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    Australian digital payments to reach nearly A$1.9bn by 2020

    May 4th, 2016

    Digital payments across Australia, including those made with a mobile device at the point of sale, will be worth A$1.897bn (US$ 1.42bn) by 2020, Frost & Sullivan predicts. “Mobile payments are expected to take off in 12-18 months,” says the firm’s Saranga Sudarshan. “Apple Pay and Android Pay will revolutionise this market. Smartphone prevalence facilitates a high adoption rate for a more convenient and secure form of paying, compared to physical cards or cash.”

    Contactless on the rise in the Netherlands

    May 4th, 2016

    Some 15m contactless cards were in circulation in the Netherlands in 2015, equivalent to 45.5% of all payment cards, according to research from Timetric. “ABN Amro Bank added contactless function to all its payment cards in December 2015,” the firm says. “Similarly, ING Bank and Rabobank are replacing their existing cards with contactless-enabled payment cards. Banks and telecom operators are also introducing contactless mobile payment solutions to their customers.”

    A third of Europeans have made a mobile payment

    May 4th, 2016

    Nearly a third of European consumers (32%) have now made an in-store mobile payment, research by Fujitsu shows, while 22% have adopted wearable technologies. 44% still use cash every day, 37% would consider leaving their current bank or insurer if they don’t offer up-to-date technology, 47% would let banks or insurers use their data to recommend relevant products and services and 44% want their data used to keep them informed of their spending habits.

    UK contactless transactions hit 60 per second

    May 4th, 2016

    More than 60 contactless transactions took place every second across the UK during the month of February, The UK Cards Association reveals. In total, there were 159.1m contactless transactions, with the average payment sitting at £8.28. “With more than 60 transactions taking place a second, it is clear contactless card payments are becoming ever more popular,” says the organisation’s head of policy Richard Koch.

    Gemalto named as leading mobile ticketing vendor

    April 28th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has been awarded the “leading position among mobile ticketing vendors” by Juniper Research for the second consecutive year. Two additional market research companies, ABI Research and IHS, published independent reports that ranked Gemalto as the world’s number one innovator in the transportation market in December 2015.

    A quarter of Brits have made an in-store mobile payment

    April 27th, 2016

    Almost a quarter of UK adults (24%) have used their mobile phone to make an in-store mobile payment and 12% do so on a regular basis, the Prepaid International Forum (PIF) reports. 49% of 18… More

    More than half of payment cards shipped in 2015 were contactless

    April 27th, 2016

    Contactless technology was built into 56% of all smart cards shipped globally excluding the Americas in 2015, up from 42% in 2014, the Smart Payment Association reports. “53% of all cards shipped in Europe were contactless, while in the Asia Pacific region, an impressive 74% of cards featured contactless technologies,” says the association. Approximately 2.6bn chip payment cards were shipped around the world last year, with 570m shipped to the US — a two-fold increase on 2014 — and a 27% growth in shipments in China.

    IoT security spending to reach $348m this year

    April 26th, 2016

    Worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach US$348m in 2016, a 23.7% increase from 2015 spending of $281.5m, Gartner predicts. “Spending on IoT security is expected to reach $547m in 2018,” the firm says. “Gartner predicts that IoT security market spending will increase at a faster rate after 2020.”

    Three quarters of Brits expect to be cash-free by 2021

    April 26th, 2016

    Almost three quarters of UK consumers (73%) do not expect to be using cash in five years’ time in light of the rise of contactless payments and mobile wallets, research released by digital media agency Starcom reveals, and a third believe cash will be extinct within the next 15 years. More

    European spend on payments technology to rise

    April 26th, 2016

    Nearly three quarters of European retailers and financial institutions (71%) plan to increase their spending on payments technology in the next 18 to 24 months due to increasing competition and a feeling of being “under siege”, research from ACI Worldwide and Ovum shows. “Banks are seen as the primary provider of payment services by European retailers,” says ACI Worldwide. “87% want to work directly with banks.”

    NFC SIM shipment remains static in 2015 due to Softcard closure

    April 26th, 2016

    The global number of NFC SIM card shipments remained static during 2015 following the closure of the Softcard mobile wallet in the US last year, the SIMalliance has revealed, despite reporting significant NFC SIM growth across Asia and Europe. More

    42% of UK mobile users don’t trust NFC mobile payments

    April 25th, 2016

    More than four in ten mobile users in the UK (42%) feel that NFC mobile payments are not secure, research from Ofcom reveals. “Mobile users are more likely to say that this activity is not at all secure (24%) than say it is completely secure (10%) — around one in five are unsure,” the communications regulator says. The findings also show that 15% of the 1,841 respondents have used their phone to make a contactless payment.

    Gemalto white paper explores South Korea’s T-money service

    April 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A case study taking a detailed look at South Korea’s T-money NFC transportation service is now available to download from digital security giant Gemalto’s website. ‘Transport ticketing helps South Korea lead the way as global mobile NFC leader’ explores how the service, which uses technology supplied by Gemalto, was established and the reasons behind its success. T-money has now surpassed a 20% adoption rate among Korean commuters.

    Mobile ticket purchases to hit 23bn by 2020

    April 19th, 2016

    Almost 23bn transport and events tickets will be purchased globally using mobile devices by 2020, Juniper Research predicts, more than double the volume expected this year. “With a number of transport agencies enhancing app capabilities and integrating new payment services such as Apple Pay, the past 12 months have witnessed an increase in mobile ticketing users using apps for payments as well as ticket delivery and validation,” the firm says.

    Demand for coins is “as strong as ever”, says The Royal Mint

    April 19th, 2016

    “Cash is still the most prominent payment method for UK consumers and global demand for coins is as strong as ever,” says The Royal Mint in response to research conducted by UK supermarket chain The Co-Op that predicted mobile payments will account for 65% of its transactions by 2025. “The demise of cash has been predicted for a long time but it remains the currency option the general public turns to for confidence, convenience and security,” the government-owned company adds.

    Mobile payments will overtake cards and cash by 2025, says UK retailer

    April 19th, 2016

    UK retailer The Co-Op has predicted that 65% of all transactions at its supermarkets and convenience stores will be made using mobile phones by 2025. The forecast follows research released by the company which shows that almost 11m contactless transactions now take place at its 2,800 locations every month. More

    Hungarian festivals to see 7m cashless payments this year

    April 14th, 2016

    The number of cashless transactions at Hungarian festivals will reach 7m this year, representing an increase of 27% compared to last year’s 5.5m, research from Festipay predicts. “In 2015, the most frequently visited Hungarian festivals were 90% cashless,” the payment solutions provider says. “This year, Festipay electronic payment solutions will be used at as much as 18 festivals.”

    Canada sees rise in contactless spending

    April 14th, 2016

    The number of contactless transactions made in Canada increased 14.71% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to Q1 2015, with the total amount spent rising by 108.84%, research by Moneris reveals. “Comfort on the part of consumers coupled with the payment infrastructure we have built here in Canada sets us up well to take advantage of the new mobile payment options entering the market,” says the company’s Angela Brown.

    ShopKeep reports on mobile payment adoption

    April 12th, 2016

    Nearly nine in ten US merchants using ShopKeep technology (87%) have seen little-to-no adoption of mobile payments at their business in the past six months, research released by the POS system provider reveals. “Despite these findings, 59% of small businesses still predict that, in the next two years, 50% of consumers will be using mobile payments such as Apple Pay as their primary payment method,” ShopKeep adds.

    61% of US Apple Watch owners use Apple Pay

    April 12th, 2016

    Nearly two thirds of Americans with an Apple Watch (61%) use the device to make payments with Apple Pay, research from Fluent reveals. “With 61% saying they have made a purchase using their watches, there is room for improvement but that’s a healthy number of users right out of the gate and should only grow with future releases,” the firm’s Jordan Cohen writes in a blog post.

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