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    23 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 September 2016, 13:51

    Samsung adds biometrics to mobile transactions

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    Samsung’s IT service arm Samsung SDS has teamed up with vision and voice technology provider Sensory to offer embedded biometric recognition technologies to banks and enterprise customers that will also enable authentication and completion of mobile transactions.

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    23 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 September 2016, 12:54

    Glacéau Smartwater sends tips to Londoners using BLE beacons

    PARTNER NEWS: Coca-Cola owned Glacéau Smartwater has launched a campaign to send on-the-go recommendations to Londoners’ smartphones using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons provided by digital payment solutions provider Proxama. It will be live until the end of September.

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    NFC

    22 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 September 2016, 14:25

    Valencia commuters to test NFC wristbands for public transport

    Some 100 commuters across the Spanish city of Valencia are preparing to trial NFC wristbands for public transport payments across buses, the metro and parking stations for bicycle rental. It will be conducted by transport operators EMT Valencia, MetroValencia and Valenbisi in collaboration with EIGE, a low income housing program.

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    22 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 September 2016, 13:12

    Valeo and Gemalto launch mobile car keys for Bluetooth access

    PARTNER NEWS: Drivers will soon be able to use their smartphone or connected watch to lock or unlock their car, start it, control applications and remotely access useful vehicle information using Bluetooth technology and automotive products supplier Valeo’s new virtual car key system.

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    21 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 September 2016, 12:42

    Study shows Canadians’ growing enthusiasm for mobile payments

    Cash purchases will make up only 10% of money spent in Canada by 2030, claims research released by Moneris. Compared to 35% of overall transactions in 2014, the 70% decline in cash usage will see an increase in the use of digital payment technologies such as mobile wallets and a rise in contactless transactions.

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    NFC

    20 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 September 2016, 13:59

    Lenovo launches NFC transport payments in Beijing

    Commuters in Beijing can now use Lenovo X3 smartphones to make NFC mobile payments across public transportation services. The option has been launched by the handset maker in collaboration with Oberthur Technologies (OT) and transportation card provider Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card Co (BMAC).

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    HCE

    20 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 September 2016, 13:04

    White paper lays out best practices for banks launching HCE payments

    A 19-page white paper designed to help banks understand the key concepts of host card emulation (HCE) and tokenization technology and the best practices for evaluating and deploying HCE-based payment services is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre.

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    19 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 September 2016, 15:54

    Mobiquity Wallet brings iOS voice command money transfers

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers using mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva’s Mobiquity Wallet for iOS will now be able to send and request payments via a straightforward voice command. The feature forms part of the latest version of the digital wallet platform that leverages Apple’s iOS 10 operating system.

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    19 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 September 2016, 12:49

    Visa reveals growing Euro interest in biometric authentication

    More than three in five European consumers (62%) believe using biometric forms of payment authentication will be faster and easier than passwords and PINs, research by Visa reveals, with 42% believing that the procedure could completely eliminate the need for multiple passwords and PIN codes.

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    19 September 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 September 2016, 13:18

    Japanese firms team with NTT and Daon for biometric venture

    Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have signed an agreement with NTT Data and biometrics provider Daon for the commercialisation of services that will offer individual identification platforms utilizing several different types of biometric authentication.

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    News in brief

    Kohl’s to allow checkouts from mobile app

    By Rian Boden • 23 September 2016, 13:10 • Last updated 23 September 2016, 13:10

    US department store chain Kohl’s is rolling out a new capability that will allow holders of its store-branded charge card to checkout directly from its mobile app. “The feature is in addition to Kohl’s existing mobile wallet capabilities, which lets shoppers store their payment information to the app and aggregate promotions and rewards,” CNBC reports.

    Contactless POS transactions nearing $500bn

    By Rian Boden • 22 September 2016, 14:36 • Last updated 22 September 2016, 14:36

    The global annual value of contactless point of sale terminal transactions — conducted in-store using cards, mobile phones and wearables — will approach US$500bn in 2017, up from an estimated $321bn this year, Juniper Research predicts. “However, the low value nature of contactless payments means that it will only represent just 5% of the total value of all POS transactions in 2017,” the firm says.

    250 products are now Fido certified

    By Rian Boden • 22 September 2016, 13:37 • Last updated 22 September 2016, 13:37

    Some 250 products from global technology leaders are now Fido certified, the Fido Alliance has revealed. “This is growth of over 200% since this time last year,” the organisation says. Fido was launched in 2013 as an open security authentication concept to replace passwords with a range of methods such as biometrics. Support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and NFC was added in July 2015.

    Domino’s Pizza enables Messenger ordering

    By Rian Boden • 22 September 2016, 13:22 • Last updated 22 September 2016, 13:22

    US consumers can now make purchases from Domino’s Pizza through Facebook’s Messenger app using the fast food chain’s new ordering bot. “Make sure you have a Pizza Profile and an Easy Order,” Domino’s says. “Open a new chat with Domino’s Pizza on Facebook Messenger or click the message button on Domino’s Facebook page. Click the get started button or type “hello” to select between placing your Easy Order, placing a recent order or tracking your most recent order.” The chain allowed its customers to speak orders into Amazon’s Echo voice-driven home shopping device in February 2016.

    Apple Pay adds more US financial institutions

    By Rian Boden • 21 September 2016, 13:00 • Last updated 21 September 2016, 13:00

    Apple has added more than 30 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The update comes as the latest macOS Sierra launches to take Apple Pay to the web on desktop devices.

    Gemalto wins award for mobile ticketing

    By Rian Boden • 21 September 2016, 12:43 • Last updated 21 September 2016, 12:43

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has won the Best Consumer Offering award for its Celego contactless wristband technology by Juniper Research. The company was also “highly commended” by Juniper for its mobile ticketing solutions. Further information about Gemalto’s transport and ticketing solutions can be found here.

    mVisa launches in Kenya

    By Rian Boden • 21 September 2016, 11:20 • Last updated 21 September 2016, 11:20

    Visa has launched its mVisa QR code-based mobile payment service in Kenya with Co-Operative Bank, Family Bank, KCB and NIC Bank. “With mVisa, consumers can directly access all of the funds in their bank accounts to pay merchants or individuals,” Visa says. mVisa was unveiled in August 2015 through a pilot with Indian banks. ICICI Bank became the first to offer the service to consumers in October, followed by State Bank of India, which announced its support for mVisa in May 2016. It is due to arrive in Nigeria by the end of this year.

    Android Pay adds 44 US banks

    By Rian Boden • 21 September 2016, 11:06 • Last updated 21 September 2016, 11:42

    Google has added a further 44 banks and credit unions to its list of Android Pay supporters in the US, following support from UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest and Ulster Bank earlier this month and the addition of TSB announced this week. “The Android Pay team is seemingly on a roll at the moment, adding many new banks over the past few months,” Android Police reports.

    Sierra takes Apple Pay to Safari

    By Rian Boden • 21 September 2016, 10:44 • Last updated 21 September 2016, 10:44

    Apple’s latest macOS Sierra update is making Apple Pay available for web purchases through Safari on desktop devices. “Shoppers can now click the Apple Pay button at checkout on nearly 300,000 participating websites, including 1-800-Flowers, Gilt, Instacart, Lululemon, Warby Parker and more, and then complete their purchase with Touch ID on iPhone 6 or later, or with Apple Watch,” Apple says. The release of the iOS10 operating system allowed the launch of Apple Pay for mobile websites earlier this month.

    Curve launches rewards, raises $3m in funding

    By Rian Boden • 21 September 2016, 10:27 • Last updated 21 September 2016, 10:27

    London-based startup Curve has launched a virtual Curve Rewards card through an app that allows consumers to spend points as currency when using the company’s physical payment card. “When you earn rewards, they’ll pop up on your Curve Rewards card as points,” the company says. “Simply choose the Rewards card in the app and use it to pay like you would any other bank card.” The Curve card was unveiled in February 2016. The company has also recently raised US$3m, taking its seed funding to around $5m.

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    September 25th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Samsung adds biometrics to mobile transactions
    2. Kohl’s to allow checkouts from mobile app
    3. Glacéau Smartwater sends tips to Londoners using BLE beacons
    4. Contactless POS transactions nearing $500bn
    5. Valencia commuters to test NFC wristbands for public transport
    6. 250 products are now Fido certified
    7. Domino’s Pizza enables Messenger ordering
    8. Valeo and Gemalto launch mobile car keys for Bluetooth access
    9. Apple Pay adds more US financial institutions
    10. Gemalto wins award for mobile ticketing
    11. Study shows Canadians’ growing enthusiasm for mobile payments
    12. mVisa launches in Kenya
    13. Android Pay adds 44 US banks
    14. Sierra takes Apple Pay to Safari
    15. Curve launches rewards, raises $3m in funding
    16. Frost Bank joins ClearXChange
    17. TSB adds Android Pay support
    18. Lenovo launches NFC transport payments in Beijing
    19. MTN ends Mobile Money in South Africa
    20. White paper lays out best practices for banks launching HCE payments
    21. Mobiquity Wallet brings iOS voice command money transfers
    22. Walmart to stop accepting Visa in Manitoba
    23. Visa reveals growing Euro interest in biometric authentication
    24. Japanese firms team with NTT and Daon for biometric venture
     
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