Category Archives: Contactless NFC

Analytics and loyalty will drive proximity payments growth

Mobile proximity payments have to date proven lacklustre and despite hundreds of millions spent on developing these platforms, consumer take-up remains low. While the reasons for this are many, the application of loyalty rewards and benefits via the digital wallet is now seen by many as potentially the killer app that will help to finally ignite the long simmering mobile ...
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EE unveils contactless payments plans with London Underground

As reported late July, London Underground, DLR and Overground trains are to accept contactless payments. From 16 September, customers will be able to tap their contactless debit card to pay for transport, complementing the existing Oyster card system. In support of this, mobile network operator EE has set out plans to expand its Cash on Tap app so that it ...
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Apple and Visa to work together?

In another bout of analyst fuelled prospecting, Apple and Visa are now deepening their relationship – Pacific Crest analysts issued a report in which they declare that “we think a partnership between Apple and Visa would make strategic sense and believe an announcement could happen as early as this fall.” The report presumes the next model of the iPhone, an “iPhone 6,” will have contactless payments technology ...
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PBZ to test HCE for mobile NFC payments on American Express network

Privredna Banka Zagreb (PBZ, Intesa Sanpaolo Group), Intesa Sanpaolo Card and American Express have initiated a pilot to test – for the first time – HCE (Host Card Emulation) for mobile NFC (Near-Field Communication) payments at POS terminals in Croatia. PBZ is the first American Express card-issuing partner to test HCE on the American Express global network. With HCE, PBZ ...
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Asian telcos form NFC alliance

Four Asian telcos have formed an NFC alliance to ensure cross-border compatibility of mobile payment systems and branding. Japan’s KDDI, Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Hong Kong Telecommunication and Korea’s SK Planet say the Asia NFC Alliance will jointly review standardisation of NFC tag specifications, common brand marks and NFC platforms and will work to resolve issues facing the popularisation and expansion ...
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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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