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    Gemalto explores MNO role within eIDAS regulation

    October 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A four-page white paper exploring the role of the mobile network operator (MNO) in digital identity, authentication and digital signatures — within the framework of the European eIDAS regulation — is now available from digital security giant Gemalto. “The eIDAS regulation enables the use of electronic identification (eID) and electronic trust services by citizens, businesses and public administrations to access online services or manage electronic transactions,” Gemalto says. “Find out why MNOs are ideally positioned to act as trust service and eID providers for companies and governments, leveraging their five field-proven key assets.”

    UPDATE The white paper is now available free of charge for NFC World Knowledge Centre members here.

    Verifone deploys mobile API standard

    October 19th, 2016

    Verifone is deploying a new mobile API standard to improve interaction between mobile payment and loyalty apps in gas stations and convenience stores. The company worked with Conexxus to deploy the standard across a “wide variety of applications including retail-branded apps and direct automated clearing house payment at the pump with community banks,” according to Verifone.

    Orange Cash extends to French teens

    October 19th, 2016

    Orange is extending its Orange Cash NFC-based mobile payment service to teenagers in France, enabling those aged up to 18 to use the service with their parents in charge. “To create an account, parents or legal guardians sign up over the web interface of Orange Cash and install the app on their children’s smartphones,” platform provider Wirecard says. “Via the web interface, parents are in control of the sums of money, which should be charged on the account and get a real-time overview of the expenses.” Orange Cash launched in France in October 2015.

    Apple Pay adds US banks and BA app support

    October 19th, 2016

    Apple has added 24 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, AppleInsider reports. The mobile payment service is now also supported in British Airways’ mobile app, allowing Apple Pay users in the UK to book and pay for flights directly from their mobile phone.

    Yes Bank unveils iris scan PoS

    October 18th, 2016

    India’s Yes Bank has partnered with Lastmile.mobi to develop a biometric point-of-sale terminal using iris scanning technology. The Iris EMV PoS integrates card payments with the Indian government’s Aadhaar identity project’s electronic know your own customer (E-KYC) and E-signing systems. Yes Bank senior president Ritesh Pai said the device “has multiple uses for both retail and corporate customers right from e-KYC verification and ATM functionalities to disbursal of small loans to merchants”.

    Apple blood vessel biometric patent

    October 18th, 2016

    Apple is developing a biometric sensor that determines the wearer’s identity by the arrangement of blood vessels in their body. “Light emitters and light sensors can be used to perform biometric identification of a user based on identifying characteristics of the user’s vasculature,” a patent application says. “Light information can be obtained at one or more light sensors and the information can be compared to stored information associated with a user identity.”

    2bn mobile banking users by 2021

    October 18th, 2016

    More than 2bn consumers around the world will have used their mobile devices for banking purposes by the end of 2021, compared to 1.2bn this year, Juniper Research reveals. “The number of mobile banking logins are now exceeding that of internet banking logins in many markets,” the firm says. “Growth in mobile banking is being driven by consumer adoption of banking apps and the changing way consumers manage their finances.”

    Visa CEO Charlie Scharf steps down

    October 18th, 2016

    Visa CEO Charlie Scharf will resign on 1 December 2016 to be replaced by current Visa board member, and former president of American Express, Alfred F Kelly Jr. “Mr Scharf informed the board of directors that he decided to resign his position as CEO and board member because he could no longer spend the time in San Francisco necessary to do the job effectively,” the payment network says. “Mr Kelly will join the company on October 31, 2016 as CEO designate.”

    Apple targets cashless society

    October 18th, 2016

    Apple is planning to “pour further resources” into Apple Pay in Japan and across other Asian markets in an attempt to promote a cashless society. “We would like to be a catalyst for taking cash out of the system,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Nikkei Asian Review. “We don’t think the consumer particularly likes cash.” Apple’s iPhone 7 flagship device will take Apple Pay to Japan utilising Sony FeliCa NFC technology this month.

    Yandex.Money adds iMessage transfers

    October 17th, 2016

    Russian consumers using online payment service Yandex.Money can now send money directly through Apple’s instant messaging service iMessage. “In order to send money to someone, a user opens iMessage, chooses a person from their contacts, selects the Yandex.Money app and specifies the amount to be transferred,” the company says. “The sender receives a message to confirm the money transfer. The sender then enters their Yandex.Money app password to complete the transfer.” Yandex.Money added NFC to its mobile app in April 2016.

    Koupon Media and Verifone enable mobile coupons

    October 17th, 2016

    Mobile offers provider Koupon Media has partnered with Verifone to enable all retailers using the Verifone Commander platform to create and distribute mobile coupons on the Koupon Platform. “The integration will allow all retailers… to create, manage and distribute mobile coupons by Koupon Media with unique barcodes that are immediately deactivated once scanned,” Koupon Media says.

    Paymark enables Apple Pay in New Zealand

    October 17th, 2016

    Payments network Paymark has enabled its entire network of retailers across New Zealand to accept Apple Pay. “More than 75% of New Zealand’s EFTPOS machines are on the Paymark network and, as long as the machine has contactless capability, Paymark retailers can now accept payment via Apple Pay,” the company says. Apple Pay launched in New Zealand last week.

    Ant Financial readying VR payments

    October 13th, 2016

    Alibaba affiliate and Alipay parent company Ant Financial is readying a virtual reality (VR) payment experience that will allow shoppers to pay with a nod of the head. “People using virtual reality goggles to browse virtual reality shopping malls will be able to pay for purchases without taking off the goggles,” Reuters reports. “User identity can be verified on VR Pay via account logins on connected devices or via voice print technology.” VR Pay is expected to be ready for commercial launch by the end of the year. Reports that Alibaba was exploring VR mobile payments emerged in August 2016.

    USAA Bank adds Samsung Pay

    October 13th, 2016

    USAA Bank has introduced support for Samsung Pay for its Visa credit and debit cardholders. “We already have Apple Pay and Android Pay — Samsung Pay is the next step forward,” says the US bank’s mobile payments lead Kiyanna Garland.

    Zapper enables Alipay in the UK

    October 13th, 2016

    Chinese visitors to the UK can now use Alipay at any retailer accepting mobile payments platform Zapper. “This partnership will allow over 250,000 Chinese tourists in the UK to pay using the Alipay app in over 1,000 locations nationwide,” Zapper says. “With Zapper’s smart QR technology enabled to take payments from the Alipay app, 11.7m Chinese tourists visiting Europe each year will be able to conveniently pay using Alipay at any venue also accepting Zapper.”

    Take part in our ‘Beyond OEM Pay’ webinar today

    October 12th, 2016

    Join NFC World and Bell ID at 3pm BST today to find out how banks can maximize the mobile payment opportunity, moving beyond standard handset maker and card network schemes to provide a differentiated offering. More than 200 people have already signed up for this free webinar. You can find out more and sign up to join us here.

    Android Pay heads to Canada

    October 12th, 2016

    Android Pay may be heading to Canada judging by the mobile app’s most recent update which “seems to list strings of code that includes references to Interac,” according to Android Headlines. “Although this doesn’t give any details, such as which banks may support Android Pay following a Canadian launch, the strings that mention Interac do suggest that at least some banking institutions will be adding support for the mobile payment platform in the near future.”

    Seqr adds NFC payments in UK

    October 11th, 2016

    UK consumers using SeamlessSeqr mobile payment platform can now add their bank account to the app and make NFC mobile purchases at any contactless terminal. “Until now, UK customers have enjoyed the benefits of the Seqr prepaid account functionality — however, enabling customers to connect their bank account opens Seqr up to millions more customers who prefer direct payment over a prepaid option,” the company says. Seqr arrived in the UK in June 2014.

    Chase to support Microsoft Wallet next year

    October 11th, 2016

    US bank Chase is to begin supporting Microsoft Wallet “next year” according to a tweet from Chase Support. “Readers should note, however, that Microsoft Wallet only works on some of the newest Lumia devices, including the Lumia 650, 950 and 950 XL,” MSPoweruser reports. The NFC mobile payment service was unveiled in June 2016 with initial support from nine other US banks and financial institutions. PNC added its backing in August.

    UK consumers keen on NFC mobile payments

    October 11th, 2016

    A quarter of UK consumers are making NFC mobile purchases or would like to do so in the future, research by Mastercard reveals, with the figure increasing to 45% for those aged 25 to 34. More than two in five are ready to give up carrying cash completely, with 40% attributing their reduced use of traditional currency to wider acceptance of contactless payments. “Some 44% of consumers claim they would ditch notes and coins altogether if card payments were accepted everywhere,” Mastercard says.

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