Category Archives: Contactless NFC

Contactless payments set to launch on TfL

From 16 September Transport for London (TfL) will introduce contactless payments for all pay as you go customers on the Tube, London Overground, DLR and Trams in addition to the capital’s buses. The new option, which is part of a huge range of improvements TfL is making for customers, means that there will no longer be any need to spend ...
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Apple mobile wallet

In a further round of speculation and rumour, Apple’s talks with companies in the payment industry have been heating up in recent months regarding the launch of a mobile wallet, according to a new report from The Information. Apple executives have discussed launching a mobile payment solution as soon as this fall, allowing users to pay for physical goods with their ...
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Westpac trials HCE digital wallet technology

Westpac is trialling Host Card Emulation  mobile payments (HCE digital wallet), the first bank in New Zealand to actively do so and one of only a handful of banks globally to be using the innovative ‘digital wallet’ technology. The three month trial, which uses Carta Worldwide HCE technology, enables credit and debit card details to be securely stored in a ...
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Can banks gain scale with Cloud Issuance & Host Card Emulation?

Thus far, bank rollouts of mobile payment and wallet services have been hindered by multiple factors from the dependency on the secure element owner, the inability to deploy wallet services across multiple mobile phone operators, to the availability of NFC-enabled devices. But things have changed drastically in the last several months. Digital issuance of payment cards and transacting using Host ...
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Germany ramps up contactless deployment with BASE digital wallet launch

Belgium’s BASE mobile subscribers in Germany can now make contactless payments using their smartphone at the supermarket, when filling up their car and in restaurants using the “BASE Wallet” digital wallet – and it is just as secure as using a debit or credit card. Owners of NFC-enabled smartphones can now make contactless payments at more than 35,000 locations in ...
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CUA to launch a host card emulation-based mobile NFC payments service

Australian credit union CUA have partnered with Cuscal to rollout redi2PAY mobile payment app that turns any NFC-enabled smartphone running the latest Andorid operating system – KitKat 4.4 or later – into a contactless payment device via host card emulation. The app uses Host Card Emulation technology (HCE), which means there is no requirement for a third party, such as a telecom ...
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Annual digital payments to reach $4.7 trillion by 2019

A new report from Juniper Research has found that the annual transaction value of online, mobile and contactless payments (digital payments) will reach $4.7 trillion by 2019, up from just over $2.5 trillion this year. The report – Digital Payment Strategies: Online, Mobile & Contactless 2014-2019 – observed that the largest net increase in spend would occur through remote physical goods purchases. It highlighted ...
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BBVA and Visa launch first commercial HCE mobile payments

BBVA is the first global banking group to commercially launch mobile HCE mobile payments based on new cloud-based payment specifications from Visa. The new cloud-based system will allow BBVA customers with NFC- enabled Android handsets to make contactless purchases by simply downloading an updated version of the BBVA Wallet app. BBVA Wallet, which already has more than 200,000 users, operates ...
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Russian Standard Bank launches contactless payment with Samsung

Russian Standard Bank, Samsung Electronics and MasterCard have announced the commercial launch of a contactless payment service on some flagship NFC-enabled Samsung devices.  For MasterCard and Samsung, the Russian launch is the second globally and the first in Europe and will help to accelerate the adoption of mobile payments. The service, available through Russian Standard Bank’s mobile banking app, enables ...
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HCE will support NFC roll-out for MNOs

Following the recent publication of the Consult Hyperion/GSMA discussion paper ‘HCE and SIM Secure Element: It’s Not Black and White’, SIMalliance has highlighted that future growth of the NFC ecosystem and NFC-based applications, resulting from host card emulation (HCE), is likely to expedite SIM-based NFC payment deployments and create opportunities for mobile network operators (MNOs) to ‘address the security and ...
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