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Tangerine tests facial recognition

October 8th, 2015

Scotiabank-owned direct bank Tangerine is reportedly experimenting with facial recognition technology on mobile devices. “The bank was the first in Canada to allow check deposits by taking photos with mobile phones in 2013 and to use fingerprint scanning and voice-enabled banking,” Bloomberg reports. “Tangerine is now delving deeper into such biometric technology to improve customer experience and security.”

JCB to pilot palm vein payments in Japan

October 7th, 2015

Japanese credit card scheme JCB is to pilot the use of Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication technology for payments at this month’s JCB World Conference, enabling those attending to make purchases using only their hand. Additional trials in “global markets” are expected to follow. More

MasterCard to add biometric security to online transactions in 2016

October 6th, 2015

MasterCard has unveiled MasterCard Identity Check, a suite of solutions that make use of biometrics and one-time passwords delivered via SMS to secure online mobile transactions. The service will be available to US financial institutions… More

BNP Paribas pilots cards with dynamic security codes

October 2nd, 2015

French bank BNP Paribas has begun trialling payment cards on which the three-figure security code is replaced with a small screen displaying a code which automatically changes periodically in order to make online payments more secure. The bank is using Oberthur Technologies’ OT Motion Code solution for the pilot, which involves 1,000 customers. French bank BPCE has also conducted a pilot test of the cards.

Worldpay tests facial recognition for payments in stores

October 1st, 2015

UK-based payment processor Worldpay is conducting trials of a facial biometric verification system for payments in stores, using a prototype device that includes an upward-facing camera embedded into a POS terminal. The PED Cam (PIN… More

Zapp to delay Pay by Bank launch?

September 29th, 2015

Zapp, the UK mobile payments start-up formed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink, has reportedly confirmed that it is to delay its Pay by Bank service, due to launch in autumn, because of integration issues. In… More

Absa Bank to pilot new Visa biometric chip card spec

September 16th, 2015

South Africa’s Absa Bank is to be the first to develop a proof of concept trial of a new Visa specification that will enable the use of biometrics to verify EMV chip card transactions. The… More

ING starts HCE trial in the Netherlands

September 11th, 2015

ING has begun testing a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service in the Netherlands after unveiling its plans to do so in June. The trial version of the service is to be made available to 5,000 of the bank’s customers who have an Android smartphone running KitKat 4.4 or higher.

MasterCard begins Selfie Pay trials

August 24th, 2015

MasterCard is testing a ‘Selfie Pay’ service in the Netherlands with International Card Services and Dutch bank ABN Amro. Some 750 cardholders can verify online transactions with a face or fingerprint scan using their smartphones, while 200 employees of US First Tech Federal Credit Union will trial the service in September. MasterCard unveiled its plans to pilot biometrics for online shopping in July.

In-store tests for CurrentC mobile wallet

July 24th, 2015

US retailer-owned mobile payments consortium MCX is to test its CurrentC mobile wallet in stores next month, Bloomberg reports, adding: “MCX expects to formally introduce the CurrentC app some time in the third quarter.” MCX unveiled the CurrentC brand in September 2014 and confirmed to NFC World it would launch in a “mid-sized market” in April.

Samsung Pay trial in Korea confirmed

July 17th, 2015

Samsung has confirmed it began testing Samsung Pay with Korean credit card firm Samsung Card on July 15 for select customers in Korea. “Users of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the first to have access to Samsung Pay,” Samsung says. Rumours surfaced about the plans to trial the mobile payment solution earlier this month.

Ferngrove Wines to trial NFC smart bottles in China

July 15th, 2015

Australia’s Ferngrove Wines is to equip smart wine bottles in China with NFC tags to help authenticate individual bottles throughout the supply chain, ensuring they are packaged, shipped, stocked and purchased in their original factory-sealed state…. 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.

Beacons on menu for Cathay Pacific lounge guests

July 1st, 2015

Guests using Cathay Pacific’s business and first class lounge at San Francisco International Airport will be able to receive information about food and beverage menus and other available amenities with their smartphone via beacons installed across the lounge. The airline is working in partnership with platform provider LoungeBuddy for the trial that will be in place for 60 days.

Amazon’s voice-driven home shopping device available for pre-order in the US

June 25th, 2015

US consumers will soon be able to reorder supplies and control their home appliances using Amazon Echo, the connected device that uses voice recognition to complete spoken commands to shop, play music, read the news… More

ING to launch HCE in the Netherlands

June 17th, 2015

ING is to launch a mobile payments service based on host card emulation (HCE) in the Netherlands this summer following a final test with a group of the bank’s employees. “ING customers who already use the Mobile Banking app and have a suitable Android NFC smartphone — Android 4.4 KitKat or higher — will be able to make direct contactless mobile payments through the new ING Mobile Payment app after activating it with their mobile PIN,” the bank explains.

Facebook expands buy button pilot

June 15th, 2015

Facebook has extended its ‘buy’ button pilot to US retailers using the Shopify commerce platform. “A small group of Shopify merchants are already using this solution to post products with buy buttons, Shopify says. “Today, we are expanding the beta test to include a variety of businesses.”

Google to trial hands-free mobile payments

June 1st, 2015

Google has announced it will pilot a new payment service in the San Francisco Bay area later this year that will let users make hands-free, in-store mobile payments without having to get their phone out of… More

Postbank begins HCE pilot in Germany with Worldline

May 21st, 2015

Employees of Germany’s Postbank have begun piloting a mobile payment service based on host card emulation (HCE) that makes use of tokenization to allow NFC payments to be made at any Visa payWave terminal. PostBank… More

Exterion to roll out beacons across public transport in the UK

May 20th, 2015

Out-of-home media owner Exterion Media UK is to roll out Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons across public transport services in “major cities” in the UK to deliver marketing messages to passengers’ smartphones. The move follows… More

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