NFCW https://www.nfcw.com B2B news, analysis and educational resources on the latest trends and technologies in payments, transit ticketing, NFC and contactless, and beyond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:38:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://www.nfcw.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cropped-nfcw-favicon-white-001-32x32.png NFCW https://www.nfcw.com 32 32 37289602 Brits now use smart cards and mobile phones for half their rail journeys https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/14/364718/brits-now-use-smart-cards-and-mobile-phones-for-half-their-rail-journeys/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:37:07 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64718 Rail passengers are now choosing to use ‘smart tickets’ for half of all the journeys they make, the UK’s Rail Delivery Group (RTG) has revealed, paving the way for the introduction of a wide array of innovative new fare structures. The 50% adoption rate represents a rapid increase from just 37% a year ago. “Smart […]

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Ohio transportation providers roll out multi-operator regional mobile ticketing service https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/14/364711/ohio-transportation-providers-roll-out-multi-operator-regional-mobile-ticketing-service/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:59:24 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64711 Public transportation operators from across the US state of Ohio have gone live with EZfare, a new service that lets passengers use a single mobile ticketing app to buy tickets and passes from any of the participating operators. EZfare is available for both iOS and Android and has also been integrated into journey planning app […]

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Facebook loses Libra cryptocurrency backers https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/14/364705/facebook-loses-libra-cryptocurrency-backers/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:40:48 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64705 Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe and Mercado Pago have followed PayPal in pulling out of Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency project. The moves mean that PayU is now the only payments company to still be listed as a founding member of the Libra Association.

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Royal Mint produces solid gold payment card https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/11/364702/royal-mint-solid-gold-payment-card/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:57:25 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64702 The UK’s Royal Mint has unveiled a payment card that is produced entirely from 18-karat gold and comes with “no spending limit”. Dubbed “the world’s first hallmarked precious metals payment card”, the new Raris debit card is part of a growing trend in ultra-premium card formats. Swiss jeweller Armillion, for instance, recently unveiled a contactless […]

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EMT to pilot blockchain and face recognition ticketing in Madrid https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/10/364687/emt-pilot-blockchain-face-recognition-ticketing-madrid/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:18:29 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64687 Madrid public transportation operator EMT has announced plans to run two next-generation transportation payments pilots. The first is a blockchain-based mobility-as-a-service platform while the second involves a six month pilot of face recognition based ticketing on the city’s buses. For the blockchain project, the goal is to create a single mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) platform that can […]

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Survey pinpoints roadblocks to US mobile payments adoption https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/09/364673/survey-pinpoints-roadblocks-to-us-mobile-payments-adoption/ https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/09/364673/survey-pinpoints-roadblocks-to-us-mobile-payments-adoption/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:25:34 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64673 A major investigation into US consumers’ attitudes to mobile payments has found that concerns over how well they would be protected against loss should an issue arise is now the major barrier to widespread adoption of the technology. The findings are based on a nationally representative survey conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts. This captured […]

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Japanese merchants report sharp increase in mobile transactions https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/09/364667/japanese-merchants-report-sharp-increase-in-mobile-transactions/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:41:14 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64667 The introduction of the Japanese government’s Cashless Japan initiative, which provides consumers with cashback incentives when they use a card or mobile phone to make a purchase, has led to a significant upswing in mobile payments adoption, according to reports from a number of merchants and mobile payments providers. Launched on 1 October, Cashless Japan […]

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Raiffeisen Bank picks Antelop for NFC payments and strong customer authentication https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/08/364662/raiffeisen-bank-picks-antelop-nfc-payments-strong-customer-authentication/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 12:00:42 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64662 PARTNER NEWS: Raiffeisen Bank has launched an Android NFC mobile payments service in Romania and the Czech Republic that uses Antelop Solutions’ digital payments and tokenization platform. The bank, one of the largest retail banking groups in Europe with 25 million customers in 15 countries, now plans to make the service available in additional territories. […]

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Dubai to launch virtual Nol transit card in 2020 https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/07/364651/dubai-to-introduce-nfc-transit-ticketing-in-2020/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 15:58:42 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64651 Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority is to introduce a mobile version of its Nol transit card next year, enabling both tourists and local residents to use their NFC phones to travel on metro, tram, bus and maritime public transportation services. “The Nol Virtual Card is planned to be launched in the third quarter of 2020, […]

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NatWest begins biometric credit card pilot https://www.nfcw.com/2019/10/07/364646/natwest-begins-biometric-credit-card-pilot/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 15:41:50 +0000 https://www.nfcw.com/?p=64646 The UK’s NatWest bank has begun a three-month pilot of a biometric credit card that enables customers to make contactless transactions of up to £100 (US$123) instead of the usual maximum value of £30 (US$37). The biometric credit cards include a built-in fingerprint sensor that the cardholder uses to verify their identity when making a […]

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