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

Visa Inc abandons digital wallet ambitions, Visa Europe to continue investing

July 17th, 2014

Visa Inc is replacing its V.me digital wallet service with Visa Checkout, a new payment service that enables consumers in the US, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in “just… More

French shopping centre uses BLE beacons to help retailers attract customers

July 11th, 2014

Les Terrasses du Port, a new 480-hectare shopping centre in the French city of Marseille, has installed Europe’s largest network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, enabling retailers such as Zara and H&M to deliver… More

Easyjet pilots Bluetooth beacons at three European airports

July 8th, 2014

Low-cost airline easyJet is trialling iBeacon technology at London Luton, London Gatwick and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports. The aim of the project is to “enhance the in airport experience”, the airline says. Bluetooth Low Energy… More

Air France lets passengers board planes with NFC

July 2nd, 2014

Air France, Orange, SITA, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and RESA have teamed up to provide an NFC boarding experience, allowing a select number of passengers to move through the airport — from entering the building to boarding… More

Air France to test NFC

June 25th, 2014

Air France is to run an NFC pilot at airports in Paris and Toulouse from 2 July, enabling a selected group of customers to download their boarding pass to their NFC phone. Further details will be available when the pilot has been completed, the airline told NFC World+. Air France ran one of the world’s first NFC boarding pass pilots at Nice airport in 2009.

French bank card association backs biometric payments

June 16th, 2014

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB, the French bank card association which pioneered the use of chip cards for payments in the 1980s, expects to enable member banks to issue customers with keyfobs supporting fingerprint payments… More

Credit Mutuel-CIC rolls out NFC

June 16th, 2014

French banking group Credit Mutuel-CIC has introduced an NFC payments service that is available to customers regardless of their mobile network operator. The bank is using Airtag’s Airpass white label mobile wallet solution for the SIM-based service. “The strength of the app is the simple installation process and the convenience added to in-store payment transactions,” says Airtag CEO Jérémie Leroyer.

iBeacons go to Cannes

June 13th, 2014

Advertising industry executives attending the annual Cannes Lions festival in France next week will be able to use an iBeacon-powered “Around Me” feature within the event’s official iPhone app to detect nearby attendees and connect with them. The app includes “tight LinkedIn integration” to enable visitors to “see who is around them, read their profile and immediately reach out to them through the app”, supplier Eventbase says.

French retailer uses PowaTag to create 10,000 virtual shops, major UK chains to follow

June 2nd, 2014

French fashion retailer Comptoir des Cotonniers is using a platform developed by Powa Technologies to turn posters, billboards, magazines, cafe table tops, postcards, flyers and clothing into ‘virtual boutiques’ that let consumers order and pay for… More

Brioche Dorée pilots mobile coupons and payments in 20 stores

May 8th, 2014

Groupe Le Duff, owner of 1,260 restaurants and bakeries, is piloting a mobile wallet developed by mobile shopping solutions provider Airtag in 20 of its Brioche Dorée quick service bakery outlets in France. The mobile… More

Credit Mutuel to test mobile wallet

April 29th, 2014

French bank Credit Mutuel-CIC is to pilot a mobile wallet in the Boulogne-Billancourt area of Paris from May 17, Les Echos reports, enabling consumers to make payments via NFC or QR in around 100 stores. The Fivory wallet goes beyond mobile payments to offer a “multi-channel connected shopping application”, the bank’s Christophe Dolique says, and is technology agnostic. Plans are already in place to test additional technologies, including Bluetooth and voice recognition.

Carrefour equips new digital hypermarket with NFC

April 9th, 2014

French supermarket giant Carrefour, the world’s fourth largest retailer, has opened a new hypermarket equipped with 55,000 NFC shelf-edge labels that let consumers interact with products. Shoppers can also make NFC payments at the point… More

BNP Paribas rolls out NFC payments across France

March 31st, 2014

French banking group BNP Paribas’ Kix NFC payments service is now available to customers across France, following its introduction in the city of Strasbourg in January 2013. The service is available on 25 Android NFC… 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

RATP installs NFC at bus stops

March 20th, 2014

French public transportation operator RATP is adding NFC tags to all of its bus stops across Paris, enabling travellers to tap their NFC phone to get information about departure and arrival times. “This new technology has a lot more potential,” RATP told NFC World. “Thanks to it, our customers will have access to more information on their smartphone. No need for a specific app, any smartphone [that is] NFC compatible will be able to read the NFC tags.”

Orange Cash goes live in France

February 13th, 2014

Orange Cash, the prepaid NFC payments service announced by Orange and Visa in November 2013, is now live in the French cities of Strasbourg and Caen. The launch is being supported with a credit of… More

2014 “will be the year of NFC” says new AFSCM president

February 13th, 2014

Three French banks will launch national NFC services in partnership with carriers this year, the new president of the association responsible for bringing NFC to market in France has told NFC World — but transforming consumers into active and frequent users will be critical to success. More

Historic cinema uses NFC tags

November 27th, 2013

The Eden Theatre in La Ciotat, one of the oldest cinemas in France, has installed NFC tags to enable visitors to watch movie trailers and access a mobile website containing news, previews, special events and schedules. NFC supplier Imeji‘s new CineTaGs service allows the Eden to manage its tags remotely and track and analyse real time user interaction statistics.

Pay and display goes NFC

November 21st, 2013

Parking and transportation ticketing equipment supplier IEM is to bring NFC payments to an initial 1,000 solar powered ‘pay and display’ parking ticket machines in France, using UIC’s UIC680 low power payments module. Motorists will be able to pay for parking with a range of contactless cards or their NFC phone. Presto Pay NFC will then be gradually added to around 5,000 machines in other European countries, IEM’s Phillipe Menaud told NFC World.

Marvel promotes Thor with NFC tables

November 20th, 2013

Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster has been promoted in France via NFC posters placed below the surface of glass-topped dining tables in participating cafes and restaurants. More

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