: “Object Type Unknown”. At first I tought, that the NDEF format of the data stored in the tag (a 1K-Mifare Chip) was not properly formated. Thus I had a closer look at the tag with a Pegoda Reader (yes, in the subway station!). Well it finally came out, that there is NO (!) data on the tag. Hence anyone with a Nokia 6131NFC could store data on one of those smart posters.

Even when leaving London on Wednesday the situation hadn’t chanced. The project is driven by NXP Semiconductors, the Imperial College of London, KiZoom (a service provider for public transport information systems), the Department of Trade and Industry, Sun Microsystems and Transport of London.

NFC is coming to Austria

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

At a press conference today mobilkom’s Hannes Ametsreiter presented NFC Services in cooperation with Nokia, NXP and ÖBB. From today mobilkom will also sell Nokia 6131 NFC Handsets out in their shops. All the presented uscases rely on the reader/writer functionally of the mobile phone. Services making use of the secure element are not yet implemented. The secure element is closed in order not to allow 3rd partys to install applications on the smart card chip (chain-of-trust must be asured). After two years of intensive research this is a great success for our team. I’m looking forward to see people trying the new services. But this is just the beginning of new era of services and there are more applications to come.

NFC in Austria

Pressrelease (NFCNews.com)

Futurezone (ORF)