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

    Swatch partners with Visa to roll out NFC payment watch in US and Switzerland

    November 26th, 2015

    Luxury watchmaker Swatch has signed a contract with Visa to roll out its Bellamy NFC payment watch following its debut in China in October 2015. “[Swatch CEO] Nick Hayek confirmed that a contract was signed with Visa he gave no further details,” Le Temps reports. The newspaper says that the brand is preparing to launch Bellamy in countries including the US and Switzerland in early 2016.

    German football fans get HCE mobile payments

    November 23rd, 2015

    Fans of the FC Kaiserslautern football team can now make host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments at snack kiosks across its Fritz Walter Stadium using a mobile app developed by Sandpiper Group member companies Payment Solution and… More

    SwissWallet to go live for online payments

    November 5th, 2015

    A joint venture between credit card companies Aduno Group and Swisscard and software provider Netcetera is to launch the SwissWallet payments platform in Switzerland. “From mid-November, SwissWallet, in cooperation with MasterPass, can be used in online shops,” the joint venture says. “The launch of contactless payments with an NFC-embedded mobile phone in retail stores as well as international peer-to-peer payment functions are planned for the second half of 2016.”

    AMS unveils NFC chip and antenna for adding payments and ticketing to wearable devices

    October 21st, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Chip maker AMS has introduced an NFC payments and ticketing solution for manufacturers of smartwatches, wristbands and other small devices that only have room for an extremely small antenna. “The new AS3921 is… More

    Hublot lets customers check watch authenticity with NFC

    October 20th, 2015

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot is letting customers check the authenticity of their timepieces, download manuals and register for the brand’s Hublotista Club by tapping a contactless card against their phone. The service is being offered with all Hublot watches as the official method of certifying authenticity. More

    Swatch launches NFC payment watch in China

    October 14th, 2015

    Swiss watchmaker Swatch has launched an NFC watch in China in partnership with China UnionPay and Bank of Communications that will let consumers make payments with a tap of their wrist in stores across the country. More

    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.

    Swiss develop ‘Sound-Proof’ authentication

    August 25th, 2015

    Swiss researchers have unveiled a two-factor authentication mechanism dubbed ‘Sound-Proof’ that uses the noise recorded by a user’s phone and the device he or she wants to log into to verify identity. “The proximity of the two devices is verified by comparing the ambient noise recorded by their microphones,” the team from the Institute of Information Security at ETH Zurich explains in a paper describing the system.

    Migros launches mobile payments

    August 24th, 2015

    Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain Migros has launched a mobile payments service first mooted in January, allowing customers to make purchases using a Migros app linked to their Migros Bank account or credit card. “During the payment process, it generates a code that is then scanned at the cash register,” Migros says. Users can also store gift cards, receipts and coupons on the app.

    SIX and Swisscom partner with banks for national mobile payments service

    August 6th, 2015

    Switzerland’s financial infrastructure operator SIX and telecommunications provider Swisscom have partnered with a number of banks in the country to establish a nationwide mobile payments service that would enable consumers to make in-store mobile payments… More

    Swatch smartwatch to launch in two countries

    June 1st, 2015

    Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group is to launch its NFC smartwatch in two countries this summer, Switzerland and “one big country”, CEO Nick Hayek revealed during the company’s annual general meeting. “He didn’t elaborate on the big country for the launch, but it is likely to be either the US or China,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Bulgari unveils luxury NFC smartwatch

    March 20th, 2015

    Italian jewellery brand Bulgari will enter the luxury smartwatch market next year when it launches the NFC-enabled Diagono Magnesium watch – allowing users to make contactless payments, access personal data, as well as unlocking doors… More

    Swatch to launch NFC smartwatch

    February 6th, 2015

    Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group is to launch a smartwatch that includes NFC and mobile payments capabilities and works with both Android and Windows phones, CEO Nick Hayek has told Bloomberg. “Swatch is in talks with retailers on its payment system, Hayek said, without naming them. The device will enter the market in two to three months.” Last month, Swiss supermarket chain Migros was reported to be working on a mobile payments service that would work in its own locations as well as other stores.

    Migros to launch mobile payments

    January 16th, 2015

    Migros, Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain, is to launch a mobile payments service that will work in its own locations, other stores and with other bank accounts, as well as the retailer’s own Migros Bank accounts, Schweiz am Sonntag reports. Migros declined to provide further details to NFC World+ at this time, saying the “project is not yet ready for communication”.

    Swisscom to launch NFC platform

    June 25th, 2014

    Mobile network operator Swisscom is to launch its Tapit NFC platform in July, Startwerk reports. The platform will support both mobile payments and ID services and is expected to also be used by Swiss carriers Orange and Sunrise.

    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

    Fashion retailer to personalize shopping in flagship store with NFC

    November 21st, 2013

    Swiss online fashion store is to use NFC to identify shoppers and drive personalized communications between the brand and its customers when it opens its first brick and mortar store in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Consumers… More

    Swiss firms tie up for NFC ID

    November 18th, 2013

    Mobile network operator Swisscom, ID company Legic Identsystems and security specialist Kaba are working together to create an NFC ecosystem that will allow businesses across Switzerland to easily integrate NFC-based access control and time and… More

    Skoubee offers NFC pet ID tags

    October 14th, 2013

    Skoubee, a Swiss electronic pet ID provider, is offering its Skoubee Medal range of ID tags with NFC and QR codes. On reading a Skoubee Medal consumers are able to see the pet’s personal profile, including their microchip number and owner’s contact information, on Skoubee’s website. Available in two colours for €48, the Skoubee Medal also includes an 8-digit code that can be entered on the website by those without a smartphone.

    Swisscom picks Trüb and Sequent for NFC

    September 11th, 2013

    Mobile network operator Swisscom is to use technology developed by Sequent Software and delivered by Trüb to enable bank card issuers and other service providers to provision cards over-the-air to subscribers’ NFC phones. Multiple phone… More

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