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    Mumbai airport launches augmented reality and BLE beacon app

    November 6th, 2015

    Passengers at Mumbai’s GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) can now navigate through Terminal 2 using a mobile app and interactive maps based on augmented reality and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. “The app works on an innovative platform developed on the combination of Indoor Atlas and iBeacon technologies that creates magnetically modelled maps and provides location-based information,” CSIA says.

    Samsung Pay to roll out on non-Samsung devices?

    November 6th, 2015

    Samsung has discussed the possibility of rolling out Samsung Pay to non-Samsung smartphones, Injong Rhee, executive VP and head of enterprise at Samsung’s mobile business, has told ZDNet. “But right now global expansion is happening so quickly for Samsung Pay that we are focusing all our energy on deployment,” he said.

    Deutsche Telekom adds loyalty to MyWallet

    November 6th, 2015

    Deutsche Telekom has launched the second version of its MyWallet NFC mobile payment solution, adding advertising and loyalty powered by Mozido. “Mozido’s SaaS platform enables MyWallet 2.0 customers to participate in customer engagement campaigns, redeem offers and manage virtual digital loyalty cards directly from their smartphones,” Mozido says. The carrier first launched MyWallet in May 2014.

    US Bank loyalty program goes mobile

    November 6th, 2015

    US Bank FlexPerks Visa customers can now use their mobile phones to redeem loyalty points. “Customers simply activate real-time rewards, make a purchase with their FlexPerks Visa card and respond to a text message to accept or decline a redemption offer,” US Bank says. “Accepted offers trigger a credit to the customer’s billing statement for the purchase amount and a deduction of FlexPoints from the customer’s point balance.”

    Australian street to go cashless?

    November 5th, 2015

    Retailers on a street in Sydney are reportedly banning payments with notes and coins in favour of contactless. “As customers headed to Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley, which has turned a row of former back gardens into an Asian style hawker food market, they were confronted with signs declaring only tap and go cards would be accepted,” says news.com.au.

    Sacramento Kings fans get mobile ordering and payments

    November 5th, 2015

    Fans of US basketball team the Sacramento Kings will soon be able to use NFC mobile payment services and place orders from their device for concession pickup and direct-to-seat delivery at the Sleep Train Arena and Golden 1 Center. “Appetize will also integrate with the Kings loyalty platform, allowing fans to earn points via scanned ticket barcodes,” platform provider Appetize says.

    Kohl’s and Walgreens add loyalty to Apple Pay

    November 5th, 2015

    US retailers Kohl’s and Walgreens have become the first to integrate their loyalty programs with Apple Pay, allowing Kohl’s Charge Card and Walgreens’ Balance Reward customers to earn and redeem points using their iPhones. Loyalty was introduced into the mobile payment service in iOS 9, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

    SwissWallet to go live for online payments

    November 5th, 2015

    A joint venture between credit card companies Aduno Group and Swisscard and software provider Netcetera is to launch the SwissWallet payments platform in Switzerland. “From mid-November, SwissWallet, in cooperation with MasterPass, can be used in online shops,” the joint venture says. “The launch of contactless payments with an NFC-embedded mobile phone in retail stores as well as international peer-to-peer payment functions are planned for the second half of 2016.”

    ‘Contactless’ shortlisted for UK word of the year

    November 5th, 2015

    ‘Contactless’ has made the shortlist for the 2015 Collins Word of the Year but missed out on the top spot to the word ‘Binge-watch’. “Thanks to a million adverts from TFL telling us we no longer have to top-up and Apple’s iPhone 6 and smartwatch, it’s been the number one word on billboards, bus stops and most importantly, at the Pret-a-Manger till point,” Collins Dictionary explains.

    RapidNFC reports rise in demand for NFC within care sector

    November 5th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Bespoke NFC tag supplier and manufacturer RapidNFC has reported a substantial rise in the use of NFC within the care sector. “From April 2015 to September 2015, we have seen an incredible 164% rise in sales from the prior six months to both care providers and companies who provide tags and software solutions to care providers,” the company writes in a blog post.

    MIT technology identifies humans through walls

    November 5th, 2015

    Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have presented a new technology called RF Capture that uses wireless reflections to identify silhouettes through walls. “The device works by transmitting wireless signals that traverse the wall and reflect off a person’s body back to the device,” the researchers say. “The device captures these reflections and analyzes them in order to see the person’s silhouette.”

    US consumers prefer bank offered mobile wallets

    November 5th, 2015

    More than half of US consumers (51%) are likely to use a bank offered mobile wallet with the top challenges for mobile wallet adoption being fear of identity theft (68%) and merchant acceptability (33%), research from CCG Catalyst reveals. “45% currently use PayPal mobile, which was the most popular mobile wallet used by consumers who took part in the survey,” the company says.

    Mobile payments first choice for 8% of UK millennials

    November 5th, 2015

    Some 8% of UK millennials see mobile payments becoming their primary payment method over the next decade, compared with 80% choosing cards and 11% saying cash, research from Compass Plus shows. “Over 80% of the millennial respondents chose either a debit, credit or contactless card as the payment method they will use the most in 10 years time,” the findings reveal.

    Over 50s go contactless in the UK

    November 4th, 2015

    Seven out of ten over 50 year olds in the UK now have a contactless card and one in five use it up to three times a week, research from Saga reveals. “Seven out of ten worry about the security of contactless cards,” the company adds. “The survey shows that four out of ten people aged 80 to 89 have used their contactless card and, in fact, this age group are the least likely to worry about the security of contactless cards.”

    Apple Pay adds 54 more US banks

    November 4th, 2015

    Apple has added another 54 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. “Apple Pay now has over 650 participating issuers nationwide and several more plan to support the NFC-based mobile payment service in the future,” MacRumors reports.

    Amazon to discontinue mPos device

    November 4th, 2015

    Amazon is to discontinue the credit card reader offering it debuted last year. “Effective February 1, 2016, we will discontinue Amazon Register,” the company said in an email reported by Forbes. “We periodically evaluate our offerings to ensure that we focus on delivering unique benefits and, in this case, we’ve decided to discontinue Amazon Register.”

    Chase Pay to offer payments at the pump

    November 3rd, 2015

    Users of Chase Pay, the new mobile payments service from JP Morgan Chase, will be able to make mobile payments at the pump through a programme launched by mobile commerce provider P97 Networks. “Chase’s strategic partnership with P97 will allow Chase Pay to seamlessly integrate with retail site systems through P97’s PetroZone Mobile Commerce Platform including mobile payment capabilities, digital marketing, loyalty programs and customer reward systems,” P97 says.

    One in five US Starbucks transactions now on mobile

    November 3rd, 2015

    Mobile payments now account for 21% of all transactions in US Starbucks-owned stores. “Although we only completed the rollout of Mobile Order & Pay across our system — 7,500 US company-owned store portfolio — in September, we were already operating at a run rate of over five million transactions per month,” CEO Howard Schultz said during the coffee chain’s fourth quarter earnings call. “That figure, believe it or not, is growing by the hour.”

    Crédit Mutuel Arkéa to launch HCE in France

    November 3rd, 2015

    French banking group Crédit Mutuel Arkéa is to begin offering its customers a host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments service. “The solution, provided by Airtag, includes a tokenization server, a wallet management server, a mobile payment application based on HCE technology and a crypto solution to safely store payment credentials on mobile phones,” Airtag says. A national rollout of the service is expected next year.

    Dutch commuters to get Bluetooth offers

    November 3rd, 2015

    Dutch public transport operator Syntus is to send out offers and promotions to commuters using a national network of 3,000 Bluetooth beacons that work in conjunction with a mobile ticketing app provided by Corethree. “Using the company’s proprietary platform Core Engine, the m-ticket will be able to give customers an enhanced experience by linking their journeys with local offers and promotions,” Corethree says.

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