Pradonet Technology, a provider of security, identification, payment and authentication devices, has launched a FeliCa-enabled contactless handheld terminal, the ST4fx, that enables card reading anywhere. It is expected the new ST4fx will soon also support NFC functionality.
Developed by Pradonet’s R&D division in Malaysia, the rugged portable handheld is durable enough for most weather conditions and can handle multiple applications, such as identity authentication, e-ticket validation for events and transit, cashless e-payment, field sales automation and security access and border control.
FeliCa is the contactless IC card technology developed by Sony Corporation and has been extensively deployed by public transport operators and enhanced to offer a range of value-add applications including e-cash and loyalty. Some 330 million contactless cards and FeliCa-enabled wallet mobile phones have already been issued, primarily in Japan and Hong Kong.