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    Glacéau Smartwater sends tips to Londoners using BLE beacons

    September 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Coca-Cola owned Glacéau Smartwater has launched a campaign to send on-the-go recommendations to Londoners’ smartphones using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons provided by digital payment solutions provider Proxama. It will be live until the… More

    TSB adds Android Pay support

    September 20th, 2016

    Customers of UK bank TSB can now add their debit and credit cards to Android Pay and earn cashback for purchases. “With TSB’s Classic Plus bank account and Mastercard credit card, customers can earn 5% cashback on the first £100 (US$130.39) of contactless purchases — which includes Android Pay — each month,” TSB says. UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank added support for Android Pay earlier this month.

    Visa reveals growing Euro interest in biometric authentication

    September 19th, 2016

    More than three in five European consumers (62%) believe using biometric forms of payment authentication will be faster and easier than passwords and PINs, research by Visa reveals, with 42% believing that the procedure could completely… More

    More UK banks sign up for Android Pay

    September 14th, 2016

    UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank now support Android Pay. “TSB customers will also soon be able to add their cards to Android Pay, with a roll out planned this month,” Google says. Android Pay launched in the UK in May 2016. TSB announced in July that it would support the mobile payment platform from the fourth quarter of this year.

    Plastic £5 notes enter circulation in the UK

    September 13th, 2016

    The Bank of England has begun rolling out plastic £5 (US$6.59) notes across the UK. The new fiver is made from polymer, a flexible plastic material, and features Sir Winston Churchill. “The new fiver is the first of the Bank of England’s new series of polymer notes, with the £10 (US$13.17) and £20 (US$26.34) notes to be replaced with polymer designs over the coming years,” the BofE says. Paper £5 notes will cease to be legal tender in May 2017.

    Cardiff Blues fans get BLE beacon messages

    September 9th, 2016

    Fans of Welsh rugby union club Cardiff Blues can now receive personalized messages and coupons on their mobile phone through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed at the team’s stadium. The beacons will initially be used to deliver welcome messages, discount coupons and reminders to vote for the fans’ man of the match. GCell provided the devices which work in conjunction with the Cardiff Blues mobile app.

    CBA and Barclays team up for P2P payments

    September 9th, 2016

    Customers of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and UK bank Barclays will soon be able to send money to each other using a mobile phone number through CBA’s CommBank app and Barclays’ Pingit P2P payment service. The option will… More

    UK consumers save years using contactless

    September 7th, 2016

    UK consumers collectively save an average of 34 years of time every month by paying with contactless cards, research from Card Cutters reveals. “It takes the average person less than five seconds to transact when using a contactless payment card, with this timespan doubling for payments using a chip and PIN card,” the company says. “Women pay quicker using contactless than men (71% versus 65% taking under five seconds), while 53% of those using chip and PIN cards take longer than 10 seconds to pay.”

    HSBC offers selfie security checks

    September 6th, 2016

    Customers of UK bank HSBC can now complete ID security checks by scanning their face using a mobile phone. “The mobile application works through utilizing facial tracking technology to capture an initial headshot or selfie of a customer,” HSBC says. “The headshot is then assessed against an ID document uploaded by the customer, such as a driver’s licence or passport.”

    Translink announces contactless ticketing for Northern Ireland

    September 6th, 2016

    Public transport operator Translink has announced plans for contactless payments across its bus and rail services in Northern Ireland. The move comes as part of a £45m (US$60m) investment by the Northern Ireland Executive and will, says Translink,… More

    Rail operator to trial BLE payment

    September 5th, 2016

    UK railway operator Chiltern Railways is to pilot an automatic fare payment system to detect when a passenger boards a train and exits a station. The initiative will utilize smartphones and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, the company confirmed to NFC World, and deduct fees from passenger bank accounts when journeys are completed. The trial is expected to begin in December 2016.

    Malibu equips 40,000 bottles with NFC tags for UK pilot

    August 30th, 2016

    Coconut rum maker Malibu has equipped 40,000 bottles with NFC tags. Drinkers will be able to tap their NFC device against a sunset image on the product packaging to access content and prize draws directly… More

    Two in three young Brits have made a mobile payment in-store

    August 25th, 2016

    More than two thirds of the UK’s 16-34 year olds (67%) have used their mobile phone to make an in-store payment, research released by Worldpay reveals. More

    Barclaycard reveals large contactless increase across UK

    August 23rd, 2016

    The amount spent by Barclaycard customers using contactless technology in the UK has multiplied 2.7 times so far this year, with usage increasing 173% by value and 112% by volume, the latest Barclaycard Contactless Spending… More

    UK contactless spending hits record high

    August 23rd, 2016

    Spending on contactless cards in the UK during the first half of 2016 outstripped the total for the whole of 2015, The UK Cards Association reveals. “Some £9.27bn (US$12.23bn) was spent using contactless methods between January and June of this year,” the organisation says, “more than the total 2015 contactless spend of £7.75bn (US$10.22bn).” 1.1bn transactions were made in the first half of 2016, compared with 1.05bn for the whole of 2015. Contactless card payments accounted for 18% of total purchases in June 2016, compared to 7% in June last year.

    Apple Pay adds two UK banks

    August 22nd, 2016

    Apple has updated its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the UK, with the additions of Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank. Mobile only-bank B, which was launched by Yorkshire and Clydesdale in May 2016, will also support the mobile payment service, according to MacRumors. The new inclusions take the total number of UK banks supporting Apple Pay to more than 20.

    Most Brits want contactless payments on familiar wearables

    August 18th, 2016

    More than two thirds of UK consumers (67%) who use contactless payments would prefer the function to be added to something they already own or wear, rather than purchase a brand new wearable payment device. More

    British athletes at Rio 2016 sport NFC payment bands

    August 11th, 2016

    All British athletes competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are being given NFC payment bands that will allow them to make purchases by tapping their wrists against a contactless terminal. More

    US and UK consumers warm to mobile payments, loyalty and coupons

    July 28th, 2016

    The majority of US and UK consumers (54%) have now used a mobile wallet, research from Urban Airship reveals, with 30% of respondents using them in the past week. More

    BBA reports UK contactless increase

    July 26th, 2016

    The annual use of contactless cards across the UK has risen 250%, with £1.1bn spent in March 2016 alone, research released by the British Bankers Association (BBA) reveals. “Banks issued 15m cards with contactless technology in 2015, up 54% on the year before,” the trade association says. UK consumers are now also using mobile banking apps more than 7,610 times a minute or 4bn times a year.

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