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

    Barclays completes HCE payments launch

    June 22nd, 2016

    Barclays has completed the rollout of its Contactless Mobile host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service across the UK, the bank has confirmed to NFC World. The feature allows customers with compatible Android phones… More

    Brits foresee cashless society by 2036

    June 21st, 2016

    More than two thirds of UK consumers (68%) believe that cashless technologies will completely replace physical money by 2036, research released by the Mayor of London’s promotional company London & Partners reveals. The figure is higher in London, where three quarters of people believe cash will disappear within 20 years. The research is based on 2,000 respondents and has been released to coincide with London Technology Week, hosted by London & Partners and MasterCard.

    Kerv and PSI-Pay to prep for NFC payments ring launch

    June 16th, 2016

    The UK startup behind the Kerv NFC payments ring has teamed up with payment solutions provider PSI-Pay to enable a greater range of payment options on the device. “The partnership utilises PSI-Pay’s MasterCard licence which will enable users of the Kerv contactless payment ring to pay in 38m locations worldwide,” Kerv says. “Users will be able to fund their account via debit or credit card, bank transfer or PayPal.” Kerv launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter in October 2015.

    Apple Pay to launch in France, Switzerland and Hong Kong and head to the web

    June 13th, 2016

    Apple Pay is expanding to Switzerland, France and Hong Kong in the “next few months” and will be made available for online payments via an Apple Pay button that uses Touch ID for authentication, the company has announced during a keynote at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). More

    Case study explores the use of NFC to improve office efficiency

    June 13th, 2016

    A case study which explores how one of London’s most iconic buildings has used NFC technology to streamline data key management, security patrol and contractor services into a single interface and deliver more accurate information in real time is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. More

    Topshop launches second range of bPay contactless accessories

    June 10th, 2016

    UK fashion retailer Topshop has launched the second collection of Topshop x bPay, a range of accessories that incorporate Barclaycard’s bPay contactless payment technology and enable shoppers to make tap and go payments at contactless terminals. More

    Pay by Bank to make UK launch with Barclays

    June 9th, 2016

    UK bank Barclays is to become the first to launch Pay by Bank, the mobile payment app developed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink’s mobile payment startup Zapp. The service will be made available to customers from autumn 2016, with Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland also planning to support the service “soon”. The service was expected to launch last year, but was later delayed.

    Stripe offers free processing with Android Pay

    June 8th, 2016

    Payment processor Stripe is offering free processing for Android Pay payments in the US and across the UK for a limited time. “Just complete your integration by mid-July and we’ll waive all Stripe fees for payments made with Android Pay for the rest of the year,” the company says.

    European Commission approves Visa’s acquisition of Visa Europe

    June 3rd, 2016

    The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Visa Europe by Visa. “Visa has now received all regulatory approvals required for the acquisition,” Visa says. “The transaction has already been cleared by both the Jersey and the Turkish competition authorities. The transaction is expected to close in Visa Inc’s fiscal third quarter of 2016. Visa will announce the closing once it has occurred.”

    Boku and Verteda take carrier billing to UK venues

    June 2nd, 2016

    UK consumers can now pay for food and drinks at sports and entertainment venues serviced by IT solutions provider Verteda and charge their purchases to their mobile phone bill. The company has integrated the service into its Qjacker mobile payments app through direct carrier billing provider Boku. More

    Visa Europe records contactless growth across the continent

    May 30th, 2016

    Some 3bn contactless transactions were made across Europe on Visa cards and payment-enabled devices in the year to 30 April 2016, growing from 143m transactions a month in April 2015 to 360m in April 2016. The… More

    A quarter of Brits will make NFC mobile payments in the next year

    May 27th, 2016

    One in four British consumers intend to use their mobile phone to make NFC-based mobile payments in the next 12 months, according to research from MasterCard. One in 20 are already making NFC mobile payments once… More

    US and UK consumers warm to biometric authentication

    May 26th, 2016

    More than half of US and UK consumers (52%) prefer to log in to online accounts using “modern authentication methods”, research from Gigya reveals, including 29% who favour two-factor authentication and 20% who prefer biometric authentication. More

    TfL rolls out contactless on Thames river buses

    May 23rd, 2016

    UK commuters travelling on MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus services can now pay using contactless cards following an expansion of Transport for London’s (TfL) services. “The payment method can now be used on all MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus routes, which cover around 28 kilometers of the Thames between Putney and Woolwich Arsenal,” TfL says. The transport organisation recorded more than 100m contactless journeys across London between September 2014 and June last year.

    One in 10 UK card payments were contactless in 2015

    May 23rd, 2016

    The average UK adult made 20 card payments per month in 2015, of which around one in 10 were contactless, research released by Payments UK reveals. “By 2025, we are predicted to use a debit, credit or charge card virtually every day and almost half of these transactions, 14 per month, will be contactless,” the organisation says. “Many of these payments may be made using a mobile phone.” Payments UK also predicts that by 2025, cash will only be used for 27% of payments.

    Wearable device gives users electric shock if they overspend

    May 23rd, 2016

    Owners of a Pavlok wearable device will now be given an electric shock whenever they spend too much money using a new service developed by UK-based Intelligent Environments. More

    UK contactless spending totalled £1.5bn in March 2016

    May 20th, 2016

    UK contactless payments in March totalled £1.5bn (US$2.19bn), The UK Cards Association has revealed, four months after monthly contactless spending hit £1bn in November 2015. “The £0.5bn mark came in May last year,” the organisation says. “One in seven of all card transactions are now contactless, compared to one in 16 a year ago. There were a total of 179.6m contactless purchases in March, with 67 made every second. On the high street, one in six card purchases are now contactless [with] monthly contactless spending trebling in the past year, up from £431.1m in March 2015.” 86.5m contactless cards are now in circulation in the UK.

    Barclaycard sees surge in ‘silver spenders’ using contactless

    May 20th, 2016

    The number of UK consumers aged over 60 using contactless payments has risen by 116% in the last 12 months, research from Barclaycard reveals. Among the 18-24 age group, the number of contactless users has risen by… More

    UK driving licenses may be added to Passbook

    May 19th, 2016

    Drivers in the UK may soon be able to store their driver’s license in Apple’s Passbook wallet, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). “There’s no telling when, or indeed if, the idea will make it to release,” SlashGear reports. “Right now, this is a prototype with no timescale for an actual release and were that to pan out, it would be offered in addition to, not replacing, the regular photo card.”

    UK charity collects contactless donations using dogs

    May 18th, 2016

    UK consumers can now make a £2 donation to the Blue Cross animal charity by tapping their contactless card against specially designed jackets worn by dogs. Each jacket houses a PayPal Here contactless terminal, which launched… More

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