buy metformin online

Italian Bank Launches NFC Trial; Plans NFC and Remote Payment App

Italy’s Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, or BNL, has launched an NFC trial in Rome, with plans to expand to both online and offline mobile payments and loyalty.

BNL, part of France-based BNP Paribas group, launched the trial last week. The bank is putting a MasterCard PayPass credit application onto SIM cards issued by Vodafone Italia and Three Italy. The cards will run in the NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy S III, according to a presentation last week at the NFC & Mobile Money Summit by Arianna Azzolini, head of cards and daily banking at BNL and Bruno Prexl, payments innovation manager at BNP Paribas.

About 150 customers and employees will participate in the trial, which is scheduled to end in March.

Plans eventually call for the bank to introduce its mobile-payment app, YouPass, which all smartphones would support, including Apple's iPhone. 

The app would enable customers to make both remote and proximity payments, the latter with NFC, said the bank.

The presentation also said the app would support couponing, loyalty and other value-added services. It’s unclear whether the NFC pilot will feature any non-payment applications, however. 

In the trial, users will be able to tap to pay at PayPass terminals at what appears to be a limited number of merchant locations in Rome, including supermarket chains Eataly, Tuodi and Spar and books and music retailer, la Feltrinelli, according to the presentation. PayPass terminals would be available elsewhere.

The bank doesn't reportedly plan to launch NFC commercially until 2014. But the Italian NFC market is heating up, with plans by one of the country’s largest banks, Intesa Sanpaolo, to begin a commercial launch of its Move and Pay app in early 2013.

The bank is working with mobile operator Telecom Italia to roll out of SIM-based NFC payment in Italy, according to an agreement announced Oct. 24. Intesa said it would offer loyalty applications, as well.

The bank and telco will launch a trial before the end of 2012, according to their announcement. It’s not clear whether that trial is different from a multiapplication trial Telecom Italia announced last week.

Intesa has indicated it would support other Italian telcos, which likely would mean working with Vodafone Italia. The bank has said it would support both Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass.

Vodafone Italia earlier this month said it would launch NFC commercially in 2013, including putting its own co-branded PayPass application onto its SIMs.

 

HEADLINE NEWS

Giesecke & Devrient Reports Falling Sales, Lower Profits for 2013

Germany-based Giesecke & Devrient was no doubt glad to close the books on 2013, a year in which it saw substantial job cuts and changes in management and–as it reported Wednesday–lower sales and profitability.

Inside Secure Acquires Security Vendor Metaforic with Eye Toward Host-Card Emulation Market

France-based Inside Secure has acquired encryption and software security company Metaforic in a cash deal worth at least $11.6 million, which Inside Secure says will help equip it to offer security services for host-card emulation-based mobile payments.

China Telecom Chooses NFC SIM Vendors for Large Planned Procurement

China’s No. 3 mobile operator, China Telecom, has selected a list of six SIM vendors for its large planned rollout of NFC services.

Intel Buys Inside Secure’s NFC Modem Technology; Expands License of Inside's NFC Patents

Apr 2 2014 (All day)

Inside Secure is selling its next generation NFC controller technology to chip maker Intel, as well as an expanded license, for $19.2 million, though will keep most of its NFC patents and embedded chip technology.

Big French Bank Announces Nationwide Rollout of NFC-Payments Service on SIMs

Apr 4 2014 (All day)

BNP Paribas, one of France’s largest banks, today announced its long-anticipated nationwide rollout of NFC payments, making Visa-branded debit cards available to customers on SIM cards issued by France’s two largest mobile operators and a couple of smaller brands.

OTI Lowers Losses as It Continues Turnaround Efforts but Offers No Time Frame for Turning a Profit

In the first full year since a takeover ousted former CEO and co-founder Oded Bashan, Israel-based NFC and contactless company On Track Innovations showed some progress in its efforts to turn around the chronically unprofitable company, in part by focusing on sales of contactless point-of-sale terminals.

Australia’s Westpac to Launch First Project with Visa on Samsung Embedded Chips; HCE Gears Up in Market

A second of Australia’s big four banks, Westpac Banking Corp., said it will finally be ready to launch its long-planned NFC contactless payments service with Visa using embedded chips in Samsung phones by the end of April, the bank told NFC Times.

NFC SIM Volumes Projected to Show Moderate Growth in 2014, Though Impact of HCE Remains Unknown

NFC Times Exclusive: Mobile network operators will take delivery of at least two-thirds more NFC SIMs this year than in 2013, predicts operator trade association, the GSMA, though the impact of host-card emulation remains to be seen.

Identive Narrows Losses; Reports More Restructuring

U.S.-based Identive reported significant restructuring and job cuts in the fourth quarter, along with increased sales for NFC and other RFID tags–but still no profit.

NFC Forum Issues Statement Supporting HCE as Means to 'Accelerate' Market Growth

The NFC Forum has issued a statement of support for host-card emulation at its all-member meeting this week in San Francisco, calling HCE a “promising addition to the portfolio of NFC solutions that could potentially accelerate market growth.”

Tenders Due for TSM Platform Planned by Taiwanese Banking Joint Venture

NFC Times Exclusive: Tenders are due tomorrow from vendors in response to a request for proposal for Taiwan’s second planned centralized trusted service management platform–this one from Taiwanese banking groups, which formed a mobile-payments joint venture late last month.

Former Safran Morpho e-Documents No. 2 Named CEO of Contactless Vendor ASK

Former Safran Morpho e-Documents’ No. 2 man Julien Zuccarelli has been named CEO of France-based ASK, as the contactless vendor continues its turnaround and expansion efforts.