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

Visa signs up 2,300 financial institutions for Visa Token Service

July 24th, 2015

More than 2,300 financial institutions and banking partners have now signed up for Visa’s tokenization service with international expansion set to happen “in the fall”, Visa has revealed during a third quarter earnings call. The… More

Singapore to trial contactless payments for transport

July 8th, 2015

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Land Transport Authority (LTA) will trial contactless payments using devices including wristbands later this year. “The LTA is also studying the feasibility of a Be-In-Be-Out system, where a commuter does not need to tap their smart cards in and out to register the trip; instead, the technology will be able to detect and register commuters so long as they have their fare card on them,” Today Online reports.

Australia leads the way for contactless ownership and usage

May 13th, 2015

Two thirds of Australians are now aware they own a contactless payment card and 53% have made a contactless transaction, research released by RFi Group has revealed, taking the country to the top of a leaderboard… More

Alipay offers transport passes

December 3rd, 2014

Alipay is making it possible for Chinese tourists to purchase transport passes for Singapore, Thailand and Macau ahead of travel and then collect them by scanning a barcode on their mobile phones at booths and kiosks at their destination. The Alipay Overseas Transportation Card service vends stored value smart cards that can be used to pay for bus rides, subway trips, taxis and other types of local and regional public transportation, Alizila explains.

Singtel charges Angry Birds toys to buyers phone bills

October 21st, 2014

Singapore carrier Singtel is taking carrier billing into the physical goods world with a pilot test of a service that lets customers order Angry Birds plush toys for delivery to their home address and charge… More

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

Singapore ups contactless spending

July 11th, 2014

Singapore’s United Overseas Bank has reported a more than three-fold increase in contactless card transactions in the year to April 2014, with more than 500 contactless purchases now being made each day. Nine out of 10 contactless payments are for everyday items such as groceries, dining and pharmacy purchases, while the most frequent users of contactless cards are professionals and executives aged 30 to 45.

Bank sends money to Facebook friends

May 14th, 2014

Customers of Singapore’s OCBC Bank can now send up to S$100 a day to any of their Facebook friends from their phone, using a new Pay Anyone feature in the bank’s mobile app. Recipients are notified of a payment via a post on their Facebook wall and must enter a six-digit code given to them by the sender to receive the money. Pay Anyone can also be used to transfer funds to anyone in a customer’s email or phone contacts list.

Mobispot to offer multifunction NFC wristband platform

April 4th, 2014

Singapore-based Mobispot Social Systems has introduced a platform that enables “modern city residents” to access a variety of services — including payments, transportation, ticketing, access control, discounts, membership and information sharing — via NFC wristbands…. 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

EZ-Link app lets transit users top up cards via NFC

December 6th, 2013

Singapore transit and small value payments card issuer EZ-Link has launched My EZ-Link Mobile, an Android app that enables consumers to add value to their contactless card by tapping it to their NFC phone. The… More

Runners track scores with NFC

November 19th, 2013

NFC has been used by competitors in the interactive i-Love to Run event, held at Singapore’s Jurong Point Shopping Mall, to retrieve picture clues and pick up game points. The 36 teams tapped their NFC phones to a game marshal’s NFC card upon completion of each of six game stations to get their points. These were then uploaded to a server allowing the organiser to track each team’s score in real-time.

SingTel to offer NFC payments in Singapore and Australia

August 2nd, 2013

Singapore-based mobile network operator SingTel has announced a partnership with Visa that will enable customers in Singapore and Australia, where it operates as Optus, to use its mCash mobile payments solution at any Visa PayWave… More

ACS to pilot NFC loyalty and rewards in Singapore

July 25th, 2013

NFC startup Advanced Card Solutions is set to launch a mobile loyalty and rewards trial in Singapore. The ACS mCard Wallet application will allow merchants to create virtual loyalty and reward cards, offers and discount… More

McDonald’s adds NFC games to restaurant tables

July 15th, 2013

McDonald’s has launched an NFC campaign in Singapore that turns dining tables into interactive racing tracks. The Happy Table initiative, delivered in partnership with worldwide advertising agency DDB, is currently running in one location as… More

DBS expands One.Tap NFC payments to all Singapore carriers

April 16th, 2013

DBS has become the first bank to offer a virtual credit card to customers of all three mobile network operators in Singapore. DBS One.Tap launched in August 2012 for StarHub customers and was expanded to… More

Starhub launches NFC movie tickets in Singapore

April 9th, 2013

“The mobile ticketing innovation is the world’s first NFC mobile wallet with P2P redemption of movie tickets,” says technology provider C-SAM. “This new capability reduces the time customers spend purchasing and redeeming tickets, creating a compelling and seamless customer experience for movie ticketing.” More

M1 adds DBS NFC

April 8th, 2013

Singapore-based mobile network operator M1 and banking group DBS have teamed up to expand the NFC payments options available to their customers. DBS’ One.Tap virtual credit card was previously available only to Singtel StarHub subscribers while M1 customers were able to use either the carrier’s own M1 NFC Prepaid MasterCard or an EZ-Link prepaid card application.

Citi releases Singapore stickers

March 4th, 2013

Citibank has introduced contactless payment stickers in Singapore with its Quick Pay Tag service. The stickers, which can be used for payments of up to S$100 (US$80), are available for all customers of Citibank Singapore to link with any Citibank Visa credit card. For added security, users can switch their tag on and off with an SMS message.

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

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