News about Madrid.
March 4th, 2016
Commuters in Madrid are piloting contactless bank card payments on 33 buses across two bus lines as a result of a partnership between EMT, which operates the city’s bus network, and MasterCard, Banco Santander and Santander Elavon. “Starting today and for eight weeks, a group of users begin to pay simple bus tickets with contactless bank cards,” MasterCard says. The service is due to be opened up after the pilot to all the 800,000 people who use lines 27 and Airport Express every month.
November 3rd, 2015
PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a new version of its UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM, with an embedded Mifare4Mobile v2 app allowing it to support multiple Mifare-based transport ticketing services such as those used…
March 4th, 2015
Travellers in Spain’s capital will be able to use their NFC phones to pass through ticket barriers as Madrid’s public transport system tests NFC ticketing. The SIM-based NFC trial will see owners of Samsung Galaxy phones with Telefonica SIMs being able to register payment cards and buy tickets direct from their handsets. Madrid ran an NFC bus ticketing trial with BankInter in 2010.
October 13th, 2014
Pay with Hailo, a service that uses Apple’s iBeacon technology to let users of the Hailo taxi hailing app pay drivers with their smartphone, is experiencing “steady growth”, Naoise Irwin, the company’s VP of strategic…
June 26th, 2014
Supermarket giant Carrefour and convenience store group Nisa are piloting a new technology that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons attached to trolleys and baskets to track a shopper’s journey around the store. Three Carrefour…
April 28th, 2014
April 23rd, 2013
Five hundred bus stops in the centre of Madrid have been equipped with NFC tags, allowing passengers to access arrival times and tourist information with their NFC phones. The tags form part of a new “Smart Madrid” project and have been supplied by Connecthings.
February 26th, 2012
The banking giant, the eighth largest in the world, has partnered with Orange for the development and introduction of the first NFC payments solution to support cards issued by both Visa and MasterCard.
January 12th, 2012
La Caixa is to equip all its 17,000 retail points-of-sale in Barcelona with contactless POS terminals while BBVA and Bankia are converting 7,000 points-of-sale in central Madrid, with the aim of paving the way for NFC mobile payments.
October 11th, 2011
Spanish rail operator Renfe has begun an NFC ticketing trial on Madrid’s suburban commuter network, in conjunction with Vodafone. “We are convinced that NFC technology will be the global benchmark and want to be pioneers in providing our customers with the benefit of a more convenient and flexible system,” says Renfe president Teofilo Serrano.
July 11th, 2011
Spanish soccer giant FC Barcelona has signed an agreement with the R&D arm of mobile network Telefónica that will see the club’s Camp Nou stadium being the first to test a wide range of leading…