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

By: 
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

By: 
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.

Tag Marketing Platforms Gain Momentum as More NFC-Enabled Smartphones Roll Out

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

As NFC-enabled mobile devices reach the market in larger numbers, announcements of commercial-grade NFC-enabled advertising campaigns have also increased, demonstrating that the market for NFC-enabled marketing is beginning to materialize.

Early Results Point to Slow Uptake for NFC Enabled Print Advertising

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

The NFC enabled Lexus ad in the April 2012 issue of Wired generated much interest in print advertising applications for NFC, but actual take-up among advertisers and publishers appears slow, and there haven’t been any high-profile launches since.

Telcos to Pursue Greater Presence in Payments Business as NFC Rolls Out

By: 
Dan Balaban

A number of mobile operators in Europe and beyond are planning to introduce their own NFC-enabled payment services starting in 2013, as the telcos begin to roll out their NFC mobile wallets.

NFC Ticketing Stuck at the Station: Tech Challenges Contribute to Stall

By: 
Dan Balaban

Five or six years ago, transit ticketing was predicted by many to become first big application service providers would launch when NFC rolled out commercially.

Embedded Chips Expected to Play Key Role in NFC Rollouts

By: 
Dan Balaban

At least two-thirds of NFC phones shipped this year will pack embedded secure elements–offering the potential for service providers to put payment and other secure applications on the chips and avoid working with mobile operators.

Panel: NFC Has Role to Play in Health and Fitness Applications; Though It’s Not for All Uses

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC could have a growing role in health and fitness applications, especially helping to collect and transmit data, though it’s not suited for all uses.

Vendor Groups Release Ticketing Specs While They Wait for Transit Officials to Move on Mobile NFC

By: 
Dan Balaban

The OSPT Alliance, a vendor group that seeks to challenge the dominance of Mifare in contactless transit ticketing, released a second version of its “mobile guidelines” Thursday, which it said would help transit authorities and transit operators to introduce mobile ticketing on NFC phones.

HEADLINE NEWS

In-Depth: In-Car Payments Gears Up but Takes Time to Get Rolling

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Car manufacturers, payments networks and platform providers continue to make deals as they gear up for the much-anticipated arrival of in-car payments–which would enable motorists to buy gasoline, pay for parking and purchase food for takeout, all from their dashboards.

Golden Globes Trophies Get Provisioned Like Payments Wearables to Ensure Authenticity

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The 76th Annual Golden Globes held Sunday featured the usual share of Hollywood celebrities preening for the cameras, showing off their new designer gowns and latest nips and tucks, while holding their trophies high if they won.

Japanese Megabank Mizuho Plans to Launch New Digital Currency Soon for Mobile Payments Service

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Japanese megabank Mizuho will reportedly move forward with its planned launch of a new digital currency to enable QR code-based mobile payments in stores and for funds transfers–with plans to cut the fees merchants will pay to accept the new payments scheme, as compared with credit cards.

More QR Code Payments Services Planned for Japan, Home of Original Contactless-Mobile Rollouts

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Japan, the first market globally to adopt contactless-mobile payments, in 2004, with a technology similar to NFC, will see its two largest convenience store chains introduce their own mobile payments services this year–both using bar codes or QR codes instead of NFC.

Analysis: Commonwealth Bank’s Agreement to Support Apple Pay Could Mark Turning Point for Apple’s Bank Recruitment Efforts

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – With its capitulation last week to Apple and agreement to participate in the tech giant’s payments service, Australia’s largest financial institution, Commonwealth Bank–which had once vowed not to support Apple Pay–shows that Apple is making headway with major banks that had once resisted supporting the NFC wallet.

Major Bus Company Stagecoach Finishes Contactless Rollout as UK Moves Toward Transit Ticketing Interoperability

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The UK’s largest bus operator has announced that it has completed its rollout of open-loop payments acceptance on 7,400 buses in the country, declaring itself the “single largest contactless transit merchant in Europe outside London.”

In-Depth: Australian Transit Authority Rolls Out Open-Loop Payments After Lengthy Trial

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Transport for New South Wales, Australia–the transit authority that oversees trains, buses and ferries in and around Sydney–decided to roll out its open-loop payments service to all train services following an extensive trial.

Canadian Transit Authority Introduces Low-End Wearable for Closed-Loop Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – When Vancouver-area transit authority TransLink introduced open-loop fare payments last May, it was clear that the agency was not planning to phase out its closed-loop Compass Card anytime soon.

In-Depth: Swedish Hybrid Watch Brand Kronaby to Launch Payments Wearables with Innovative Provisioning System

NFC TIMES Exclusive – In one of the first implementations of its kind, Sweden-based hybrid smartwatch brand Kronaby plans to enable personalization of tokenized payment cards over the air using a Bluetooth connection to what is essentially a passive contactless chip in its watches.

Analysis: Apple Again Touts Apple Pay Growth, While Still Not Releasing Details on Transactions

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Apple again reported a tripling of transactions for its payments service, Apple Pay, during its fiscal quarter ending in September, while noting other achievements. But the growth is believed to be off of a relatively low base, and four years after launching the payments service, Apple is still not releasing detailed numbers about its transactions.

In-Depth: Chinese Payments Players Accelerate Rollouts of Transit Fare Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – While mobile payments are rolling out slowly at metro gates and aboard buses in the West, Chinese mobile payments players are accelerating deployments of their services that enable consumers to tap–or more likely scan–to ride.

Major U.S. Networks Promote Online Commerce Spec, Seeking to Keep Digital Transactions on Their Networks, but Not All Merchants are On Board

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Major U.S.-based global networks, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express–hoping to keep transactions on their networks as more commerce goes online and digital–amplified their push for the Secure Remote Commerce specification, which is being drafted by their jointly owned payments specifications group, EMVCo.