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    Mobile payments platform Sixdots goes live with multiple banks in Belgium

    December 8th, 2014

    Customers of nine banks representing 80% of the Belgian market can now make use of Sixdots, a mobile wallet service that uses a combination of QR codes and a six-digit PIN to make payments in… More

    Bluetooth 4.2 to increase speed and security of Smart devices

    December 8th, 2014

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has adopted version 4.2 of the Bluetooth core specification, introducing security improvements that mean Bluetooth beacons are now unable to engage with smartphones without permission from the user and making it harder for eavesdroppers to track a device via its Bluetooth connection. More

    Barcelona equips 8,000 city locations with NFC and QR touchpoints

    December 5th, 2014

    More than eight thousand locations across the Spanish city of Barcelona are to be equipped with NFC and QR touchpoints that deliver information on local services directly to visitors’ and citizens’ smartphones. The Barcelona Contactless… More

    One in ten US iPhone 6 owners have now used Apple Pay

    December 4th, 2014

    Apple Pay is yet to gain widespread adoption among iPhone 6 owners due to poor awareness of which stores accept the NFC payments technology and a lack of understanding of how the service works, a survey conducted by InfoScout has found. Those who have used it, however, compare it highly favourably to using a traditional plastic card.  More

    Starbucks launches Mobile Order & Pay in Portland

    December 4th, 2014

    Starbucks’ Mobile Order & Pay service is now live in Portland, Oregon ahead of a planned nationwide roll out across the US that will begin in 2015. The coffee chain first spoke about its plans… More

    Blarney Castle identifies trees with NFC horti-tags

    December 4th, 2014

    Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold and tourist attraction in Ireland, is attaching custom-developed NFC tags to its trees so that gardeners will be able to easily create and update a database of information about each… More

    Payments security survey finds NFC and HCE are now top priorities

    December 4th, 2014

    Seven in ten (71%) US IT operations, security, and electronic deployment professionals consider NFC to be essential or very important to their organization’s security, a survey by Ponemon Institute for HP Atalla has found, with… More

    BitStraat equips Dutch merchants with Bitcoin POS terminals

    December 3rd, 2014

    Dutch startup BitStraat has launched a project aimed at turning Amsterdam into Bitcoin City, providing one hundred merchants with a free tablet-based POS terminal they can use to process mobile payments made using the virtual… More

    Office Depot delivers marketing messages to shoppers via Shazam audio watermarks

    December 3rd, 2014

    Office Depot has become the first retail chain to roll out Shazam In-Store, a mobile marketing platform that makes use of the Shazam music discovery app, inaudible digital watermarks, a merchant’s overhead music system and… More

    BKM and Mekanist let Turkish diners pay by beacon

    December 3rd, 2014

    Diners at Turkish restaurant Olivia’s Pizzeria have become the first in the country to be able to use their BKM Express digital wallet to pay for their meals with their mobile phone. BKM has partnered… More

    Quikkly offers QR code alternative

    December 3rd, 2014

    UK startup Quikkly has unveiled an alternative to QR codes that aims to provide an improved user experience and increased consumer uptake. “QR codes are great for machines, but they weren’t designed for people,” Quikkly says. “We’ve designed Quikkly Tags to be understandable by everyone. It’s clear what app to use and it’s clear what will happen when you scan the tag.” More

    White paper explores the benefits of host card emulation

    December 2nd, 2014

    A new white paper that explores how host card emulation (HCE) can overcome the challenges faced by service providers when implementing secure NFC services is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre…. More

    Danish carriers abandon mobile payments ambitions

    November 27th, 2014

    Paii, the mobile payments joint venture created by Danish mobile network operators TDC, Telenor, Telia and 3, has been sold to Swipp, a mobile payments service owned by a consortium of more than 60 banks,… More

    Swirl reports positive consumer feedback on in-store beacon offers

    November 27th, 2014

    Six in ten (60%) shoppers who receive a beacon-triggered message while shopping in a store open and engage with the content and 30% redeem beacon-triggered offers at the point of sale, analysis by Bluetooth beacon… More

    High value contactless payments arrive in the UK

    November 26th, 2014

    A new service that lets NFC phone users enter their PIN on their mobile device to confirm a high value transaction is making it possible for UK consumers to make contactless payments valued at more… More

    Latvian merchants and ski resorts adopt NFC loyalty platform

    November 26th, 2014

    Latvian startup Walmoo has launched a mobile loyalty platform that uses standard NFC phones or tablets to provide customers with the ability to redeem coupons, discounts and offers. Ten merchants are live on the platform… More

    White paper explains NFC-enabled sensors and their uses

    November 26th, 2014

    A new paper that explains how NFC-enabled sensors can be used to deliver service improvements in “hundreds of applications in many market sectors” is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. NFC-enabled… More

    Norwich buses get Bluetooth beacons that deliver offers to passengers on the move

    November 25th, 2014

    UK transportation operator FirstGroup has installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on buses in the city of Norwich to help deliver content and offers to passengers’ smartphones. Twenty merchants have signed up for a six… More

    Ugo launches open NFC payments and rewards wallet in Canada

    November 25th, 2014

    Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet developed by Canadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group, is now available to customers of all three major Canadian carriers who own one of a range of… More

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

    November 21st, 2014

    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… More

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