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    Wearable payments platform to be tested on three continents

    March 9th, 2017

    A digital cash service allowing consumers — including those without bank accounts — to load money onto a range of wearable items and make contactless payments in retail outlets will roll out across “eight or… More

    Wristbands for contactless payments given away at MWC

    March 2nd, 2017

    Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and Spain’s CaixaBank have distributed prepaid wristbands to visitors to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which let them make contactless payments. “The device can also be used as a building access control system or as a public transport card thanks to the NFC contactless technology and various mobile applications,” G&D says. CaixaBank’s Matteo Fermi has written for NFC World’s What’s New in Payments report on how mobile payments can add value to traditional banking services.

    NXP signs deals to add NFC to cars

    February 28th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: Five “leading car OEMs” are to integrate NFC technology from NXP into cars to enable a variety of secure interactions including vehicle access, Bluetooth and WiFi pairing, personalization and payments, the chip maker has announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A new automotive-grade NFC frontend IC, optimized for secure car access, has also been announced along with a vehicle door handle reference design based on the new NCx3320 chip.

    Mastercard and Visa expand availability of QR payments

    February 28th, 2017

    Visa’s mVisa QR-based mobile payment service is now live in India, Kenya and Rwanda and will soon be available in Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam, the company has announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mastercard’s Masterpass QR service, meanwhile, is now available in seven countries in Africa and Asia — Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana.

    More than 500m people now have a mobile money account

    February 28th, 2017

    Over half a billion mobile money accounts have been registered in 92 countries, with 1.3bn transactions processed in December 2016 alone, research from GSMA reveals. In its sixth ‘State of the Industry Report on Mobile… More

    Mahindra Comviva adds offers and promotions to mobile money platform

    February 27th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: Mahindra Comviva is making it possible for mobile money operators to increase user engagement with the addition of a new service that enables relevant offers and promotions to be delivered automatically to users’… More

    Mastercard adds bar tab feature to Qkr! mobile payments app

    February 27th, 2017

    Mastercard has unveiled a new feature for its Qkr! mobile payments solution that will allow customers in a bar or restaurant to open a tab and pay their bill when they want, without leaving a… More

    Meet NFC World’s partners at Mobile World Congress

    February 23rd, 2017

    NFC World partners Rambus, Mahindra Comviva, STMicroelectronics, Dejamobile, NXP, Gemalto and Antelop will be attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March. Here’s what you can expect to see and where… More

    Paytec to enable mobile payments using colour-coded light signals

    May 9th, 2016

    Italian payments solutions provider Payment Technologies (Paytec) is to build a new mobile payment technology into its vending machines that will let consumers make contactless payments using colour-coded light signals and tokenisation. 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

    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

    NXP and Qualcomm deepen collaboration to include pre-validation for NFC transit services

    February 22nd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NFC pioneer NXP and mobile processor maker Qualcomm have extended a collaboration which saw NXP’s NFC and embedded secure element (eSE) solutions built into reference designs for Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 600, 400 and 200 processor based platforms to now also include pre-validation for NFC-based transit services, particularly those in China. More

    Samsung Pay hits 5m users and is set for global expansion in 2016

    February 21st, 2016

    Samsung Pay now has approximately five million users in South Korea and the US who have processed more than $500m through the mobile payment service in the first six months since its launch. The service is due to be rolled out in China next month, Samsung has revealed, followed by a global expansion to Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Spain, the UK and Canada later in the year. More

    Barcelona introduces contactless and NFC mobile payments across public transport network

    November 13th, 2015

    Citizens across Barcelona can now use contactless cards, NFC phones and devices such as smartwatches to access the city’s transportation network as well as rent a bicycle at the train station or pay motorway tolls. More

    Ferngrove Wines to trial NFC smart bottles in China

    July 15th, 2015

    Australia’s Ferngrove Wines is to equip smart wine bottles in China with NFC tags to help authenticate individual bottles throughout the supply chain, ensuring they are packaged, shipped, stocked and purchased in their original factory-sealed state…. More

    NFC gets top marks for helping Barcelona kids get to school

    May 5th, 2015

    Six schools in Barcelona are issuing contactless cards to students who use public transport so that parents can track them on their journey to school and be notified when their child has arrived safely. Assistants… More

    Google confirms Android Pay at MWC

    March 2nd, 2015

    Google is building a framework for mobile payments in Android, a senior executive has revealed at Mobile World Congress. Android Pay will be an API layer that supports NFC and biometrics and will allow developers to incorporate payments, both in-store and in-app, into their applications, SVP Sundar Pichai told delegates in Barcelona. Android Pay is expected to launch at Google’s I/O conference in May 2015.

    Mobile app just the ticket for Barcelona fans

    February 20th, 2015

    Fans of FC Barcelona are now able to use their smartphones instead of paper tickets to gain access to the Nou Camp stadium. The Spanish club has launched the Mobile Ticket project, a service that… More

    Barcelona equips 8,000 city locations with NFC and QR touchpoints

    December 5th, 2014

    More than eight thousand locations across the Spanish city of Barcelona are to be equipped with NFC and QR touchpoints that deliver information on local services directly to visitors’ and citizens’ smartphones. The Barcelona Contactless… More

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