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

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

Singapore coffee chain adds NFC

February 14th, 2013

A chain of 51 coffee shops in Singapore has teamed up with Samsung to offer customers a free drink upsize when they tap their NFC phone to a TecTile NFC tag located in each store…. More

Singapore’s national NFC service goes live

August 27th, 2012

All three of Singapore’s mobile network operators are now offering commercial NFC services, enabling consumers to make purchases at more than 20,000 merchant points of sale across Singapore. More

National NFC service to go live in Singapore this month

August 7th, 2012

Mobile network operator StarHub, part of the consortium which won a government contract to provide a national NFC TSM service for Singapore last year, has unveiled its NFC SmartWallet and says the service will begin “later this month”. More

NFC specialist Tapit to raise US$8m for international expansion

July 26th, 2012

The fast growing Sydney-based start-up already counts Coca Cola, RIM, Johnson & Johnson and Unilever amongst its clients and has just implemented a major new project for Australian carrier Telstra. More

Gemalto gets TSM certification in Singapore

July 16th, 2012

Gemalto‘s trusted service management (TSM) data center in Singapore has been certified by both Visa and MasterCard and is now fully operational, the company reports. The data centre already has two customers: Japanese mobile network… More

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