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    Polish bank brings HCE payments to Windows 10 devices

    March 3rd, 2016

    Customers of Poland’s Bank Pekao with a Windows 10 Mobile device can now use the bank’s PeoPay host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service to make transactions at any contactless terminal. The service is believed… More

    NFC and the IoT webinar — See it now on NFC World

    March 3rd, 2016

    NFC World’s ‘NFC and the IoT: How NFC can bring plug-and-play simplicity to smart homes and the Internet of Things’ webinar is now available to view online. 564 people signed up to take part in… More

    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

    LTA to test account-based contactless ticketing in Singapore

    March 2nd, 2016

    Commuters in Singapore will be piloting a new ticketing system in the fourth quarter of this year that will let them use their contactless debit or credit cards for fare payments across Land Transport Authority (LTA)… More

    McDonald’s turns Happy Meal boxes into virtual reality goggles

    March 1st, 2016

    Diners at McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden can now turn their Happy Meal boxes into a set of virtual reality goggles and play a skiing game endorsed by the Swedish National Ski Team using their smartphone.  More

    Generation Z leads the way in US mobile payments adoption

    February 29th, 2016

    US consumers aged between 18 and 24 are by far the most likely to make a payment while using their mobile phone, research from GfK shows, with more than half (53%) having made a mobile payment… More

    Barclaycard reports increase in UK contactless spending

    February 29th, 2016

    Contactless spending by Barclaycard’s UK customers in pubs and bars, pharmacies, supermarkets and on commuter transport increased 164% in 2015, the company has revealed.  More

    Contactless spending in the UK topped £7.75bn in 2015

    February 26th, 2016

    UK spending on contactless cards rose more than threefold in 2015 to reach £7.75bn (US$10.8bn), research from The UK Cards Association reveals, meaning that total contactless spending last year was more than double that of… More

    Nearly 1bn to use NFC payments by 2019

    February 25th, 2016

    A total of 1.09bn people will be making mobile proximity payments globally by 2019, of which 939.10m will be made through NFC, Ovum’s new m-payments forecast reveals. The total transaction value of mobile proximity payments will grow from US$4.77bn to $141.21bn over the same time period. More

    NXP backs two new IoT development platforms

    February 24th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has put its support behind two new reference platforms that will enable “innovation and rapid development” for smart wearables. The platforms target a range of internet of things (IoT) applications with open-source hardware and software, form-factor flexibility and expandable solutions for designers to adapt to changing market needs. More

    Connected car can find parking, reserve it and pay with a fingerprint

    February 24th, 2016

    Car manufacturer Seat, Samsung Electronics and software giant SAP have created a technological alliance to develop connected car projects that could enable drivers to reserve car parking spaces and pay with a fingerprint using Samsung Pay. The companies are showing their ideas at Mobile World Congress this week. More

    Gemalto and Prosa bring HCE payments to Mexico

    February 24th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto and payment processor Prosa have partnered to bring host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments to Mexico. Prosa operates in eight Latin American countries and will be offering the… More

    Canadian credit unions to launch HCE mobile payments using Interac TSP

    February 23rd, 2016

    Customers of four Canadian credit unions will be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments at Interac Flash contactless terminals across the country from this spring. The service will be the first… More

    Vodafone to roll out NFC mobile ticketing in Spanish cities

    February 23rd, 2016

    Vodafone Spain is to begin rolling out NFC mobile ticketing through its Vodafone Wallet in cities across Spain. The mobile network operator has teamed up with Gemalto and transport ticket provider PrePay Technologies to develop… More

    NXP launches improved NFC connected tags and reader chips

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled two new NFC products — an improved “connected tag” range designed to add intelligent tap-and-go connectivity to just about any electronic device and the PN7462 family of single chip NFC… More

    MasterCard to launch ‘selfie pay’ in the US, Canada and Europe this summer

    February 23rd, 2016

    Consumers across the US, Canada and parts of Europe will soon be able to authenticate their online transactions with their fingerprint or face using MasterCard’s ‘selfie pay’ system. The confirmed launch of the service — expected this summer — follows a successful pilot in the Netherlands. More

    ARM includes AMS NFC payments booster in wearables reference design

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design for wearables from processor designer ARM includes high-performance NFC technology from AMS that enables small-footprint devices with tiny antennas to couple with NFC readers as easily and reliably as… More

    Visa extends Visa Token Service to auto manufacturers

    February 23rd, 2016

    Visa is extending its Visa Token Service platform to auto manufacturers to enable in-vehicle payment experiences through Visa Checkout. The company has partnered with Honda and car parking solutions provider ParkWhiz to demonstrate fuel and parking proof-of-concept solutions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. More

    G&D connects its issuers to MDES for tokenization

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has integrated its Convego CloudPay solution with the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) to enable issuers to work directly with G&D to implement tokenization for their host card emulation (HCE)… More

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