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    50% of Americans use mobile banking

    May 24th, 2016

    Half of US adults now use mobile banking, with the number of users increasing by 29m since last year, research released by Javelin reveals. “This dramatic shift in consumers’ channel preferences puts pressure on financial institutions to innovate in the space to meet increased demand for mobile functionality,” the firm says.

    One in 10 UK card payments were contactless in 2015

    May 23rd, 2016

    The average UK adult made 20 card payments per month in 2015, of which around one in 10 were contactless, research released by Payments UK reveals. “By 2025, we are predicted to use a debit, credit or charge card virtually every day and almost half of these transactions, 14 per month, will be contactless,” the organisation says. “Many of these payments may be made using a mobile phone.” Payments UK also predicts that by 2025, cash will only be used for 27% of payments.

    Barclaycard reports on HCE service take-up

    May 20th, 2016

    More than one in 10 (13%) of those using Barclaycard’s host card emulation (HCE) mobile payment service are over 50 years old, while 10% are aged under 25, Barclaycard has revealed. “2% of users are over 65 year olds and the oldest customer registered and using the service is 86,” the company says. “So far, over £600,000 has been spent through the app.” The service was launched in January 2016.

    UK contactless spending totalled £1.5bn in March 2016

    May 20th, 2016

    UK contactless payments in March totalled £1.5bn (US$2.19bn), The UK Cards Association has revealed, four months after monthly contactless spending hit £1bn in November 2015. “The £0.5bn mark came in May last year,” the organisation says. “One in seven of all card transactions are now contactless, compared to one in 16 a year ago. There were a total of 179.6m contactless purchases in March, with 67 made every second. On the high street, one in six card purchases are now contactless [with] monthly contactless spending trebling in the past year, up from £431.1m in March 2015.” 86.5m contactless cards are now in circulation in the UK.

    Barclaycard sees surge in ‘silver spenders’ using contactless

    May 20th, 2016

    The number of UK consumers aged over 60 using contactless payments has risen by 116% in the last 12 months, research from Barclaycard reveals. Among the 18-24 age group, the number of contactless users has risen by… More

    Researchers bring sensing capabilities to paper using RFID

    May 13th, 2016

    Researches from the University of Washington, Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University have created a way to give a piece of paper sensing capabilities that enable it to respond to gesture commands and connect to the digital world using RFID tags that can be stuck, printed or drawn on the paper. More

    BLE beacon market to double in 2016

    May 12th, 2016

    The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon market will more than double in 2016, remaining on track to break 400m shipments by 2021, ABI Research forecasts. “Beacons are also going to have an effect on mobile advertising,” the firm says. “The dedicated beacon advertising market will grow strongly, but collaboration and aggregation of networks will also be a developing trend in 2016.”

    Europeans make 3bn Visa contactless payments in past 12 months

    May 11th, 2016

    Some 3bn contactless transactions have been made across Europe using Visa cards in the past 12 months, nearly tripling the number made in the previous 12-month period, Visa Europe has revealed. More

    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.

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