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    News about the NFC market in Singapore — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    Singapore commuters to get NFC-enabled transport payment wearables

    January 19th, 2017

    Commuters in Singapore will soon be able to pay for public transport using an NFC-enabled fitness tracker or smartwatch linked to their EZ-Link transit card. The devices will allow for “fast, convenient and reliable” contactless… More

    Apple Pay offers Chinese New Year discounts

    January 17th, 2017

    Apple Pay users in Singapore are being offered a string of discounts when using the mobile payment service to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Deals include discounts of up to 20% at retailers including Cotton:On, Factorie, Rubi, Typo and Topshop, and S$30 (US$21.12) cashback on a first Apple Pay transaction made through Standard Chartered.

    Mastercard ‘selfie pay’ biometric service heads to Singapore

    January 5th, 2017

    Mastercard is preparing to launch its ‘selfie pay’ biometric Identity Check Mobile service in Singapore this year, according to The Business Times. “No specific date has been set for the launch,” the publication reports. Identity Check Mobile, which allows cardholders to authenticate online payments by scanning their fingerprint or by taking a selfie, rolled out to Latin America in December 2016. It became available to US financial institutions in 2016, with a global expansion expected during 2017.

    Singapore bank offers Apple Pay cashback reward

    January 4th, 2017

    Customers of Singapore bank POSB are being given S$8 (US$5.54) cashback when using Apple Pay to pay for purchases at major supermarkets, including NTUC Fairprice, Cold Storage, Giant and Sheng Siong. The offer is valid for POSB/DBS Mastercard cardmembers with a minimum spend of S$80 (US$55.51) per transaction. The offer will run until 11 February 2017 with cashback credited within 60 days following the end of the promotion period.

    Apple Pay launches in Spain

    December 2nd, 2016

    Apple Pay has been officially launched in Spain, with Apple developing partnerships with Banco Santander, payment giants American Express and Mastercard, retailer Carrefour and prepaid meal payment service Ticket Restaurant. Spain becomes the thirteenth country… More

    Apple Pay offered for HSBC Singapore customers

    December 1st, 2016

    Apple Pay is now available for HSBC Singapore customers holding Visa and MasterCard credit cards, allowing them to make payments in stores with Visa payWave or MasterCard contactless payment terminals. “We believe the security, privacy and convenience Apple Pay brings will appeal to all our customers, especially those who are also active users of our digital banking services,” says Anurag Mathur from HSBC Singapore. The bank is offering S$5 (US$3.50) off every Apple Pay transaction until 15 January 2017, with a minimum spend of S$10, as a promotional offer.

    Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand

    December 1st, 2016

    Android Pay is launching in New Zealand initially only for customers of BNZ bank who own a Visa Flexi debit card. “New Zealanders have a longstanding affinity with electronic payments, as shown most recently by… More

    Samsung Pay adds Singapore transport payments with EZ-Link

    November 25th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users in Singapore can add their EZ-Link NFC SIM cards to compatible Samsung devices and pay for public transport as well as retail purchases, in the same way as they would using their… More

    Liquid Pay targets 25,000 retailers in Singapore with QR code mobile payments

    November 24th, 2016

    Some 25,000 retail locations in Singapore are expected to accept a new mobile payment service within the next 12 months. Liquid Pay enables consumers to make payments by scanning a QR code at the point… More

    OCBC bank in local and cross-border blockchain payments trial

    November 17th, 2016

    Singapore’s OCBC Bank says it has become the first bank in South East Asia to use blockchain technology in national and international payments. A pilot payment transaction took place on 8 November, involving a cross-border funds transfer between OCBC Bank and OCBC Malaysia, and a local funds transfer between OCBC Bank and Bank of Singapore. “This is a milestone not only for us but for Singapore as Asia’s financial hub as we pave the way to revolutionising the traditional cross-border payments model,” says Praveen Raina from OCBC Bank.

    Android Pay launches in Poland

    November 17th, 2016

    Android Pay has begun rolling out across Poland, allowing consumers with compatible devices to make payments at more than 400,000 retail locations in the country that accept contactless payments. The service launches with support from… More

    IBM in blockchain project with Singapore fintech startup

    November 15th, 2016

    IBM has announced a blockchain project with Singapore fintech startup KYCK! to enable the financial services provider to create new customer accounts more quickly and securely. Using the open source Hyperledger Project Fabric, KYCK! intends to provide brokerages a platform with video conferencing and encrypted document submission capabilities. “We have seen how blockchain can improve operational efficiency, increase transparency and reduce transaction risks,” says Darryl Tan, co-founder of KYCK!.

    Citibank launches Citi Pay mobile wallet and NFC payments service

    November 10th, 2016

    Citibank has launched a new mobile wallet using Mastercard’s Masterpass digital payment service, allowing up to 100m of its customers to make purchases online and in-app, as well as NFC mobile payments in-store, in 33… More

    PayPal launches Siri payment requests in 30 countries

    November 10th, 2016

    PayPal has enabled money transfers via Apple’s Siri voice command function, enabling users with iOS10 devices to make payments by speaking requests. The function will be available in 30 countries. “PayPal users can now send… More

    OCBC Bank adds Siri and iMessage payments

    October 31st, 2016

    Customers of Singapore’s OCBC Bank can now send money using Apple’s Siri virtual assistant or via text using Apple’s iMessage platform. “Users tell Siri whom to send the payment to and how much they want to send,” OCBC says. “Within the iMessage conversation screen, users can choose the OCBC Pay Anyone iMessage app to initiate the payment.” The Siri and iMessage services for OCBC Pay Anyone are available to all OCBC Bank customers using iOS10 devices and the latest OCBC mobile banking app.

    Smartphone users rate security most important app attribute, survey finds

    October 28th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: More than two thirds of smartphone owners use mobile banking apps, while nearly 80% consider security and reliability the most important attributes of a paid app, says a survey by Gemalto which is… More

    One in four use mobile wallets in Singapore

    October 28th, 2016

    More than a quarter (26%) of cardholders in Singapore now use a mobile digital wallet, with Apple Pay the most popular ahead of Android Pay and then Samsung Pay, Singapore Business Review reports. The average satisfaction score among users of mobile digital wallets is 718, 29 points higher than those who do not. Mobile wallet users spend an average of SGD$1,183 monthly, or $280 higher than among those who do not.

    Samsung Pay boss reveals plans for ‘more aggressive expansion’

    October 26th, 2016

    Samsung Pay is planning “more and more aggressive expansion”, global general manager Thomas Ko has told NFC World in an exclusive interview at Money2020 in Las Vegas, as it emerged a new Deals feature will… More

    School children test wearable payments in Singapore

    October 24th, 2016

    Singapore bank POSB has successfully completed the pilot test of a school contactless payments system that lets students make purchases in the canteen or bookstore and monitor their finances. The POSB Smart Buddy trial took… More

    Face recognition ticketing system unveiled

    October 24th, 2016

    Singapore-based ST Electronics is developing a transport ticketing system that uses facial recognition technology to recognise and charge commuters as they pass through fare gates. The Advance Fare Gate (AFG) “caters to the technology-savvy commuters who embrace cashless payment methods… and the latest modes of mobile payment,” the company says.

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