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    NFC packaging to safeguard medicines

    December 23rd, 2015

    Patients will soon be able to identify whether pharmaceutical products are in a factory sealed or opened state and access contextual content with the tap of an NFC phone using a solution developed by Thinfilm and Jones Packaging. The technology will also enable pharmaceutical companies to authenticate products and track individual items. More

    Samsung Pay to launch in China with China UnionPay

    December 18th, 2015

    Samsung has partnered with China UnionPay to bring its Samsung Pay mobile payments service to China in early 2016. The announcement comes as Apple reveals that it has also partnered with the bank card organisation to bring Apple Pay to Chinese consumers next year. More

    Apple Pay to go live in China in early 2016

    December 18th, 2015

    Apple Pay will launch in China in early 2016 through a partnership with bank card association China UnionPay and with support from 15 of the country’s banks. “Apple Pay will roll out to China UnionPay cardholders… More

    White paper gives insight into mobile ticketing deployments in ten markets

    December 17th, 2015

    A white paper aimed at giving transport operators, transport authorities and ticket distributors greater insight into deploying mobile ticketing technologies and services while both containing costs and improving the passenger experience is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Four in ten US consumers have made a mobile payment

    December 17th, 2015

    43% of US consumers have used a mobile device such as a smartphone, tablet or smartwatch to make an in-store purchase, up from 36% last year, research from location-based mobile platform Retale shows. PayPal takes the number… More

    Santa’s little helpers adopt NFC technology

    December 16th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Children visiting Santa’s Grotto in Blarney Woollen Mills, Ireland, are being given NFC wristbands that are pre-encoded with information provided by their parents. As the child approaches the grotto, the wristband gets scanned by an elf and Santa’s “naughty or nice” book is automatically updated with the information so that he can talk to the children on a personal level. More

    Android Pay to launch in Australia, adds in-app payments in US

    December 16th, 2015

    Google will launch its Android Pay mobile payment service across Australia in the first half of 2016 with support from several of the country’s major financial institutions, including ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING Direct, Macquarie Bank and St George. The mobile payment service has also enabled in-app payments in the US. More

    UnionPay launches HCE mobile payments with Beijing banks

    December 15th, 2015

    Customers of more than 20 commercial banks in Beijing can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using a new service launched by bankcard association UnionPay. “QuickPass offers a new mobile phone service… More

    In-store mobile payments increase four-fold across the US

    December 11th, 2015

    The use of in-store mobile payments increased nearly four-fold across the US this year, from 5% in 2014 to 18% in 2015, research from Deloitte reveals, with approximately one in five consumers using their phone… More

    Gemalto brings PKI-based authentication to mobile devices over BLE

    December 11th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a solution which can bring public key infrastructure-based authentication and security to any device through a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. “SafeNet MobilePKI uses Bluetooth Smart technology… More

    Walmart launches QR code mobile payments service in the US

    December 10th, 2015

    Customers at US supermarket chain Walmart will soon be able to pay for purchases by scanning a QR code at the point of sale using Walmart Pay, the retailer’s own mobile payment service. Walmart Pay will be integrated into the Walmart app and introduced in select stores this month, with a nationwide launch expected in the first half of next year. More

    Xbox One enables on-screen mobile payments through PowaTag

    December 9th, 2015

    Xbox One gamers across the US can now make online purchases from the game console’s new ecommerce store by scanning on-screen barcodes with their mobile device. TV commerce solutions provider Von Bismark has worked with Powa Technologies to roll out The Mall on Xbox One, which will make use of Powa’s mobile payments platform PowaTag. More

    Electronic retailer to install 10m NFC shelf labels in 14 countries

    December 9th, 2015

    An electronic retailer based in Germany is to roll out 10 million interactive NFC shelf edge labels to some 1,000 stores across 14 countries next year through a contract with Imagotag, a subsidiary of electronic shelf labels suppliers Store Electronic Systems (SES).  More

    Contactless payments across Europe set to rise nine-fold by 2020

    December 9th, 2015

    The volume of contactless payments in Europe is forecast to rise almost nine-fold to 12.2bn in 2020 compared to 2014 and account for 13% of all card payments, according to research released by RBR. The number of contactless cards issued is also expected to treble from 2014 to just short of 700m by 2020 — representing more than 40% of the total regional card base. More

    Canadian pilot for NFC public transport solution

    December 8th, 2015

    Canadian NFC mobile wallet service Suretap and TSM provider EnStream have completed a proof of concept trial with public transport agency Société de transport de Montréal (STM) that enabled transit passengers to pay fares using their smartphone.  More

    Swedish supermarket uses NFC price tags to promote deals and discounts

    December 8th, 2015

    Customers at supermarket ICA Norrviken in a northern suburb of Stockholm can now view promotional deals, discounts, competitions and detailed information about products by tapping their phones against dynamic NFC tags integrated into price labels.  More

    French joint venture to deploy NFC mobile ticketing

    December 8th, 2015

    A joint venture has been established in France with the aim of bringing an NFC mobile ticketing solution to the market in 2017. Public transport operator RATP, mobile network operator Orange, digital security giant Gemalto and railway company SNCF each hold a 25% stake in Wizway Solutions, which remains open to other operators and carriers. More

    Apple Pay transactions decline on Black Friday

    December 3rd, 2015

    Only 2.7% of US shoppers with Apple Pay used the service on Black Friday to make a purchase in a store equipped to accept the mobile payment technology — representing a decrease from 4.9% last year, research from InfoScout reveals. Just 2% of Android owners used their device to make a mobile payment for eligible transactions during the day. More

    NFC public transport pilot launches across the Netherlands

    December 2nd, 2015

    Some 200 commuters across the Netherlands have begun piloting a service that lets them tap in and out of public transport using their smartphone. The pilot has been put in place by mobile network operators Vodafone and KPN in partnership with OV public transport card provider Translink and all the transport agencies in the country. More

    Developers unveil electronic tattoos for payments and healthcare

    December 1st, 2015

    Creative studio Chaotic Moon has demonstrated a concept it calls Tech Tats, tattoo-like formations of components and conductive paint that create an electronic circuit which adheres to the wearer’s skin. The temporary tattoos include a microprocessor and the company envisages them performing tasks such as health monitoring or making payments. More

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