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  • Editing Team 17:45 on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Bank of China to Launch NFC Payments in Hong Kong 

    Bank-of-China-NFC-e-Wallet-payment-rfid-blogBank of China (Hong Kong) is to introduce a microSD card-based NFC payments service before the end of the year. Selected customers will be able to use the BOC e-Wallet Mobile Payments Service “from Q4 2013”.

    BOC card and BOC China UnionPay dual currency credit card holders will be able to store their cards on the NFC microSD card and make payments with their mobile phone at MasterCard PayPass, UnionPay QuickPass and Visa PayWave terminals.

    “The BOC e-Wallet Mobile Payment Service will offer customers a new spending model with cross-functional, cross-currency and cross-regional flexibility locally and overseas,” says the bank’s Dickson So.

    BOC e-Wallet will initially be available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy Note 2 LTE, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note2, Galaxy S3 and LG Optimus G Pro smartphones.

     
  • Editing Team 17:38 on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ING Romania Launches NFC Mobile Wallet 

    ING-NFC-mobile-wallet-rfid-blogING Bank Romania has made its ING Pay NFC mobile wallet available to customers, after a year-long in-house trial.

    Available for customers with an iPhone 4, 4S or a Samsung Galaxy handset, the ING Pay app can be used to make microSD-based contactless payments at any Visa PayWave terminal.

    Customers must also have the ING Pay package. This includes an NFC antenna booster sticker and microSD card for Android users while Apple users need to insert a microSD card into a special iPhone case add-on before they can make payments.

     
  • Editing Team 10:57 on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    US Bank Expands NFC iPhone Payments Nationwide 

    US-Bank-NFC-iPhone-payments-rfid-blogUS Bank has expanded its NFC mobile payment service for iPhone users nationwide.

    Anyone who signs up and qualifies for a FlexPerks Visa card and has the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S can use the Go Mobile service.

    Customers who qualify for a FlexPerks Visa card and opt in for the service will receive a customized US Bank Go Mobile iPhone case which is made by DeviceFidelity and can extend the battery life of their iPhone by more than 50%, along with their new card.

     
  • Editing Team 17:30 on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung Next-gen NFC Smartphones to come perloaded with Visa’s payWave 

    Samsung-NFC-smartphone-Visa-payWave-rfid-blogSamsung and Visa have announced an alliance, and Visa’s payWave mobile payment applet will be embedded in next-generation Samsung smartphones and tablets enabled with NFC.

    The next-generation Samsung Galaxy S4 is reportedly to be announced on March 15th. It is expected to include the Visa payWave applet, according to several officials for Visa and Samsung.

    Announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, this is the first partnership of its kind between a payments technology provider and a handset manufacturer, and will pave the way for large-scale mobile payments program implementation, according to Visa.

    Visa expects the alliance with Samsung to significantly accelerate NFC mobile payments adoption, including in the U.S., where NFC use in smartphones and NFC-ready payment terminals has been slow to catch on.

    Selected Samsung NFC-enabled handsets with a secure chip embedded inside will be preloaded with Visa’s payWave app. Banks and other financial institutions can then load payment account information remotely using Visa’s mobile provisioning service to those Samsung handsets for a mass NFC mobile payments rollout.

    “Samsung devices enabled with Visa payment functionality will no doubt be a powerful product offering — especially in markets where paying with a mobile device is becoming commonplace,” Visa global head of products Jim McCarthy said in a statement. “However, the key to making mobile payments broadly available all over the world is to offer financial institutions a secure way to provision millions of smartphones with payment account information — and that is exactly what Visa and Samsung are ready to deliver.”

    With the alliance, it will be faster, easier and cheaper for banks and carriers to set up mobile payments with NFC. Visa payWave is already used in the ISIS NFC consortium of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, as well as in Google Wallet.

     
  • Editing Team 16:01 on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Visa Preparing for “Mainstream Launch” of NFC Mobile Payments in UK 

    Visa-UK-NFC-launch-rfid-blogIt is reported that Visa is working with mobile operators Telefónica and Vodafone in the UK, as well as banks and Android device makers, in preparation for a “mainstream launch” of NFC mobile payments, along with a cloud-based digital wallet called V.me.

    Visa, which has announced plans to expand its acceptance of contactless payment, predicted that the UK will have 34 million contactless Visa-branded cards on issue and 175,000 contactless terminals deployed by the end of 2013.

    Mark Austin, Visa Europe’s head of contactless, stated that contactless transactions topped 2.5 million per month in 2012 and predicted a fourfold increase in 2013, fueled in large part by such major retailers as Boots, Marks and Spencer and McDonalds supporting contactless, as well as Transport for London.

    In December, the transit authority began accepting payment of fares on 8,500 London buses from contactless bank cards. Transport for London reportedly plans to expand open-loop fare collection to the London Underground and Dockland Light Railway next November.

    The launch of the open-loop service on buses had been planned for launch in time for the Olympics, but was delayed, with the authority citing complexities in rolling out the service. Accepting bank cards directly to pay fares on the fast-paced Underground, or Tube, is even more complex, so delays are likely.

     
  • Editing Team 15:41 on September 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    G&D’s Worldwide TSM Services Get Approval from Visa 

    GD-TSM-Visa-MasterCard-nfc-mobile-payment-rfid-blogAccording to Visa, it has approved the TSM (Trusted Service Manager) centers, operated by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) in Munich and Toronto, for commercial NFC applications. The technology group has previously received MasterCard certification for its two TSM hubs last year, and now it is offering worldwide TSM services for contactless payment applications based on

    After a series of tests had been carried out on critical security features and functions, Visa finally issued its approval for it. The G&D data center in Munich was already running pilots via the Visa payWave payment application. With the approval by Visa, G&D will be able to offer service providers the option of having the Visa payWave payment application installed, personalized, and managed Over-the-Air (OTA) in protected memory devices, such as mobile-phone SIM cards or embedded secure elements. As to account data and other sensitive information, they are transmitted in multiple-encrypted form.

    Once the service has been activated, end-users can use their mobile phones to make contactless payments at several hundred thousand merchant contactless terminals around the world.

    With two separate but interlinked data centers — one in Munich and the other in Toronto, G&D can guarantee service providers uninterrupted access even if one of the centers should encounter technical problems.

     
  • Editing Team 16:41 on August 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Mobile Payment System ISIS Set to Debut in September 

    ISIS-mobile-payment-system-debut-NFC-rfid-blogYesterday, T-Mobile announced a software update for the Galaxy S II with ISIS and NFC support, which stirred the Internet.

    The new mobile payment system ISIS, supported by the major mobile carriers including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, is launched in last April, originally set to go live in the first half of 2012. Now, new details claim that it could launch in September.

    The Galaxy S II would be the first device to openly support ISIS, but it’s not the only one. According to Bloomberg, ISIS already supports multiple devices so we should be hearing more very soon.

    This is the initial supporting devices list for ISIS when (and if) it launches next month.

    Verizon:

    -DROID Incredible 4G LTE

    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    AT&T:

    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    -HTC One X

    T-Mobile:

    -HTC Amaze 4G

    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    -Samsung Galaxy S2

    You may think that the list is pretty short, but at least it’s a good start for ISIS. Major credit card companies like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover have already given their approval to ISIS and we expect more down the road.

    Unlike Google Wallet, which relies on Google’s servers and the carriers for verification of payments, ISIS is left for credit-card operators to process the transactions rather than the carriers themselves.

    Like Google Wallet, ISIS’ system uses NFC in smartphones to make mobile payments. Many modern Android smartphones already have NFC chips, but some phones need updates to support the mobile wallet. The HTC One X already supports the system thanks to an update earlier this month, and the latest update to the T-Mobile Galaxy S II also enabled support for the system.

    NFC may very well be a major part of our mobile future, and it’s now up to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to try and prove that.

     
  • Editing Team 17:45 on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Set to Be Used in Taxi Payment in Australia 

    Australia-NFC-taxi-fare-contactless-payment-rfid-blogThe Australian company Cabcharge specializes in taxi payment technologies. Its payment terminals are widely used across the country.

    In 2008, the company signed a deal with VeriFone, an international producer and developer of electronic payment systems, which brought 20,000 electronic payment terminals to Australia. Recently, Cabcharge hit the two-million contactless payment transactions milestone in the use of these terminals, and is expecting that number to rise exponentially.

    The company particularly has high hopes for MasterCard and Visa contactless payments, which have each racked up 500,000 transations since the beginning of the year. Approximately 20% of all the transactions processed by Cabcharge made through MasterCard and Visa have come from mobile commerce systems.

    Cabcharge also has plans to adopt NFC technology, by upgrading existing in-taxi payment engines that link the EFTPOS pin-pad to the company and National Australian Bank’s transaction processing centers.

    It has recently launched the first production run of the Fareway Plus system. This system incorporates NFC technology to facilitate mobile transactions from mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets. With the new system in place, consumers with NFC-enabled mobile devices can use their devices to pay for their taxi fare.

     
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