JCB Co., Ltd., the international payment brand, is offering a trial service for Mobile Offica, a contactless chip and mobile solution that is designed to offer corporations cashless payment and office access control functions through 'NTT DoCoMo's i-mode FeliCa Preview Service' for mobile phones. The trial service is available until July 2004. JCB's Offica solution is intended to meet the increasing security needs of corporations and the increasing demands for employee convenience and usability. Built around Sony's FeliCa contactless IC chip technology, Offica functions include office access control, employee attendance tracking, and network authentication as well as a cashless purchasing function.
Corporate users are free to choose the applications that will serve them best and customize the solution to their needs. The Offica solution offers postpayment capabilities, linking the employee's spending at the office to his or her own credit card account. This allows employees to earn loyalty points on office-related purchases, and eliminates the burden on companies of administering cash and equipment to load value onto cards. Employees can monitor outstanding balances and view a detailed history of transactions on their mobile phone displays with "JCB Office Purchase Inquiry", a downloadable java-based application, without having to use a separate card reader, for example. JCB is now examining the possibility of adding a mobile on-line function to request an increase in credit limit for even more value-added service.