Japanese carrier KDDI to pilot blockchain coupons that shoppers can redeem using biometrics in stores

KDDI and Hitachi pilot finger vein biometrics for redeeming coupons in stores — KDDI (translation) — “The user can authenticate himself by holding the finger registered on the authentication infrastructure, so it is not necessary to present the coupon at the store, and the coupon can be used even without the smartphone… Since coupon usage information recorded in the blockchain is extremely difficult to tamper with, it is easy to share coupon usage history securely and reliably between KDDI and affiliated stores, and payment according to the number of coupon users is highly accurate.”


Bango enables new payment option for Amazon customers in Japan

Bango enables new payment option for Amazon customers in Japan — Bango — “Amazon customers with a KDDI (au) or NTT Docomo mobile phone account can now pay for physical goods from Amazon.co.jp, by charging the cost to their mobile phone bill… A KDDI or NTT Docomo subscriber simply adds carrier billing as a payment option in their Amazon.co.jp account and then purchases can be made from any device.”




KDDI releases Japan’s first Firefox OS smartphone

firefox-fxo

Japan’s KDDI has launched an LTE smartphone with NFC that runs Mozilla’s Firefox OS, the open mobile platform advocated by the Firefox browser maker. The LG Fx0 offers a 4.7-inch HD screen and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon processor running Firefox OS 2.0, the latest version of Mozilla’s operating system. More



Japanese beauty salons to offer NFC coupons

Salon de Wallet

Salon de Wallet, a mobile membership service for Japanese beauty salons, is to add mobile coupons that can be redeemed via NFC or mobile barcodes, using a solution developed by C-Sam, Dai Nippon Printing, carrier KDDI and POS provider HyperSoft... More



Sumitomo Mitsui to launch NFC payments in Japan

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Banking group Sumitomo Mitsui is to introduce an NFC payments service this month that will be available through all three Japanese mobile network operators — NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI — and will work with a total of 31 NFC phones available from the three carriers... More










Four in five major airlines plan to use NFC by 2014

Sita

Nearly 80% of the world’s top 50 airlines say they plan to be providing NFC services in three years’ time, according to a survey conducted by airline IT provider Sita, but there are technical challenges that still need to be resolved before NFC mobile boarding passes can become the norm. More


KDDI launches NFC in Japan

KDDI

The mobile network operator will begin commercial NFC services from the end of January with partners including Japan Airlines, credit card issuers, loyalty programme providers and retailers. More



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