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

SaskTel plans mobile payments

March 26th, 2015

Canadian communications provider SaskTel will soon unveil a mobile payments service for its customers, the company has said on Twitter. “Soon you can get the security and convenience of credit card payments using your SaskTel phone!” the tweet read. A formal announcement on the launch will be made in mid-April, a spokesman told Mobile Syrup.

Square buys mPOS developer Kili

March 12th, 2015

Square has bought Kili Technology, the Canada-based mPOS startup that acquired NFC-on-microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity in November 2014. Together, says Square, “we’ll continue to lead the way in delivering simple and affordable hardware that gives our sellers a smarter and safer way to do business”.

MasterCard reports on HCE payments tests in 15 countries

February 25th, 2015

MasterCard is currently conducting more than 25 host card emulation (HCE) projects in 15 countries, the payments network has announced, with multiple issuers now moving close to commercial deployments. “In offering an alternative to the… More

Nintendo sells 5.7m NFC figurines

February 18th, 2015

The US and Canada accounted for 63% of a total 5.7m NFC-enabled Nintendo Amiibo figurines sold at the end of 2014, followed by Europe in second place with 23%, Japan with 11% and Australia with 3%. “The sell-through proportion of the total shipment is approximately 70% in each of Japan, US and Canada and Europe, while it reaches 90% in Australia,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed during the company’s third quarter financial results briefing.

Evaluating NFC security strategies webinar: See it now on NFC World+

January 21st, 2015

NFC World’s “Evaluating NFC security strategies: The role of the secure element in the evolving NFC landscape” webinar is now available to view online. 749 people registered to attend the live event, and participants gave… More

Apple Pay set to go live in Canada?

January 12th, 2015

Apple Pay could be available in Canada within the next two months and the company is already in talks with partners to launch the mobile payment service in the country,  9to5mac reports. “Apple and Canadian launch partners are in the process of planning advertising and other promotional material for March, which indicates that the launch could come as soon as then.”

OnStar to deliver offers to drivers on the move

January 5th, 2015

OnStar, a General Motors subsidiary that provides subscription-based in car communications, security, navigation and remote diagnostics throughout the US, Canada and China, is to roll out an extension to its platform that will enable retailers to send drivers coupons tied to their specific destinations. More

RBC adds HCE to mobile payments app

December 19th, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has added support for host card emulation (HCE) to its RBC mobile app, “allowing Canadians to pay with most Android mobile phones without worrying about being on the right mobile… More

Join NFC World for a free webinar on NFC security strategies

December 11th, 2014

The next event in NFC World’s free educational webinar series will be held at 15:00 GMT on Tuesday 20 January and will focus on how to select the right security strategy for your NFC service…. More

TD Bank partners with Moven

December 2nd, 2014

Toronto-Dominion Bank is expected to announce a partnership with New York based banking app maker Moven to help its customers use their smartphones to keep track of every purchase they make, The Globe and Mail reports. “Moven’s app works in much the same way as health-tracking apps,” the article explains. “The service allows users to make purchases using their smartphones as mobile wallets, but also keeps track of every purchase. The result is an instant analysis of the user’s financial health.”

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.”

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

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

65% of Canadians plan to make mobile payments

November 20th, 2014

Almost seven in ten Canadian smartphone owners (68%) are aware of NFC or QR codes and 65% are likely to make NFC or QR payments over the next six months, research by Visa Canada has revealed. “Canada is a world leader in mobile NFC and QR payments,” says Visa’s Derek Colfer. “It is very encouraging to see solid awareness of NFC payments as well as that upwards of 26% of Canadians are beginning to use their mobile device for online ecommerce payments.”

Canada plans new mobile payment regs

November 12th, 2014

The Canadian government is preparing to give merchants the ability to refuse to accept a particular NFC payment service if it attracts higher than usual fees — should that situation ever arise in the future, a document obtained by the WSJ reveals. “Should fees set by the payment card networks in respect of contactless payments made from a mobile device increase relative to card-based contactless payments, payment card networks will develop the technical specifications to ensure that merchant acceptance of contactless payments made from a mobile device can be cancelled at the point-of-sale without disabling other forms of contactless payments acceptance,” the document states.

40% of North Americans use mobile payments

November 3rd, 2014

40% of US and Canadian consumers have now used their smartphone to make a payment at a merchant location, up from 16% two years ago, according to Accenture’s 2014 North America Consumer Payments Survey. Millennials (52%) and high-income consumers (55%) are the most “avid adopters” of mobile payments, research based on responses from 4,000 consumers revealed.

Canadian banks pilot biometric wristband payments

November 3rd, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), MasterCard and other Canadian issuing banks have begun pilot testing an NFC version of Nymi, a biometrically authenticated wristband that uses the wearer’s unique cardiac rhythm to verify their identity. More

23% of Canadians have made a mobile payment

October 21st, 2014

Almost a quarter of Canadians (23%) have now made a mobile payment in-store with nearly a third (29%) having used their device to make an online purchase, new research from PayPal Canada has found. Nearly half (45%) of the respondents also agreed that Canadians are ready to embrace emerging methods of payments such as conducting a mobile payment via a wearable device.

Hailo reports on BLE payments in taxis

October 13th, 2014

Pay with Hailo, a service that uses Apple’s iBeacon technology to let users of the Hailo taxi hailing app pay drivers with their smartphone, is experiencing “steady growth”, Naoise Irwin, the company’s VP of strategic… More

RBC expands cloud-based NFC wallet to BlackBerry and Virgin

October 6th, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada’s cloud-based NFC wallet is now available to Virgin Mobile subscribers and to customers with a BlackBerry Z10 or Z30 mobile phone, the bank has announced. RBC Wallet is also now available… More

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