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March 5th, 2015

By Rian Boden in Barcelona • Last updated 5 March 2015, 14:27

Visa Europe expands on customised tokenization plans, will go live mid-April

Sandra Alzetta, executive director of core products for Visa Europe

“Tokenization does a couple of things brilliantly; one is it really helps on facilitating innovation, facilitating the use, for example, of mobile phones for payments,” Visa Europe’s Sandra Alzetta told NFC World following the payment network’s announcement of plans to launch a customised tokenization platform to European banks in April. “In addition to that, it really helps to further enhance security.”

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March 5th, 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 5 March 2015, 13:36

Optus shows off wearable payments

Australian mobile network Optus has shown off a prototype watch that can be used to make contactless payments as an extension of its Cash by Optus prepaid NFC payment app.

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March 4th, 2015 • By Rian Boden in Barcelona • Last updated 4 March 2015, 13:35

Pizza Hut could let customers order and pay for pizza from their cars

Pizza Hut is testing a proof-of-concept “connected car” system that would let its customers order and pay for pizza from their vehicle before identifying themselves when arriving at the restaurant through Bluetooth beacons placed in designated parking bays.

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March 3rd, 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 3 March 2015, 15:08

SpotMe app lets Android users spend Apple Pay cash

Android users can spend their iPhone-owning friends' money using a new app that can capture NFC payment transaction tokens from other devices and hold onto them before spending them later.

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March 3rd, 2015 • By Rian Boden in Barcelona • Last updated 3 March 2015, 10:07

Qualcomm demos 3D fingerprint technology for mobile phones

A fingerprint authentication solution that uses ultrasonic technology to scan through a smartphone cover made of glass, stainless steel, sapphire or plastic as well as contaminants on a finger, such as sweat or condensation, has been unveiled by Qualcomm. The technology can “detect if you are you under very difficult conditions,” product manager Max Hamel has told NFC World.

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March 2nd, 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 2 March 2015, 18:08

PayPal readies contactless reader

PayPal is preparing to launch a new version of its PayPal Here card reader that can handle transactions with contactless cards and NFC devices.

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March 2nd, 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 3 March 2015, 09:44

PayPal to buy MCX supplier Paydiant

Paypal is to acquire Paydiant, a white label mobile payments specialist and developer of a platform that allows retailers to incorporate payment, loyalty and offers functionality into their own apps.

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March 2nd, 2015 • By Rian Boden in Barcelona • Last updated 2 March 2015, 15:22

ZTE launches smartphone with retina scanning for authentication

ZTE‘s latest Android smartphone will let owners unlock it by scanning their retinas with a built-in biometric solution from EyeVerify. Today the Eyeprint ID solution is only a device unlocking mechanism but it could soon be used for other services, including to authenticate mobile payments and to unlock sensitive mobile apps including mobile banking, the company’s Waiman Lam revealed to NFC World.

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March 2nd, 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 2 March 2015, 16:55

Video shows Samsung Pay in action

A short video published by MasterCard shows Samsung’s new Samsung Pay mobile payment service in action, demonstrating how a user chooses a payment card, authenticates and then holds their phone next to a standard payment terminal to conduct a transaction.

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March 2nd, 2015 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 2 March 2015, 13:41

NXP tool helps developers access secure elements

PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker NXP has produced a new tool to help developers quickly build apps that utilise the embedded secure element in the company’s PN66T NFC module.

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News in brief

US identity fraud drops, but breaches scare consumers

By Mike Clark • 5 March 2015, 14:26 • Last updated 5 March 2015, 14:26

The number of victims of identity fraud in the US decreased 3% to 12.7 million in 2014 and total fraud losses declined to US$16 billion — a decrease of 11% from 2013 — a study from Javelin Strategy & Research has found. However, a series of high-profile card data breaches had a great impact on consumer purchasing decisions, with 28% of fraud victims saying they avoided affected merchants after the fraud, say the authors of the 2015 Identity Fraud study.

New Pebble could offer NFC strap

By Mike Clark • 4 March 2015, 17:31 • Last updated 4 March 2015, 17:31

Watch maker Pebble has smashed through a US$500,000 crowdfunding target, raising nearly $16m in a matter of days to produce its new Pebble Time smart watch with a colour display. The device will connect to Smart Straps, interchangeable wristbands that can contain electronics and sensors that interface directly with apps running on the watch. “Now everything is possible — GPS, heart rate monitor, NFC, battery extension, you name it!” says the company.

Qkr! payments at Wagamama

By Christopher Brown • 4 March 2015, 16:22 • Last updated 4 March 2015, 16:22

Diners at UK restaurant chain Wagamama can now pay for their meals at their tables using MasterCard’s Qkr! app with MasterPass. The QR-based payment system was first seen in a trial in Australia in 2012, and the app is available to download from the App Store or Google Play.

Madrid tests NFC ticketing on public transport

By Mike Clark • 4 March 2015, 14:21 • Last updated 4 March 2015, 16:23

Travellers in Spain’s capital will be able to use their NFC phones to pass through ticket barriers as Madrid’s public transport system tests NFC ticketing. The SIM-based NFC trial will see owners of Samsung Galaxy phones with Telefonica SIMs being able to register payment cards and buy tickets direct from their handsets. Madrid ran an NFC bus ticketing trial with BankInter in 2010.

Google confirms Android Pay at MWC

By Mike Clark • 2 March 2015, 18:22 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 18:22

Google is building a framework for mobile payments in Android, a senior executive has revealed at Mobile World Congress. Android Pay will be an API layer that supports NFC and biometrics and will allow developers to incorporate payments, both in-store and in-app, into their applications, SVP Sundar Pichai told delegates in Barcelona. Android Pay is expected to launch at Google’s I/O conference in May 2015.

Apple Watch to replace car keys

By Mike Clark • 2 March 2015, 16:49 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 16:49

Apple is planning to supplant car keys with Apple Watch functionality, CEO Tim Cook has revealed in an interview with the The Telegraph. “The watch is designed to be able to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used by many vehicles,” reports the UK newspaper.

Samsung Pay’s success in the US is not assured, says expert

By Mike Clark • 2 March 2015, 12:10 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 12:25

Google’s recent acquisition of Softcard’s NFC payments business may hit Samsung Pay’s prospects for widespread US adoption hard, says a respected payments consultant. Commenting on Samsung Pay’s launch, Tom Noyes is enthusiastic about the system’s mechanism for wider merchant acceptance but, he writes, “even if it were ready today it will never be pre-loaded on ANY phone in the US given the recent Google/Softcard deal with all three major US MNOs.”

Mobile money users grow 41% in 2014

By Mike Clark • 2 March 2015, 10:53 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 10:55

Active mobile money accounts worldwide grew 41% to more than 100 million in 2014, a report from the GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked programme has found. State of the Industry 2014: Mobile Financial Services for the Unbanked also reports that mobile money services are now available in 61% of developing markets — 84 out of 139 — with 255 services running in 89 countries worldwide. “Mobile is a key enabling tool for financial inclusion and over the last year we’ve seen significant growth in mobile financial services,” says GSMA chief regulatory officer Tom Phillips.

Oberthur’s Pearl SE embedded in Galaxy S6

By Mike Clark • 2 March 2015, 09:24 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 10:33

Samsung’s new flagship handsets, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, include an embedded secure element (eSE) from Oberthur Technologies. The Pearl eSE is a multi-application NFC secure element that is certified by Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Incorporating the chip allows easy MNO-independent deployment of secure contactless payment, strong authentication, transit, access and loyalty applications.

Niemann Foods rolls out beacon marketing

By Rian Boden • 2 March 2015, 09:00 • Last updated 2 March 2015, 12:46

Niemann Foods has installed a Bluetooth beacon marketing platform provided by Birdzi in eight of its County Market stores and plans to roll out the solution to all its 45 County Market locations in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri in the coming months. Grocery retailer Woodman’s Foods is also rolling out the platform across its 15 stores following a successful pilot in one location in 2014.

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March 6th, 2015

This week's news

  1. Visa Europe expands on customised tokenization plans, will go live mid-April
  2. US identity fraud drops, but breaches scare consumers
  3. Optus shows off wearable payments
  4. New Pebble could offer NFC strap
  5. Qkr! payments at Wagamama
  6. Madrid tests NFC ticketing on public transport
  7. Pizza Hut could let customers order and pay for pizza from their cars
  8. SpotMe app lets Android users spend Apple Pay cash
  9. Qualcomm demos 3D fingerprint technology for mobile phones
  10. Google confirms Android Pay at MWC
  11. PayPal readies contactless reader
  12. PayPal to buy MCX supplier Paydiant
  13. Apple Watch to replace car keys
  14. ZTE launches smartphone with retina scanning for authentication
  15. Video shows Samsung Pay in action
  16. NXP tool helps developers access secure elements
  17. Carta makes HCE simple with hosted Cloud Suite payments platform
  18. Samsung Pay’s success in the US is not assured, says expert
  19. Korea shifts to NFC authentication for mobile banking
  20. Mobile money users grow 41% in 2014
  21. Oberthur’s Pearl SE embedded in Galaxy S6
  22. Niemann Foods rolls out beacon marketing
  23. MasterCard discusses how Samsung Pay works
  24. Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 with NFC and LoopPay mobile payments
  25. Apple Pay provisioning fraud hole “has to get plugged now”
  26. Bank of England ponders own digital currency
  27. Fibank to launch HCE mobile payments
  28. LG smart watch to offer NFC payments
  29. Barclays to allow Twitter payments
  30. Morgan Stanley joins Apple Pay
  31. Diageo unveils smart whisky bottle with ‘game-changing’ NFC tags
 
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