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

    Korea gets BioCA facial recognition solution

    December 1st, 2016

    A facial biometric authentication service for money transfers has been launched by Korea International Trade Association subsidiary Korea Trade Network (KTNET), in collaboration with biometrics provider Daon and the Korea Smart Authentication Corporation. “This jointly developed facial recognition service can be applied to most smartphones equipped with a selfie camera,” The Korea Herald reports. In addition to mobile apps, BioCA can also be applied to immigration checkpoints at airports, keyless automobiles and property entrances. The service is built on Daon’s IdentityX solution and will also support fingerprint and voice recognition.

    LotteCard to use Gemalto contactless stickers for NFC mobile payments

    November 17th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Korean credit card network LotteCard is using digital security giant Gemalto’s Optelio Contactless Stickers to allow its customers to make NFC mobile payments at 35,000 stores throughout South Korea. “The miniature size sticker is one third of the size of a standard banking card and designed to adhere to the surface of any mobile phone,” Gemalto says. “The sticker also doubles as a credit card for online shopping.”

    Blockchain authentication for mobile transactions

    October 24th, 2016

    South Korea’s KB Kookmin Card is working with Bitcoin exchange service startup Coinplug to release a blockchain-based personal authentication service for mobile transactions next month, Pulse reports. It will first be implemented in its mobile credit card app, simplifying the current system that requires additional personal authentication steps for logging in, registering a new credit card and for making mobile payments of 300,000 won (US$264.08) or above.

    South Korean store launches smart shopping experience

    October 7th, 2016

    Customers at Lotte Department Store in the Bundang district of Seoul, South Korea, are being offered a new service that enables them to shop by scanning the barcode on their desired products using a shopper scanner… More

    LG Pay delays launch, cites testing issues

    September 27th, 2016

    LG has delayed the introduction of LG Pay mobile payments due to issues testing the service in South Korea, according to Android Headlines. It had been expected to launch this month. In January 2016 the company announced it had developed an electronic LG Pay White Card allowing users to register multiple credit cards for in-store payments and ATM withdrawals. LG confirmed plans to introduce its own mobile payment service in November 2015.

    South Korean firms the latest to take action against Apple

    September 13th, 2016

    A group of South Korean financial services providers are following in the footsteps of four Australian banks by preparing to take action against Apple in a bid to pressurise the technology giant into opening up… More

    South Korea plans contactless authentication

    September 7th, 2016

    The South Korean government is set to approve a service that will enable consumers to authenticate mobile payments by tapping a contactless card on the back of their NFC phone. “Last week, the government notified the relevant firms,” Yonhap News Agency reports. During this initial stage “only users who have credit cards issued by South Korean firms can access the new authentication system. Commercial service is expected to begin late this year.”

    Samsung Pay hits 100m transactions in first year

    August 24th, 2016

    Some 100m transactions in seven countries have been made using Samsung Pay, the company has revealed as it marks the mobile payment service’s one year anniversary. “Across South Korea specifically, the market has processed more than… More

    Kona unveils Kona Money for digital gift cards and mobile payments

    August 17th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: South Korean smart card provider Kona has unveiled Kona Money, a mobile payment service that integrates gift cards and allows for purchases to be made at the point of sale using NFC, QR… More

    White paper explores payment industry in Bangladesh

    July 6th, 2016

    A 29-page white paper that explores the payment industry of Bangladesh and includes a detailed examination of its current systems, the evolution of alternative payment methods and the uptake of NFC, tokenization and EMV is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. More

    UnionPay launches HCE mobile QuickPass in South Korea

    June 28th, 2016

    Bankcard association UnionPay International has launched its host card emulation (HCE) and tokenization based mobile payment service in South Korea, enabling its cardholders to pay by tapping their mobile phones. The launch of UnionPay HCE mobile QuickPass is supported by mobile network operator KT and its subsidiary BCcard. More

    LG U+ to launch biometric authentication platform

    June 20th, 2016

    LG U+ is to release a new service in August that uses biometric authentication for mobile shopping and banking transactions based on the storage of “personal biometric information in universal subscriber identity modules (USIMs),” according to Business Korea. “The platform is to be used for combination of users’ biometric information, such as fingerprint data and iris data, with the mobile carrier’s subscriber and billing information so that one-stop authentication can become possible,” the publication reports. The service will make use of Fido standards.

    Samsung Pay launches in Australia

    June 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has launched in Australia with support from American Express and Citibank. The service is available for those with compatible Samsung smartphones, with specific availability varying by local operator. More

    Samsung Pay to begin rolling out across Singapore in June

    June 10th, 2016

    Samsung Pay is to begin rolling out across Singapore on June 16, making it the first country in Southeast Asia to get the mobile payment service. It will launch with support from American Express, MasterCard and Visa and major banks. More

    Samsung Pay makes European debut in Spain

    June 3rd, 2016

    Samsung Pay has begun rolling out across Spain, making it the first European market where the mobile payment service is available. The service has launched with support from CaixaBank and ImaginBank and will also be available for customers of Abanca and Banco Sabadell “soon”. More

    Samsung Pay Mini to launch on iOS

    June 1st, 2016

    The Samsung Pay Mini online payments app expected to go live in South Korea this month will be compatible with Apple devices as well as Android smartphones, according to ETNews. “Samsung Electronics is planning to provide this application for free and has designed it so that it can be used on all smartphones such as iPhones and LG Electronics’ phones,” the publication reports. News that Samsung is preparing to roll out the Samsung Pay Mini app emerged last week.

    Samsung to ease online payments with new app

    May 27th, 2016

    Samsung is to launch a smartphone app in South Korea that will make it easier for consumers to make online payments using Samsung Pay, ETNews reports. “Samsung is commercialising a separate application called Samsung Pay Mini in June to strengthen online payments,” the publication says. “Samsung has designed it so that cards can be registered in it and be used for online shopping malls or online stores. Samsung Card, Lotte Card and Hana Card already decided to participate.”

    Gemalto analyses success of SK Telecom’s NFC service

    May 25th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A case study of South Korean mobile network operator SK Telecom’s NFC-based mobile wallet which explores the reasons behind its success is now available from digital security giant Gemalto. “Gemalto is supplying SK Telecom’s SK Wallet solution with NFC SIM cards,” the company says. “Today, SKT mobile wallet is available to more than 12m subscribers through their NFC SIMs.”

    Samsung Pay goes live at Woori Bank ATMs

    April 28th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has enabled ATM withdrawals for customers of Woori Bank in South Korea, the company confirmed at the Samsung Developer Conference 2016. “Samsung said it hasn’t yet announced the feature for other markets,” CNET reports. “Samsung also added support in South Korea for gift cards and for membership cards.” Plans to enable Samsung Pay at Woori Bank ATMs were first unveiled in September 2015.

    Gemalto white paper explores South Korea’s T-money service

    April 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A case study taking a detailed look at South Korea’s T-money NFC transportation service is now available to download from digital security giant Gemalto’s website. ‘Transport ticketing helps South Korea lead the way as global mobile NFC leader’ explores how the service, which uses technology supplied by Gemalto, was established and the reasons behind its success. T-money has now surpassed a 20% adoption rate among Korean commuters.

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