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November 21st, 2014

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

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

TenTen's app rewards shoppers via BLE

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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November 19th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 19 November 2014, 16:12

White paper quantifies consumer attitudes to wearable payments

A white paper examining the attitudes of consumers to using smartwatches and other wearables for payments, ticketing and other applications is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre.

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November 18th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 18 November 2014, 17:06

Polish banks join up for launch of Blik mobile payments service

The National Bank of Poland has given the go-ahead for the launch of Blik, a mobile payments service backed by six Polish banks that lets customers make payments in stores and online, withdraw cash from ATMs and send P2P transfers with their mobile phones.

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BLE

November 18th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 18 November 2014, 16:00

Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that use energy harvesting technology to avoid the need to change batteries have been installed by Japan Airlines (JAL) at 13 major Japanese airports to provide users of its JAL Countdown mobile app with “real-time departure, gate and other timely information”.

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November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 15:59

Keyssa unveils high speed short range ‘kiss’ connectivity technology

Keyssa, a US startup backed by US$47m in funding from investors that include Intel, Samsung and Dolby Family Ventures and chaired by Nest founder Tony Fadell, has unveiled Kiss Connectivity, a solid-state embedded connector that can be used to transfer data between two devices at up to six gigabits per second.

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NFC

November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 12:48

Optus launches NFC payments in Australia

Australian carrier Optus has teamed up with Visa and Heritage Bank to launch an NFC mobile payment service that lets customers load up to A$500 into a prepaid account and then make payments at any Visa contactless POS terminal.

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November 17th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 17 November 2014, 12:22

EcoCash takes mobile money to the point of sale

EcoCash, Africa’s second largest mobile money provider with 3.7m users, is to offer customers in Zimbawe a MasterCard debit card linked to their EcoCash wallet. This will enable them to use the funds in their mobile money account to make payments at merchant POS terminals and withdraw cash from ATMs.

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NFC

November 14th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 November 2014, 17:46

Softcard picks Muppet mascot for online advertising campaign

US carrier mobile payments venture Softcard has unveiled Tappy, a mascot designed by the company behind The Muppets that will be used initially in an online advertising blitz reported to be valued at US$1.5m.

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News in brief

Cartamundi to develop flexible NFC tags

By Rian Boden • 21 November 2014, 13:34 • Last updated 21 November 2014, 13:34

Global playing card producer Cartamundi is working with Holst Centre, an initiative set up by Belgian nanoelectronics research centre Imec and Dutch research institute TNO, to develop NFC tags that make use of metal-oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) technology on plastic film. The new tags are designed for embedding in products like game cards where there is a requirement for a solution that is both ultra-thin and flexible.

30% of US shoppers to use mobile payments this holiday season

By Rian Boden • 21 November 2014, 13:28 • Last updated 21 November 2014, 13:28

Nearly one in three (30%) US smartphone owners say they plan to use mobile payment offerings such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet for shopping in stores this holiday season, Bluetooth ‘connected card’ maker Stratos’ 2014 Holiday Mobile Payments Survey has found. 17% said they would spend more because of these new payment options and 5% said they felt “more comfortable” paying with their device than using traditional payment cards.

Drop offers beacon-based payments

By Rian Boden • 21 November 2014, 13:19 • Last updated 21 November 2014, 13:19

Payments startup Drop has launched a mobile payments and loyalty solution that uses Bluetooth beacons to let shoppers order and pay from up to 200 feet away before picking up their purchase and leaving without having to wait in line at the point of sale. “Drop is suitable for use in any purchasing environment; food trucks, beer festivals, stadiums, restaurants and bars, all of whom would use the Drop iPad POS, right through to a solution that integrates with the existing POS and ecommerce platforms,” the company says.

Square eyes global expansion

By Rian Boden • 21 November 2014, 13:11 • Last updated 21 November 2014, 13:11

Square has updated its Register apps for iOS and Android to support 130 currencies and is in talks to bring its mPOS solution to Europe, TechCrunch reports. “While the Square Register app has now been turned on internationally, the hardware, and payment processing, have yet to arrive,” the report adds.

First Bus takes Pingit nationwide

By Rian Boden • 21 November 2014, 12:16 • Last updated 21 November 2014, 12:16

UK bus operator First Bus is to accept payment via Barclays Pingit nationwide following a trial launch in selected areas of the country. “Despite only recently adding Pingit as a payment option for customers, in some of First’s operating areas, the Pingit share of m-ticketing transactions is approaching 7%,” the operator explains. “More than 50% of Pingit payments so far are by bus users over the age of 25, demonstrating its popularity with customers across many age groups.”

Millennials more open to mobile payments

By Rian Boden • 21 November 2014, 12:09 • Last updated 21 November 2014, 12:09

Among US and UK consumers who have not yet used a mobile wallet, 18-34 year olds are the most enthusiastic when asked about the potential benefits, research from JWT Intelligence has found. “These consumers are more interested than others in using a phone to pay if it makes transactions faster, makes splitting bills easier, can replace cash in low-denomination payments and helps keep track of purchases,” the company reveals.

65% of Canadians plan to make mobile payments

By Rian Boden • 20 November 2014, 14:31 • Last updated 20 November 2014, 14:31

Almost seven in ten Canadian smartphone owners (68%) are aware of NFC or QR codes and 65% are likely to make NFC or QR payments over the next six months, research by Visa Canada has revealed. “Canada is a world leader in mobile NFC and QR payments,” says Visa’s Derek Colfer. “It is very encouraging to see solid awareness of NFC payments as well as that upwards of 26% of Canadians are beginning to use their mobile device for online ecommerce payments.”

Google Wallet adds refer-a-friend program

By Rian Boden • 20 November 2014, 14:07 • Last updated 20 November 2014, 14:07

Google has introduced a refer-a-friend program to reward consumers with US$5 each time they introduce a friend to Google Wallet. “Simply send money (even a penny works) to a friend of yours who doesn’t have a Google Wallet balance yet,” the company explains. “When they claim the money and verify their identity, you’ll each receive $5 in your Wallet balance.”

SunTrust adds Apple Pay

By Rian Boden • 19 November 2014, 15:37 • Last updated 19 November 2014, 15:37

SunTrust Banks is now offering Apple Pay to its clients and merchants, joining a long list of US banks already supporting the NFC mobile payment solution. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve the financial well-being of our clients and part of that is offering solutions that make banking simpler, more convenient and safer,” says Atlanta-based SunTrust’s Beverly Ladley.

US mobile payments to reach $142bn in 2019

By Rian Boden • 19 November 2014, 15:28 • Last updated 19 November 2014, 15:28

US mobile payments volumes will grow from $52bn in 2014 to $142bn by 2019, according to a new forecast from Forrester. However, that number will be “just a drop in the ocean of total US consumer spending,” ComputerWorld reports, representing just 1% of the total US$16trillion consumer payments market.

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November 23rd, 2014

Latest news

  1. Cartamundi to develop flexible NFC tags
  2. 30% of US shoppers to use mobile payments this holiday season
  3. Drop offers beacon-based payments
  4. Square eyes global expansion
  5. Saatchi & Saatchi designs beacon loyalty rewards for Japan’s TenTen Technologies
  6. First Bus takes Pingit nationwide
  7. Millennials more open to mobile payments
  8. Motorola secures Android and Apple devices with smart keyfob
  9. United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles
  10. 65% of Canadians plan to make mobile payments
  11. Google Wallet adds refer-a-friend program
  12. White paper quantifies consumer attitudes to wearable payments
  13. SunTrust adds Apple Pay
  14. US mobile payments to reach $142bn in 2019
  15. inMarket hits 18% of US mobile shoppers
  16. Bi-Lo adds Apple Pay
  17. Polish banks join up for launch of Blik mobile payments service
  18. Post Office offers Tweet-to-donate service
  19. Venmo adds TouchID
  20. Japan Airlines tests battery-free beacons at 13 airports
 
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