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    2 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 2 December 2016, 14:45

    600m mobile devices to include biometrics by 2021

    Juniper Research

    More than 600m mobile devices worldwide will include biometric authentication within the next five years, up from 190m in 2016, with demand for methods that involve less hardware raising the profile of solutions such as voice and facial recognition, a report from Juniper Research says.

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    2 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 2 December 2016, 10:48

    Apple Pay launches in Spain

    Apple Pay has been officially launched in Spain, with Apple developing partnerships with Banco Santander, payment giants American Express and Mastercard, retailer Carrefour and prepaid meal payment service Ticket Restaurant.

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    1 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 December 2016, 12:56

    American Express launches NFC mobile payments in Canada

    American Express cardholders across Canada can now make NFC mobile payments using Amex Pay, a new feature added to the Amex App. The service is available for customers with eligible consumer, small business and corporate cards with compatible Android devices and the latest version of the mobile app.

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    Partner news BLE

    1 December 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 1 December 2016, 11:29

    Alzheimer’s Research UK promotes Christmas ad through Proxama’s beacon network

    PARTNER NEWS: Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on digital payment solutions provider Proxama’s beacon network to promote its Santa Forgot Christmas campaign. The video is being shared across buses, taxis, cinemas and convenience stores in London.

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    1 December 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 1 December 2016, 09:19

    Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand

    Android Pay is launching in New Zealand initially only for customers of BNZ bank who own a Visa Flexi debit card.

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    30 November 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 30 November 2016, 11:07

    Dutch bank launches HCE mobile payments app

    Dutch bank ABN Amro has launched a mobile payments app for Android using host card emulation (HCE) technology, allowing customers to make purchases up to €2,500 (US$2,659) each day with smartphones running Android 5.0 or higher.

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    30 November 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 November 2016, 09:25

    Gemalto’s PKI portfolio update lets TSPs roll out eIDAS compliant services

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has updated its Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) portfolio to include solutions for qualified electronic signatures that enable Trust Service Providers (TSPs) to roll out eIDAS (Electronic Identification and Services) compliant options for “easier and safer” cross-border electronic identification, signing and transactions.

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    29 November 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 November 2016, 09:21

    ACCC denies authorisation to Australian banks over Apple Pay negotiation

    The group of Australian banks seeking better negotiation powers over the arrival of third party mobile wallets have been denied authorisation to do so in a draft determination by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The banks sought authorisation to bargain with Apple in particular, wanting access to the NFC technology within the company’s iPhones.

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    29 November 2016 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 29 November 2016, 09:07

    Twyp mobile payments app service to close in Netherlands

    P2P mobile payments app Twyp is to be closed down in the Netherlands from 15 December 2016 after customers there said they “don’t need or want a separate app to make payments to friends”.

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    Partner news

    29 November 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 November 2016, 21:19

    Meet NFC World’s partners at Trustech

    NFC World partners Antelop Solutions, Gemalto, STMicroelectronics, NXP and Proxama will be attending the Trustech expo in Cannes, France from 29 November to 1 December. Here’s what you can expect to see and where you can find them during the show:

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    News in brief

    ANZ could offer mortgages through Apple Pay

    By Christopher Brown • 2 December 2016, 12:17 • Last updated 2 December 2016, 12:17

    Australian bank ANZ has announced it is working with Apple to deliver a wider range of financial products, including mortgages, through Apple Pay, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. “What we’re seeing is a much higher propensity for people who’ve come to us with an Apple Pay solution to then go on and expand that relationship with us,” bank chief Shayne Elliott says. The news comes a day after other Australian banks suffered a setback over their long-running demands for access to the NFC technology within iPhones.

    Mastercard and Verifone unveil Instalments payments app

    By Christopher Brown • 2 December 2016, 12:05 • Last updated 2 December 2016, 12:05

    British consumers will be able to spread the cost of high-value in-store payments following a partnership between Mastercard and Verifone. The Mastercard Instalments app — the first of its kind in Britain — will launch on Verifone payment terminals at some UK retailers in January. The app has already launched in Romania, with BRD Groupe Societe Generale offering cardholders access to Mastercard Instalments at retailers across the country having conducted its first transaction last week.

    Austrian bank deploys NFC-ready ATMs

    By Christopher Brown • 2 December 2016, 10:51 • Last updated 2 December 2016, 10:51

    Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank Group has signed a deal to install 1,200 Diebold Nixdorf ATMs in its branches equipped with QR code scanners and NFC readers. Customers will be able to pay bills by scanning the QR code printed on the bill and using the ATM’s touchscreen display. Those who already have NFC-capable cards will be able to use the ATM’s contactless functionality. The bank says this will enable it to “deploy many other new applications that allow ATMs to interact with customers’ smartphones in the future, such as a cardless cash function”.

    Apple Pay offered for HSBC Singapore customers

    By Christopher Brown • 1 December 2016, 12:48 • Last updated 1 December 2016, 12:48

    Apple Pay is now available for HSBC Singapore customers holding Visa and MasterCard credit cards, allowing them to make payments in stores with Visa payWave or MasterCard contactless payment terminals. “We believe the security, privacy and convenience Apple Pay brings will appeal to all our customers, especially those who are also active users of our digital banking services,” says Anurag Mathur from HSBC Singapore. The bank is offering S$5 (US$3.50) off every Apple Pay transaction until 15 January 2017, with a minimum spend of S$10, as a promotional offer.

    Mastercard launches AI across global network

    By Rian Boden • 1 December 2016, 11:51 • Last updated 1 December 2016, 11:51

    Mastercard has introduced an artificial intelligence solution to help financial institutions increase the accuracy of real-time approvals of genuine transactions and reduce false declines, while marking the first time AI has been implemented on a global scale directly on the Mastercard network. “Decision Intelligence examines how a specific account is used over time to detect normal and abnormal shopping spending behaviours,” Mastercard says. “It leverages account information like customer value segmentation, risk profiling, location, merchant, device data, time of day and type of purchase made.”

    FIS to offer Zelle support

    By Rian Boden • 1 December 2016, 11:47 • Last updated 1 December 2016, 11:47

    Banking and payments technology provider FIS is to offer Early Warning’s Zelle P2P payment service to its financial institutions. “The partnership with Early Warning will enable FIS financial institutions to join the Zelle network quickly and with minimal effort,” FIS says. Zelle was unveiled at Money20/20 in October 2016, and was built on top of the existing ClearXChange network.

    Korea gets BioCA facial recognition solution

    By Rian Boden • 1 December 2016, 11:38 • Last updated 1 December 2016, 11:38

    A facial biometric authentication service for money transfers has been launched by Korea International Trade Association subsidiary Korea Trade Network (KTNET), in collaboration with biometrics provider Daon and the Korea Smart Authentication Corporation. “This jointly developed facial recognition service can be applied to most smartphones equipped with a selfie camera,” The Korea Herald reports. In addition to mobile apps, BioCA can also be applied to immigration checkpoints at airports, keyless automobiles and property entrances. The service is built on Daon’s IdentityX solution and will also support fingerprint and voice recognition.

    Apple Pay to launch in Spain?

    By Christopher Brown • 1 December 2016, 09:14 • Last updated 1 December 2016, 09:14

    Apple Pay is to launch in Spain on 1 December with support from Banco Santander, according to Spanish news website Applesfera. “Various sources have confirmed [to] Applesfera and barring unforeseen last-minute [changes] it will be tomorrow when we can finally use the service in Spain,” the report says.

    Mastercard biometric service rolls out to Latin America

    By Christopher Brown • 1 December 2016, 09:11 • Last updated 1 December 2016, 09:11

    Mastercard has launched its biometric Identity Check Mobile service in Brazil and Mexico, the payments giant has confirmed. The service allows cardholders to authenticate online payments by scanning their fingerprint or by taking a selfie. The Latin America rollout comes after “trials in the Netherlands, the US and Canada found consumers preferred biometrics to authenticate payments”, Mastercard adds. The service became available to US financial institutions in 2016, with a global expansion expected to increase in 2017.

    USAA Bank adds insurance cards to digital wallet

    By Rian Boden • 30 November 2016, 09:06 • Last updated 30 November 2016, 09:06

    USAA Bank has updated its digital wallet offering to enable users to add their auto insurance card and medical insurance card to the app. “Members can access their proof of insurance, including a printable PDF for insured vehicles,” USAA says. “Members can also access their Medicare insurance information through their digital wallet.” The service also offers support for Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay for USAA Visa and American Express debit and credit cardholders. It added biometric authentication in January 2015.

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    December 4th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. 600m mobile devices to include biometrics by 2021
    2. ANZ could offer mortgages through Apple Pay
    3. Mastercard and Verifone unveil Instalments payments app
    4. Austrian bank deploys NFC-ready ATMs
    5. Apple Pay launches in Spain
    6. American Express launches NFC mobile payments in Canada
    7. Apple Pay offered for HSBC Singapore customers
    8. Mastercard launches AI across global network
    9. FIS to offer Zelle support
    10. Korea gets BioCA facial recognition solution
    11. Alzheimer’s Research UK promotes Christmas ad through Proxama’s beacon network
    12. Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand
    13. Apple Pay to launch in Spain?
    14. Mastercard biometric service rolls out to Latin America
    15. Dutch bank launches HCE mobile payments app
    16. Gemalto’s PKI portfolio update lets TSPs roll out eIDAS compliant services
    17. USAA Bank adds insurance cards to digital wallet
    18. In-store mobile payments take 0.6% Black Friday share
    19. Mastercard blockchain patent applications
    20. Off the cuff mobile payments from British fashion brand
    21. Growth in millennials’ mobile commerce use
    22. ACCC denies authorisation to Australian banks over Apple Pay negotiation
    23. Mobile retail commerce to reach US$1,120bn by 2020
    24. Twyp mobile payments app service to close in Netherlands
    25. Meet NFC World’s partners at Trustech
    26. Antelop Solutions joins the NFC World partner program
    27. Masterpass comes to 30,000 South African merchants after SnapScan deal
    28. JustGiving to aid contactless donations
    29. Jaguar files face and gait recognition system patent for vehicle entry
     
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