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    25% of UK card payments now contactless

    January 16th, 2017

    A quarter of all UK card transactions in November 2016 were made using contactless debit and credit cards, The UK Cards Association reveals. A record £2.9bn (US$3.5bn), from 325m purchases, was spent using the technology during the month — an increase of 184% from November 2015 when contactless spending passed £1bn in a month for the first time.

    Visa promotes contactless payments with gold prize draw

    January 11th, 2017

    Visa cardholders are being automatically entered into a lucky draw for the chance to win one million Thai Baht (US$28,100) worth of gold whenever they use their contactless card or Samsung Pay at more than 20 retail chains across Thailand. The promotion will run until the end of March 2017, with the winner announced on 12 May. Samsung Pay launched in Thailand earlier this month.

    Barclays to issue cards with dynamic CVV?

    January 9th, 2017

    UK bank Barclays is planning to issue bank cards that replace the three-digit security number on the back of the card with a dynamic CVV code that changes periodically to tackle online purchasing fraud, according to The Telegraph. The cards would also include contactless technology, and either a Wifi aerial or Bluetooth. “Unfortunately, at this stage and due to the nature of the project, we aren’t able to provide further insight in how it might one day look for consumers,” Barclays told NFC World.

    Apple Pay users to get rewards at 300,000 self-serve machines

    January 5th, 2017

    US consumers making purchases at 300,000 self-serve machines across the country will soon receive exclusive offers, promotions and discounts toward future purchases when using Apple Pay to complete a payment. The service is brought by… More

    Moscow Metro cuts ticket price for Apple Pay users

    January 5th, 2017

    Commuters paying with Apple Pay or a contactless bank card across the Moscow metro are receiving a 20% discount off the ticketing price, Russian publication Appsad reports. Apple Pay was introduced on the Moscow Central Ring rail line in December 2016, and passengers were given free travel every Monday throughout the month when choosing to pay using the mobile payment service.

    ST creates reference design to simplify wearable payment deployments

    January 5th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design from STMicroelectronics (ST) will make it easier for wearable manufacturers to develop and deploy integrated tokenized payment services that meet Mastercard and Visa requirements. The company has built the… More

    NXP reveals solutions for secure wearables and IoT at CES 2017

    January 5th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has unveiled a series of solutions for secure wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) at CES 2017, including a new test bed to support the development of products and applications using… More

    Homeless people trial contactless payments jacket to receive donations

    January 4th, 2017

    Homeless people in the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam have been testing a jacket equipped with a contactless terminal to enable passersby to tap their contactless cards and make a €1 (US$1.04) donation, which… More

    STMicroelectronics to use NFC assets acquired from AMS to deliver next-generation solutions

    December 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: STMicroelectronics (ST) will use its July acquisition of NFC and RFID products, resources, technologies and intellectual property from AMS to create a new generation of high-performance NFC solutions for both mass-market and vertical-market… More

    Contactless ticketing for Bucharest subway

    December 20th, 2016

    Romanian bank BCR is installing a contactless ticketing system across the Bucharest subway, in partnership with transport operator Metrorex, Mastercard and Visa. “BCR has developed an integrated solution that enables any contactless bank card, issued anywhere in the world, to pay for a journey,” BCR says. The service is being installed in all metro stations in the capital, with 164 access gates completed before the end of 2016.

    Contactless ticket trial for Sydney public transport

    December 20th, 2016

    Cubic Transportation Systems says it is working with Transport for New South Wales to trial contactless ticketing across Sydney’s public transport network in 2017, allowing “commuters of participating payment schemes to tap their contactless bank card on Opal readers to pay for travel”. The trial follows Cubic’s licensing agreement with Transport for London in July 2016 to take the network’s contactless ticketing system to other major cities.

    Huawei Pay NFC mobile payments rolled out across China public transport

    December 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Smartphone maker Huawei is to begin rolling out NFC mobile payments for public transport in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Beijing through Huawei Pay, which launched in China in September 2016. The company is… More

    Paypal partners with US bank and fintech provider

    December 16th, 2016

    Paypal has announced new partnerships with US bank Citi and financial technology services provider Fidelity National Information Services (FIS). The deal with Citi will see Citi cardholders able to use their card through PayPal at the point of sale, where Visa or Mastercard contactless payments are accepted. PayPal adds working with FIS would allow them to “provide a more seamless way for their thousands of bank issuers to drive more digital spend with their customers through PayPal accounts”.

    London bar tests contactless self-serve beer pump

    December 16th, 2016

    Customers at Henry’s Café Bar in London’s Piccadilly have been testing a prototype self-serve beer pump that allows them to order drinks on a touchscreen and complete payment by tapping their contactless card or NFC… More

    Two fifths of global card-present payments use EMV standard

    December 14th, 2016

    More than two fifths of all card-present transactions conducted globally (42%) between July 2015 and June 2016 used the EMV chip card standard, up from 33% for the previous 12-month period, standards body EMVCo has… More

    White paper presents contactless success stories from around the world

    December 12th, 2016

    A 15-page white paper that presents the success stories of contactless implementations in payment, transport and events from around the world is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. ‘The Global Contactless… More

    Cartes Bancaires picks Gemalto to ease member banks’ NFC mobile payments offer

    December 8th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Groupement des Cartes Bancaires (GIE CB), the French bank card association which pioneered the use of chip cards for payments in the 1980s, has selected Pure, Gemalto’s white label mobile wallet solution, to… More

    Android Pay launches in Ireland

    December 7th, 2016

    Android Pay has launched in Ireland with support from Visa and Mastercard and banks AIB and KBC with “more banks being added in the coming months”, Google’s Pali Bhat writes. “You will be able to use Android Pay at thousands of retail locations throughout Ireland that accept contactless payments — these include your favourite shops like Eason, McDonald’s, Tesco, Spar and more.”

    Austrian bank deploys NFC-ready ATMs

    December 2nd, 2016

    Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank Group has signed a deal to install 1,200 Diebold Nixdorf ATMs in its branches equipped with QR code scanners and NFC readers. Customers will be able to pay bills by scanning the QR code printed on the bill and using the ATM’s touchscreen display. Those who already have NFC-capable cards will be able to use the ATM’s contactless functionality. The bank says this will enable it to “deploy many other new applications that allow ATMs to interact with customers’ smartphones in the future, such as a cardless cash function”.

    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

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