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August 22nd, 2014

By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 August 2014, 16:57

NFC brings statues to life in London and Manchester

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Visitors to the UK cities of London and Manchester can now interact via NFC with 35 high-profile statues that have been given a voice by actors, comedians and writers, including Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Paxman and Hugh Dennis.

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August 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 August 2014, 15:40

PayPal introduces one touch mobile payments

PayPal has launched One Touch, a mobile payments solution that lets consumers make payments in supported apps with a single touch. The service, PayPal says, is the “absolute fastest way to pay on any mobile device, across platforms, on all of your favourite apps” and will support credit and debit card payments as well as PayPal transactions.

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BLE

August 21st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 August 2014, 14:05

UK retailers install hi-tech mannequins that let customers buy what they see in the window

UK retailers House of Fraser, Hawes & Curtis and Bentalls are using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in display mannequins to let customers get information about outfits displayed in their shop windows and around their stores, receive special offers and buy items with their mobile phone.

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August 7th, 2014 • By Mike Clark • Last updated 7 August 2014, 10:37

Invitation to contribute to the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre

NFC World+ is introducing a new service in September 2014 that will go beyond the news to provide our readers with in-depth information on the technologies driving the future of commerce. Initial expressions of interest are now invited from readers who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with our 100,000+ monthly visitors.

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BLE

August 7th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 August 2014, 08:24

Merchants to test BLE payments at Vilnius street fair

More than 250 merchants taking part in this year’s Vilnius City Fiesta will be testing out a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) mobile payments service that uses EVP International’s Paysera platform. The solution will also use QR codes to trigger payments.

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August 5th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 August 2014, 15:20

Westpac NZ unveils augmented reality banking app

Westpac New Zealand is to release a mobile banking app that uses augmented reality and 3D imaging to let customers with an iOS device check their credit and debit card balances, make payments and find their closest bank branch.

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BLE

August 5th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 5 August 2014, 14:56

Two hundred US shopping malls to use BLE beacons for shopper marketing

More than 200 US shopping malls are to be equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons by early 2015 as a result of an expanded agreement between retail real estate owner Simon and location-based mobile solutions provider Mobiquity.

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NFC

August 1st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 August 2014, 12:48

US merchant groups call for creation of open tokenization standards

Leading merchant groups in the US have come together to call for the creation of an alternative set of open standards for tokenized payments that would be managed by an independent body such as ISO or ANSI — rather than by the payments industry.

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NFC

July 31st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 31 July 2014, 14:34

Nestle runs NFC marketing campaign in 480 Woolworth stores across Australia

Shelf banners equipped with NFC tags have been placed in Woolworths supermarkets across Australia to promote food giant Nestle’s new Oats and Strawberries breakfast cereal.

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NFC

July 31st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 31 July 2014, 14:27

American Express tests HCE for NFC payments

American Express is working with Croatia’s Privredna Banka Zagreb (PBZ), part of the Italy-based Intesa Sanpaolo banking group, to pilot an NFC payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) technology.

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News in brief

Aruba Airport to test biometric tokens

By Rian Boden • 21 August 2014, 16:05 • Last updated 21 August 2014, 15:51

Air France-KLM is to test a single biometric passenger token concept at Aruba Airport, Future Travel Experience reports. “When a passenger checks-in, their e-passport will be validated and either a photo of their face, an iris scan or their fingerprint or a combination of two or more will be collected. This information will then be used as the identifier at all other checkpoints, ranging from bag drop to boarding.”

EyeVerify raises $6m

By Rian Boden • 21 August 2014, 15:57 • Last updated 21 August 2014, 15:46

EyeVerify has raised US$6m in Series A funding for a service that uses the camera in a mobile phone to secure access to mobile banking and other apps. The company’s Eyeprint Verification System captures and compares the pattern of blood vessels in the whites of the user’s eyes and is expected to be used “in financial services, enterprise mobility management, mobile security, telecoms, healthcare and government”.

Levi’s Stadium adds BLE beacons

By Rian Boden • 21 August 2014, 15:51 • Last updated 21 August 2014, 15:42

The Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco has installed 1,700 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that can be used “to give people pinpoint directions to their seats as well as to any other place in the stadium,” Time reports. “They can also be used to send them alerts about specials from concession stands and other promotions.”

US to get 575m chip cards next year

By Rian Boden • 21 August 2014, 14:15 • Last updated 21 August 2014, 14:07

More than 575million EMV payment cards will have been issued by the end of 2015 by nine leading US card issuers who are members of the Payments Security Task Force (PST), an organisation set up in March 2014 “to drive executive level discussion that will enhance payments system security”. Members of the PST include Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Discover, First Data, MasterCard, Visa, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

Paym reaches 1m users

By Rian Boden • 7 August 2014, 08:04 • Last updated 7 August 2014, 08:25

More than one million Brits have now registered for Paym, the mobile payments service operated by the UK’s Payments Council, with just over £6.5m being sent on the platform since its launch in April this year. “It’s hugely encouraging that one million people have chosen to register for Paym already, but this milestone only marks the start of growth in the service,” says the company’s Jemma Smith.

SIMalliance publishes NFC paper

By Rian Boden • 6 August 2014, 12:30 • Last updated 6 August 2014, 12:30

The SIMalliance has set out its recommendations for UICC configuration and feature requirements for NFC payments in a new paper called UICC Configuration for Mobile NFC Payments v1.0. “One of SIMalliance’s greatest priorities is to continue to drive UICC interoperability,” says the association’s Frederic Vasnier. “Our sight remains firmly fixed on helping MNOs ease third-party access to their subscribers via NFC-enabled SIMs.”

One Stop gives mobile vouchers

By Rian Boden • 6 August 2014, 12:06 • Last updated 6 August 2014, 12:06

UK convenience store chain One Stop is introducing Eagle Eye’s AIR technology in all of its 700-plus stores to issue real-time, personalised offers to customers via SMS and email that can be redeemed in-store on a mobile device. “The SMS or email that they receive will come with a barcode which can be scanned at till,” Eagle Eye told NFC World+.

KakaoTalk to add payments

By Rian Boden • 6 August 2014, 11:59 • Last updated 6 August 2014, 11:59

Korean mobile messaging service Kakao is to launch a new payment solution in September, in collaboration with nine credit card firms, that will let its 100 million KakaoTalk customers make payments using only their password. “Through integration of the payment modules to the KakaoTalk network, the company will help users buy goods simply with the KakaoTalk password once they register credit card or account information at the first transaction,” the Korea Times reports.

London buses accept NFC payments

By Rian Boden • 5 August 2014, 15:53 • Last updated 5 August 2014, 15:54

London buses now accept payments made using mobile network operator EE’s Cash on Tap NFC solution. Travellers will also be able to pay with NFC on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground from 16 September 2014.

UK contactless transactions surge

By Rian Boden • 5 August 2014, 15:10 • Last updated 5 August 2014, 15:00

The number of UK contactless payments has risen 18% in just one month to almost 20 million transactions in May 2014, Visa Europe has revealed. “Growth in Visa contactless payments is accelerating at a phenomenal pace,” says Mark Austin, director of contactless at Visa Europe.

More news in brief...


August 23rd, 2014

Latest news

  1. NFC brings statues to life in London and Manchester
  2. Aruba Airport to test biometric tokens
  3. EyeVerify raises $6m
  4. Levi’s Stadium adds BLE beacons
  5. PayPal introduces one touch mobile payments
  6. US to get 575m chip cards next year
  7. UK retailers install hi-tech mannequins that let customers buy what they see in the window
  8. Invitation to contribute to the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre
  9. Merchants to test BLE payments at Vilnius street fair
  10. Paym reaches 1m users
  11. SIMalliance publishes NFC paper
  12. One Stop gives mobile vouchers
  13. KakaoTalk to add payments
  14. London buses accept NFC payments
  15. Westpac NZ unveils augmented reality banking app
  16. UK contactless transactions surge
  17. Two hundred US shopping malls to use BLE beacons for shopper marketing
  18. GameStop deploys BLE in stores
  19. GSMA publishes mobile money paper
  20. BLE guides the blind at SFO
 
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