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Beep’nGo hits 5m downloads

October 21st, 2014

Mobeam’s mobile coupon and offer app Beep’nGo has now surpassed five million downloads to compatible Android devices. “Beep’nGo aggregates coupons, loyalty cards and gift cards into one easy-to-use mobile application and, through its patented light technology, it allows all scanners at retail stores, including 1D laser scanners, to read the barcodes directly from the mobile screen without any hardware or software upgrades or manual input,” the company explains.

Newspaper tests BLE beacons

October 21st, 2014

Dutch newspaper publisher NDC Media is testing Bluetooth beacons with thirty shops in the town of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, to send offers to consumer smartphones running the Lightcurb mobile app. “The overarching goal is to connect shoppers and entrepreneurs together; this test is designed to gain experience,” NDC explains. The company is working with Lightcurb platform operator Snakeware for the pilot, which is scheduled to run until the end of 2014.

Shopkick drives $1bn in revenue

October 21st, 2014

Location-based shopping app Shopkick reports that it has driven more than US$1bn in revenue for its partner retailers since its launch in 2010, more than half of which occurred in the past year. There are now more than 7,500 ShopBeacon Bluetooth beacons live across 3,000 stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Alex & Ani and Macy’s locations.

Perkwave builds in Apple Pay for pay-at-the-table

October 21st, 2014

Harbortouch, a US-based point-of-sale system and merchant services provider, has unveiled Perkwave, a mobile app that uses Apple Pay to let customers pay at the table in participating restaurants. The service also includes loyalty and rewards functionality to encourage customers to pay using their mobile device. More

Dubai ambulances adopt NFC

October 20th, 2014

The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) has launched an app that lets users store medical information and contact details that can be retrieved in an emergency with a tap of an NFC phone. More

Groupe BPCE launches Twitter money transfers

October 15th, 2014

Groupe BPCE, the second largest banking group in France, has launched a service that will let users of its S-Money mobile app send money transfers via Twitter. More

Tesco tests PowaTag mobile payments

October 15th, 2014

UK supermarket giant Tesco is conducting a one week test of Powa’s PowaTag mobile payments technology at its Dean Street store in London. To promote the service, a free lunchtime Meal Deal was offered on 13 and 14 October to the first five hundred shoppers to download the PowaTag app and use it to pay with their mobile phone.  More

Hong Kong carrier SmarTone rolls out Bluetooth marketing platform to retailers

October 14th, 2014

Hong Kong mobile network operator SmarTone has introduced ST Beacon, a marketing service that lets retailers send promotional messages to customers with an Android or iOS device using Bluetooth. “ST Beacon employs Bluetooth technology and… More

Ireland’s Leap Card to get NFC top-ups

October 13th, 2014

Ireland’s National Transport Authority has awarded a contract to transit specialist Vix to enable Leap prepaid card users to top up their balance via NFC. The service will go live “over the coming year” and will let cardholders “use a special, free smartphone app to top-up their Leap Cards immediately (from their credit or debit cards) via the smartphone app, just by holding the card and the phone close to each other.”

Hailo reports on BLE payments in taxis

October 13th, 2014

Pay with Hailo, a service that uses Apple’s iBeacon technology to let users of the Hailo taxi hailing app pay drivers with their smartphone, is experiencing “steady growth”, Naoise Irwin, the company’s VP of strategic… More

Swedish taxi firm runs NFC promo

October 13th, 2014

Swedish taxi firm Taxi020 is promoting downloads of its booking app via NFC posters placed in 70 restaurants, bars and cafes in the cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg. Customers who tap the posters are taken to the app’s download page on Google Play or Windows Store and can then use it to obtain a fixed price quote from the taxi operator on their mobile phone. “The idea is to target people on their way home after a nice meal or drink out,” supplier Adfields’ Martin Kemeny told NFC World+.

Dash expands to Chicago

October 8th, 2014

Mobile payment provider Dash is expanding to Chicago, adding 20 restaurants and bars in the city to its existing base of 50 locations in New York. Customers wanting to use the service tell their waiter or bartender on arrival and Dash then connects their tab to the venue’s POS system, “allowing the items you’ve ordered to appear in real-time on your phone”. They then use the app to pay their bill at the end of their visit by selecting a payment card they have pre-linked to the app.

Major UK merchants sign up for Zapp mobile payments

October 8th, 2014

Zapp, the mobile payments startup formed by UK payments infrastructure operator VocaLink, has announced that major retail chains including Sainsbury’s, Asda, House of Fraser, Thomas Cook, Shop Direct, Spar and Clarks are to use its… More

Chicago transit users get half price rides when they pay by NFC

October 6th, 2014

Users of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) transportation services can now get half price journeys when they pay using the Serve prepaid card stored in their Softcard NFC mobile wallet. To take advantage of the offer,… More

US Tennis Association serves up Bluetooth beacons at Flushing Meadows

October 6th, 2014

The US Tennis Association (USTA) has used a network of Bluetooth beacons placed around the US Open’s Flushing Meadows venue to tailor its mobile app to event attendees, learn how ticket holders moved around the… More

Carlsberg rolls out NFC beer mats and beacons to 250 Danish pubs and bars

October 6th, 2014

Brewer Carlsberg is distributing beer mats containing an NFC tag and a QR code and installing Bluetooth beacons at 250 pubs and bars across Denmark to support its Crowdit offers and venue discovery app. More

Mobile network operators partner with Boku to bring carrier billing to the physical world

October 3rd, 2014

Carrier billing provider Boku has partnered with UK mobile network operators O2, EE and Vodafone to make it possible for customers to charge public transport tickets, takeaway food, cups of coffee and other “click and… More

KLM uses Bluetooth beacons to help passengers navigate Schiphol Airport

October 1st, 2014

Passengers travelling with KLM from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport can now use the airline’s app to get a map of the airport that shows the route they need to take to their gate and the time… More

InMarket reports on attitudes to beacon messages

September 29th, 2014

Sending customers more than one push notification from a beacon platform in the same store leads to a 313% decline in app usage, a study conducted by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) marketing platform InMarket has found. “The same goes if the notifications customers received were irrelevant: the beacon app gets deleted,” BostInno reports.

China Mobile picks Gemalto for NFC ticketing in Beijing

September 25th, 2014

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, has chosen Gemalto to supply it with NFC-enabled SIMs “to protect consumer credentials used for mobile contactless applications​, starting with mass transit services in Beijing.” The SIMs… More

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