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Orange Spain picks MC

February 25th, 2013

Orange has signed a strategic agreement with MasterCard “to enhance and accelerate” the delivery of innovative mobile payment services in Spain. “This is a decisive step for Orange in our commitment to offer to our private and business customers the most innovative mobile payment solutions using several technologies for the different scenarios of electronic payments,” says Alicia Calvo, innovation director for Orange Spain.

Indian film fans pay with NFC

February 25th, 2013

Fifteen PVR cinemas in India have implemented an NFC payments service that works with BlackBerry 10 phones. The PVR wallet app lets moviegoers pay for both tickets and refreshments via NFC and is provided by NEC India, which has developed a cloud-based payment system called NFC e-Money server.

AIS to pilot NFC payments and transit in Bangkok

February 25th, 2013

Thailand’s largest mobile network operator will be the first in Asia to test DragonFly, a next-generation SIM card from Oberthur that promises to provide mass transit operators with faster NFC transaction processing times. More

Identive powers NFC at MWC Connected City

February 25th, 2013

Identive’s Tagtrail NFC platform is being used in deliver information to visitors to the GSMA’s Connected City exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2013. “The Connected City will be filled with brand-new products and experiences that will… More

Gemalto adds LinqUs NFC wallet

February 25th, 2013

Gemalto is demonstrating a new NFC mobile wallet at Mobile World Congress 2013. LinqUs “enables financial service providers and retailers to rapidly deploy a breadth of services that can be customized to their specific needs,” the company says, and includes a secure application framework, dedicated mobile wallet server and pre-integrated connectivity with Gemalto’s TSM and mobile payment platforms.

Japan, China and Korea to get international NFC roaming

February 25th, 2013

Mobile network operators in the three countries have agreed technical specifications that will enable consumers to make use of NFC payments and other services in both their home country and abroad. More

MasterCard unveils MasterPass digital wallet and mobile payments platform

February 25th, 2013

MasterPass covers in-store and online payments, supports both NFC and QR codes and enables “banks, merchants and partners” to offer their own wallets to consumers. More

Vodafone picks Wirecard for mobile payments launch

February 25th, 2013

Vodafone Group has formed a partnership with Munich-based Wirecard for the introduction of its mobile payment service, due to be rolled out internationally from this year. The partnership covers “the creation, implementation and operation of all technical… More

China UnionPay works with Gemalto on NFC

February 25th, 2013

Chinese bank card association China UnionPay is collaborating with Gemalto on NFC, the digital security company has announced. The collaboration “covers key deployment  issues, including TSM  interoperability, security and operational guidelines as well as technology… More

Kuwait buses test stickers

February 24th, 2013

Boloro Kuwait has completed a contactless payments pilot on public transit in Kuwait City. The trial, in partnership with mobile network Zain, saw customers use contactless stickers attached to their phones to pay for journeys on buses operated by Kuwait Public Transport Company (KPTC) and CityGroup. A 16 digit code links the Boloro sticker to the customer’s prepaid mobile account, and a receipt delivered by SMS confirms each transaction. “The pilot has been a success on all counts,” says the company.

Surface Labs adds NFC to interactive bar

February 24th, 2013

Multi-touch display specialist Surface Labs International (SLI) is demonstrating an NFC-enabled interactive bar at Mobile World Congress 2013. The bar counter is equipped with 3D projectors and tracking equipment to give an interactive experience that can… More

China Mobile and China UnionPay complete NFC TSM integration

February 23rd, 2013

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, and Chinese bank card association China UnionPay have announced they have completed integration of their NFC trusted service manager (TSM) platforms. The completion of the work means that… More

Airtag adds white label wallet

February 23rd, 2013

Mobile shopping specialist Airtag is launching a white label version of its NFC-enabled Airpass mobile wallet at Mobile World Congress 2013. “There are going to be not one, but many mobile wallets that succeed,” says Airtag CEO Jérémie Leroyer. “Each brand needs to start building their own identity in the wallet experience, not simply to get a piece of the payment pie, rather to retain and build loyal customers.”

Visa bids to speed up payments innovation with Visa Ready Partner Program

February 22nd, 2013

“The pace of innovation in the payments industry requires a new approach that ensures innovative payment methods can be tested, approved and commercialized quickly,” says Visa’s Jim McCarthy.  More

Oberthur gets NFC SE certification

February 21st, 2013

Oberthur Technologies has announced that its Pearl Secure Element 800k Classic embedded secure element has been certified by MasterCard for Mobile PayPass applications and by Google for Google Wallet. Pearl is already being used in the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 Android tablet, says Oberthur, and the Google certification means it is now “ready to be integrated into any type of any Android device”.

Dutch banks to run NFC payments pilot

February 20th, 2013

ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank have teamed up with mobile network operator KPN to run an NFC pilot in the city of Leiden this summer “with a large group of consumers.” More

TfL “not convinced” about NFC

February 19th, 2013

Transport for London (TfL), which is rolling out contactless card acceptance on London’s public transportation network and ran one of the world’s earliest NFC pilots in 2008, is “not convinced” about NFC, says Matthew Hudson, the… More

Visa preps for UK NFC launch

February 19th, 2013

Visa is making multiple efforts towards a “mainstream launch” of contactless and mobile payments in the UK in 2013, Marc O’Brien, managing director of Visa UK & Ireland has told a meeting of the Westminster eForum, Marketing Week reports. “Building momentum from the Olympic Games, we’re looking to roll out of the [contactless payment] cards and handsets this year,” he said. Visa’s data suggests that 17% of the UK’s mobile phones are NFC-enabled at present, adds the report.

Australian supermarket Coles tests NFC payments and rewards

February 18th, 2013

“This new trial will assess the user friendliness of the technology, its capacity to increase the speed of transaction, save customers time in store and seamless integration of Flybuys points to add even more value to the Coles customer experience,” says the retailer. More

Inside Secure launches all-in-one NFC hardware package for consumer electronics devices

February 18th, 2013

ComboPulse “is a drop-in, zero-tuning solution that makes it easy and inexpensive to add NFC functionality into a broad range of mainstream consumer electronic products, including tablets, entry-level mobile phones, personal media players and other smart mobile devices,” says the NFC chip specialist.  More

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