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    MintChip launches for in-store and P2P payments in Canada

    June 21st, 2016

    Canadians can now use the MintChip virtual currency to send and receive money through a P2P mobile app and make payments at participating merchants in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood by scanning a barcode. A partnership with… More

    Pizza Hut Asia trials order and pay using a robot called Pepper

    May 24th, 2016

    Customers at Pizza Hut locations in Asia will soon be able to place orders, receive offers and complete payments on a tablet held by Pepper, a humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Robotics. The transactions will be completed through MasterCard’s MasterPass digital wallet service. More

    The State Bank of Vietnam urges transition to EMV

    May 5th, 2016

    The State Bank of Vietnam has instructed banks to “quickly carry out a plan to convert all magnetic cards into chip cards to prevent fraud”, according to Vietnam News. “Besides security, the conversion to the new card is also meant to get infrastructure ready for the application of new payment technologies in the near future,” the publication reports. “Five banks will be chosen to trial the conversion and other banks will follow suit.”

    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.

    Samsung Pay to launch in Singapore in Q2 this year

    April 20th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in Singapore in the second quarter of this year, the company has announced, adding it to South Korea, the US and China on the list of Samsung’s “priority markets”. The service will launch… More

    New South Wales to get contactless travel

    April 18th, 2016

    Australian commuters across New South Wales will be able to pay for public transport with their contactless credit and debit cards from next year, the NSW Government has announced. “A lot of critical work needs to be undertaken in the first stage of this project such as finalising partnerships, working with the finance and contactless payments sector, developing the software and then, in 2017, undertaking a customer trial,” says minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance.

    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

    Tesco rolls out PayQwiq mobile payments to 524 stores

    April 5th, 2016

    UK supermarket giant Tesco’s PayQwiq mobile payments service, which lets customers pay using an Android or Apple phone by snapping an image of a QR code located at each checkout, is now live in 524 of the retailer’s stores in London and Edinburgh. Customers with a Tesco Clubcard automatically get reward points when they pay with PayQwiq, the retailer says, making checkout quicker for loyalty cardholders than paying via either contactless or chip and pin. The service has been on trial since September 2014.

    Singapore commuters get NFC payments

    March 30th, 2016

    Customers of mobile network operators M1, Singtel and StarHub can now pay for journeys on public transport services in Singapore with a tap of their NFC device as a result of a partnership between the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and transport card issuer EZ-Link. More

    Austria gets nationwide SIM-based NFC mobile payment service

    March 16th, 2016

    Austrians can now make SIM-based NFC mobile payments using a new nationwide mobile payment service launched by Payment Services Austria (PSA) and supported by Austria Card. The launch of the Bankomatkarte Mobil system follows a… More

    Waitrose trials ‘scan as you shop’ mobile app

    March 16th, 2016

    Customers at upmarket UK supermarket chain Waitrose are trialling a ‘scan as you shop’ mobile app in three branches that lets them scan product barcodes on their phones as they place goods in their basket. “The trial is taking place in Waitrose shops in Clapham Common, Meanwood and Milngavie, with a view to rolling out the service to all Waitrose branches in 2016 if successful,” the company says. Waitrose began testing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in its stores in May 2014.

    Paytm aims to sign up 4m stores in India for mobile payments

    March 14th, 2016

    Indian mobile payments platform Paytm plans to double its in-store merchant acceptance to four million locations this year, the company’s CEO has told Economic Times. “This year, we will be present offline in every nook and corner,” Vijay Shekhar Sharma said. “Our offline payments will become as big as our online payments.” Paytm users can complete in-store transactions by scanning a code with their mobile phone.The company is also currently trialling sound-based payments.

    Google pilots hands-free payments in San Francisco

    March 3rd, 2016

    Shoppers in San Francisco’s South Bay area are being invited to take part in a pilot test of Hands Free, a payment service developed by Google that uses a combination of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Wi-Fi and location services to let consumers make in-store payments without taking their mobile phone out of their pocket. More

    Swiss P2P payments service moves in-store with QR codes

    March 3rd, 2016

    Shoppers in Switzerland can now make in-store mobile payments using Paymit, the P2P transfer service established by the country’s financial infrastructure operator SIX and telecommunications provider Swisscom. The in-store functionality is being piloted with select merchants… More

    Paytm trials sound-based payments

    January 15th, 2016

    Indian mobile payment platform Paytm is trialling a Sound Pay feature that will enable users of its mobile app to make in-store payments via ultrasonic sound waves which transmit data — including payment amount and customer credentials — to the point of sale. “Once the consumer’s app transmits data, the seller’s app checks whether there is enough money in the Paytm wallet before the transaction is completed,” Economic Times reports.

    Azerbaijan to get universal mobile payment system

    January 7th, 2016

    A new mobile payments system is to begin undergoing tests in Azerbaijan this month, according to Azernews. Azerpay “is expected to offer contactless and remote payment, money transfers, applying for loan, operations in POS-terminals, recharge of account, payment of utility services and many other advantages,” the publication reports. “Overall, more than 160 variations of payment services will be available at the time of the start of the system.”

    Canadian pilot for NFC public transport solution

    December 8th, 2015

    Canadian NFC mobile wallet service Suretap and TSM provider EnStream have completed a proof of concept trial with public transport agency Société de transport de Montréal (STM) that enabled transit passengers to pay fares using their smartphone.  More

    Deutsche Bank trials multi-factor authentication

    December 7th, 2015

    Customers of Deutsche Bank are testing technology which verifies their identity by the way they handle and hold their mobile device. “The technology analyses about 50 different factors to build a picture of a user from pressure applied to the pin-pad to how the phone is held, location, facial recognition and thumbprint,” the Financial Times reports. “The bank hopes the system will free customers from passwords and allow it to lift limits on mobile transactions.”

    ING opens up HCE to all Netherlands customers

    December 1st, 2015

    ING has made its host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service available to all its customers in the Netherlands with an NFC phone running Android 4.4 or higher following a trial that began in September 2015. The service was made available to 5,000 customers initially and opened up to a further 5,000 customers in November. The beta users scored the app 8.5 out of 10.

    Air New Zealand gives children NFC wristbands to track their journey

    November 30th, 2015

    Children travelling alone on Air New Zealand services will now receive an NFC Airband wristband that gets scanned at key points in their journey and triggers text notifications to up to five nominated contacts. More

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