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

    Seamless authorised to issue electronic money

    May 11th, 2016

    Swedish mobile payments specialist Seamless has been granted authorisation to issue electronic money by Finansinspektionen, the country’s financial supervisory authority. “This means that Seqr users can send and receive money, worldwide, in real time,” the company says. “Under the terms of the authorisation, Seqr can also be used by minors. Money received can be accessed instantly to make payments anywhere in the world where NFC payments are accepted.”

    Gemalto and Visa roll out contactless payment wristbands at Eurovision

    May 10th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Visitors to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Stockholm, Sweden, this month will be able to purchase contactless payment wristbands that will enable payments at any Visa contactless terminal in the world. The wristbands, which will be active until the end of October, will be rolled out by Visa and digital security giant Gemalto. More

    Turkey aims to be cashless by 2023

    May 3rd, 2016

    Turkey has introduced its own card payment system in an attempt to move towards a cashless society by 2023. Known as Troy, the system has been built into all point-of-sale terminals and ATMs across the… More

    Turkey embraces cashless society despite Swedish concerns

    April 5th, 2016

    A call by Sweden’s central bank to make using cash a legal right for consumers will create question marks in the minds of central banks and other players in international markets and will raise “some concerns” about a completely cashless society, the CEO of Turkish card payment system operator BKM has told attendees during a panel session at Money20/20 Europe. More

    Central bank calls for access to cash to be a legal right in Sweden

    March 21st, 2016

    Access to cash should become a legal right for Swedish consumers and banks should have a duty placed on them to provide cash services as a basic feature of payment accounts, Sweden’s central bank has… More

    Swedish amusement park installs BLE beacons

    March 1st, 2016

    Visitors to Liseberg amusement park in Sweden can now get information about its attractions on their smartphones via Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and a mobile app provided by CGI. “The app tells you all about the attractions, including queue times and minimum height requirements,” the amusement park says. “You can find friends, available parking, the nearest bathroom — all the questions you might need answers to during a visit to the park.”

    McDonald’s turns Happy Meal boxes into virtual reality goggles

    March 1st, 2016

    Diners at McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden can now turn their Happy Meal boxes into a set of virtual reality goggles and play a skiing game endorsed by the Swedish National Ski Team using their smartphone.  More

    Nets and Carta bring tokenized mobile payments to Nordic and Baltic banks

    February 16th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: More than 200 banks across northern Europe are now able to deploy token-based secure mobile payments services to their customers via a partnership between digital payments services provider Nets and Carta Worldwide. Nets… More

    NFC packaging to safeguard medicines

    December 23rd, 2015

    Patients will soon be able to identify whether pharmaceutical products are in a factory sealed or opened state and access contextual content with the tap of an NFC phone using a solution developed by Thinfilm and Jones Packaging. The technology will also enable pharmaceutical companies to authenticate products and track individual items. More

    Contactless payments across Europe set to rise nine-fold by 2020

    December 9th, 2015

    The volume of contactless payments in Europe is forecast to rise almost nine-fold to 12.2bn in 2020 compared to 2014 and account for 13% of all card payments, according to research released by RBR. The number of contactless cards issued is also expected to treble from 2014 to just short of 700m by 2020 — representing more than 40% of the total regional card base. More

    Swedish supermarket uses NFC price tags to promote deals and discounts

    December 8th, 2015

    Customers at supermarket ICA Norrviken in a northern suburb of Stockholm can now view promotional deals, discounts, competitions and detailed information about products by tapping their phones against dynamic NFC tags integrated into price labels.  More

    Seqr to add P2P transfers to mobile wallet

    November 27th, 2015

    US consumers will be able to make P2P transfers through Swedish firm Seamless’ Seqr mobile payment platform from early 2016, utilising payment provider Dwolla’s infrastructure. “Under the agreement with Dwolla, we can quickly offer Seqr’s US customers a P2P service which is something our customers in Europe already make great use of,” says Seamless’ Peter Fredell. Seqr launched in the US in June 2015.

    Gemalto SIM puts multiple transit cards on NFC phones

    November 3rd, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a new version of its UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM, with an embedded Mifare4Mobile v2 app allowing it to support multiple Mifare-based transport ticketing services such as those used… More

    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 offers refer-a-friend rewards

    October 8th, 2015

    Swedish firm Seamless has begun rewarding users of its Seqr mobile payment solution when they recommend friends and family. “All recommendations that result in a new active Seqr customer quality for the 25 Sek (US$3) cashback reward which is paid on a monthly basis,” the company says. Seamless also began offering up to 3% cashback on Seqr purchases in March 2015.

    SumUp expands to Sweden

    September 29th, 2015

    European mPOS company SumUp has launched its mobile card acceptance solution in Sweden, expanding its footprint to 14 countries including Germany, the UK and Brazil. “With its PIN+ Card Terminal, SumUp will be the first company to offer a proprietary card terminal to small businesses in Sweden,” the company says. The expansion follows a €10m (US$11.2m) funding round in August 2015.

    PayPal One Touch expansion

    August 26th, 2015

    PayPal has extended its One Touch mobile payments solution to 13 new markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. “Eligible merchants in these markets will automatically have One Touch enabled without needing to do any integration,” the company says. The platform was launched in August 2014 and is available in the US, UK and Canada.

    Three in four consumers interested in using alternatives to passwords online

    July 24th, 2015

    One in six consumers find usernames and passwords “cumbersome” and 77% are interested in using alternatives to protect their security on the internet, research from Accenture reveals. More than half (58%) say they are interested… More

    Crunchfish unveils touchless storefront using gesture recognition

    June 23rd, 2015

    Swedish gesture recognition firm Crunchfish has developed an interactive screen that can be placed in shop windows to encourage passersby to browse deals, read reviews and compare products with a swipe, push or grab of… 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.

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