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  • Editing Team 18:18 on October 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Australian Supermarket Chain Coles Tests NFC Payments Stickers 

    Australian-supermarket-chain-Coles-NFC-payments-stickers-rfid-blogAustralian supermarket chain Coles is testing a contactless payment sticker that attaches to a customer’s mobile phone.

    “By simply attaching the ‘sticker’ tag to a mobile phone, Coles MasterCard customers will no longer have to take their wallet into store when making contactless purchases,” the retailer says.

    The pilot will enable a sample group of 5,000 customers to use the new Coles Pay Tags to make purchases and earn Flybuys loyalty points.

    “Our customers are constantly looking for ways to simplify their lives, save time and effectively manage their finances,” says Rob Scott, Coles’ finance director. “The new Coles Pay Tag is set to do just that.”

    An app designed to work in conjunction with the Coles MasterCard Pay Tag is also to be introduced early next year for iPhone and Android devices. “The App will make earning Flybuys rewards and responsibly managing your credit card easy — no matter where you are,” the supermarket says.

  • Editing Team 11:39 on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Orange Israel Launched NFC Stickers Package in the Country 

    Orange-Israel-NFC-stickers-package-rfid-blogOrange Israel, one of the largest mobile carriers in Israel, introduced an NFC tag package to its country-wide customer base in October 2012.

    The Orange NFC stickers package contains three NFC stickers equipped with Smartrac NFC inlays. Smartrac supplied the project with Circus NTAG 203 NFC inlays while Tadbik Group collaborated with NFC Israel to support the rollout.

    The three NFC stickers are preconfigured with a set of activities. Users can interact with the preconfigured content or overwrite it using a dedicated app called Orange NFC app. The Orange NFC app is preinstalled on Orange Israel’s Android-based NFC phones and can also be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

    The end user can use the NFC stickers in a variety of ways. By tapping the sticker, users can, for example, open an installed app, enable or disable WiFi/Bluetooth, display text, open a URL, set an alarm, and more. Users can also define “duo actions”, which means that a sticker will cause the NFC-enabled phone to perform one set of actions on the first tap and a different set of actions on the second tap. The “duo action” can, for example, be used to reduce the phone’s ring volume at night and turn it back up again in the morning.

    The Orange tag package is available through Orange points of sale throughout the country.

  • Editing Team 14:35 on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Coffee Bean in Singapore Adds Samsung TecTile NFC Stickers 

    Singapore-Coffee-Bean-Samsung-TecTile-NFC-stickers-rfid-blogSamsung has reached an agreement with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) to place Samsung-branded NFC stickers in all 51 outlets in Singapore.

    Their marketing campaign began on February 8th and will run through March 7th. It will reward Samsung NFC-device users with a larger drink for tapping the NFC stickers. The tap also generates a “Like” for CBTL chain on Facebook.

    Samsung’s TecTile stickers are used during the campaign. Reports from Samsung suggest that other NFC-enabled, Mifare-compliant Android devices should be able to interact with the TecTile NFC stickers.

    The Singaporean government has been backing the NFC ecosystem in the country, with its national tap-to-pay system launched late last year, after years of throwing money at retail outlets to get them to put in contactless payment terminals. All of this is backed on a national technology standard for contactless payment called Cepas, which was set up in 2009.

  • Editing Team 14:13 on January 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Citibank to Issue NFC Payment Stickers in the Czech Republic 

    Citibank-NFC-payment-sticker-credit-card-rfid-blogStarting in February 2013, Citibank Europe, partnered with MasterCard, will issue NFC payment stickers with each new Citi Life, Citi Life Metropole, Citi Broker Consulting, Citi BILLA and Citi CSA credit card. The service will be free of charge.

    The sticker can be placed in any location such as the back of a cell phone or on a key fob and basically works the same way as contactless credit cards: users simply have to hold the sticker in front of the reader at the payment terminal, and the transaction is completed. Payments below CZK 500 (approx. 26 USD) do not require the PIN.

    “Citibank wants to provide its clients with state-of-the-art technologies that will make shopping easier for them. Therefore it will begin to issue free contactless payment stickers with most new Citi credit cards. Current holders of Citi credit cards may also request to receive a free sticker,” said Milan Reznícek, Citibank credit card product manager.

    In the near future, contactless stickers will also be automatically provided with the O2 Citi credit cards that are issued in cooperation with VISA.

  • Editing Team 07:55 on December 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Spanish Bank Kickstarts NFC Stickers for Contactless Payments 

    Spanish bank La Caixa is going to issue contactless TAP Visa stickers to customers in Barcelona this month, with 5,000 participants taking part in the first stage of the project. The bank expects 200,000 stickers to be in use by the time the city hosts the Mobile World Congress in February.

    The NFC-compatible “TAP Visa” stickers attach to the back of mobile devices, carrying an EMV chip holding encrypted card data. Users will be able to make contactless payments at more than 50,000 retailers equipped with contactless terminals across Spain.

    The project is significant because it sidesteps two common issues with mobile NFC: that not all phones are NFC-enabled yet; and that the bank does not have to rent space on a secure element controlled by a device manufacturer or a mobile network.

    However, the use of stickers does introduce limitations as well, such as not being able to provision or manage the “card” over the air, or communicate directly with the user via the phone’s screen and keyboard.

    The bank’s announcement of the roll-out emphasizes consumer security, pointing out that the system has the same security features and encryption as a chip card. Besides, according to La Caixa, the bank’s CaixaProtect guarantee also applies to TAP payments, “thus offering protection against fraudulent operations beyond the user’s control.”

    For transactions of more than €20 (US$26), customers will need to use a PIN and will also get a text message confirming each transaction.

    The bank has also developed a mobile app for iOS, Android and Blackberry phones which allows customers to view and manage transactions.

    In January 2012, the bank launched its contactless payments offering and announced plans to convert 17,000 points-of-sale and 500 ATMs in Barcelona to accept contactless transactions. La Caixa reports that it has processed more than one million contactless payments in the city since then, and the number of transactions under €20 using contactless has grown 15%.

    In summer 2010, La Caixa partnered with Telefonica, Gemalto, Giesecke&Devrient, Samsung, Ingenico and the local city council to run an NFC pilot in the resort town of Sitges. Analysis of usage patterns found that consumers conducted 30% more transactions, with a 23% increase in the average purchase value, than with plastic cards. 60% of transactions were valued at €20 or less.

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