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    News about the NFC market in Austria — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    French vineyard to safeguard its entire output with NFC

    June 21st, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The Geantet-Pansiot vineyard estate in Burgundy, France is to equip all of its wine bottles with an NFC tag to let its customers authenticate the beverage and receive information about the wine directly on their smartphone. More

    Erste Bank launches range of NFC payment options in Austria

    June 7th, 2016

    Customers of Erste Bank und Sparkassen in Austria will now be able to make NFC payments using a wristband, sticker or mobile app launched by the bank. All three payment methods are available countrywide and can also be used to make withdrawals at the first NFC-enabled Erste Bank ATM in Vienna. More

    Ant Financial takes Alipay to Germany with Concardis

    June 3rd, 2016

    Chinese tourists will soon be able to make payments at 210,000 store locations in Germany serviced by payment provider Concardis using Ant Financial’s Alipay mobile payment platform. The move marks the service’s launch into Europe after the company unveiled its expansion plans at Money20/20 Europe in April 2016. More

    Boon launches in the UK and adds Apple Pay support

    May 3rd, 2016

    Consumers across the UK can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using German payments technology provider Wirecard’s Boon service. The service has also been integrated into Apple Pay for the first time, enabling those… More

    Austria gets nationwide SIM-based NFC mobile payment service

    March 16th, 2016

    Austrians can now make SIM-based NFC mobile payments using a new nationwide mobile payment service launched by Payment Services Austria (PSA) and supported by Austria Card. The launch of the Bankomatkarte Mobil system follows a… More

    ARM includes AMS NFC payments booster in wearables reference design

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design for wearables from processor designer ARM includes high-performance NFC technology from AMS that enables small-footprint devices with tiny antennas to couple with NFC readers as easily and reliably as… More

    Wirecard expands Boon to Spain and Ireland

    December 17th, 2015

    Consumers in Spain and Ireland can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using Wirecard’s Boon service. “The app enables smartphone payments at any NFC-capable POS terminal which accepts MasterCard contactless payments,” the German payments technology provider says. Wirecard launched Boon in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium earlier this month.

    Wirecard launches HCE payments in four European countries

    December 1st, 2015

    German payments technology provider Wirecard has launched a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium that will allow customers of any mobile network operator to make payments using their Android device at contactless terminals. More

    Three launches NFC mobile payments in Austria

    November 24th, 2015

    Mobile network operator Three has launched a SIM-based NFC mobile payments service in Austria. “For this new service, a virtual debit card with contactless payment function based on MasterCard PayPass is being stored on the Android smartphone’s NFC SIM card,” the carrier says. “Three customers can test 3Geldbörse for two months for free. After two months, the new services costs 1€/month.”

    AMS unveils NFC chip and antenna for adding payments and ticketing to wearable devices

    October 21st, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS has introduced an NFC payments and ticketing solution for manufacturers of smartwatches, wristbands and other small devices that only have room for an extremely small antenna. “The new AS3921 is… More

    PayPal One Touch expansion

    August 26th, 2015

    PayPal has extended its One Touch mobile payments solution to 13 new markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. “Eligible merchants in these markets will automatically have One Touch enabled without needing to do any integration,” the company says. The platform was launched in August 2014 and is available in the US, UK and Canada.

    NFC Forum adds new members

    August 25th, 2015

    The NFC Forum has added new associate, implementer and non-profit members, following the recent addition of Apple as a sponsor member. “Representing industries as diverse as automotive electronics, digital imaging, microelectronics and asset management, the 19 new members include organisations based in Austria, Belarus, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US,” the association says. (See the full list of new members here…)

    BMW offers contactless credit card that can unlock and start hire cars

    January 7th, 2015

    BMW has partnered with MasterCard to offer an NFC-enabled contactless credit card that makes it possible to hire, unlock and operate a BMW or Mini from a car rental fleet that has more than 2,800 vehicles… More

    McDonald’s launches Quick Mac mobile payments in Austria

    May 22nd, 2014

    McDonald’s Austria is rolling out a new mobile ordering and payments service that lets users place their orders on their mobile device and pay using PayPal, a credit card or a stored value Paybox account…. More

    OBB to equip 850 railway stations and stops with NFC information boards

    February 28th, 2014

    OBB, Austria’s national rail operator, is to equip 850 stations and stops with NFC information boards so travellers can receive real-time information about the arrival and departure times of their trains directly to their mobile… More

    Austrian companies plan national NFC wallet standard

    September 18th, 2013

    A group of financial, technology and telecoms companies have formed Mobile Wallet Initiative Austria, a new organisation that aims to create an open nationwide standard for NFC mobile wallets. A commercial launch is scheduled for… More

    Raiffeisen Bank: Our NFC payments service could cut merchant fees by 70%

    September 24th, 2012

    The Austrian bank’s CardMobile service allows low value transactions to be aggregated, removing the need for each transaction to be authorised individually while still keeping a full audit trail of purchases made. More

    A1 tests NFC access control

    September 12th, 2012

    Austrian mobile network operator A1 reports that it has successfully tested a new NFC access control service called Airkey, developed by door lock maker Evva, IT specialist Rise and the Vienna University of Technology. 40 participants used Sony Xperia S smartphones for the pilot. A1 already operates an NFC payments service called A1 Paybox, which it is testing with McDonald’s.

    T-Mobile to add NFC in Austria

    September 5th, 2012

    T-Mobile is to introduce NFC services in Austria from 2013, outgoing CEO Robert Chvátal has revealed at the IFA show in Berlin, Der Standard reports.

    A1 extends cloud-based NFC trial

    June 13th, 2012

    Austrian mobile network operator A1 has begun the second phase of its Paybox NFC payments trial, with the expansion of the service to 5,000 customers, Der Standard reports. Both fast food giant McDonald’s and supermarket chain Merkur are taking part in the pilot, which was first announced in April.

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