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Bank develops NFC suit that lets customers pay by swiping a sleeve

April 23rd, 2014

Australia’s Heritage Bank has unveiled prototypes of a suit that comes with an embedded NFC chip and antenna to allow its wearer to make NFC payments at contactless POS terminals by simply swiping their sleeve…. More

PayPal takes another look at NFC

April 22nd, 2014

The arrival of host card emulation (HCE) has led to a re-think of online payments giant PayPal’s famously anti-NFC point of view, company president David Marcus has revealed. “I’m moving from being a massive skeptic… More

Sequent gets Visa TSM approval

April 10th, 2014

Sequent Software has gained Visa approval for its digital issuance platform, a service provider TSM (SP-TSM) solution that enables card issuers to manage and distribute payment credentials to consumers’ NFC phones. “The Visa approval provides peace of mind to our customers since they know that the security of our platform far exceeds most commercial requirements,” says Lance Johnson, Sequent’s chief security officer.

Westpac to launch embedded NFC payments on Samsung devices

April 8th, 2014

Australia’s Westpac bank is to launch its NFC mobile payments service on Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 devices “over the next few weeks” with the functionality being “rolled out progressively” from this month. By 2015, the bank predicts, three million Australians will be using NFC to make payments. More

Cuscal tests HCE in Australia

March 28th, 2014

An NFC payments service using host card emulation (HCE) is being tested in-house by Australian transactional banking services provider Cuscal. The company aims to make the solution commercially available mid 2014, as either a client-branded mobile app or via an API, enabling its clients’ customers to use their mobile phones to make payments at any Visa payWave contactless terminal.

NBS adds HCE to Xpressi TSM

March 26th, 2014

NBS Technologies has added support for host card emulation (HCE) to its Xpressi Trusted Service Manager (TSM) platform, enabling customers to deploy both Visa PayWave and MasterCard PayPass NFC services in the cloud. HCE “could be the breakthrough our industry has been looking for,” says NBS chief software architect Robin Ehrlich.

Bradesco and Claro to launch NFC payments in Brazil

March 26th, 2014

Mobile network operator Claro and one of Brazil’s largest banks, Bradesco, are to commercially launch an NFC mobile payments service in the state of São Paulo during the first half of this year, ahead of… More

Agos Ducato pilots microSD NFC

March 20th, 2014

Italian financial services provider Agos Ducato is piloting microSD-based NFC payments in partnership with Visa Europe. The 1,000 participants in the trial are able to make payments at contactless-enabled merchant locations across the Milan and Monza areas.

EMVCo publishes tokenization framework specification

March 11th, 2014

The first version of the EMV Payment Tokenization Specification has now been published and is available to download. The document sets the scene for the arrival of MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, JCB and UnionPay… More

MeaWallet to launch mobile payments platform that supports NFC, BLE and QR

March 6th, 2014

MeaWallet, a white label solution that supports mobile payments via NFC, Bluetooth LE, host card emulation (HCE), QR and more, is to be launched in May this year, enabling retailers, banks, MNOs and service providers… More

Video shows Bankinter’s HCE payments service in action

February 27th, 2014

The HCE-based NFC payments solution to be deployed by Spain’s Bankinter this year has been demonstrated by the bank’s Alberto Perez Lafuente and technology provider Seglan’s Imanol Garcia in a video interview filmed by Visa… More

PrivatBank to offer NFC payments via HCE

February 27th, 2014

Ukraine’s PrivatBank is to launch a cloud-based NFC payments service using host card emulation (HCE). The new Liqpay app will be available to customers with NFC smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat. They will be able… More

Alpha Bank pilots NFC in Greece

February 25th, 2014

Alpha Bank and Vodafone have partnered with Visa and First Data to conduct the first NFC payments pilot in Greece. The service is being tested with a select group of consumers using Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 and Samsung Galaxy SIII devices containing a Vodafone SIM that stores their Alpha Bank Enter Visa debit card.

Visa: HCE will drive innovation in payments

February 24th, 2014

“We’ve seen this as a vehicle for innovation for financial institutions, for merchants, for others who want to enable payment using the mobile device,” Visa‘s Sam Shrauger has explained at MWC 2014, just a few… More

Visa unveils host card emulation specification for NFC payments

February 19th, 2014

Visa has introduced a new standard that uses host card emulation (HCE) to enable financial institutions to securely host Visa accounts in the cloud. The standard is available now and will include support for QR… More

Jetco picks Gemalto for NFC payments

February 13th, 2014

Hong Kong’s Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited — Jetco — is to use Gemalto’s LinqUs trusted service management platform for the NFC payments service it is to offer consumers via its 30 member banks. “Jetco… More

Orange Cash goes live in France

February 13th, 2014

Orange Cash, the prepaid NFC payments service announced by Orange and Visa in November 2013, is now live in the French cities of Strasbourg and Caen. The launch is being supported with a credit of… More

Visa certifies OTI NFC add-on

February 6th, 2014

OTI has received Visa certification for its Wave NFC add-on, a device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone, tablet or PC to enable NFC payments. Wave is already certified by MasterCard and is to be used for cross-border mobile payments by a group of banks in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Royal Bank of Canada launches NFC payments in the cloud

January 21st, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada has introduced an NFC mobile payments service that stores customers’ card details in the cloud. The new RBC Wallet is available to customers with a Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung… More

O2 UK to shut down mobile wallet service

January 9th, 2014

Mobile network operator O2 is to cease operating its O2 Wallet service in the UK on 31 March. Launched in April 2012, the service included a range of money transfer, mobile shopping and offers services… More

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