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

    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

    Study reveals global views on payment data security

    January 27th, 2016

    A 16-page study that presents findings from research into how companies approach payment data security is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. The study also reveals why IT professionals believe the risk… More

    Orange to launch its own bank

    January 6th, 2016

    Mobile network operator Orange has entered into negotiations to acquire a 65% stake in France’s Groupama Banque with a view to launching a 100% mobile bank. “The launch of Orange Bank is planned for early 2017 in France and on other European markets like Spain and Belgium,” Groupama Banque says. “Services cover daily banking, savings, loans and insurance.”

    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

    Carrefour Belgium to roll out contactless terminals

    September 14th, 2015

    Supermarket giant Carrefour Belgium has teamed up with Visa Europe and transaction services provider Worldline to roll out contactless payments in 747 stores across the country by the end of this year. “This is a unique momentum in the Belgian payment sector as it is the first time that a large retail store is proposing consumers to pay contactless,” Carrefour says.

    ING acquires Qustomer mobile loyalty platform

    September 8th, 2015

    Financial institution ING has acquired Belgian digital loyalty platform Qustomer for an undisclosed sum. “With Qustomer, users can collect and redeem loyalty points from shops and other retail outlets using a physical card with QR code technology or via the Qustomer application on their smartphone,” ING says. The bank said in June that it will launch an HCE mobile payments service in the Netherlands soon.

    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.

    More than 50,000 European taxis to accept NFC mobile payments

    July 24th, 2015

    Fifty thousand taxis across Europe will soon be upgraded to accept payments for journeys with either a tap of a passenger’s NFC phone using a mobile app provided by The Payment House or using a… More

    SEQR mobile payments to launch in US

    June 12th, 2015

    Mobile payment solution SEQR, developed by Swedish m-commerce software firm Seamless, is to launch in the US, making it the eleventh country where the system is available. Allowing consumers to make payments, transfer money, connect loyalty programs and redeem offers through digital coupons, it is also in operation in Sweden, Finland, Romania, Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France and Italy.

    Apple Pay headed to Belgium?

    May 21st, 2015

    Belgium’s KBC Bank has tweeted that it will be adding support for Apple Pay as early as this summer in response to a customer’s question about whether the financial institution would ever support for the mobile payment service. The bank has since retracted its original statement, “now saying in a second tweet that Apple Pay is not yet in scope,” 9to5mac reports.

    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

    Seqr signs up new partners

    July 4th, 2014

    Seamless has signed up US-based prepaid card provider InComm and the Belgian arm of POS terminal provider Ingenico as partners for its Seqr mobile payment solution. InComm offers stored value cards from more than 500 brands and will enable Seqr-accepting stores to digitize their gift cards. Ingenico Payment Services will enable its more than 160,000 merchants in Belgium to offer Seqr mobile payments to their customers.

    Clear Channel to take NFC advertising global

    March 25th, 2014

    Clear Channel Outdoor is to equip 75,000 out-of-home advertising sites in 23 countries around the world with its Connect mobile advertising platform, allowing consumers to interact with brands via NFC tags, QR codes and, in… More

    McDonald’s to offer NFC and QR payments across Belgium

    November 14th, 2013

    McDonald’s is to roll out NFC payments across all of its locations in Belgium in the spring of 2014 using Seamless’ Seqr mobile payments platform. Working in partnership with the country’s Bpost Bank, Seamless will… More

    MasterCard unveils MasterPass digital wallet and mobile payments platform

    February 25th, 2013

    MasterPass covers in-store and online payments, supports both NFC and QR codes and enables “banks, merchants and partners” to offer their own wallets to consumers. More

    Theme park connects visitors to Facebook with NFC

    July 9th, 2012

    NFC social networking specialist Getyoo has developed a contactless system that allows theme park visitors to post real-time Facebook ‘likes’ for rides they enjoy. Visitors register over the web ahead of their visit, then pick… More

    Belgian NFC payments joint venture hits the rocks

    February 26th, 2012

    Plans to create a common mobile payments platform for Belgium’s banks and mobile network operators have been abandoned over an inability to agree on whose technology to use or a business case that could work for all parties. More

    NFC news in brief • 12 Sept 2011

    September 12th, 2011

    News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Austrian bus stops offer NFC updates • Caen gets NFC transit stops too • NFC tag store opens in Korea • Belgian museum offers NFC info • Gentag picks up patch patent • plus Clear2Pay, ITSO, TfL, FirstGroup, Google and more… More

    Getyoo raises €600k for interactive NFC events solution

    July 18th, 2011

    Belgian NFC specialist Getyoo has completed a €600,000 funding round, led by Eric Bigeard, the former CEO of international office supplies business Lyreco. Getyoo specialises in providing NFC-based interactive solutions for the event industry. In… More

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