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    16 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 16 January 2017, 15:24

    One in 10 UK consumers have used mobile payments, survey reveals

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    More than one in 10 (11%) of UK consumers have made an in-store mobile payment and do so occasionally, with 2% doing so “wherever possible”, research from price comparison service uSwitch reveals. 6% of Britons value mobile payment technology as the most useful feature of their smartphone, rising to 8% among 18- to 34-year-olds.

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    13 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 13 January 2017, 11:44

    US consumers to use loyalty points as currency for in-store payments

    US consumers will soon be able to purchase goods using loyalty points from multiple programs through Verifone Points Redemption, a new service designed for merchants which connects to third party loyalty programs and alerts shoppers when they have enough points available to complete a payment.

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    13 January 2017 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 13 January 2017, 09:48

    Palm vein authentication system launched for mobile devices

    A palm vein authentication system compact enough to be used in tablets and other mobile devices as “dependable as current optical units” has been unveiled by Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu. The company says it expects a “corresponding prevalence of highly secure mobile services” to be introduced as it aims for practical implementation of the system during 2017.

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    12 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 12 January 2017, 17:13

    Secure element security added to web applications

    GlobalPlatform has released Web API for Accessing Secure Elements v1.0, a standardised communications interface between web applications and secure elements (SEs) that will enable sensitive data from online applications to be stored and processed in a secure, isolated environment.

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    11 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 11 January 2017, 14:48

    European Central Bank calls for Europe-wide P2P mobile payments by end of 2017

    Consumers will be able to make peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile payments across Europe using only the payee’s mobile phone number which will act as proxy for their international bank account number (IBAN) by the end of 2017, the European Central Bank (ECB) has revealed.

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    10 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 January 2017, 10:24

    Biometric payments pilot to test palm vein replacement for cards

    South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) is planning to launch a pilot in the first half of 2017 that will allow consumers to make payments at the point of sale using palm vein authentication technology, without the need of a physical payment card.

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    9 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 January 2017, 17:29

    Korean central bank to put small change on cards

    The Bank of Korea (BOK) is to pilot a service that allows merchants to give customers change in the form of a top-up onto a prepaid card instead of coins. The project forms part of the central bank’s Coinless Society Project (PDF) which aims to “ease the inconvenience of using and carrying coins”.

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    9 January 2017 • By Christopher Brown • Last updated 9 January 2017, 15:40

    Huawei installs Amazon Alexa on flagship smartphone for US market

    Chinese mobile phone giant Huawei is to pre-load Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on its flagship Mate 9 smartphone, which has now launched in the US, as Amazon bids for a leading role in the emerging voice-activated services market.

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    Partner news NFC

    9 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 January 2017, 09:14

    Dejamobile joins the NFC World partner program

    NFC World today welcomes mobile payments solution provider Dejamobile as a member of our partner program. Founded in 2012 by technical experts who pioneered NFC payments at Orange Labs, Dejamobile specialises in the provision of secure mobile services, and offers a modular HCE and tokenisation solution which is fully certified by Visa and Mastercard.

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    6 January 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 January 2017, 17:13

    Honda unveils in-vehicle payment service for fuel and parking at CES 2017

    Honda is conducting the first proof-of-concept demonstration of its in-vehicle payments platform at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas. The service allows drivers to pay for parking and fuel with a touch of a button on the vehicle dashboard.

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    News in brief

    25% of UK card payments now contactless

    By Rian Boden • 16 January 2017, 12:40 • Last updated 16 January 2017, 12:40

    A quarter of all UK card transactions in November 2016 were made using contactless debit and credit cards, The UK Cards Association reveals. A record £2.9bn (US$3.5bn), from 325m purchases, was spent using the technology during the month — an increase of 184% from November 2015 when contactless spending passed £1bn in a month for the first time.

    NFC included in Nintendo Switch controller

    By Christopher Brown • 13 January 2017, 15:33 • Last updated 13 January 2017, 15:37

    Detachable Joy-Con controllers for Nintendo’s long-awaited new games console Switch will include an NFC reader and writer to exchange data with Amiibo toys, Venturebeat reports. The NFC-enabled figurines were launched in 2014 by Nintendo, and appear in a range of games as playable characters that can be trained and gain skills the more a user interacts with them. Switch will be released on March 3.

    US bank to upgrade all ATMs for mobile withdrawals

    By Rian Boden • 13 January 2017, 15:08 • Last updated 13 January 2017, 15:08

    US bank Wells Fargo expects to be the first bank to fully convert all its ATMs to support a mobile withdrawals service, allowing customers to get cash by entering an eight-digit code generated by the bank’s app plus their PIN into the machine, CNN Money reports. The bank will begin enabling its 13,000 ATMs in spring 2017. Reports that Wells Fargo was working to add NFC to its ATMs emerged in February 2016.

    Australian bank offers instant digital card replacement

    By Rian Boden • 13 January 2017, 14:10 • Last updated 13 January 2017, 14:10

    Customers of Australian bank ANZ who report their card as lost or stolen will be issued with a replacement card instantly through Apple Pay or Android Pay. “Now our customers can keep using their digital wallet to make purchases while they wait for the new physical card to arrive in the mail,” says ANZ’s Katherine Bray. ANZ began support for Apple Pay in April 2016 and for Android Pay three months later.

    Mastercard sizes up data sharing

    By Rian Boden • 13 January 2017, 13:57 • Last updated 13 January 2017, 13:57

    A patent filed by Mastercard shows how it could use data from purchase histories to infer information about the cardholder that could be used, subject to privacy controls, to let merchants tailor pricing of products and services to the individual. The patent uses the concept of charging heavier passengers more to travel on transportation services, but Mastercard says it “may also be applicable to any context that requires the knowledge of the account holder’s physical size”.

    Gemalto secures mobile payments and loyalty pilot

    By Rian Boden • 12 January 2017, 15:48 • Last updated 12 January 2017, 15:48

    PARTNER NEWS: Retail giant Carrefour is piloting a mobile payments and loyalty service in France, secured with Gemalto’s Mobile Protector platform, that allows customers to validate payments with a PIN code or their fingerprint, receive and redeem coupons and access loyalty programs. The Wa! mobile wallet was originally developed by French bank BNP Paribas and merged with Carrefour’s Fivory electronic wallet in October 2016 to create a “unified, universal mobile payment solution”.

    Samsung Pay to get AI assistant?

    By Rian Boden • 12 January 2017, 11:32 • Last updated 12 January 2017, 11:32

    Samsung is to add a virtual assistant called Bixby to Samsung Pay, a Samsung Pay Beta page seen by Galaxy Club reveals. “It’s unclear how exactly it’ll work, but we’re hoping you’ll be able to say something along the lines of, ‘Bixby, send $30 to Carlos’,” Sammobile reports. The beta page also hints at the upcoming launch of the Samsung Pay Mini online payments app that was unveiled in May 2016.

    PayPal extends NFC payments with Discover

    By Rian Boden • 12 January 2017, 10:58 • Last updated 12 January 2017, 10:58

    US consumers will be able to make NFC mobile payments using PayPal at the point of sale wherever Discover is accepted, and use their Discover Cashback Bonus to pay at online and mobile merchants that accept PayPal. “The agreement provides PayPal with access to Discover’s tokenization services,” PayPal says. PayPal extended its support for NFC mobile payments through a deal with Visa in July 2016 and partnership with Mastercard in September.

    Vehicle recognition used in ad campaign

    By Rian Boden • 11 January 2017, 12:37 • Last updated 11 January 2017, 12:39

    Vehicle recognition is being used to deliver advertisements for luxury holidays in Bermuda to London drivers with high-value cars. If a car valued at more than £40,000 (US$48,586) and less than four years old is detected passing a billboard, a personalised advertisement with messages such as “Hello Bermudaful in the Range Rover” is displayed. The campaign is run by Media Agency Group on behalf of Bermuda Tourism.

    Guide explains key concepts of tokenization

    By Rian Boden • 11 January 2017, 11:32 • Last updated 11 January 2017, 11:32

    A 12-page guide that presents an overview of tokenization, how it secures mobile payments and where it fits into the payment processing chain is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. ‘Quick Guide: Tokenization’ has been produced by Rambus Bell ID for those new to tokenization or who need to understand the key concepts involved.

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    January 16th, 2017

    This week's news

    1. One in 10 UK consumers have used mobile payments, survey reveals
    2. 25% of UK card payments now contactless
    3. NFC included in Nintendo Switch controller
    4. US bank to upgrade all ATMs for mobile withdrawals
    5. Australian bank offers instant digital card replacement
    6. Mastercard sizes up data sharing
    7. US consumers to use loyalty points as currency for in-store payments
    8. Palm vein authentication system launched for mobile devices
    9. Secure element security added to web applications
    10. Gemalto secures mobile payments and loyalty pilot
    11. Samsung Pay to get AI assistant?
    12. PayPal extends NFC payments with Discover
    13. European Central Bank calls for Europe-wide P2P mobile payments by end of 2017
    14. Vehicle recognition used in ad campaign
    15. Guide explains key concepts of tokenization
    16. PCI expands protections for mobile payments
    17. Visa promotes contactless payments with gold prize draw
    18. Mattel includes NFC in AI for kids
    19. Global mobile payment market to hit US$780bn in 2017
    20. Germany to get nationwide mobile ticketing system
    21. Biometric smartphones double in a year
    22. Samsung Pay available in Thailand
    23. Biometric payments pilot to test palm vein replacement for cards
    24. Korean central bank to put small change on cards
     
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