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    Estimote adds NFC to BLE Proximity Beacons

    July 8th, 2016

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon manufacturer Estimote has added programmable NFC into its new range of Proximity Beacons to make it easier to identify and configure the devices and to enable a range of consumer experiences such as confirming payment, collecting loyalty points and clocking in. More

    Printec to offer Proxama mobile payments solutions in Central and South-Eastern Europe

    July 7th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital payment solutions provider Proxama is to supply transaction automation solutions provider Printec Group with its NFC mobile payment, PIN management, tokenization and EMV enablement solutions across Central and South-Eastern Europe. More

    China sees rapid growth in proximity mobile payments

    June 7th, 2016

    The number of Chinese consumers making in-store mobile payments more than doubled last year and almost half of all smartphone users in the country will be making proximity mobile payments by 2020, according to research… More

    BLE beacons to deliver 1.6bn coupons a year by 2020

    May 26th, 2016

    Almost 1.6bn coupons will be delivered annually to consumers via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon technology by 2020, Juniper Research forecasts. “This is up from just 11m this year, as retailers seek to develop proximity marketing campaigns in and around their stores,” the firm says. “Spend on digital retail marketing is set to increase from US$174bn in 2015, to $362.1bn by 2020.”

    Proxama and Mapway launch BLE beacon service on London buses

    May 4th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Commuters on some 500 Transport for London (TfL) buses can now receive real-time travel updates and relevant location-based advertising using transport app developer Mapway’s Bus Times London app.  More

    Corporate drivers to get mobile payments at the pump

    May 3rd, 2016

    Drivers of corporate fleet vehicles will soon be able to pay for fuel using a mobile payment service that identifies the site and pump using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and authenticates the vehicle using NFC. More

    Android Pay to expand into Europe ‘soon’

    April 5th, 2016

    Google is actively working towards launching Android Pay in Europe, director of emerging platforms Spencer Spinnell has revealed at Money20/20 Europe. “Europe is particularly exciting,” he explained, and an expansion of the service to the… More

    Nearly 1bn to use NFC payments by 2019

    February 25th, 2016

    A total of 1.09bn people will be making mobile proximity payments globally by 2019, of which 939.10m will be made through NFC, Ovum’s new m-payments forecast reveals. The total transaction value of mobile proximity payments will grow from US$4.77bn to $141.21bn over the same time period. More

    Proxama joins the NFC World partner program

    February 1st, 2016

    NFC World is pleased to welcome NFC and mobile payments pioneer Proxama as a member of its partner program. The company was involved in some of the world’s first NFC payments projects and now offers… More

    Rite Aid deploys 4,500 Bluetooth beacons

    January 20th, 2016

    US pharmacy chain Rite Aid has deployed more than 4,500 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons across its US stores to send personalised messages to its customers. “This is the largest retail deployment to date,” says beacon provider inMarket. “The proximity program will also be integrated with Rite Aid’s own app.”

    Beacons to drive $7.5bn in holiday season spending

    November 27th, 2015

    Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons and proximity marketing solutions will drive US$7.5bn in spending by millennials in the US this holiday season, research from beacon network inMarket predicts. “In 2015, the top five product categories to benefit from in-store proximity engagements were deli items, over the counter medication, wine and spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks,” the company adds.

    College students make payments with selfies

    November 10th, 2015

    Students at Southwestern College in Kansas can now pay for their food and drink and earn loyalty points and rewards using their face, with no need to pull out their wallet or mobile device at the point-of-sale. More

    Americans to spend $27bn via mobile payments in stores in 2016

    October 26th, 2015

    The total value of mobile payment transactions in the US will grow 210% in 2016 and nearly one in five smartphone users will make a mobile payment in a store next year, eMarketer’s latest proximity mobile payments forecast predicts. More

    US banks pilot mobile wallet authentication and issuance at the ATM

    October 21st, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: ATM manufacturer Diebold has teamed up with HCE specialist SimplyTapp to offer banks a way to use their ATM network to add a layer of card present security to their mobile wallet provisioning… More

    Swiss develop ‘Sound-Proof’ authentication

    August 25th, 2015

    Swiss researchers have unveiled a two-factor authentication mechanism dubbed ‘Sound-Proof’ that uses the noise recorded by a user’s phone and the device he or she wants to log into to verify identity. “The proximity of the two devices is verified by comparing the ambient noise recorded by their microphones,” the team from the Institute of Information Security at ETH Zurich explains in a paper describing the system.

    SmarTone unveils Kiss mobile marketing platform with NFC payments and Bluetooth beacons

    August 7th, 2015

    Hong Kong mobile network operator SmarTone has unveiled Kissco, an end-to-end mobile marketing platform incorporating Kiss Pay, a mobile payments service based on NFC and ultrasound technology, a Kiss Dollars loyalty program and Kiss Beacons… More

    Wearable payments to reach $501bn by 2020

    July 27th, 2015

    Payments made using wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness trackers and wristbands will grow from US$3.1bn in 2015 to $501.1bn worldwide by 2020, research from market intelligence firm Tractica finds. “By that time, wearable payments will represent approximately 20% of the total mobile proximity transaction volume and about 1% of total cashless transactions in retail,” the firm adds.

    Google introduces Eddystone, a new open format for BLE beacons

    July 15th, 2015

    Google has introduced an open format for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that is designed to address the shortcomings of existing beacon services and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. More

    Singapore to trial contactless payments for transport

    July 8th, 2015

    Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Land Transport Authority (LTA) will trial contactless payments using devices including wristbands later this year. “The LTA is also studying the feasibility of a Be-In-Be-Out system, where a commuter does not need to tap their smart cards in and out to register the trip; instead, the technology will be able to detect and register commuters so long as they have their fare card on them,” Today Online reports.

    Apple Watch patent transfers data in a shake

    July 1st, 2015

    Apple’s latest patent details how an Apple Watch could exchange information with another when wearers greet each other with a handshake. “The wearable devices can detect their proximity to the other (using BLE or NFC-based proximity sensors),” Patently Apple reports. “Each device can communicate with the other (using Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi or other wireless communication channels) to verify it experienced similar acceleration.”

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