TazTag has announced that production versions of its TazCard contactless mobile electronic wallet and TazBox NFC hotspot products will be on display at the 2011 International CES held in Las Vegas, Jan. 6-9.
Based on the NFC SecuRead System-in-Package solution from INSIDE Secure, TazCard and TazBox are used to simplify the deployment of contactless applications such as transportation, retail, coupon and loyalty schemes, home automation and application development in education, says TazTag.
TazTag CEO Eric Fouchard explains, “TazCard is a thin-client mobile platform that can securely store and communicate personal information and provide a graphical touch interface, while TazBox offers an easier way to deploy NFC hotspots to facilitate communication between TazCard or other mobile NFC devices and back-end services, applications and the Internet.”
According to TazTag, the TazCard is essentially a Linux-based tablet computer about the size of a credit card, and is capable of supporting a variety of identity, health care, transportation, loyalty, ticketing, payments, advertising, access control, authentication and other NFC-based applications. The device features a 3.5-inch color touch screen, biometric authentication, audio output and data storage, as well as USB and ZigBee communications technology.
The desktop TazBox is an autonomous NFC hotspot that provides the infrastructure necessary to enable contactless communications with mobile NFC devices such as the TazCard, NFC mobile phones and new-generation loyalty and payment smart cards. TazBox also includes a ZigBee gateway and connects to back-end systems through a flexible suite of Wi-Fi, Ethernet and optional 3G interfaces.
According to TazTag, both products are expected to begin volume production and delivery to system integrators and solution providers in the first quarter of 2011.