GoToTags Expands NFC Store to Canada

In response to an increased growth of NFC use in Canada, GoToTags has just announced the setup of a new office location north of Vancouver, BC.

Across Canada NFC tags are increasingly being recognized as having significant potential to improve enterprise efficiency across a wide range of industries. This is particularly true for companies working in the security, logistics, biomedical and marketing sectors; however, NFC can be utilized across any number of industries where tagging or tracking items is a key component of company workflow. NFC products also have enormous potential for marketers to better understand and engage with their customers.

While GoToTags has always serviced customers internationally, the establishment of a permanent presence in Canada will allow it to provide better service to the significant number of Canadian customers the company already serves in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. By stocking inventory locally, it will allow GoToTags to improve the speed and efficiency that it can ship products to its growing number of Canadian customers.

GoToTags is already working with major Canadian security companies, commercial printers and marketing agencies, providing them with NFC tags, tag encoding and other services. It offers a wide selection of blank, ready-made, printable and custom NFC tags, UHF RFID tags, NFC software, hardware and online services from its online store and accepts Canadian dollar payments.

GoToTags also offers consulting services and the opportunity to develop custom projects so is happy to field enquiries from corporate customers looking to setup ongoing relationships. GoToTags’s headquarters for engineering, sales, support and inventory are in Seattle, USA with additional operations in Europe and now Canada. As it designs its own NFC tag products and has contract factories in China and the US, the company is able to build to custom specifications.

The increasing awareness and growth of NFC is clear, with people now commonly asking   where they can buy NFC tags in Canada as well as trying to find out more details about how the technology can be used most effectively. GoToTags has recently fulfilled orders for customer projects with 100K+ NFC tags, so there is no doubt that the future of NFC is bright. The company will additionally be launching a Canadian specific store soon.

Primera & GoToTags to Showcase Printable NFC Stickers at LabelExpo 2016

GoToTags will be showcasing its product line of printable NFC tags alongside Primera Technology’s inkjet printers at LabelExpo 2016 in Chicago. GoToTags printable NFC stickers are for businesses small and large looking to print their own full color, full bleed custom NFC labels. When used with printers such as the Primera LX500 and the Primera LX2000 desktop inkjet printers, it’s now possible for businesses to print their own small runs of NFC enabled labels. The result is higher quality control, lower production times and faster product design iterations. Typical applications include product labels for coffee, wine, water, bakery, confectionary, meat, cheese and hundreds of other specialty and gourmet foods. GoToTags worked with Primera Technology during the product development to ensure the NFC tags met the high quality and ease-of-use requirements that Primera expects for use in their printers. GoToTags printable NFC stickers are available in both sheet and roll formats, and in a selection of popular sizes and shapes. When custom NFC labels are combined with an online tag management and analytics system such as the GoToTags Platform, it allows for even more value to be derived out of the label, as now the label connects the product to its online counterpart for product information, registration and other consumer engagement.

The GoToTags Printable NFC Stickers and certified Primera printers are available for purchase today at the GoToTags Store.

Will you be at LabelExpo 2016? We’d love to talk about NFC. We’ll be at the Primera booth or contact us to arrange a special demo time.

 

 

 

Colordyne and GoToTags to Debut On-Demand NFC Label Printing at Pack Expo 2015

We are announcing and showing off our brand new line of printable NFC stickers at Pack Expo – Las Vegas this year. GoToTags printable NFC tags are designed to be printed in full color by a wide range of print technologies including flexographic, inkjet, Memjet, thermal and others. They are suitable for a variety of applications including commercial printers looking to print high quantities of NFC tags, all they way down to individuals who want to print NFC tags at home. These NFC labels have been designed alongside leading printer manufacturer partners such as Colordyne Technologies, resulting in a high-quality, easy-to-use and lost cost product. GoToTags printable NFC stickers are available in both sheet and roll formats, in a selection of popular sizes and shapes.

GeekWire: Seattle startup GoToTags raises $300,000 to ride the Near Field Communications wave

Seattle’s tech news site GeekWire wrote up an article on our recent $300k investment by Mucker Capital.

GoToTags Judges Intel’s Seattle IoT Hackathon at UW Startup Hall

GoToTags was privileged to take part in the first stop for the 2015 Intel IoT Roadshow series. This was a great opportunity for Seattle area professionals, students, and developers to take part in the next technological revolution; the Internet of Things. Ramsey Brown, who focuses on developing relationships with customers and partners at GoToTags, was a judge at the event in order to help share his expertise with NFC and IoT.

Attendees were given the chance to train and work with Intel’s® Edison™ Development Kits which were specifically designed for emerging entrepreneurs and developers looking to drive the future of wireless sensors and technologies such as NFC tags and BLE (Bluetooth low energy). After Developer Kit training, attendees could take part in a hackathon to showcase their creativity and developer skills. After two days of intense hacking, 24 teams presented their demos to the judges. Ideas ranged from an IoT clock that performs basic tasks, a social media connected smart ornament, a wearable safety device that detects falling emergencies, and the event’s prize-winning idea of a wearable that uses biometric assessments and dynamics to generate and stream music.

 

Reading NFC Tags with iPhone 6 and iOS 8

Apple announced support for NFC in the iPhone 6 today to support Apple Pay. However they didnt say anything about if the iPhone 6 has the ability to read and write NFC tags. Several articles online sourced from our StackOverflow answer about the iPhone 6’s ability to use NFC tags.

From digging into the iOS 8 docs that are available as of Sept 9th 3:30pm there is no mention of developer access to the NFC controller to perform any NFC operations; that includes reading tags, writing tags, pairing, payments, tag emulation… Given its an NXP controller the hardware has the capability to perform these features. They did mention a 3rd party app for the watch that allowed a hotel guest to open their room door with NFC. This is a classic use case for NFC and gives some indication that the NFC controller will be open to developers at some point. Remember, the watch is not supposed to be released until Q1 2015. So for now I’d say it’s closed but will be open soon. Given the ‘newness’ of contactless payments for the general US consumer and the recent security breaches its not surprising Apple wants to keep this closed for a while.

-Craig Tadlock

PC Advisor

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/apple/3572112/iphone-6-nfc-chip-is-restricted-applepay/

Cult of Mac

http://www.cultofmac.com/296093/apple-confirms-iphone-6-nfc-apple-pay/

The Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/16/6204999/iphone-6-nfc-chip-locked-to-apple-pay

Geek

http://www.geek.com/apple/apple-only-allows-the-iphone-6-nfc-chip-to-work-with-apple-pay-1604517/

International Business Times

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/iphone-6-nfc-limited-apple-pay-1465673

NFC World

http://www.nfcworld.com/2014/09/10/331448/apple-nfc-no-tags-or-pairing/

cnet

http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-locks-down-iphone-6-nfc-to-apple-pay/

Venture Beat

http://venturebeat.com/2014/09/16/apple-makes-nfc-a-one-trick-pony-in-iphone-6-watch/

Engadget

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/16/nfc-on-iphone-6-limited-to-apple-pay/

GoToTags’s Craig Tadlock to Mentor Startups at AccelerateNFC 2014 Class

The AccelerateNFC program is a mentor-driven, mentor-funded accelerator for startups focusing on NFC. The selected startups will participate in an intensive, 12-week program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of early stage companies. GoToTag’s CEO, Craig Tadlock will mentor the 2014 class of NFC startups along with mentors from HID Global, Quad/Graphics and other industry leading companies.

GoToTags CEO to Speak at NFC Bootcamp in Los Angeles

NFC Bootcamp is starting 2014 in Los Angeles. Join the NFC Bootcamp staff and international experts in near field communication who will share their insights on the NFC ecosystem and players, mobile wallet, beyond payments and social networking, as well as technical aspects needed to create your own NFC campaign. GoToTags’s CEO, Craig Tadlock will speak at the Los Angeles event along with other speakers from Broadcom.