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MasterCard to pilot biometrics for online shopping

July 2nd, 2015

MasterCard is to test a system that will approve online purchases with a face or fingerprint scan later this year. “If you choose fingerprint, all it takes it a touch. If you go with facial recognition, you stare at the phone, blink once, and you’re done,” CNN reports. “To pull this off, MasterCard said it has partnered with every smartphone maker.” The pilot will involve 500 customers.

London buses get on board beacon rollout

July 1st, 2015

Five hundred London buses have been equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to send targeted messages to commuters, as part of out-of-home media owner Exterion Media’s beacon rollout across “major cities” in the UK in partnership with mobile marketing and NFC specialist Proxama. The move follows a successful pilot conducted on buses in Norwich last year.

Beacons on menu for Cathay Pacific lounge guests

July 1st, 2015

Guests using Cathay Pacific’s business and first class lounge at San Francisco International Airport will be able to receive information about food and beverage menus and other available amenities with their smartphone via beacons installed across the lounge. The airline is working in partnership with platform provider LoungeBuddy for the trial that will be in place for 60 days.

Beacons guide Hong Kong airport passengers

June 30th, 2015

Passengers at Hong Kong International Airport are being guided by 50 beacons installed across Terminal 1 as part of a pilot with SITA Lab. “These user-friendly maps display key information on passengers’ mobile phones or tablets, and the time it will take to get to the gate,” SITA Lab says. “They also provide information about shops, restaurants and retail offers.”

30% of donors use contactless card during London charity trial

June 24th, 2015

Nearly a third of shoppers at Westfield London shopping centre who donated to charity during a 100-day pilot put in place by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Save the Children and Visa Europe Collab used… More

Netherlands museum deploys beacons

June 17th, 2015

The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands has deployed beacons to send information about its exhibitions directly to a visitor’s smartphone running the museum’s mobile app, developed by startup Tapme Media. The implementation follows a successful pilot of the technology that lasted for a year. “It’s a fantastic addition to our presentation,” says the museum’s Andreas Blühm.

Facebook expands buy button pilot

June 15th, 2015

Facebook has extended its ‘buy’ button pilot to US retailers using the Shopify commerce platform. “A small group of Shopify merchants are already using this solution to post products with buy buttons, Shopify says. “Today, we are expanding the beta test to include a variety of businesses.”

Tesco puts beacons in 270 London stores

June 15th, 2015

UK supermarket giant Tesco has launched its “biggest trial” of Bluetooth beacon technology to date in partnership with consumer goods company Unilever. BLE beacons have been installed in 270 stores across London for the pilot… More

Residence Inn trials augmented reality

June 11th, 2015

Hotel chain Residence Inn by Marriott is to pilot image recognition and augmented reality technology that will allow guests to scan beverage coasters to access interactive experiences, including games and food and drink suggestions, on their smartphones. The chain is using visual discovery platform Blippar for the service and will test it in Boston, Austin, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Facebook expands free Bluetooth beacon program

June 11th, 2015

Facebook is offering free Bluetooth beacons to select businesses across the US that will enable them to send “useful and relevant” information to customers about the places they visit. The move comes as an update to… More

NBO first to pilot contactless in Oman

June 9th, 2015

National Bank of Oman (NBO) has become the first in the country to launch a contactless card pilot, in partnership with MasterCard. “The new scheme will allow customers to make payments for small ticket items at the checkout without the need to enter a PIN or sign a receipt,” Times of Oman reports. “The cards, using ‘TapNGo’ technology, are identified as NBO Beam cards.”

Gazprombank pilots NFC tickets

June 4th, 2015

Russia’s Gazprombank and MasterCard are piloting NFC mobile and contactless card payments for transit fares using PayPass terminals across the K-39 bus route in St Petersburg. “Residents and guests will be able to quickly, easily and securely pay for their fare by bank cards and others devices; mobile phones, watches, key chains, stickers etc,” MasterCard says.

Google demonstrates how Android Pay will work

June 2nd, 2015

Google has demonstrated how its Android Pay mobile payments service will work for making in-store and in-app purchases, for payments made through a banking partner mobile app, and how users will be able to pay for items such as a Coca-Cola from a vending machine using just the points stored in a customer loyalty account. More

Google to trial hands-free mobile payments

June 1st, 2015

Google has announced it will pilot a new payment service in the San Francisco Bay area later this year that will let users make hands-free, in-store mobile payments without having to get their phone out of… More

Carrefour uses LED lighting to send offers to shoppers in stores

May 27th, 2015

French supermarket giant Carrefour is piloting an LED in-store lighting system in its Lille hypermarket that sends location-based services, offers and promotions to a shopper’s smartphone anywhere across the 7,800 square metre shop floor. For the… More

Danske Bank pilots Zwipe biometric cards

May 26th, 2015

Denmark’s Danske Bank has become the latest financial institution to pilot a contactless biometric card developed by Norway-based Zwipe that features an integrated fingerprint sensor and has received the backing of MasterCard. “We’re working on this as one of our pilot projects,” Danske Bank told NFC World. “We are not ready to disclose any further [information] at this time.”

BPCE to pilot cards with mini-screen security codes

May 21st, 2015

France’s second largest banking group BPCE is to pilot a payment card that replaces the three-figure security code on the back of the card with a mini-screen that displays a code which automatically changes periodically…. More

Exterion to roll out beacons across public transport in the UK

May 20th, 2015

Out-of-home media owner Exterion Media UK is to roll out Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons across public transport services in “major cities” in the UK to deliver marketing messages to passengers’ smartphones. The move follows… More

Starbucks opens express store with mobile POS ordering

May 7th, 2015

Visitors to Starbucks’ newly opened express store on Wall Street in New York are being met by one of the coffee chain’s employees upon entry, who then takes their order using a handheld device. “Getting… More

Saracens fans get contactless payment wristbands

May 6th, 2015

Supporters of Saracens rugby union club have been given prepaid contactless wristbands that let them pay for food and drink with a tap at the club’s Allianz Park stadium in north London, as well make payments outside… More

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