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November 27th, 2014

By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 November 2014, 15:52

Danish carriers abandon mobile payments ambitions

Swipp mobile payments service

Paii, the mobile payments joint venture created by Danish mobile network operators TDC, Telenor, Telia and 3, has been sold to Swipp, a mobile payments service owned by a consortium of more than 60 banks, after Paii came to the conclusion that the telcos are not as well placed as banks to take the platform forward.

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BLE

November 27th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 November 2014, 15:35

Swirl reports positive consumer feedback on in-store beacon offers

Six in ten (60%) shoppers who receive a beacon-triggered message while shopping in a store open and engage with the content and 30% redeem beacon-triggered offers at the point of sale, analysis by Bluetooth beacon offers platform Swirl has found.

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NFC

November 26th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 November 2014, 15:13

High value contactless payments arrive in the UK

A new service that lets NFC phone users enter their PIN on their mobile device to confirm a high value transaction is making it possible for UK consumers to make contactless payments valued at more than the current £20 (US$32) transaction limit for the first time.

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NFC

November 26th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 November 2014, 15:05

Latvian merchants and ski resorts adopt NFC loyalty platform

Latvian startup Walmoo has launched a mobile loyalty platform that uses standard NFC phones or tablets to provide customers with the ability to redeem coupons, discounts and offers. Ten merchants are live on the platform already and six ski resorts are to introduce the service early next year.

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NFC

November 26th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 26 November 2014, 13:34

White paper explains NFC-enabled sensors and their uses

A new paper that explains how NFC-enabled sensors can be used to deliver service improvements in “hundreds of applications in many market sectors” is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre.

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BLE

November 25th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 November 2014, 16:51

Norwich buses get Bluetooth beacons that deliver offers to passengers on the move

UK transportation operator FirstGroup has installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on buses in the city of Norwich to help deliver content and offers to passengers’ smartphones.

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NFC

November 25th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 November 2014, 16:42

Ugo launches open NFC payments and rewards wallet in Canada

Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet developed by Canadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group, is now available to customers of all three major Canadian carriers who own one of a range of supported BlackBerry 10 and Android NFC devices.

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BLE

November 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 November 2014, 13:08

Saatchi & Saatchi designs beacon loyalty rewards for Japan’s TenTen Technologies

Japanese startup TenTen Technologies is to offer retailers USB-based Bluetooth beacons that plug into POS terminals and vending machines so that rewards can be issued automatically to users of the company’s mobile app when they make a purchase.

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BLE

November 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 November 2014, 16:33

Motorola secures Android and Apple devices with smart keyfob

Motorola has unveiled Motorola Keylink, a US$24.99 smart keyfob that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to enable iOS and Android device owners to track down their smartphone or their keys if they misplace them.

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NFC

November 20th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 November 2014, 16:14

United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles

United Airlines is to install more than 6,000 iPads across Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport to enable members of the airline’s MileagePlus reward scheme to use their award miles to pay for food, beverages and other airport amenities. Support for NFC payments is expected to be added in the future.

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News in brief

17% of French consumers make mobile payments

By Rian Boden • 28 November 2014, 08:55 • Last updated 27 November 2014, 17:54

Almost one fifth (17%) of French consumers have now made a mobile payment, with 25% of 16-34 year olds claiming to have done so compared with 13% of 35-75 year olds, research released by telecoms company Prixtel has revealed. Mobile purchase frequency remains low among these buyers, however, with 97% making a purchase with their mobile device less than twice a month.

Magyar Telekom launches NFC in Hungary

By Rian Boden • 27 November 2014, 15:57 • Last updated 27 November 2014, 15:57

Magyar Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and a member of the Hungarian Mobile Wallet Association, has launched the MobilTarca NFC mobile wallet in Hungary after a successful pilot that began in July last year. The solution incorporates payments, loyalty cards and event ticketing services and will be available on more than 30 NFC devices by the end of 2014.

Android Pay to use fingerprint security

By Sarah Clark • 27 November 2014, 12:48 • Last updated 27 November 2014, 12:48

Android Pay, the mobile payments service being developed by China UnionPay, will use both NFC and fingerprint verification, Want China Times reports. “Android Pay adopts a similar model to Apple’s Apple Pay,” the report explains. “The difference is that there are more partners UnionPay can choose to produce the security recognition modules with and thus UnionPay may have greater influences on users than Apple Pay.”

Semble picks Gemalto for NFC in NZ

By Rian Boden • 26 November 2014, 13:43 • Last updated 26 November 2014, 13:43

Semble, the NFC payments joint venture between New Zealand’s carriers and the Paymark payments network, is using Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Service Hub to secure over-the-air provisioning of payment credentials to users’ NFC devices. Semble began the pilot of its NFC payments service earlier this month.

Contactless makes Word of the Year shortlist

By Rian Boden • 26 November 2014, 12:43 • Last updated 26 November 2014, 12:44

‘Contactless’ has made the shortlist for the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2014 but missed out on the top spot to the word ‘vape’. “As an increasing number of retail outlets have made contactless payment facilities available, the word itself has seen a corresponding rise in use,” Oxford Dictionaries explains.

Harris+Hoole reports 200,000 mobile payments

By Rian Boden • 25 November 2014, 17:34 • Last updated 25 November 2014, 17:34

Tesco-backed UK coffee chain Harris+Hoole’s mobile ordering and payments app has now been downloaded more than 22,000 times and has been used by customers over 200,000 times since its launch in June 2014. “We wanted to make our shops feel as friendly and familiar as possible — like your friend’s place — so this meant developing an app and payments process that removed all the cold transactions,” the chain’s Danielle Anderson says.

Dunkin’ Mobile gets 10m downloads

By Rian Boden • 25 November 2014, 17:17 • Last updated 25 November 2014, 17:17

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Dunkin’ Mobile payments and rewards app has been downloaded more than 10m times since its launch in 2012 and two million customers have signed up for its DD Perks loyalty program, available on mobile and via a plastic card, the US merchant has revealed. “These two digital milestones are evidence that our loyal customers are responding to our efforts to provide a superior mobile experience,” says Dunkin’ Donuts’ John Costello.

CUP to launch Android Pay in China

By Rian Boden • 25 November 2014, 17:11 • Last updated 25 November 2014, 17:11

China UnionPay (CUP) is planning to introduce “Android Pay”, an NFC-based mobile payments service, in the third quarter of 2015, Yicai reports. CUP is in discussion with a number of mobile phone manufacturers to support the service, the article adds, and is working with Lenovo on POS terminal support.

Square Register to support NFC

By Rian Boden • 25 November 2014, 15:21 • Last updated 25 November 2014, 15:21

Square will add support for Apple Pay mobile payments sometime in 2015, the company’s founder Jack Dorsey has told CNN. “We’re not building a credit card. We’re not building a payment device. We’re building a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payment,” Dorsey explained.

EMVCo publishes guide to EMV chip technology

By Rian Boden • 25 November 2014, 15:17 • Last updated 25 November 2014, 15:17

EMVCo has published A Guide to EMV Chip Technology, a report that provides an introduction to the EMV specifications and processes as well as the role of the technology within the wider payments industry. “Of particular interest to parties migrating to EMV Chip, it summarises implementation considerations for issuers, acquirers and merchants, as well as the responsibilities of EMVCo and its ongoing activity to advance the technology,” the standards body explains.

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November 28th, 2014

Latest news

  1. 17% of French consumers make mobile payments
  2. Magyar Telekom launches NFC in Hungary
  3. Danish carriers abandon mobile payments ambitions
  4. Android Pay to use fingerprint security
  5. Swirl reports positive consumer feedback on in-store beacon offers
  6. High value contactless payments arrive in the UK
  7. Latvian merchants and ski resorts adopt NFC loyalty platform
  8. Semble picks Gemalto for NFC in NZ
  9. White paper explains NFC-enabled sensors and their uses
  10. Contactless makes Word of the Year shortlist
  11. Harris+Hoole reports 200,000 mobile payments
  12. Dunkin’ Mobile gets 10m downloads
  13. CUP to launch Android Pay in China
  14. Norwich buses get Bluetooth beacons that deliver offers to passengers on the move
  15. Ugo launches open NFC payments and rewards wallet in Canada
  16. Square Register to support NFC
  17. EMVCo publishes guide to EMV chip technology
  18. America First Credit Union adds Apple Pay
  19. Google Wallet offers discounts
  20. Here forms NFC ticketing alliance
 
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