Feb 7, 2013 (MANCHESTER, UK & BOSTON) – Attido Mobile (http://www.attidomobile.com), developers of the PassWallet app which supports passes on the Android & BlackBerry platforms, and Skycore LLC, developers of the codeREADr app (https://codereadr.com) which supports the redemption of passes on both Apple’s Passbook and Attido’s PassWallet, have today announced the capability for PassWallet passes to be presented and redeemed using NFC-enabled Android devices.
Apple’s launch of iOS 6 in 2012 included the Passbook app which can store tickets, vouchers and coupons as well as loyalty, member and student ID cards. Passbook creates a centralized mobile wallet within the phone for consumers to easily access these passes when needed. Each pass contains a unique barcode which is scanned at the point of service to validate or redeem the pass.
Since Passbook passes are not natively supported on Android or Blackberry devices, Attido created the PassWallet app to enable consumers to view, store and use passes on those devices.
codeREADr is an app for iOS and Android devices which scans barcodes and reads NFC so merchants, venues, schools and enterprises can securely validate and redeem passes presented on any mobile device.
Passes stored within PassWallet normally present pass IDs as barcodes for scanning but can now also beam pass IDs via NFC and have those IDs validated and redeemed with the codeREADr app on NFC-enabled Android devices.
“Apple created the Passbook standard for card, coupon and ticket delivery to iOS devices. My team built PassWallet to fill the gap for the Android platform. We then expanded the technology to support NFC redemption on Android through our partnership with the codeREADr team,” said Andy Nugent, Director of Attido Mobile.
“Beaming NFC passes has the potential to eventually offer a fast, secure and seamless tap-to-validate process for Passes. As the technology matures we expect consumers will find convenience in a simple tap. We plan to help forge that future on multiple platforms, hopefully including iOS if the devices become NFC-enabled,” said Rich Eicher, CEO of Skycore.
(Apple, Passbook, and iOS are trademarks of Apple Inc.)