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

    Seamless adds HCE to Seqr mobile wallet

    October 23rd, 2015

    Customers using Seamless’ Seqr mobile payment solution will soon be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based NFC payments at any contactless terminal through the service’s integration with white label wallet provider MeaWallet. “Until… 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.

    One in five Europeans expect to make daily mobile payments by 2020

    June 4th, 2015

    One in five Europeans expects to use their mobile phone to make payments on a daily basis by 2020, growing from the one in ten who do so already today, research from Visa Europe has… More

    Finnish banks add HCE payments to Pivo mobile wallet

    March 16th, 2015

    Finland’s largest financial services group is to add support for HCE payments to the mobile wallet app it introduced two years ago. OP’s Pivo wallet has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and allows customers… More

    Finnish cafes to test face recognition

    November 17th, 2014

    A number of cafes in Helsinki, Finland, are to begin testing a payments service developed by Uniqul that uses the geometric proportions of a customer’s face to verify their identity, Yle reports. The technology can be incorporated into existing cash registers, the startup says. “All the customer needs to do when purchasing something with this application is to press an OK button,” Uniqul CEO Oscar Tuutti explains.

    Pivo passes 100,000 active users

    November 5th, 2014

    Finnish mobile wallet Pivo has now been downloaded to 300,000 smartphones and a third of users  — more than 100,000 — are making use of the app every day. Pivo lets consumers track their card transaction details, pay for goods both in-store and online, receive real-time transaction notifications, redeem vouchers and sync with loyalty programmes. The service also forecasts users’ future account balances.

    Worapay raises funds

    July 25th, 2014

    Lithuania-based mobile wallet platform provider Worapay has raised €400,000 in new funding from Israel’s Entree Capital, Verslo Zinios reports. The company currently operates in Lithuania and Estonia and has launch plans for Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland and Spain.

    Estonia to get Worapay mobile payments

    July 8th, 2014

    Lithuania-based mobile payments provider Worapay is set to go live in Estonia this month with partner and local businessman Rando Parna, who has acquired a license to operate the technology. Parna plans to invest up to €100,000 to push the product and will develop a network of merchants in the country. Worapay also plans to launch in Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland and Spain.

    Finnish banks call for real-time payments

    May 29th, 2014

    Finland’s banks are inviting proposals to replace their existing urgent payment system with a real-time system operating 24 hours a day, every day. Dubbed Pops, the current system was built in the early 1990s and is now “becoming obsolete”, says the Federation of Finnish Financial Services. The new system needs to cover at least the entire Sepa zone, and provide application-level acknowledgement of payments received by beneficiaries. Interested suppliers have until 12 September 2014 to submit ideas.

    Burger chain gets mobile payments

    May 28th, 2014

    Customers of Finnish hamburger chain Hesburger can today pay for food, connect their loyalty card and redeem offers using Swedish mobile wallet app SEQR. Developed by Seamless, the app is also now available in Finland for Windows Phone 8, as well as existing iPhone and Android platforms. The app is being launched in 120 restaurants and rolled out to the remaining 160 franchise outlets by the end of the year.

    Elisa offers NFC payment stickers in stores

    April 9th, 2014

    Finnish carrier Elisa has introduced reloadable NFC payment stickers that are available to purchase from the R-Kioski convenience store chain pre-loaded with €20 of value. The MasterCard-branded stickers work with the carrier’s Elisa Lompakko wallet… More

    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

    Finnish book uses NFC tag for video content

    June 5th, 2013

    Readers of a biography of former Nokia chief technology officer Yrjö Neuvo can access multimedia content by tapping an NFC tag inside the book’s back cover with their phones. Bit Bang has been published by… More

    Finnish firms form NFC tag ecosystem

    November 21st, 2012

    Tivit, Finland’s strategic centre for science, technology and innovation, has initiated a ‘business ecosystem’ called FinnTag that aims to create new and improved ways of delivering NFC tag based digital services. The venture aims to… More

    Helsinki gets NFC tram stops

    November 14th, 2012

    NFC technology is being tested on 211 covered tram stops in Helsinki, Finland. The pilot involves placing two tags at each tram stop. The first allows passengers to easily purchase tram tickets from their mobile… More

    Elisa issues NFC stickers to students

    August 7th, 2012

    Finnish mobile network operator Elisa has partnered with MasterCard and the student-owned Lyyra discount and benefit card to issue prepaid NFC stickers to more than 100,000 students from the third quarter of 2012. Students will… More

    VTT tests talking product packaging

    February 13th, 2012

    The Finnish R&D company’s HearMeFeelMe project focused on how NFC could be used to improve the way elderly and visually impaired people interact with the world around them, including a system that allows product information to be recorded on an NFC tag and then read back to the user via an NFC phone. More

    Helsinki uses 20,000 NFC tags

    January 19th, 2012

    Nearly 20,000 NFC tags from UPM RFID will be embedded in smart posters and stickers used to promote Helsinki’s year as the World Design Capital. The BullsEye NFC tags feature NXP’s Mifare Ultralight chips and will direct smartphone users to download a WDC 2012 app which acts as a guide to events and the 300 design projects taking place in the Finnish capital during 2012.

    6Starz introduces NFC social networking for venues

    April 24th, 2011

    Bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be able to use the NFC-based service to communicate with regular customers and provide them with incentives for inviting friends to meet up at the venue.  More

    VTT video shows NFC social networking service in action

    VTT video shows NFC social networking service in action

    March 24th, 2010

    Finnish technical research institute VTT has produced a video showing its NFC-based social networking concept in action: Hot in the City won first place in the NFC Forum Global Competition’s Research Track last year. The… More

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