INSIDE Contactless and Mobile Distillery have announced a partnership to create a new NFC mobile application development platform. This partnership is designed to boost the development of NFC applications for the Wave-Me NFC services platform by making it easier for software makers to write applications once and deploy them across a broad range of NFC-enabled handsets.
Called “Celsius for Wave-Me” the NFC mobile application development platform combines Mobile Distillery’s Celsius mobile application production framework with INSIDE Contactless’ Wave-Me Service Engine, a component of the Wave-Me NFC services platform. This is an end-to-end solution that mobile carriers and third-party service providers can use to give subscribers easy access to a broad range of NFC services and applications through their handsets.
Celsius for Wave-Me will also include integrated connectivity to INSIDE’s MicroRead NFC chip and software, enabling NFC mobile applications to be optimised for performance with access to advanced proprietary features of the NFC chip.
Celsius for Wave-Me will help mobile network operators overcome the hurdle of wanting to provide easy access to services but also wanting to wait until the deployment of NFC-enabled handsets fully ramps up. Celsius for Wave-Me enables developers to use its Parametric Development feature to automatically adapt source code at compilation time. This creates applications that can read either QR Code (visual 2D bar code tags) or traditional NFC tags depending on the capabilities of the target handset.
A beta release Celsius NFC for Wave-Me is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2010 for selected partners. The Celsius for Wave-Me license will be free for the development stage of any project, and will be updated to include new NFC phones, additional NFC stickers and add-ons as they become available, offering the most widespread access to NFC functionality.