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    Indian government working on Aadhaar mobile payments app

    December 5th, 2016

    The Government of India is working on a mobile app that can be used by shopkeepers and merchants for receiving Aadhaar-authenticated payments, “bypassing credit and debit cards, PIN and password”, Business Standard reports. “Through this mobile application, the handset will be used for authenticating biometrics of customers making Aadhaar-enabled payment,” the publication says. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is also planning to increase the number of biometric authentications made through Aadhaar to 40 crore (400m) a day from 10 crore (100m) to “encourage more use of the platform”.

    Gemalto’s PKI portfolio update lets TSPs roll out eIDAS compliant services

    November 30th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has updated its Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) portfolio to include solutions for qualified electronic signatures that enable Trust Service Providers (TSPs) to roll out eIDAS (Electronic Identification and Services)… More

    ACCC denies authorisation to Australian banks over Apple Pay negotiation

    November 29th, 2016

    The group of Australian banks seeking better negotiation powers over the arrival of third party mobile wallets have been denied authorisation to do so in a draft determination by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission… More

    McDonald’s South Africa pilots QR code mobile payments with WeChat

    November 24th, 2016

    McDonald’s South Africa is piloting a mobile payment service at select restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town using social messaging app WeChat Africa, enabling customers to complete purchases by presenting QR codes generated by the… More

    India’s Reserve Bank increases mobile wallet limit

    November 23rd, 2016

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased the limit of money that can be kept in a mobile wallet to Rs 20,000 (US$291) from Rs 10,000 (US$145.5) following the withdrawal of Rs 500 (US$7) and Rs 1,000 ($14) notes. “The total value of reloads during any given month shall also not exceed Rs 20,000,” RBI says in a circular. The measures will be applicable until 30 December 2016, subject to review. One97 Communications, owner of mobile payment platform Paytm, asked RBI to increase the limit to Rs 25,000 (US$364) in July this year.

    NFC and blockchain combined to create supply chain security solution

    November 23rd, 2016

    Pharmaceuticals, fine art and forensic evidence could be secured along their supply chains by a new identity and authentication prototype, incorporating NFC chips and blockchain registration and verification, unveiled by US blockchain and internet of… More

    Apple Pay advertising sparks strong rise in contactless payments at vending machines

    November 21st, 2016

    Digital advertising promoting the availability of Apple Pay at unattended vending machines has resulted in a 36.5% increase in overall sales for cashless vending machine technology provider USA Technologies (USAT) as well as a 135.2%… More

    Mumbai Metro to get Paytm mobile ticketing

    November 17th, 2016

    Commuters on the Mumbai Metro service will soon be able to pay for journeys using mobile payments platform Paytm. “Commuters can install and recharge the Paytm app on their mobiles, switch it on, scan the QR code for identifying Mumbai Metro as the payee and pay the correct amount of fare,” Business Standard reports. “A unique transaction ID will be displayed on the Paytm app and the mobile phone with the ticketing officer at the counter will receive an SMS with the same transaction ID.”

    Android Pay launches in Poland

    November 17th, 2016

    Android Pay has begun rolling out across Poland, allowing consumers with compatible devices to make payments at more than 400,000 retail locations in the country that accept contactless payments. The service launches with support from… More

    PwC in digital currency project for everyday banking

    November 16th, 2016

    Global consultancy firm PwC has joined forces with US blockchain technology outfit Bloq to create a platform allowing digital currencies to be used for everyday banking. Vulcan Digital Asset Services will “provide digital currency wallets, international payment processing, and investment and trading services, and will soon offer point-of-sale and merchant services and the ability to create and support native digital currencies and rewards-based systems”, Bloq says. The partnership also involves blockchain analytics provider Libra and digital currency solutions firm Netki.

    IBM in blockchain project with Singapore fintech startup

    November 15th, 2016

    IBM has announced a blockchain project with Singapore fintech startup KYCK! to enable the financial services provider to create new customer accounts more quickly and securely. Using the open source Hyperledger Project Fabric, KYCK! intends to provide brokerages a platform with video conferencing and encrypted document submission capabilities. “We have seen how blockchain can improve operational efficiency, increase transparency and reduce transaction risks,” says Darryl Tan, co-founder of KYCK!.

    Facebook update brings tokenization to Messenger payments

    November 15th, 2016

    Facebook has introduced a payments update to its Messenger platform that will allow US businesses who are not integrated with Stripe or PayPal to process payments within both messages and webview using tokenization technology. The… More

    Seqr launches P2P payments in 14 European countries

    November 15th, 2016

    Swedish mobile payments specialist SeamlessSeqr mobile payment platform has launched a P2P money transfer service that enables users to instantly transfer money to each other “regardless of where they are in the world”, the company says. The service is being rolled out to 14 countries across Europe: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

    Apple’s NFC restriction hits mobile payments innovation, Australian banks claim

    November 14th, 2016

    The group of Australian banks taking on Apple over access to the NFC technology within iPhone handsets says the restriction is not only preventing the introduction of mobile wallet services across multiple platforms but also… More

    Visa and BioConnect work to enable multiple biometrics on mobile apps

    November 14th, 2016

    Visa is working with biometric identity platform provider BioConnect to enable multiple methods of biometric authentication through a single mobile app. This means that if the consumer’s default biometric authentication method fails, they can use… More

    PKO Bank Polski customers get Trusted Profiles to access government services using banking ID

    November 9th, 2016

    Some 35,000 customers of Polish bank PKO Bank Polski have created Trusted Profiles which allow them to log in to government services, file an application for an ID card or driving licence, obtain a criminal… More

    Apple says Australian banks are ‘not interested’ in promoting mobile payments competition

    November 8th, 2016

    Apple is claiming the group of Australian banks pushing for the company to open up access to the NFC technology within its handsets is “not interested in promoting competition in mobile payments” within the country…. More

    Caffè Nero to build mobile payments with Yoyo Wallet

    November 8th, 2016

    Coffee chain Caffè Nero is to build a mobile payment and loyalty platform for its customers using technology supplied by QR code-based platform Yoyo Wallet. “The partnership, which will have implications for all Caffè Nero stores across the UK and Ireland, is Yoyo’s first significant step in taking their mobile wallet offering onto the high street,” Yoyo Wallet says. Yoyo began rolling out its service to university campuses in May 2014 and launched in private beta across the US in December last year.

    Italian olive oil brands integrate NFC for authentication and engagement

    November 1st, 2016

    Italian olive oil brands Buonamici, La Ranocchiaia, SPO and Il Cavallino are integrating NFC tags into their product lines to enable authentication and enhance consumer engagement, by delivering product information and other relevant content to… More

    Partnership deal for contactless payment wearables

    October 25th, 2016

    Mastercard has announced a partnership with wearable payments platform provider Fit Pay to bring contactless payments to wearables and internet of things devices. The payments giant says the companies will integrate the Fit Pay platform with the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service, and work with Wearatec and other device manufacturers to develop a “variety of secure contactless payments-enabled devices”. More than 2.5m devices are expected to be enabled for payments in 2017, Fit Pay says, with the number rising to more than 9m in 2018.

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