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First U.S. Campaigns on Clear Channel Outdoor’s NFC Platform Set for Fall; More ‘Challenging’ BLE Expected in 2015

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

The first two campaigns in the U.S. on Clear Channel Outdoor’s NFC-enabled out-of-home advertising network, called Connect, will launch in the San Francisco area in September, representatives of the company told NFC Times, and they expect nationwide campaigns to go live by the fourth quarter.

The Push and Pull of Proximity-Marketing Campaigns

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: Proximity marketing firms in the U.S. and Europe say that their most successful campaigns see tens of thousands of taps or scans, but amid growing interest in Bluetooth low energy, they say that it is important not to over-use push advertising.

Post-Restructuring, Identiv Says It Will be Heavily Invested in NFC

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: As Identiv’s management shifts focus away from the restructuring process the company began in 2013, NFC tags for consumer goods are the company’s heaviest area of investment and largest area of growth, CEO Jason Hart told NFC Times in an interview.

Industry Experts See Different Roles for NFC and BLE

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: Despite a widespread belief in some circles that NFC and Bluetooth low energy, or BLE, are in competition, a number of observers say they believe that the two technologies will fill complementary market niches, especially in retail marketing and wearable devices.

Clear Channel Outdoor Bases Planned Global Rollout of NFC-Enabled Panels on Encouraging ‘Engagement Rates’

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

The vice president for digital product for Clear Channel Outdoor has told NFC Times the company’s recent announcement of plans to expand its NFC-enabled outdoor advertising network to several more countries is based on “engagement rates” by consumers that justify the larger deployment.

Polls Show Consumer Interest in Wearables as Device Makers Announce Products

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

While some view it as a passing fad, interest in wearable devices continues to grow according to recent surveys, and if the trend holds, it could boost demand for Bluetooth and other connectivity technologies, including NFC.

Tokenization Standard: How it Works; Implications for Host-Card Emulation

By: 
Dan Balaban

The move to standardize tokens by the major payment networks has broad implications for how mobile commerce, including NFC payments, will be rolled out.

Some Large U.S. Transit Authorities Gear Up for Open-Loop Rollouts

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Kiona Smith-Strickland

As large transit authorities in the U.S. prepare deployments of open-loop fare collection, they say they still need progress from the payments industry to make those deployments successful.

Panelists: Facebook Has Opportunity in Payments but Not Likely with NFC or at Physical POS Anytime Soon

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive: Facebook is unlikely to become a real payments player or use NFC or other technologies to try to make the jump to the physical point of sale anytime soon, panelists at a recent NFC conference agreed.

As Isis Moves to National Stage, Take-Up in Two-City Pilot Shows Much Work Lies Ahead for Telco Joint Venture

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Kiona Smith-Strickland and Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive: As the Isis joint venture gears up for its planned national rollout, NFC Times looks at the view on the ground in its pilot cities of Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, from the perspective of merchants and consumers.

HEADLINE NEWS

Contactless Payments Continues to Grow for Transport for London, Helped by Fare Capping

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Transport for London this week was again trumpeting its move to open-loop fare collection with contactless credit and debit cards and applications on NFC phones–noting that contactless payments now accounts for half of all pay-as-you-go metro and rail rides in and around the UK’s capital.

Visa and Mastercard Hope New Online Payments Spec Will Accelerate Rollout of Tokens; U.S. Merchant Group Blasts Network Move as Anticompetitive

Apr 26 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Major card networks Visa and Mastercard hope a new technical framework for online transactions they are backing from their jointly owned EMVCo specifications group will help them keep more transactions on their networks, amid growing competition for mobile and other digital payments and lackluster take-up of the networks’ respective online digital wallets, Visa Checkout and Masterpass.

Second Smartwatch Supports Fitbit Pay, but Payments Service Remains Fragmented

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Struggling wearables maker Fitbit on Monday began selling its second smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa, supporting its NFC-enabled Fitbit Pay service, but not all versions of the new device support NFC in the U.S.

WeChat Pay Touts Access by Merchants to Consumer Data, Messaging Channel

Apr 10 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Both Ant Financial and Tencent Holdings have used their hundreds of millions of users, ready access to Chinese bank accounts, billions of yuan in subsidies for merchants and consumers and protected market status in China against Western competitors to build a combined mobile payments business valued in the trillions of U.S. dollars in transactions.

Regulations Take Effect in China to Limit Risk of Static QR Codes Used by Alipay, WeChat Pay and Others

Apr 4 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Daily limits on QR code- and bar code-based transactions in China have taken effect–mainly hitting Ant Financial and its rival Tencent Holdings­, providers of respective digital payments services Alipay and WeChat Pay.  

Apple Pay Finally Enables Transit Ticketing in Beijing and Shanghai, but It May be Too Late to Turn Back QR Code-Based Wallets

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – After being beaten by rival handset makers Huawei, Xiaomi and even Samsung to the launch of NFC transit ticketing in China, Apple today finally began enabling riders in two major cities, Beijing and Shanghai, to tap to pay fares using closed-loop transit ticketing cards.

China UnionPay Seeks to Bolster Use of Brand for Mobile Payments Overseas; Will It Make a Difference?

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – China’s dominant bank card network, UnionPay, which is badly losing its battle for mobile payments market share among Chinese consumers to rivals Ant Financial and Tencent Holdings–both at home and abroad–is taking steps to try to gain some ground.

Japan Begins Overdue Move to Standard NFC Acceptance

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Japan was the first country to roll out contactless-mobile payments–starting in 2004–but it still does not accept standard, internationally interoperable NFC payments to any real extent, unlike most developed markets.

Google Seeks to Sign Up More Merchants for Tez App in India as Competition Heats Up

Mar 21 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – SINGAPORE: Google is seeking to sign up more small merchants and encourage more retail payments with its Tez mobile payments service in India, an app now mainly used for peer-to-peer funds transfers.

Apple Pay Could Get More Single-Tap Rewards in Next Few Months but Technology is Not Proving Easy to Roll Out

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Restaurant loyalty platform vendor Punchh could enable its delayed single-tap loyalty and rewards service with Apple Pay in the second quarter of this year at as many as six quick-service and fast-casual restaurant chains, the vendor told NFC Times.

Visa Sees Range of Use Cases for QR Code-Based Payments, as It Seeks to Address Threat from New Payments Players

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Visa, which last summer announced it would introduce QR code-based payments to Taiwan by the end of this year, has recently briefed Taiwanese bankers on the planned architecture, use cases and some other details of the technology, NFC Times has learned.