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30 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2015, 16:00

KFC China restaurants to accept Alipay mobile payments next month

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Nearly 5,000 KFC China fast food restaurants will accept Alipay mobile payments next month, following in the footsteps of Walmart which is rolling out support for the service in all of its Chinese stores by the end of this year.

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30 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2015, 15:27

Global payments company to launch biometric cards with fingerprint scanner

An undisclosed global payments company is to incorporate bendable fingerprint sensors into smart cards as part of a worldwide program to be rolled out in partnership with Norwegian biometrics provider Idex.

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NFC

30 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 June 2015, 14:16

2.2bn NFC-enabled handset shipments by 2020, IHS Technology predicts

Shipments of NFC-enabled handsets will increase to 756m in 2015, up from 444m last year, rising to 2.2bn by 2020, IHS Technology has forecast. The research firm adds NFC is “finally coming of age and gaining some traction”.

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29 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 June 2015, 15:44

Barclaycard launches second generation bPay wearable payment devices

Barclaycard has unveiled a second generation of its bPay wristbands and is to add contactless-enabled keyfobs and stickers to the range of bPay devices that will be made available for purchase on 1 July.

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26 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 June 2015, 17:48

Fans get contactless entry to football matches in Cyprus

PARTNER NEWS: Season ticket holders at a Cypriot first division football club will soon get into the team's Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium on match day by tapping contactless keyfobs — or wristbands for younger supporters — against NFC turnstiles at the entrance.

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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 15:20

Evercoss to pre-install mobile wallet on handsets

Indonesia’s largest smartphone and tablet manufacturer is to pre-install a mobile wallet on up to three million of its mobile devices annually, allowing users to make QR code-based in-store payments, online payments and P2P funds transfers using a platform supplied by mobile wallet provider Cellum.

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NFC

25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 14:08

McGee Group adds NFC inspection tags to trucks

Truck drivers from UK-based construction firm McGee Group can now log their daily vehicle inspections by tapping a tablet or smartphone against NFC tags mounted on their lorries, using a platform supplied by mobility solutions provider Mobilengine.

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25 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 June 2015, 13:38

Amazon’s voice-driven home shopping device available for pre-order in the US

US consumers will soon be able to reorder supplies and control their home appliances using Amazon Echo, the connected device that uses voice recognition to complete spoken commands to shop, play music, read the news and more. It is now available for pre-order following an invitation-only trial that began in November 2014.

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24 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 June 2015, 14:09

CUA credit union reports rising interest in redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service

The number of customers using CUA’s redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service more than 35 times per month was about three times higher in March 2015 than it was six months earlier, and the number of customers using mobile payments five to 14 times per month was up 63% for the same period, the Australian credit union has revealed.

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24 June 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 June 2015, 13:40

Alibaba and Ant Financial invest nearly $1bn in Koubei mobile commerce platform

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Alipay parent Ant Financial have each invested RMB3bn (US$483m) into Koubei, a joint venture that will let consumers order and pay for local services in China using their smartphone, “with an initial focus on the food and beverage segment”.

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News in brief

Mahindra Comviva and Pole SCS in European partnership

By Rian Boden • 30 June 2015, 14:51 • Last updated 30 June 2015, 14:51

Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva has signed a strategic agreement with Pole SCS, a south-east France technology cluster, to roll out new contactless and mobile services across Europe with a key focus on hybrid HCE and smart tokenization. “The framework will focus on products, solutions and services, as well as potential development of new initiatives based on innovative trust and security solutions,” Mahindra Comviva says.

NFC smartphone sales up 55% year on year in 2015

By Rian Boden • 30 June 2015, 14:33 • Last updated 30 June 2015, 14:33

Global NFC-enabled smartphone sales will grow more than 55% year over year in 2015, research from Strategy Analytics has found. “The growth rate is far above overall smartphone growth rate of 16% in 2015,” it says. “Asia Pacific remains the largest market for NFC smartphones, while North America has the highest NFC smartphone penetration until 2020.”

Beacons guide Hong Kong airport passengers

By Rian Boden • 30 June 2015, 13:26 • Last updated 30 June 2015, 13:26

Passengers at Hong Kong International Airport are being guided by 50 beacons installed across Terminal 1 as part of a pilot with SITA Lab. “These user-friendly maps display key information on passengers’ mobile phones or tablets, and the time it will take to get to the gate,” SITA Lab says. “They also provide information about shops, restaurants and retail offers.”

Maple Leafs install beacons for draft party

By Rian Boden • 30 June 2015, 13:06 • Last updated 30 June 2015, 13:06

Fans of Toronto Maple Leafs will be able to win prizes, interact with Legends Row and explore activities on their smartphones during the hockey team’s draft party via beacons from mobile proximity platform Rover. “Our priority is creating the best experience for our fans and the technology available through companies like Rover provides some exciting possibilities,” says Maple Leafs’ Shannon Hosford.

Sharp includes fingerprint sensor in flagship smartphone

By Rian Boden • 30 June 2015, 12:56 • Last updated 30 June 2015, 12:56

Sharp is to include biometric provider Synaptics’ Natural ID fingerprint sensor in its latest flagship smartphone. “Aquos Zeta SH-03G complies with Fido’s latest industry standard, UAF 1.0, delivered through Synaptics’ Natural ID sensor, which utilizes unique technology to enable fingerprint authentication that can be done locally for increased data security,” Synaptics says.

US$2.7tn mobile wallet market by 2020

By Rian Boden • 30 June 2015, 12:44 • Last updated 30 June 2015, 12:44

The global market for mobile wallets will reach US$2.7tn by 2020, “driven by the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, mobile internet, strong governmental support for cashless transactions and the convenience offered by mobile payments,” Global Industry Analysts says. “Asia Pacific represents the largest market, with a CAGR of 33% over the analysis period,” it adds. “The retail sector represents the largest end-use for mobile wallets.”

Cale parking card readers to accept Apple Pay

By Rian Boden • 30 June 2015, 12:32 • Last updated 30 June 2015, 12:32

US parking payment systems provider Cale will offer contactless card readers that accept Apple Pay as well as other NFC mobile wallets in July. “Cale will offer the readers as a field upgrade option to its Cale WebTerminal (CWT) pay stations and as an option for new terminals manufactured after September 2015,” the company says. Cale has 15,000 terminals installed in more than 200 US cities.

Apple publishes UK contactless FAQ

By Rian Boden • 29 June 2015, 14:42 • Last updated 29 June 2015, 14:42

Apple has published an FAQ explaining how the contactless limit will work in the UK for Apple Pay transactions. “If your payment terminal or payment provider doesn’t support the latest network specifications, as with contactless debit and credit cards today, your customers might need to insert their card if the transaction amount is over £20,” explains Apple. The first retailers began implementing support for higher value mobile payments in autumn 2014.

PayPal set to float on 17 July

By Rian Boden • 29 June 2015, 14:31 • Last updated 29 June 2015, 14:31

Ebay’s board of directors has approved the completion of the separation of eBay and PayPal into two independent publicly traded companies. The split is expected to take place on 17 July 2015 and “will occur through a pro rata distribution of all of the stock of eBay’s subsidiary PayPal to eBay stockholders,” the company says. “Immediately following the distribution, PayPal will be an independent, publicly traded company.”

PayRange raises $12m for vending machine payments via Bluetooth

By Rian Boden • 26 June 2015, 17:14 • Last updated 26 June 2015, 17:14

Digital payments enabler PayRange has secured US$12m in Series A funding to drive mobile payment acceptance in the vending machine industry with a plug-in dongle called BluKey. “PayRange uses a small device which plugs into the back of the machine and a customer-side mobile app to enable any vending machine to accept all forms of payment,” the company says. The US$49 device uses Bluetooth Low Energy, says PayRange, and the prepaid app can be funded with both Apple Pay and Android Pay.

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July 1st, 2015

This week's news

  1. KFC China restaurants to accept Alipay mobile payments next month
  2. Global payments company to launch biometric cards with fingerprint scanner
  3. Mahindra Comviva and Pole SCS in European partnership
  4. NFC smartphone sales up 55% year on year in 2015
  5. 2.2bn NFC-enabled handset shipments by 2020, IHS Technology predicts
  6. Beacons guide Hong Kong airport passengers
  7. Maple Leafs install beacons for draft party
  8. Sharp includes fingerprint sensor in flagship smartphone
  9. US$2.7tn mobile wallet market by 2020
  10. Cale parking card readers to accept Apple Pay
  11. Barclaycard launches second generation bPay wearable payment devices
  12. Apple publishes UK contactless FAQ
  13. PayPal set to float on 17 July
  14. Fans get contactless entry to football matches in Cyprus
  15. PayRange raises $12m for vending machine payments via Bluetooth
  16. One in five Australians make in-store mobile payments
  17. Evercoss to pre-install mobile wallet on handsets
  18. McGee Group adds NFC inspection tags to trucks
  19. Amazon’s voice-driven home shopping device available for pre-order in the US
  20. Naver Pay launches in Korea
  21. SEQR prepares for summer UK launch
  22. CUA credit union reports rising interest in redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service
  23. Alibaba and Ant Financial invest nearly $1bn in Koubei mobile commerce platform
  24. $4bn mobile money transfer revenue by 2018
  25. OceanFirst Bank adds Touch ID
  26. India offers tax break for electronic payments?
  27. 30% of donors use contactless card during London charity trial
 
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