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    Poppy Appeal gets contactless donations

    November 8th, 2016

    UK consumers can make a donation to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by tapping their contactless card or NFC device against contactless donation tins in 13 branches of UK bank Natwest. The tins are being trialled in collaboration with Worldpay and Thyngs. “One tin, developed by Worldpay, doubles up as a contactless terminal charging £2 (US$2.48) per tap,” Worldpay says. “Another will feature Thyngs Styckers which uses mobile phone technology to instantly direct mobile users to a dedicated donation page.” Mobile donations are currently being trialled, with contactless card donations set to be piloted next week.

    Cartes Bancaires certifies OT’s dynamic code cards

    November 8th, 2016

    French bank card association Cartes Bancaires has issued certification for a dynamic security code payment card developed by Oberthur Technologies. The OT Motion Code cards replace the three-figure security code on the back of plastic cards with a mini-screen displaying a code which automatically changes periodically to make online payments more secure. The cards were trialled by BNP Paribas in October 2015, following an initial trial conducted by French bank BPCE.

    NEC aims for face recognition for payments by late 2017

    November 4th, 2016

    Japanese IT giant NEC is holding trials with banks and credit card companies to deploy facial recognition systems for payments, IT Wire reports. Such systems could be in public use by late 2017. Dr Hitoshi Imaoka from NEC told visitors to the iExpo exhibition in Tokyo there were still problems of accuracy to be overcome, including how to use the technology as people age.

    Nokia in ‘world-first’ NB-IoT trial over 4G network

    November 3rd, 2016

    Nokia and Finnish telecommunications company Sonera have successfully completed a trial using NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) technology over a commercial 4G mobile network. Information on temperature, humidity and air pressure was shared over Sonera’s 4G network in Helsinki, while a roaming device was also connected. In what is described as a “world first demonstration”, the trial showed how NB-IoT technology — which can enable billions of IoT devices to be connected — could allow companies to track mobile assets.

    UK supermarket chain trials NFC digital receipts

    October 26th, 2016

    British supermarket chain Tesco is trialling a digital receipt service which will instantly send via email an electronic record of purchases to customers using a unique NFC sticker linked to an app on their smartphones…. More

    School children test wearable payments in Singapore

    October 24th, 2016

    Singapore bank POSB has successfully completed the pilot test of a school contactless payments system that lets students make purchases in the canteen or bookstore and monitor their finances. The POSB Smart Buddy trial took… More

    Transport for the North set to trial HCE for travel payments

    September 30th, 2016

    UK commuters travelling across West Yorkshire may soon be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments for journeys using a service scheduled to be trialed in the autumn by staff of Transport… More

    Valencia commuters to test NFC wristbands for public transport

    September 22nd, 2016

    Some 100 commuters across the Spanish city of Valencia are preparing to trial NFC wristbands for public transport payments across buses, the metro and parking stations for bicycle rental. It will be conducted by transport… More

    Gemalto helps Spanish Carrefour customers get mobile payments

    September 12th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers shopping at supermarket giant Carrefour in Spain will soon be able to load a digital version of their existing PASS Carrefour banking card and the retailer’s loyalty program to their Android phone… More

    Japanese bank eyes facial recognition

    August 25th, 2016

    Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) is exploring the use of a facial authentication system for customers to make payments. “SMFG aims to utilise users’ facial data as a means of verifying their credit cards or bank accounts,” The Japan News reports. “SMFG will begin trials at retail outlets as early as 2017 before developing it for practical use over several years after the trials.”

    NFC Ring circles the globe

    August 24th, 2016

    NFC Ring has made its payments ring available to order worldwide, enabling wearers to make purchases with a tap of their finger at any contactless terminal.  More

    Transport for NSW seeks bright ideas

    August 23rd, 2016

    Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has launched the Future Transport Beacon Innovation Challenge, asking for ideas from “tech savvy visionaries” to enable new use cases for a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons at Chatswood Station. “The best submissions will earn access to the trial beacon network from 10 October to 13 November,” Transport for NSW says. “If their concept is successful in trial, they will be invited to a live demo day to showcase their concepts to a panel of Transport for NSW leaders.”

    Safaricom pilots M-Pesa NFC cards

    July 19th, 2016

    Kenyan carrier Safaricom is testing a new PIN-based NFC-enabled ‘Tap-and-Go’ card for its M-Pesa mobile money service. “The telecommunications services provider says the new offering can integrate with an existing M-Pesa account and the pilot phase is currently being conducted among Safaricom staff, with plans to extend the service to university students,” ITWeb Africa reports. Reports emerged in March 2014 that Safaricom was working to add NFC to its M-Pesa service.

    NEC employees trial facial recognition for payments

    July 12th, 2016

    Employees at NEC Corporation’s head office in Tokyo are trialling the use of facial recognition to authenticate purchases made in small shops inside the building. The trial began in June 2016 and will run until August as part of NEC’s efforts to “apply its biometrics authentication technologies to a range of services including cashless payment”. More

    Facebook tests Messenger payments

    July 1st, 2016

    US consumers are testing a new service that lets them send money through Facebook’s Messenger chat app. “The company confirmed it has added a new option in its flagship app’s main navigation titled Send or Request Money,” TechCrunch reports. “The feature will move Facebook users into Messenger in order to manage payments.” The service is only available in the US for “the time being”. Reports that Facebook is also looking at letting users make in-store payments through Messenger emerged in May 2016.

    MintChip launches for in-store and P2P payments in Canada

    June 21st, 2016

    Canadians can now use the MintChip virtual currency to send and receive money through a P2P mobile app and make payments at participating merchants in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood by scanning a barcode. A partnership with… More

    Pizza Hut Asia trials order and pay using a robot called Pepper

    May 24th, 2016

    Customers at Pizza Hut locations in Asia will soon be able to place orders, receive offers and complete payments on a tablet held by Pepper, a humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Robotics. The transactions will be completed through MasterCard’s MasterPass digital wallet service. More

    The State Bank of Vietnam urges transition to EMV

    May 5th, 2016

    The State Bank of Vietnam has instructed banks to “quickly carry out a plan to convert all magnetic cards into chip cards to prevent fraud”, according to Vietnam News. “Besides security, the conversion to the new card is also meant to get infrastructure ready for the application of new payment technologies in the near future,” the publication reports. “Five banks will be chosen to trial the conversion and other banks will follow suit.”

    US pilot for real-time payments system

    April 20th, 2016

    Financial services provider FIS and banking association The Clearing House (TCH) are to pilot a real-time payments system with financial institutions in the US in the first quarter of 2017, with an initial focus on bill payments. “TCH, which owns and operates the system, has partnered with FIS, who will use the system to develop innovative new services and eventually connect its financial institution clients,” the companies say.

    Samsung Pay to launch in Singapore in Q2 this year

    April 20th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in Singapore in the second quarter of this year, the company has announced, adding it to South Korea, the US and China on the list of Samsung’s “priority markets”. The service will launch… More

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