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    Swatch Bellamy launches in Brazil in time for Rio 2016

    July 7th, 2016

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Swatch has launched its Swatch Bellamy NFC payments watch in Brazil in partnership with Visa in time for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  More

    Gemalto blog explores potential of NFC wearables at sporting events

    June 16th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A new blog post from digital security giant Gemalto explores the role of NFC-enabled wearables at sporting events and their potential to banish so-called “paper ticket syndrome”. The company is supplying its Celego contactless wristbands for travel and payments across the French city of Lille during Euro 2016 as well as helping Visa in supplying NFC payment rings for Olympians at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Case studies about other Gemalto deployments can be found here.

    Visa to supply athletes with NFC payment rings at Rio 2016

    June 3rd, 2016

    Athletes at this year’s Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be given an NFC payments ring linked to a Visa account that will let them make purchases by tapping their hand against contactless terminals. More

    Swatch and Visa to take Bellamy smartwatch to Rio Olympics

    January 25th, 2016

    Visitors to this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympics will be able to use luxury watchmaker Swatch’s Bellamy NFC smartwatch to pay for event passes, according to the Financial Times. “Swatch and Visa are sponsors of this summer’s Rio Olympics and plan to introduce functions for the Bellamy that can be used by wearers during the games,” the newspaper reports.

    Gemalto to deliver mobile payment solutions to Japan’s Dai Nippon Printing

    October 15th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is to provide its mobile payment solutions to Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), an NFC technology supplier and solution provider for financial institutions in Japan. “DNP will operate Gemalto’s solutions,… More

    Rio Olympics to get NFC wristbands?

    September 29th, 2015

    Visa has shown off a proof of concept NFC wristband in San Francisco, demonstrating how it could be used for making payments at the Rio 2016 Olympics next year. “Olympic hopefuls attending the Team Visa Summit learned to use new payment technologies that are expected to be implemented at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games including Visa Checkout and Samsung Pay,” Visa says. “We can’t yet confirm what kind of wearable payment devices we may have in Rio,” the company told NFC World.

    Visa preps for UK NFC launch

    February 19th, 2013

    Visa is making multiple efforts towards a “mainstream launch” of contactless and mobile payments in the UK in 2013, Marc O’Brien, managing director of Visa UK & Ireland has told a meeting of the Westminster eForum, Marketing Week reports. “Building momentum from the Olympic Games, we’re looking to roll out of the [contactless payment] cards and handsets this year,” he said. Visa’s data suggests that 17% of the UK’s mobile phones are NFC-enabled at present, adds the report.

    Samsung confirms Galaxy S III Mini with NFC

    January 22nd, 2013

    Samsung has announced that an NFC version of the Galaxy S III Mini is now available. The device was announced with NFC in October 2012, but the first devices then shipped without the functionality. Now, says… More

    Visa releases Olympics NFC and contactless usage statistics

    September 19th, 2012

    “The response has been extremely positive and our priority now is on turning that enthusiasm into commercial mobile payment deployments across Europe,” says Visa’s Mary Carol Harris, adding that “we recognise that the journey is a marathon, not a sprint.” More

    Hands on with the Visa Olympics NFC phone

    July 12th, 2012

    1,000 Samsung Galaxy S III NFC phones equipped with a Visa mobile payments app are being distributed to “key stakeholders and decision makers” for the London 2012 Olympics, where all points of sale will be equipped to handle contactless payments — and NFC World has been testing out one of the limited edition devices. More

    Transport for London delays arrival of new ticketing technology

    May 23rd, 2012

    A new ticketing infrastructure designed to support payments via open-loop contactless cards and NFC phones won’t now arrive in time for the Olympics, TfL has revealed. More

    Visa and Samsung reveal Olympics NFC payments plans

    May 9th, 2012

    The payments network and the phone maker will be issuing limited edition Samsung Galaxy S III handsets loaded with a Visa NFC payments app to athletes and other VIPs during the London 2012 Games. More

    Samsung Galaxy S III expands NFC P2P capabilities with S Beam for faster file transfers

    May 4th, 2012

    The newly announced successor to Samsung’s best selling Galaxy S II features NFC as standard and includes a new file transfer service that enables users to easily connect together two devices via NFC and automatically transfer large video and other files via WiFi Direct. More

    European regulators put brakes on UK NFC joint venture

    April 16th, 2012

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the planned NFC joint venture between Everything Everywhere, Telefónica and Vodafone UK which will delay launch until after the London Olympics and casts doubts over the timetable for the introduction of similar projects in a number of other European countries. More

    Visa and Samsung to unveil Olympics NFC payments app at Mobile World Congress

    February 24th, 2012

    Visa and Samsung are to demonstrate an NFC mobile payment service for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. The two London 2012 sponsors first announced in May 2011 that they… More

    Visa Europe: 2012 to be contactless tipping point

    January 3rd, 2012

    87% of contactless cardholders in the UK, Poland and Turkey believe contactless cards will be “instrumental in bringing mobile contactless payments to market in the near future,” according to Visa Europe‘s latest Contactless Barometer survey…. More

    Google Wallet on way to UK?

    December 9th, 2011

    The UK will be the next country to get Google Wallet, following its US launch in October 2011, according to Les Echos. A pilot project involving both NFC payments and offers will begin in London in the first quarter of 2012, the French newspaper reports, with the aim of having the service live in time for the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

    Coke mulls NFC for Olympics

    October 14th, 2011

    Coca-Cola is in talks with Visa to put contactless payment equipped vending machines into the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Games, reports Marketing. Both companies are official sponsors of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Visa plans to introduce an NFC Olympics phone with Samsung.

    Olympics NFC phone to go global

    October 6th, 2011

    The Olympics-branded NFC phone announced by Visa and Samsung in March is to be available worldwide, Pocket-Lint reports.

    Omnitel launches national NFC service in Lithuania

    July 11th, 2011

    The mobile network operator is using a system developed by Mokipay Europe that works with both NFC phones and contactless stickers linked to subscribers’ SIM cards to enable transaction notifications to be received on customers’ phones. More

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