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.

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