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Interac debuts NFC debit card payments in Canada

March 28th, 2013

RBC Royal Bank and Scotiabank both plan to make the new mobile payments service available to their customers later this year — and RBC has announced it will now make all Interac Flash contactless payments available free of charge to its account holders. More

Hong Kong government reports on NFC payments plans

March 27th, 2013

“The HKMA will work with the industry to promote a fully interoperable and versatile platform to enable Hong Kong to enter into a new era of diversified retail payments,” says Peter Pang, deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. More

BAC tests NFC in Costa Rica

March 27th, 2013

Banking group BAC Credomatic is to run an NFC payments pilot in Costa Rica, El Financiero reports. The increasing use of smartphones across the country, now at 29% of users, has prompted the trial according to the bank. NFC payments for public transport are also being considered for the future.

2014 will see 500m NFC devices in use, says ABI

March 27th, 2013

“NFC has reached the point of no return,” says practice director John Devlin. “It all hinged on handsets; and next year we will see half-a-billion devices in the hands of consumers as it becomes more widely integrated.” More

NHS uses NFC for drink campaign

March 27th, 2013

Marketing agency Charge has taken to the city streets in north east England to promote “Don’t let drink sneak up on you”, an alcohol abuse awareness campaign being run by the NHS’ Change 4 Life project. Passers-by were handed NFC-compatible wristbands which allowed those with an NFC phone to tap to download a drinks tracker app for their phone. Participants could also access the app by scanning QR codes on cards handed out during the campaign.

Avanade unveils interactive shopping with NFC, augmented reality and Kinect motion sensing

March 27th, 2013

The Microsoft- and Accenture-owned IT company’s new solution allows consumers to select items promoted on interactive screens and then “drag and drop” them into their mobile phone using simple hand gestures, to collect detailed information about a product or add it to a shopping basket.  More

O2 Germany picks G&D NFC

March 26th, 2013

Telefónica O2 Germany is using technology from Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) in an NFC payments pilot, which began last month. G&D’s TSM solution and its NFC SIMs are both being used in the O2 Wallet pilot.

Domino’s Pizza launches NFC offers in the UK

March 26th, 2013

The takeaway pizza chain’s new Windows Phone 8 app allows customers to receive rewards by tapping their phone to NFC tags embedded in promotional material placed at the counter. More

Metz gets NFC parking

March 26th, 2013

Drivers in Metz, France can now register online to get an NFC sticker that allows them to pay for their stay at a 2,100 place underground car park without a ticket or cash. When entering… More

Universal Music launches NFC poster campaign in Paris

March 25th, 2013

Mobile network operator Orange has teamed up with outdoor advertising company Insert to enable fans to download information about the new album by French artist Zazie as well as purchase it from their mobile phones. More

NEC launches cloud-based NFC payments service

March 25th, 2013

NEC has launched a turnkey prepaid payments service that includes cloud-based system servers, cards, smartphone apps and payment terminals and is available in both Japan and internationally. The Integrated Electronic Money Solution provides customers with… More

InfoChip adds Sniper device for reading tiny tags with NFC phones

March 25th, 2013

A simple add-on adapter for NFC phones cuts the cost of equipping staff with a reader for InfoChip’s 8mm industrial tags by more than half, the company says, and will “bring profound revolution in safety compliance, inspection management and industrial asset management.” More

Film festival says it’s showtime with NFC posters

March 25th, 2013

The Go Short film festival, held in the Dutch city of Nijmegen from 13 to 17 March, used NFC tags to provide movie-goers with information on upcoming screenings and locations. Netherlands-based startup Tag N Tap provided posters… More

Gemalto sees profit in TSM services

March 22nd, 2013

“Customers will only have one TSM. It’s like a billing system; if you’re in, it’s harder to get you out rather than if you fight to get in,” says Olivier Piou. “I think that we have a very good momentum.” More

Rogers adds Suretap phones

March 21st, 2013

Canadian mobile network operator Rogers has added three Android and four BlackBerry NFC phones to the list of devices that work with its Suretap NFC payments service. The new phones are the LG Optimus G , Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Note II and the Blackberry Bold 9900Blackberry Curve 9360Blackberry Bold 9790 and Blackberry Z10.

Visa backs MasterCard digital wallet surcharge plan

March 21st, 2013

MasterCard’s move to increase the fees charged to “staged” digital wallets like PayPal could see a similar surcharge being applied by Visa. “I think it is totally appropriate to do that,” Visa chief executive Charlie… More

MasterCard fights back against new payments players with increased transaction fees for digital wallets that don’t share data

March 20th, 2013

The new fee is to be applied to “staged” digital and mobile wallets that provide a way for transactions to be charged to a customer’s credit card without any details about the purchase being passed on to the payments network. PayPal and Google Wallet as well as a number of other new market entrants are all expected to be affected but “traditional” NFC wallets will not.  More

Korean banks launch NFC payments service

March 20th, 2013

Sixteen Korean banks have introduced BankWallet, a prepaid NFC payments service that uses a platform developed by interbank clearing house KFTC. SK Telecom subscribers with an NFC phone will be the first to be able to use the new service and KT customers will be added soon. More

Fraunhofer offers secure NFC keys that can be shared via QR codes

March 20th, 2013

Key2Share allows virtual keys stored on NFC phones to be shared securely using QR codes that can be sent by email or MMS message — or even in the mail. More

Smaller devices to get wireless charging with NFC

March 20th, 2013

Wireless charging is on its way for smaller devices, by combining wireless power transmission with NFC technology, says Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre. Combining the two technologies will make it possible to design increasingly compact… More

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