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    SumUp and Payleven merge

    April 29th, 2016

    UK mobile payment companies SumUp and Payleven have announced that they are to merge and operate as one company under the SumUp name. “By joining forces, the combined company will be perfectly positioned to leverage both SumUp’s proprietary end-to-end hardware and payment platform and Payleven’s leading merchant acquisition capabilities to accelerate growth in a very dynamic market,” SumUp says. “Existing merchants are not affected by the transaction.”

    PayPal CEO announces NFC payments expansion

    April 29th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet with PayPal NFC-enabled payments is now live in Spain and is expected to be made available across Europe throughout the “back half of 2016”, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman revealed during the company’s Q1 earnings call.  More

    Tangerine adds biometrics to mobile banking app

    April 27th, 2016

    Customers of Canada’s Tangerine Bank can now log into its mobile banking app for iOS by authenticating themselves with their iris or voice. The bank is using technology supplied by EyeVerify and Nuance’s VocalPassword for the service, which will be supported on the Android platform in the coming months.

    Tutuka to roll out cloud-based payments with Proxama

    April 26th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Prepaid card processor Tutuka has begun the implementation of digital payment solutions provider Proxama’s Digital Enablement Platform (DEP) for a fully independent cloud-based payment (CBP) solution in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. “Proxama will… More

    UK restaurants and bars roll out Z-Beacon technology

    April 21st, 2016

    More than 1,000 restaurants, bars and pubs across the UK are deploying Z-Beacon, a new platform developed by QR code-based mobile payments provider Zapper. The platform uses Bluetooth Low Energy beacons to send out personalised messages, offers and rewards to customers’ mobile devices. Restaurant chain CAU is among the companies installing the technology and has rolled out Z-Beacon to all 17 of its locations across the UK.

    Micromax to launch NFC mobile payments with TranServ and Visa

    April 21st, 2016

    Handset maker Micromax will soon begin offering its customers in India an NFC mobile payment service through a collaboration with Visa and payment solutions provider TranServ. More

    Gemalto and Worldline simplify onboarding to OEM mobile wallets for banks and card issuers

    April 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is working alongside European payment and transactional services provider Wordline to enable the “seamless onboarding” of banks and card issuers to mobile payment wallets provided by device manufacturers. “With this… More

    US pilot for real-time payments system

    April 20th, 2016

    Financial services provider FIS and banking association The Clearing House (TCH) are to pilot a real-time payments system with financial institutions in the US in the first quarter of 2017, with an initial focus on bill payments. “TCH, which owns and operates the system, has partnered with FIS, who will use the system to develop innovative new services and eventually connect its financial institution clients,” the companies say.

    Wearable smart stamp to support NFC payments

    April 18th, 2016

    Healthcare technology provider MC10 and product solutions provider PCH are to commercialise MC10’s Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform (WiSP), an ultrathin, stretchable and disposable stamp worn on the skin that will enable brands to develop a “variety of consumer applications” including NFC payments. More

    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

    Orix to push Alipay in Japan

    April 12th, 2016

    Financial services provider Orix is to promote Ant Financial’s Alipay mobile payment platform in Japan and encourage more stores to accept the service. “The Japanese group will offer leasing of the terminals, which can cost up to 300,000 yen (US$2,685) or so to buy, to reduce adopters’ upfront expenses,” Nikkei reports. “Orix will market Alipay mainly to retailers popular with Chinese tourists.” The report comes as Alipay announced its expansion into Europe last week.

    US brewery installs BLE beacons on beer taps

    April 12th, 2016

    Drinkers of Schlafly Beer in St Louis, Missouri can now receive information about drink specials, tasting notes, new beer releases and customised campaigns on their smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons attached to the craft brewery’s beer taps. More

    Alipay to expand to Europe this summer

    April 5th, 2016

    Chinese mobile payments platform Alipay, which has 450 million active users, is to be made available in Europe this summer, enabling Chinese shoppers to make payments in stores, receive offers and view nearby shops and restaurants that accept the mobile payments service. More

    Amazon expands its payments business

    April 5th, 2016

    Amazon has launched the Amazon Payments Partner Program, a new service designed to enable ecommerce platform providers and developers to offer merchants Amazon Payments, which allows customers to log in and pay using their account with the online retail giant. “The program is free to participate in and available by invitation in the US, Germany, UK and Japan,” Amazon says.

    MasterCard reports on tokenization in Europe

    April 5th, 2016

    MasterCard is working on more than 60 projects involving its MDES tokenization platform in Europe, the payments network has revealed. “Today card issuers and wallet service providers have MDES projects in progress in 18 countries across Europe,” MasterCard says, and the service is currently being used to connect banks “representing more than 70% of UK account holders” to Apple Pay.

    Singapore carriers to use Gemalto NFC SIMs for transit ticketing rollout

    April 4th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is supplying Singapore’s mobile network operators with UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIMs for the rollout of a service enabling commuters to use a mobile version of their EZ-Link transit card… More

    Consortium to develop NFC packaging across UK supply chain

    March 31st, 2016

    The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has formed a specialist consortium to create a UK manufacturing supply chain that will support the widespread adoption of NFC packaging.  More

    SK Telecom launches hands free mobile payments and rewards

    March 30th, 2016

    More than 100,000 customers of SK Telecom in Korea have subscribed to T Pay, a hands free mobile payment and rewards service based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology that launched earlier this month. More

    Google to launch Android Pay in the UK in the “next few months”

    March 23rd, 2016

    Google has announced that it is to launch its Android Pay mobile payment service in the UK within the “next few months.” The service will launch with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight UK financial institutions. Barclays, one of the UK’s “big four” banks and an NFC mobile payments pioneer, is a notable absence from the list. More

    One in four Norwegians use P2P payments app Vipps

    March 21st, 2016

    A quarter of Norway’s population is now using Vipps, a P2P mobile payment solution launched by financial services group DNB and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in May 2015. “85% of Norwegians know about the P2P payments platform and it is the number one downloaded app in Norway,” TCS says. “Vipps makes mobile payments as simple as sending a text message and is available for use on all mobile devices. Another key feature is that it allows short chat messaging between the users.”

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