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    Volkswagen targets mobile payments business with parking service deal

    January 3rd, 2017

    Volkswagen Financial Services AG, the financial services division of German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen Group, has bought mobile payment platform PayByPhone to “highly increase” its involvement in mobile payments around the world and to establish a… More

    KFC uses facial recognition to offer menu recommendations in China

    January 3rd, 2017

    Fast food chain KFC and Chinese internet giant Baidu have opened a smart restaurant in Beijing’s Financial Street that uses facial recognition to make menu suggestions to new customers based on their gender, age and… More

    Happy holidays from the NFC World team

    December 23rd, 2016

    NFC World is taking a short break for the festive season. The team here would like to thank all our readers and partners for their support over the last 12 months. We wish you all… More

    STMicroelectronics to use NFC assets acquired from AMS to deliver next-generation solutions

    December 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: STMicroelectronics (ST) will use its July acquisition of NFC and RFID products, resources, technologies and intellectual property from AMS to create a new generation of high-performance NFC solutions for both mass-market and vertical-market… More

    Mahindra Comviva adds chatbot payments to mobile wallet

    December 22nd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers using mobile financial services firm Mahindra Comviva’s Mobiquity Wallet can now make payments through a chatbot integration designed to assist consumers “through their digital payments journey with their banks”. The feature forms… More

    Hungary’s national bank to launch instant payments through mobile phone numbers

    December 21st, 2016

    A proposal from Hungary’s central bank Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB) for the launch of an instant payments service that will allow consumers to initiate a payment using only the mobile phone number of the recipient,… More

    Huawei Pay NFC mobile payments rolled out across China public transport

    December 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Smartphone maker Huawei is to begin rolling out NFC mobile payments for public transport in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Beijing through Huawei Pay, which launched in China in September 2016. The company is… More

    Mahindra Comviva takes digital payment services to the cloud

    December 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva’s Mobiquity Wallet and PayPlus digital payment services are now available in the cloud, enabling banks to “deploy services faster, adapt to markets quicker and serve their customers… More

    Visa and Mastercard tokenization deal will ‘simplify and secure payment experience’

    December 16th, 2016

    The tokenization agreement signed yesterday by Visa and Mastercard will help to address the “lack of comprehensive tokenization across brands”, a key merchant barrier to adopting the technology, Visa’s VP of digital products Vish Shastry… More

    London bar tests contactless self-serve beer pump

    December 16th, 2016

    Customers at Henry’s Café Bar in London’s Piccadilly have been testing a prototype self-serve beer pump that allows them to order drinks on a touchscreen and complete payment by tapping their contactless card or NFC… More

    Amazon trials drone delivery system in UK

    December 15th, 2016

    Online retail giant Amazon has begun trials in the UK of a package delivery system using autonomous drones, which aims to deliver goods to customers within 30 minutes. The Prime Air beta test is taking… More

    Two fifths of global card-present payments use EMV standard

    December 14th, 2016

    More than two fifths of all card-present transactions conducted globally (42%) between July 2015 and June 2016 used the EMV chip card standard, up from 33% for the previous 12-month period, standards body EMVCo has… More

    Google unveils updated Android for Internet of Things

    December 14th, 2016

    Google has unveiled Android Things, an update to its Internet of Things (IoT) developer platform, which it says will make it “faster and easier to create smart, connected products” powered by Android’s operating system and… More

    46bn IoT devices by 2021 as sensor market surges, research says

    December 14th, 2016

    The number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors will reach more than 46bn by the year 2021, a 200% increase from 2016, with the global sensors market generating revenues of US$162.36bn on… More

    Android Pay launches in Japan with prepaid card provider

    December 13th, 2016

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payments platform in Japan in collaboration with prepaid card provider Rakuten Edy, allowing consumers to make payments with their compatible devices at more than 470,000 locations accepting Rakuten… More

    Japanese financial service providers begin facial recognition payment trials

    December 13th, 2016

    Employees of Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Card have begun a facial recognition service trial to authenticate purchases, with payments being deducted from their wage at… More

    White paper presents contactless success stories from around the world

    December 12th, 2016

    A 15-page white paper that presents the success stories of contactless implementations in payment, transport and events from around the world is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. ‘The Global Contactless… More

    Starbucks in China to accept WeChat Pay mobile payments

    December 12th, 2016

    Customers at about 2,500 Starbucks locations across mainland China can now make mobile payments using Chinese internet giant Tencent’s WeChat Pay mobile payments platform by scanning a QR code at the point of sale. The… More

    Facebook given licence to launch Messenger payments in Europe

    December 9th, 2016

    Facebook has secured an e-money licence from the Central Bank of Ireland that will allow the company to launch charitable donations and P2P payments through its Messenger service across Europe. “Facebook Payments International Ltd (FBPIL)… More

    NFC clothing range connects US Ski Team with winter sports fans

    December 9th, 2016

    Ski and performance brand Spyder is to add NFC technology to its US Ski Team clothing collection, allowing skiers to connect with team members via social media and share location-based information with a tap of… More

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