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    Motorists rewarded for mobile payments at the pump

    July 21st, 2016

    Motorists using the GC Express gas station in Caro, Michigan, are being offered a free coffee or drink whenever they pay for fuel purchases of US$10 or more with Team One Credit Union’s mobile banking app. More

    Europeans keen to use biometric authentication for payments, says Visa

    July 14th, 2016

    More than two thirds (68%) of European consumers want to use biometrics as a method of payment authentication, research from Visa reveals, and 73% see two-factor authentication as a secure way to confirm an account holder’s identity. More

    White paper explores payment industry in Bangladesh

    July 6th, 2016

    A 29-page white paper that explores the payment industry of Bangladesh and includes a detailed examination of its current systems, the evolution of alternative payment methods and the uptake of NFC, tokenization and EMV is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. More

    LG U+ to launch biometric authentication platform

    June 20th, 2016

    LG U+ is to release a new service in August that uses biometric authentication for mobile shopping and banking transactions based on the storage of “personal biometric information in universal subscriber identity modules (USIMs),” according to Business Korea. “The platform is to be used for combination of users’ biometric information, such as fingerprint data and iris data, with the mobile carrier’s subscriber and billing information so that one-stop authentication can become possible,” the publication reports. The service will make use of Fido standards.

    Samsung Pay launches in Australia

    June 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has launched in Australia with support from American Express and Citibank. The service is available for those with compatible Samsung smartphones, with specific availability varying by local operator. More

    Gulf Bank Kuwait gets biometric authentication

    June 2nd, 2016

    Customers of Gulf Bank Kuwait can now log in to their mobile banking app by scanning their face or fingerprint through mobile biometric technology provider Daon’s IdentityX platform. “Daon’s IdentityX platform provides fingerprint, face and voice recognition, along with other authentication factors which will provide convenient, fast, secure authentication for Gulf Bank Kuwait’s customers,” Daon says.

    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

    Apple Pay adds Visa, MasterCard and five major banks in Singapore

    May 25th, 2016

    Consumers in Singapore can now add their MasterCard and Visa cards to Apple Pay, after the mobile payment service launched there in April 2016 with support from American Express alone. Five of the country’s major… More

    OT to add biometrics to its Pearl embedded secure element

    May 17th, 2016

    Precise Biometrics has entered into an agreement with Oberthur Technologies (OT) licensing the integration of its Precise BioMatch Embedded fingerprint recognition solution into OT’s Pearl embedded secure element. “The partnership with Precise Biometrics enables OT to offer convenient and secure fingerprint identification for connection, authentication and payments in any type of device,” Precise Biometrics says. “The license agreement will generate royalty revenue based on sales of secure elements from OT that includes Precise BioMatch Embedded in the delivery.”

    Motorola’s new Moto G to include NFC?

    May 9th, 2016

    Motorola‘s forthcoming budget phone — the new Moto G — is to come in two variants and will include NFC, a components chart published on Twitter has revealed, making it the first Moto G to feature the technology. “The new phone is also expected to have a fingerprint scanner, since a Lenovo executive said earlier this year that all Motorola-branded phones would have fingerprint scanners in 2016,” The Verge reports. The new Moto G is expected to be unveiled on May 17.

    WeChat integrates with Givex to push in-store presence

    April 14th, 2016

    Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent’s WeChat mobile payments and messaging app has been integrated with Givex’s Vexilor point-of-sale solution to enable users of the service to make in-store purchases by scanning a QR code. More

    Tourists in Japan to get fingerprint payments by 2020

    April 12th, 2016

    The Government of Japan is to pilot a system that would let tourists verify their identity and make in-store payments using their fingerprint. “The experiment will have inbound tourists register their fingerprints and other data, such as credit card information, at airports and elsewhere,” The Japan News reports. “Tourists would then be able to conduct tax exemption procedures and make purchases after verifying their identities by placing two fingers on special devices installed at stores.” The system is expected to roll out across the country by 2020.

    Samsung Pay looks to “next generation” biometric security

    April 5th, 2016

    Samsung is developing new biometric sensors for mobile phones with the aim of adding additional security to Samsung Pay. “Right now, we use fingerprint,” Samsung Pay’s Elle Kim told delegates at Money20/20 Europe. “As we speak, engineers at Samsung are developing the next generation of biometric sensors so that our phones and Samsung Pay can be even more secure.”

    BMO to offer ‘selfie pay’ biometric verification technology to customers

    March 24th, 2016

    Canadian financial services provider BMO Financial Group is to enable its customers to use MasterCard’s Identity Check mobile app to verify their online transactions via face recognition and fingerprint biometrics. In the first phase of the… More

    Apple Pay to expand to mobile websites?

    March 24th, 2016

    Apple Pay will be available as a payment option on mobile websites “before this year’s holiday shopping season”, Re/code reports. “The service will be available to shoppers using the Safari browser on models of iPhones and iPads that possess Apple’s TouchID fingerprint technology,” the publication says. “Apple has also considered making the service available on Apple laptops and desktops too, though it’s not clear if the company will launch that capability.”

    Two billion smartphones to come with fingerprint sensors by 2021

    March 23rd, 2016

    The global biometrics market will reach more than US$30bn by 2021, representing a 118% increase from 2015, according to a new forecast from ABI Research. “Consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, continue to boost the biometrics market, with embedded fingerprint sensors anticipated to reach two billion shipments by 2021, at a 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR),” the firm says.

    Huawei teams up with China UnionPay to roll out NFC mobile payments

    March 22nd, 2016

    Handset maker Huawei has partnered with bank card association China UnionPay for the roll out of Huawei Pay, an NFC-based mobile payment service that makes use of tokenization technology and is expected to be available on a wide range of Huawei handsets. More

    MasterCard to include Daon technology in selfie pay service

    March 4th, 2016

    MasterCard is to make use of mobile biometric technology provider Daon’s IdentityX Platform as one of the authentication technologies for MasterCard Identity Check, the ‘selfie pay’ service it is rolling out to the US, Canada and parts of Europe this year. “The app-based authentication leverages a mobile device to secure online payments and mobile banking applications using fingerprint and facial recognition,” Daon says.

    Connected car can find parking, reserve it and pay with a fingerprint

    February 24th, 2016

    Car manufacturer Seat, Samsung Electronics and software giant SAP have created a technological alliance to develop connected car projects that could enable drivers to reserve car parking spaces and pay with a fingerprint using Samsung Pay. The companies are showing their ideas at Mobile World Congress this week. More

    Mobile payments face “substantial hurdles” in 2016, says Atlanta Fed

    February 23rd, 2016

    Limited merchant acceptance points, fragmentation and consumer concerns over security and privacy will remain “substantial hurdles” to mobile payments at the physical point of sale in 2016, according to analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Fingerprint, facial and iris recognition will dominate as the most-used biometrics, a blog post by the reserve bank’s Retail Payments Risk Forum also predicts, although the technology is expected to “face critical adoption challenges”. EMV will pick up pace in the year ahead, the forum adds, while ACH same-day service will “not be a huge hit”.

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