Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sony building power-for-payment wall sockets

Sony is working on a new technology to enable power outlets to identify users or use policies with IC chips, Sam Byford at The Verge reports. The technology could be used to protect devices from theft or to charge a fee for access to power in airports, coffee shops and other public locations.

The outlets transmit authentication data across power lines using data from chips in devices or smartcards. In Japan, millions of consumers are using a form of the IC technology, which is built on Sony's FeliCa standard, when making mobile payments.

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