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SmarTone unveils Kiss mobile marketing platform with NFC payments and Bluetooth beacons

August 7th, 2015

Hong Kong mobile network operator SmarTone has unveiled Kissco, an end-to-end mobile marketing platform incorporating Kiss Pay, a mobile payments service based on NFC and ultrasound technology, a Kiss Dollars loyalty program and Kiss Beacons… More

DS Tags launches electronic luggage label with NFC and Bluetooth

May 28th, 2015

Netherlands-based DS Tags is at an advanced stage with “several top-tier airlines” in planning the delivery of DS Bagtag, a solution that incorporates an NFC- and Bluetooth-enabled electronic luggage label, a secure cloud-based travel document delivery… More

Pub chain picks Droplet’s fee-free mobile payments and rewards

April 22nd, 2015

British brewer Adnams is to roll out a mobile payments and rewards service in its 12 stores and 50 pubs across East Anglia and London this summer using a fee-free platform provided by UK startup Droplet. More

Alibaba checks in simple hotel booking

April 1st, 2015

Hotel customers with high credit scores will be able to book rooms on Alibaba’s online travel booking platform Alitrip without having to provide their credit card for room deposits and bypass check-out with payments automatically deducted from their Alipay accounts. The Post Post Pay service, launched by Alitrip and Sesame Credit, the Alibaba-related Ant Financial Services Group credit agency, will be available in some 5,500 hotels in China, Alizila reports, including Starwood, Shangri-La, Jinling, New Century and Landison.

SXSW to deploy 1,000 beacons

March 9th, 2015

The organizers of the annual SXSW music and film festival are working with Gimbal, RightRound and Urban Airship to place 1,000 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons around the event’s venues. The beacons support Around Me, a new social networking addition to the SXSW Go app that lets attendees who check into zones at official venues discover what’s happening nearby and connect with other people that have also checked into the location.

Wirecard to offer white label HCE wristband

January 27th, 2015

The HCE wristband unveiled by technology provider Wirecard earlier this month is to be offered on a white label basis, Joern Leogrande, the company’s EVP of mobile services, has told NFC World+. “Our payment wearable… More

Panasonic takes NFC to the air

September 18th, 2014

Panasonic Avionics is to add NFC to the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems it supplies to airlines, providing a way for passengers and crew to make contactless payments and for passengers to access a range of… More

Orderella to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in 79 UK pubs and bars

August 26th, 2014

Orderella, the developer of an app that lets customers place drinks orders and make payments from their mobile phone, is to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in all the 79 pubs and bars across… More

Hilton to let guests unlock their doors with smartphones

July 31st, 2014

Hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has announced a plan to enable guests to use their smartphones as keys at the majority of its properties around the world. “We are developing proprietary technology that is safe and… More

Air France lets passengers board planes with NFC

July 2nd, 2014

Air France, Orange, SITA, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and RESA have teamed up to provide an NFC boarding experience, allowing a select number of passengers to move through the airport — from entering the building to boarding… More

New York bars adopt mobile payments service that lets customers send drinks to friends

June 30th, 2014

Twenty bars and restaurants in New York are using a new service that combines mobile payments with social networking, enabling customers to pay their tab, meet up and communicate with friends and send ‘Goodies’ like… More

Mahana uses BLE to help hotels improve customer service

June 26th, 2014

Hospitality technology startup Mahana has introduced a customer service platform that gives hotel and casino staff a way to improve customer service by accessing guest information on the go. The platform plugs into a hotel’s… More

Denny’s tests mobile rewards

June 20th, 2014

US family restaurant chain Denny’s is piloting a mobile rewards program that lets diners use an iOS or Android app to collect a point for every dollar they spend. The trial is taking place at restaurants… More

Verifone launches acoustic payments in Philadelphia

June 18th, 2014

POS maker Verifone has expanded its Way2Ride mobile payments service to Philadelphia, allowing taxi users in the US city to pay for their journey using a sound-based proximity mobile communications technology. Way2Ride works in conjunction with Verifone’s… More

Toronto restaurants offer mobile payments

June 10th, 2014

Twenty upmarket restaurants in Toronto have signed up for mobile payments service Tab. “Users download a free app, set up a profile, and plug in their payment information,” The Globe and Mail reports. “If they’re eating at a participating restaurant, they start the meal by checking into the establishment — the app pops up a list, geolocated to the closest participating institution. And that’s it — at the end of the meal, the app picks up the tab.”

Tesco-backed coffee chain Harris+Hoole introduces mobile payments

June 3rd, 2014

Tesco-backed coffee chain Harris+Hoole has updated its mobile app to enable customers to order and pay at any of its 36 outlets without having to touch, tap or scan at a counter. Customers download the… More

Iberia to offer NFC boarding cards

March 4th, 2014

Spanish airline Iberia has partnered with Samsung to enable travellers to store their boarding passes on their NFC phones. The new service can also be used to speed up luggage check-in and download information in… More

Schiphol Airport installs NFC boarding gate

January 31st, 2014

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed an NFC boarding gate, supplied by air transport IT specialist Sita, allowing passengers to validate their boarding pass with a touch of their NFC smartphone. The installation is the first… More

Fashion retailer uses NFC to engage party-goers

December 5th, 2013

Hong Kong fashion retailer Central Central has used NFC at a party celebrating its second anniversary. By checking in at NFC tablets placed at key locations around the store, guests could interact with motion-based games… More

Chinese banks sign up for China Telecom NFC wallet launch

December 3rd, 2013

Mobile network operator China Telecom is to launch an NFC mobile wallet in China later this year, in cooperation with more than a dozen financial institutions. More than 30m NFC-enabled SIM cards will be distributed… More

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