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Barclays to test beacons in branches

December 2nd, 2014

Barclays is to run a three month Bluetooth beacon technology trial at its Pinstone Street branch in Sheffield, UK, to alert bank staff to the presence of customers with disabilities. “Customers can choose to opt-in to the service by pre-registering their information through an app,” the bank explains. “These customers can share information about their accessibility needs and even a photo of themselves, so they can be identified as soon as the app senses the beacon. A colleague with an iPad at the front of the branch will then be alerted on their arrival.”

Scotiabank adds smartwatch app

December 2nd, 2014

Canada’s Scotiabank has launched a Quick Balance app for the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear S smartwatches that lets customers check their account balance with a swipe of the screen. “We have seen a definite shift in the way consumers are interacting with our products and services,” says the bank’s Jeff Marshall. “It is our goal to stay ahead of the curve by developing self-service banking solutions for Canadians before they know they need them and, ultimately, a richer banking experience for our customers.”

Indian shopping malls to pilot iBeacon

December 2nd, 2014

Mobile marketing and advertising platform BeaconStream is to pilot iBeacon technology in malls in Bengaluru and Chennai, India, within the next three weeks, The Hindu reports. “If a customer visits a mall, the beacon will alert about the proximity and the particular brand can send offers or run a immediate marketing campaign to convert that footfall into sales,” says CTO Gautam Mandewalker.

Sephora adds Apple Pay

December 1st, 2014

Cosmetics store chain Sephora has rolled out support for Apple Pay in all five of its Bay Area stores in the US and is also testing NFC payments acceptance in one Manhattan location in New York. “Sephora will continue to roll out Apple Pay to its stores nationwide soon after this initial launch,” the retailer told NFC World+.

Restaurants in India offer NFC payments

December 1st, 2014

Indian restaurant chain Adigas is rolling out NFC payments to its customers in partnership with mobile payment company iKaaz, starting first in its Brahmin’s Coffee Bar in south Bangalore. “NFC cards/tags are issued to customers [and] mapped to their mobile phones to enable micro-payments,” Iamin reports. “Customers can load amounts between Rs100 (US$1.60) and Rs10,000 with the annual transaction limit set at Rs1lakh (US$1,611).”

HouseTab drives usage with charity donations

December 1st, 2014

Mobile app HouseTab is to donate US$1 to the Food Bank For New York City each time someone registers to use the app until the beginning of January, and will make additional donations every time the app is used to pay for a tab or to send drinks or food. “The more users transact in HouseTab, the more we will donate to Foodbank,” the company says. “To show our appreciation, we’re also sending every new user a free drink via the application.”

17% of French consumers make mobile payments

November 28th, 2014

Almost one fifth (17%) of French consumers have now made a mobile payment, with 25% of 16-34 year olds claiming to have done so compared with 13% of 35-75 year olds, research released by telecoms company Prixtel has revealed. Mobile purchase frequency remains low among these buyers, however, with 97% making a purchase with their mobile device less than twice a month.

Magyar Telekom launches NFC in Hungary

November 27th, 2014

Magyar Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and a member of the Hungarian Mobile Wallet Association, has launched the MobilTarca NFC mobile wallet in Hungary after a successful pilot that began in July last year. The solution incorporates payments, loyalty cards and event ticketing services and will be available on more than 30 NFC devices by the end of 2014.

Android Pay to use fingerprint security

November 27th, 2014

Android Pay, the mobile payments service being developed by China UnionPay, will use both NFC and fingerprint verification, Want China Times reports. “Android Pay adopts a similar model to Apple’s Apple Pay,” the report explains. “The difference is that there are more partners UnionPay can choose to produce the security recognition modules with and thus UnionPay may have greater influences on users than Apple Pay.”

Semble picks Gemalto for NFC in NZ

November 26th, 2014

Semble, the NFC payments joint venture between New Zealand’s carriers and the Paymark payments network, is using Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Service Hub to secure over-the-air provisioning of payment credentials to users’ NFC devices. Semble began the pilot of its NFC payments service earlier this month.

Contactless makes Word of the Year shortlist

November 26th, 2014

‘Contactless’ has made the shortlist for the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2014 but missed out on the top spot to the word ‘vape’. “As an increasing number of retail outlets have made contactless payment facilities available, the word itself has seen a corresponding rise in use,” Oxford Dictionaries explains.

Harris+Hoole reports 200,000 mobile payments

November 25th, 2014

Tesco-backed UK coffee chain Harris+Hoole’s mobile ordering and payments app has now been downloaded more than 22,000 times and has been used by customers over 200,000 times since its launch in June 2014. “We wanted to make our shops feel as friendly and familiar as possible — like your friend’s place — so this meant developing an app and payments process that removed all the cold transactions,” the chain’s Danielle Anderson says.

Dunkin’ Mobile gets 10m downloads

November 25th, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Dunkin’ Mobile payments and rewards app has been downloaded more than 10m times since its launch in 2012 and two million customers have signed up for its DD Perks loyalty program, available on mobile and via a plastic card, the US merchant has revealed. “These two digital milestones are evidence that our loyal customers are responding to our efforts to provide a superior mobile experience,” says Dunkin’ Donuts’ John Costello.

CUP to launch Android Pay in China

November 25th, 2014

China UnionPay (CUP) is planning to introduce “Android Pay”, an NFC-based mobile payments service, in the third quarter of 2015, Yicai reports. CUP is in discussion with a number of mobile phone manufacturers to support the service, the article adds, and is working with Lenovo on POS terminal support.

Square Register to support NFC

November 25th, 2014

Square will add support for Apple Pay mobile payments sometime in 2015, the company’s founder Jack Dorsey has told CNN. “We’re not building a credit card. We’re not building a payment device. We’re building a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payment,” Dorsey explained.

EMVCo publishes guide to EMV chip technology

November 25th, 2014

EMVCo has published A Guide to EMV Chip Technology, a report that provides an introduction to the EMV specifications and processes as well as the role of the technology within the wider payments industry. “Of particular interest to parties migrating to EMV Chip, it summarises implementation considerations for issuers, acquirers and merchants, as well as the responsibilities of EMVCo and its ongoing activity to advance the technology,” the standards body explains.

America First Credit Union adds Apple Pay

November 25th, 2014

America First Credit Union has become the latest card issuer to roll out support for Apple Pay to its members. “Security and privacy is our upmost priority when it comes to offering our members the latest in technology and mobile advancements,” the credit union’s Rich Syme says. “Apple Pay will bring a new level of efficiency for members, allowing them to pay with their mobile devices in a fast, easy and secure way.”

Google Wallet offers discounts

November 25th, 2014

Google Wallet has announced availability of a variety of discounts to online shoppers who choose to Buy With Google this holiday season. “Choose Buy with Google and get big savings from B and H, Beautylish, CheapTickets, Eat24, Expedia, Fancy, JackThreads, LivingSocial, Newegg.com, Pose, Rue La La, Vinted USA and Wish this holiday season,” the company says.

Here forms NFC ticketing alliance

November 25th, 2014

Nokia’s mapping and location intelligence service Here has formed the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance (OMTA) with the aim of boosting adoption of NFC by ticketing and transit services across the world. “What we’re trying to do at Here is reduce the friction in the system and make it easier for people to find what they’re looking for,” says Here’s Peter Skillman. “It’s about creating that seamless journey that best fits your needs.”

Cartamundi to develop flexible NFC tags

November 21st, 2014

Global playing card producer Cartamundi is working with Holst Centre, an initiative set up by Belgian nanoelectronics research centre Imec and Dutch research institute TNO, to develop NFC tags that make use of metal-oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) technology on plastic film. The new tags are designed for embedding in products like game cards where there is a requirement for a solution that is both ultra-thin and flexible.

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