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

    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

    Visa Europe to make it easier for banks to support third-party mobile wallets

    May 18th, 2016

    Visa Europe has launched its Visa Europe Digital Enablement Programme (VEDEP) in the UK in an effort to simplify the implementation process for banks looking to support third-party mobile wallets. Google is using the platform to launch… More

    Android Pay launches in the UK

    May 18th, 2016

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payment service across the UK, allowing consumers to make payments at any contactless terminal with a tap of their Android handset. The service launches with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight British banks, “with new banks being added all the time,” the company says. More

    UK launch imminent for Android Pay

    May 13th, 2016

    The UK launch of Google’s Android Pay mobile payment service is imminent, according to The Telegraph, after notices appeared on payment terminals at a London branch of fast food chain Pret A Manger. “According to employees at this particular Pret store, the ‘We now accept Android Pay’ tags arrived overnight and have been displayed in stores from this morning,” the publication reports. Google confirmed in March 2016 that Android Pay would be launching across the UK in the next few months.

    Barclays to roll out HCE mobile payments across the UK in June

    May 12th, 2016

    Barclays is to begin rolling out a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment feature to its mobile banking app in June, the UK bank has confirmed to NFC World. The service — known as Barclays Contactless Mobile — will enable customers to make transactions at any contactless terminal as well as pay for services across Transport for London (TfL) with a tap of their Android device. More

    Europeans make 3bn Visa contactless payments in past 12 months

    May 11th, 2016

    Some 3bn contactless transactions have been made across Europe using Visa cards in the past 12 months, nearly tripling the number made in the previous 12-month period, Visa Europe has revealed. More

    Apple Pay expands to MasterCard, Visa and five key banks in Canada

    May 10th, 2016

    Canadian consumers can now add their MasterCard and Visa credit cards as well as their Interac debit cards to Apple Pay after the mobile payments service launched in the country with support from American Express alone in November 2015. Five banks have also announced their support for Apple Pay, including two of the country’s largest — Royal Bank of Canada and BMO Financial Group. More

    UK businesses to get payment service via Pingit and Paym

    May 10th, 2016

    UK businesses using digital banking solutions provider Bottomline Technologies’ C-Series payments processing module will soon be able to send payments to recipients using only their mobile phone number through the Barclays’ Pingit mobile app or… More

    Barbican art gallery to get contactless donation points

    May 9th, 2016

    Visitors to London’s Barbican art gallery will soon be able to make a charitable donation on their way in by tapping their phone or contactless card against contactless donation points. “The gallery will fix a donation point at the entrance to its free Curve gallery,” The Times reports. “Other galleries, museums and charities are to adopt the technology, signalling the end of the collection tin.”

    Contactless donation terminals will help hungry schoolchildren

    May 9th, 2016

    Contactless payment terminals have been placed in cafes and restaurants in London and Oxfordshire to enable consumers to make a 30 pence donation to the Mary’s Meals charity and help feed hungry schoolchildren in developing countries. More

    Sweatcoin pays Brits to get fit

    May 6th, 2016

    UK consumers will soon be rewarded whenever they are physically active with Sweatcoin — a virtual currency that can be earned by exercising and then exchanged at select retailers via a mobile app set to launch next week. “Sweatcoin offers one coin for every 1,000 steps,” Reuters reports. “Within weeks, users can have enough to exchange for fitness products or services in its marketplace. Rewards include Vivobarefoot running shoes, Kumira infra-red clothing and fitness classes from Wonderush or BoomCycle.”

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