Hong Kong to be global battlefront for mobile payments?

A payments battle is brewing in Hong Kong — Bloomberg — “Alipay’s azure blue logos began appearing two years ago in Hong Kong’s airport, greeting travelers from China who rely on the popular payments app back home. In recent months, taxis got them. Now stores and boutiques have them. They’re all signs of a battle brewing in Hong Kong that will test whether a Western-style financial system — based on banks, credit and debit cards — can fend off a pair of apps that have come to dominate how people spend and send money throughout China. If Ant Financial’s Alipay and Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat Pay can expand into the city and win new customers there, why not in Europe and the US, too?”



JetBlue to launch first-of-its-kind self-boarding program using facial recognition

JetBlue to launch first-of-its-kind self-boarding program using facial recognition — JetBlue — “JetBlue today announced it will collaborate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and SITA to test a new paperless and deviceless self-boarding process as part of ongoing trials to implement a biometric exit process in the future. Customers who opt-in can put away boarding passes and devices – a quick photo match at the gate verifies customers to board.”




Delta is testing facial recognition technology, plans first biometric-based self-service bag drop in US

Delta is testing facial recognition technology, plans first biometric-based self-service bag drop in US — Delta — “Delta is introducing four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer… One machine will be equipped to test facial recognition technology to match customers with their passport photos through identification verification, a first for US carriers.”





Korea gets BioCA facial recognition solution

A facial biometric authentication service for money transfers has been launched by Korea International Trade Association subsidiary Korea Trade Network (KTNET), in collaboration with biometrics provider Daon and the Korea Smart Authentication Corporation... More



Munich Airport to support Alipay

Chinese passengers at Munich Airport will be able to make payments at participating retailers using Alipay from mid-July through a partnership between German payments technology provider Wirecard and airport stores retailer Eurotrade... More







BNP Paribas tests NFC screen shopping

BNP Paribas

French bank BNP Paribas has begun testing an NFC connected screen in its 2 Opéra concept store in Paris, allowing customers to complete transactions by holding their NFC phone or contactless payment card up to the screen... More




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