Short info about the NFC Devices


Near Field Communication (NFC) is short-range, high frequency wireless communication technology, primarily used in mobile phones. NFC devices have an endless amount of real life applications, including mobile ticketing, payment, advertising and marketing.

Ambiq has developed RFID/NFC add-on modules that are capable of interfacing with the current and future POS and other acquiring products, typically used in transportation, utility and other payment systems. The protected memory is designed for internal storage of multiple accounts information and documentation that are associated with transactions. Ambiq’s trusted security component will allow for secure management of the internal data and encryption of the transactions, as they occur. The antenna is built directly into the device, which will remove necessities for external antennas and assure proper functionality. The connector component, with embedded mini operating environment and applications, will allow for greater compatibility with a wide variety of devices, assuring recognition and proper interfaces for operation with such devices.

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Introduction to the Ambiq TSM: A Unified Service Platform

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The Ambiq TSM is a highly scalable Trusted Service Management (TSM) platform designed to meet the needs of anyone desiring to remotely manage secure devices and applications. The Ambiq TSM can be extended to devices that contain Java Card–based secure elements and are compliant with the GlobalPlatform specification.

The Ambiq TSM’s primary goal is to unify multiple application providers and their customers, and to provide a secure infrastructure for application provisioning. The Ambiq TSM is deployed as a managed service, running in an Ambiq data center. Devices managed by the Ambiq TSM connect to the service through connections such as TCP/IP or SMS provided by their host environment, the mobile phone.

The Ambiq TSM is primarily designed for transportation and retail payment solutions, while implementing end-to-end security for communicating with the secure elements to ensure the maximum possible security for all sensitive data.

The Ambiq TSM is designed and developed with well-known design patterns to deliver optimum performance while keeping necessary provisions for vertical and horizontal scalability. The Ambiq TSM can be deployed as a multi-tenant service, in order to accommodate different business entities, in a single instance and is carefully architected to comply with appropriate industry standards and certification requirements such as PCI DSS, MasterCard TSM and etc.

The Ambiq TSM device and application management platform is fully compliant with GlobalPlatform standards which are widely accepted as the secure communication framework to manage secure elements. Ambiq TSM uses mobile Internet (TCP/IP) or Binary SMS for Over-the-Air (OTA) management of secure elements.

Ambiq TSM Services

The key services of the Ambiq TSM include:

  • Device lifecycle management
  • Device management
  • Application management:
  • Application lifecycle management
  • Rule-based application provisioning
  • Application publishing
  • Dashboard for monitoring system, device activity

Welcome to Ambiq Technology

Ambiq Technology is a globally operating provider of disruptive technologies and services designed to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Near Field Communications (NFC) and contactless payment and security systems. Ambiq provides the ecosystem that brings the promise of security and convenience to consumers through a revolutionary and complete solution. With solutions that include NFC mobile phone enablement, NFC application development tools, and a platform for managing NFC capable devices and applications on those devices, Ambiq is at the forefront in bringing this powerful technology to the hands of consumers, service providers, marketers and application developers for real world use – today.

Ambiq is headquartered in Hong Kong, with subsidiaries in the United States, Sri Lanka and Russia. The company was founded in 2009 with an objective of introducing a best-in-class, secure, end-to-end consumer mobile payment and services experience. Ambiq has created the ONLY existing Unified Services Platform (Ambiq TSM), which enables a contactless and NFC Mobile Payment Infrastructure, supporting all major verticals and services.

In addition to Ambiq TSM, Ambiq has bridged the gap between the growing NFC marketplace & applications and the availability of NFC-enabled phones by creating the Ambiq Passport™, a contactless, low-cost SIM overlay module designed to be added into existing mobile phones to enable NFC services. The Ambiq Passport is inserted into current mobile devices and interfaces with contactless NFC readers, point-of-sale (POS) terminals typically used for transportation, utility, retail and other payment systems, as well as wirelessly with service providers and the Ambiq TSM.

The company’s greatest value is in its ability to provide a solution that connects multiple service providers to consumers in order to deliver the next level of integrated services that the market requires, at a fraction of the cost.

Windows 8 Driver Problems


Many people have been complaining about the Windows 8 driver issues. Actually I know this from RepairAndRestore computer support company. You can compare this issues to the those that Windows Vista had on launch-up compared to Windows XP. One of the main problems for these issues is that Windows only use drivers approved by Microsoft, and so, some drivers tend to never update. Often, you can find such problems on old laptops because the manufacturer eventually stop releasing new updates for those kind of laptops.

But don’t lose hope, there are always solutions for most problems. For example, for your video card drivers you can search manually on the manufacturer’s site for updates and often manage to find what you need there. The only thing you need to provide is the model number which can be find easily on System Properties.

Another option is to check the hardware websites for any updates. Sometimes they do not have the latest Windows 8 updates, in which case the latest Windows 7 ones will do the job.
But maybe this isn’t your problem, and the computer detects the latest drivers but as soon as you lunch what you need, it simply crashes. The easiest solution is to run using Compatibility Mode. To do so right click on the program and select Properties. On top you will find a Compatibility tab, on which you will click and check the Run In Compatibility Mode For. Then you will select the desired Windows you want the program to run with ( you can select form Windows 98 to Windows 7, although i recommend using Windows 7 for the best performance). After all of this is done, try running it again and see what happens.

There is also one last resort method you can use. You can try to “hack” your graphical driver. I am sure some of you, with older laptops, have experienced the struggle when trying to install the newest driver and being hit back with an error and having no clue how to solve that. Well, here’s what you got to do. You are going to download and unzip the latest drivers you have found. Then you will copy them to a new location in order to avoid them being automatically deleted. Next you must find the hardware ID of your video card using Device Manager and will add the lines you find to the appropriate INF file ( if i have lost you along the way, you can search online for more information and some in-detail explanation on how to do this). If anything you have done so far is correct, then you should be able to get almost every hardware to run in Windows 8.

Well, that’s about it. I hope you will find most of my article useful and manage to get your job and your driver working in no time. If, by any reasons, you weren’t able to complete these steps or have found a different problem the the ones listed above, you can always leave a comment and we will do our best to help you solve your problem as fast as we can.