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  • Editing Team 18:19 on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Russian Supermarket Tests NFC for Personalized Shopping Experience 

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    Russian supermarket chain Land is running a personalized NFC shopping program, which combines coupon dispensers at the front of the store and NFC-enabled payment devices at the checkout.

    The coupon dispensers send loyalty coupons and recommendations over-the-air to a customer’s NFC smartphone. Shoppers without an NFC phone can also take part by tapping their Land loyalty card against the devices and printing out loyalty coupons and recommendations.

    The devices feature an interactive touchscreen and can produce on-demand shopping lists based on predictive analytics — customer profile analysis, individual shopping history, time and day. The lists can be themed and include real-time information on products in-store. They can also deliver category- and theme- based recipes which include retailers’ recommended brands and ingredients.

    The NFC-enabled POS device at the checkout accepts payment either via their mobile wallet, which is linked to a MasterCard PayPass or Visa PayWave card, or their plastic contactless card. The device also provides targeted content relevant to each customer, including loyalty coupons that can be redeemed at their next visit and adverts based on their shopping history.

     
  • Editing Team 18:03 on February 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Results of Malaga NFC Ticketing Trial Released by Orange 

    Orange-Malaga-NFC-ticketing-trial-results-rfid-blogLast February, Orange has worked with EMT to begin a 10-month NFC ticketing pilot in the Spanish city Malaga. Recently Orange has released the results of the test.

    “The extremely conclusive results of this initial test show that the possibility of purchasing and validating transport tickets using a mobile phone is on the verge of becoming a commercial reality,” says Orange. “The ability to top-up your ticket immediately using your mobile phone, anytime and anywhere, as well as being able to store everything on your handset and the user-friendliness of the service, all got the thumbs up.”

    About 110 people participated in the pre-commercial pilot. They were able to use an NFC-enabled phone as their transport ticket on any EMT Malaga bus, all of which were equipped to handle NFC transactions, using an EMT-Orange mobile wallet. NFC tags were also installed at more than 700 bus stops, informing passengers of how soon the next bus will arrive.

    All of the trial’s participants were frequent public transport users. 48% were women, and 52% were men. 88% of users were aged between 20 and 40.

    Key findings from the pilot, Orange says, included:

    ■Participants used NFC tickets for more than 7,500 journeys during the 10 month trial.

    ■The NFC tags at bus stops were used more than 3,000 times during the pilot.

    ■The average score given to the service was 8.2 out of 10.

    ■82% of participants felt that this system was better than the current subscription-based system, and 88% felt that it was a good way to be able to pay for their journeys.

    ■94% would like to continue using the system, and have already recommended it to their friends and family.

    ■49% of top-ups were made outside of ticket office opening hours.

    ■Despite the pre-commercial nature of the experiment, with a success rate of over 99% for ticket cancellations and more than 98% for top-ups, the service proved reliable.

    ■The main areas for improvement concern the expansion of the service to smartphones and increasing the range of tickets available.

    Oberthur, Indra, Samsung and Transermobile worked with Orange and EMT Málaga on the project.

     
  • Editing Team 18:32 on February 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Dutch Banks to Run NFC Payments Pilot 

    Dutch-banks-NFC-payments-pilot-rfid-blogThis summer, Dutch banks ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank will team up with mobile network operator KPN to run an NFC payments pilot in the city of Leiden.

    1,000 consumers, who have an account at one of the three banks and are also customers of KPN, will participate in the pilot. They will be able to use an NFC phone to make payments in shops and restaurants around the city. Transactions of up to €25 can be made without a PIN, higher amounts can also be charged with a PIN.

    The move follows a decision taken by the leading Dutch banks and mobile network operators in June 2012 to abandon plans to create a joint venture company to manage NFC payments in the Netherlands.

    The new pilot is being run by “Mobile Payment Netherlands” (MFN), a new group established by the three banks that favors “an open and accessible infrastructure” and is working closely with a number of suppliers. This partnership will remain in place until the pilot is completed at the end of 2013. The banks will then make their own individual decisions regarding how they wish to proceed with a wider rollout of NFC payments.

     
  • Editing Team 16:38 on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    TIM Begins NFC Payments Pilot in Brazil 

    Brazil-TIM-NFC-payment-pilot-rfid-blogThe Brazilian mobile network operator TIM is part of the Telecom Italia group. It has just begun a small NFC payments pilot in collaboration with MasterCard, Banco Itaú, Redecard and TSM provider Gemalto.

    50 people will participate in the pilot. They will be able to use NFC phones to charge purchases to a TIM Itaucard at 100 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

    The pilot aims to gain knowledge about the technology, train employees and “appreciate the difficulties and insights for future roll out”, says TIM. The next step is to gradually expand the scale of its testing with a view to offering NFC services to consumers in the second half of 2013.

    “This is one of the first NFC pilot projects in Latin America and we see it as just the beginning,” says Gemalto’s Rodrigo Serna. “With a major player like TIM able to provide NFC services to its large customer base, we are a step ahead in implementing massive mobile contactless services in Brazil.”

    As well as the NFC pilot, TIM has also announced plans this month to introduce a broader mobile payments service, in conjunction with MasterCard and Caixa Econômica Federal, the state-owned savings bank. The service, which is due to go live during the second half of 2013, will allow consumers to make purchases at any merchant using a magnetic stripe card linked to their mobile phone number and a virtual prepaid card account.

     
  • Editing Team 16:12 on September 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Coming to Spanish University 

    Spanish-university-NFC-rfid-blogNFC is coming into the University Católica of Murcia, located in southeastern Spain, for physical access, payments and attendance. SALTO Systems, Banco Santander, Vodafone, Gemalto and the public local government have teamed up for the project.

    All staff and over 20,000 students at the university will take part in the eight-month project, and use NFC-enabled services to access all university buildings including laboratories, classrooms, gym, library, as well as the parking areas.

    The school has deployed a campus-wide contactless solution, which enables the university to integrate all its physical security and management needs, through SALTO Systems’ wire-free networked stand-alone locks, for access control.

    The university has produced a video showing a student using his NFC-enabled handset to check bus arrival, attendance to class, access to lab, enter a school recreation facility and check out a bicycle.

    Besides, the pilot also includes additional services using NFC and data-on-SIM based technology to store student academic profiles, university accreditation, data use on campus and public transportation services. The latter includes both local buses and a bicycle rental service where users can load funds onto their mobile phones via a network of payment machines and kiosks.

     
  • Editing Team 15:01 on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Westpac Pilots NFC Payment with Oberthur’s Platform 

    Westpac-Optus-MasterCard-NFC-payment-rfid-blogOptus and Westpac have worked together to conduct a contactless payment pilot project, allowing customers with a debit MasterCard to turn their Android smartphones into contactless payment devices. The system is planned to release next year.

    The “trusted service manager” platform used in the project is provided by Oberthur Technologies, a French company. “Mobile services and devices have been provided by Optus as the mobile partner for this project,” an Optus spokesperson confirmed.

    With the Oberthur platform, Westpac can embed a secure element into an ordinary SIM card, allowing data on an EMV debit card to be stored in the secure element of the phone’s SIM card. Using NFC technology — but without the need for a dedicated NFC chip — the phone can be tapped against an NFC reader to make a purchase.

    “Once the users’ virtual debit card has been personalized on the phone, participants will be able to pay for goods simply by tapping their phone onto contactless payment readers at the checkout,” the company said.

    The project “is one of the first and most recent times where an Australian financial institution is not utilizing bridging technologies such as NFC-enabled phone cases, microSD’s, or stickers to facilitate mobile NFC payments,” said Oberthur managing director Asia, Roswell Wolff.

    Westpac recently announced it was testing contactless Android payments with MasterCard, but it is not the only bank deploying NFC payments in Australia. Recently, Commonwealth Bank also revealed an Android-based payment station and is working to launch Facebook banking by the end of this year.

     
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