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Deal with AmEx Highlights Continued Problems Frustrating Apple as It Seeks to Expand Apple Pay

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple’s announcement of its expansion of Apple Pay to five more markets, including Australia and Canada this year, with only one major issuer– American Express–underscores the problems the tech giant is having in signing up banks for the overseas expansion of its mobile-payments service.

Chase Pay to Challenge Payment Networks, NFC Technology

Oct 28 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – LAS VEGAS, Nev.: In a surprise move, JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. credit and debit card issuer by payment volume, announced plans to launch its own wallet app–along with a low-cost mobile-payments service accepted by Wal-Mart Stores and other big U.S. merchants in the MCX merchant consortium.

While Competition Heats Up Among HCE Vendors, Published Certification Lists Remain Thin on the Ground

Nov 6 2015

NFC Times Exclusive – MasterCard has released its first list of certified vendors for host card emulation products supporting its cloud-based payments specifications, though the list includes relatively few suppliers so far. Meanwhile, neither Visa nor MasterCard has apparently certified tokenization suppliers.

Researcher: Apple Bungled Apple Pay Launch from Merchant Acceptance Standpoint

Oct 22 2015

NFC Times Exclusive –  Apple mishandled its rollout of Apple Pay from the standpoint of merchant acceptance, according to a principal with the payments service practice of research firm Phoenix Marketing International, who said a significant percentage of consumers have told the firm they are having trouble finding places to tap their iPhones to pay, along with experiencing other “checkout issues.”

NFC Forum Introduces New Tag Type 5, Supporting ISO 15693 Technology, but with Shorter Range

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – The NFC Forum has introduced a specification for an NFC tag Type 5, supporting the ISO/IEC 15693 protocol, but the trade and standards group is not supporting the protocol’s longer range.

Early HCE Backer Capital One First Major U.S. Bank to Launch Technology with Own App

Oct 15 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Capital One has become the first U.S. issuer to introduce NFC mobile payments using host card emulation with its own app and is one of the largest card issuers globally to launch with the technology.

Georgian Bank Launches HCE App After Quick Technology Ramp-Up

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – The Georgia subsidiary of Russia-based VTB Bank has launched an NFC mobile-payments service using host card emulation, an implementation that featured a quick ramp-up, according to the HCE vendor on the project.

EMVCo Delays Release of Second Version of Tokenization Specification

Oct 7 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – EMVCo has confirmed it will not release the next version of its tokenization specification until at least the second quarter of next year, which would be more than two years after it released the first version of the specification.

Major Chinese Banks Tap HCE as Latest Technology to Try to Spur Mobile Payments

NFC Times Exclusive – Seven major Chinese banks have launched NFC mobile payments using host card emulation, or are planning to do so soon, as they and payment network China UnionPay try to roll out mobile payments more widely and guard their turf against such Internet players as Alipay and Tencent Holdings. 

OTI Files New NFC Patent Suits, Targeting AT&T and Verizon

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – NFC and contactless vendor On Track Innovations has filed new patent infringement lawsuits against U.S. telcos AT&T and Verizon Wireless, less than a week after announcing a settlement with T-Mobile USA in a patent infringement suit it filed in 2012.

Inside Secure Names New CEO; Seeks to Stem Losses, Falling Share Price

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Inside Secure, an early NFC chip supplier, which has since focused on embedded security, has replaced its long-serving CEO Rémy de Tonnac with smart card industry veteran Amedeo D’Angelo, hoping to turn around chronic losses and a plunging share price.

Apple Moves Closer to Apple Pay Launch in China, Though No Date Yet Revealed

NFC Times Exclusive Insight –  Apple has been quietly taking more steps toward a launch of Apple Pay in China, registering a local company in Shanghai and hiring at least two top former Visa China staffers, including the former country manager.

Caps on Contactless Transactions to be Thing of the Past for European Consumers

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – With contactless card payment growing more popular in Europe and high-profile NFC mobile-payments services such as Apple Pay starting to gain a foothold there, payment schemes are preparing to significantly raise or eliminate caps on transaction value to try to encourage even more growth in contactless and NFC payments.

China Construction Bank Launches NFC Payments Using Host Card Emulation, Following ICBC

Oct 3 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – At least one more of China’s big four banks, and perhaps two, have reportedly introduced mobile payments with host card emulation, following Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which launched HCE-based service in May.

Mozido Tops Gemalto to Win Taiwanese HCE and Tokenization Contract

NFC Times Exclusive A joint venture of Taiwanese banks and banking groups has chosen U.S.-based Mozido to supply it with host card emulation, tokenization and wallet technology, a surprise win for Mozido, which bought the U.S. mobile commerce arm of South Korean IT services firm SK C&C less than a year ago, NFC Times has learned. 

With Slow NFC SIM Take-Up and Apple Pay Looming, Banking Group Expedites HCE and Tokenization Platform

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – With SIM-based NFC not taking off in Taiwan and Apple Pay’s eventual arrival on the island considered inevitable, a consortium of Taiwanese banks is expediting plans to add host card emulation and tokenization to their conventional TSM offer.

USA Technologies: Nearly 300,000 Vending Machines Accept NFC; Apple Pay, Android Pay Drive Demand

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – U.S.-based unattended retail payments company USA Technologies had nearly 300,000 NFC-enabled cashless payment terminals connected to its network as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year and expects that to grow strongly next year, as mobile-payments services such as Android Pay roll out, the company said.

Contactless Payments Pioneer Barclaycard Announces Plans to Launch HCE; Builds Technology In-House

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Barclaycard, one of the top payment card issuers in the UK, plans to launch NFC payments from its mobile-banking app in November using host card emulation, which will allow the issuer to avoid putting its payment applications on secure elements to roll out mobile payments.

Google Launches Android Pay as HCE Alternative to Rival Apple Pay Service

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Google officially launched Android Pay in the U.S., its host card emulation-based rival to Apple Pay and its second stab at rolling out NFC payments for in-store payments, following its little-used Google Wallet.

MasterCard Tokenization Launch Matches Visa’s, as Both Schemes Make Play for Mobile Transactions

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – MasterCard Worldwide Tuesday announced its hub-like commercial tokenization program, Digital Enablement Express, a widely expected move that matches a similar service that rival Visa introduced in late May, Visa Digital Enablement Program, or VDEP. Like VDEP, MasterCard’s new tokenization program has signed up Google and Samsung for their respective payments services, though neither MasterCard nor Visa has announced that Apple would join.

Trustonic Says Funding for Joint Venture Increasing Despite Divestiture by G&D

NFC Times Exclusive – Mobile security company Trustonic says its two remaining owners are increasing funding for the joint venture, and it plans to get into new markets, as the company seeks to capitalize on growing interest in securing mobile payment services, among other applications.

SIM-Based NFC Payments Pioneer CaixaBank Launches New App Supporting HCE

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – CaixaBank, Spain’s large savings bank and one of the most important early adopters globally among financial institutions of SIM-based NFC payments, has introduced a mobile-payments app based on host card emulation.

Shutdown of Softcard Costs Major Technology Supplier Gemalto Millions

Aug 28 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – France-based Gemalto estimates it is losing around €30 million (US$33.8 million) in revenue per quarter from the closing of the Softcard mobile-payments service in the U.S. last March–a setback that will end up costing the vendor nearly €100 million in lost sales this year and around €50 million in profit.

EMVCo to Release Overdue Tokenization Updates This Year; But Unclear if Major Update Planned for 2015

NFC Times Exclusive – Commercial standards organization EMVCo says it will publish what are considered overdue updates to its tokenization specification before the end of the year, though the organization is releasing few specific details overall, and it’s unclear whether there will be a major update to the specification this year, NFC Times has learned.

Tokenization from Visa and MasterCard Will be Tough Sell in Such Markets as Turkey, which Could Opt for Alternate PANs

NFC Times Exclusive – Turkish banking group BKM and at least some Turkish banks are among those planning to support their own form of tokenization–alternate PANs–for early and perhaps later rollouts of NFC mobile payments–a move that could put a crimp in the tokenization plans of the major payments schemes, Visa and MasterCard Worldwide.

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Samsung Pay Launches Commercially in Taiwan; No. 4 Credit Card Issuer Taishin Reveals Apple Pay Card Adds

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Samsung made it official, launching Samsung Pay commercially today in Taiwan with seven banks, as expected, following Apple Pay to the market by about two months and beating Android Pay, which is expected to launch on the island nation as early as next week. 

Samsung Pay Launches in UK Without Major Banks or MST Technology

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Samsung today finally launched its Samsung Pay mobile payments service in the UK, well behind rival payments services Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Wal-Mart Still Balks at Accepting NFC; Nordstrom Wants Right to Refuse Some NFC Wallets

NFC TIMES Exclusive – LAS VEGAS, Nev.: It’s been more than two and a half years since Apple Pay launched in the U.S., and retail giant Wal-Mart Stores still is no closer to accepting NFC at its 4,000-plus stores in the U.S. then when Apple began rolling out its NFC-enabled mobile payments service in October of 2014.

Samsung ‘Officially’ Launches First Pays Service in Nordics and Middle East; Expands Beta to Two More Countries

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Samsung today said it had “officially” launched its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates after “early-access launches” in these countries, making it the first of the global “Pays” wallets to fully launch in either the Nordics or the Middle East.

Exclusive: Why are Some of the Largest U.S. Merchants Balking at Supporting NFC?

NFC TIMES Exclusive – While the base of contactless point-of-sale terminals in the U.S. has grown substantially over the past two and a half years, some of the country’s largest merchants continue to resist the idea of accepting such NFC wallets as Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Analysis: Why Rollouts of Payments Wearables Have Gotten Off to Slow Start

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The rollout of payments wearables is hitting a snag, with commercial and technical challenges holding back plans by industry players to enable consumers to buy wristbands, analog watches, rings and other wearables and then load them with their favorite debit and credit cards. (See table, challenge sections, below.)

‘Pays’ Not Enough: Two Singaporean Banks to Expand P2P Apps to In-Store Payments Using QR Codes

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Two of Singapore's major banks–both of which are participating in all three of the “Pays” wallets–Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay–are expanding their peer-to-peer payments services to in-store payments using QR codes.

Taiwan Chief Banking Regulator Reveals Apple Pay Card Adds; Samsung Launches Early Access in Country

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The chairman of Taiwan’s banking regulator, the Financial Supervisory Commission, Wednesday revealed just how fast a start Apple Pay got on the island nation, following its launch of the mobile payments service there in late March.

Analysis: Cook Touts Apple Pay's 'Phenomenal Traction,' but Figures–or Lack of Them–Tell Another Tale

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Apple CEO Tim Cook, with typical enthusiasm, touted Apple Pay’s “phenomenal traction” yesterday in a conference call with analysts. But with one exception, he again failed to release any actual transaction figures for the mobile payments service, while also apparently overstating the contactless and NFC acceptance footprint in the U.S.

Analysis: Enabling HCE Payments in Stand-Alone Wallet Vs. Mobile-Banking App? A Look at Ukraine

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Banks planning to launch host card emulation-based mobile payments have a decision to make: Should they incorporate the payments feature in their mobile-banking apps or introduce a separate wallet app.

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Developers and UK Smart Ticketing Organization ITSO Look to HCE as Option for NFC Transit Ticketing

By: 
Istvan Fekete

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As OEM Pay wallet providers try to get more transit operators to put their closed-loop ticketing applets onto the NFC embedded secure chips in their devices, there is growing interest in alternatives to enable mobile transit ticketing.

Are Security Fears Really Holding Reluctant Mobile Payments Users Back?

By: 
Chandra Lye

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The low number of mobile payment users may have little to do with security, one researcher says.

NFC Transit Ticketing Finally Starts to Get on Track after Years of Delays and Broken Promises

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive – NFC mobile transit ticketing–an application that once held much promise but has shown few results over the past decadefinally appears to be pulling out of the station, getting a boost from the growing interest in open-loop fare collection, the emergence of the “Pays” mobile payments services and increasing efforts by standards makers to solve basic interoperability problems between NFC phones and transit terminals.

Provisioning Companies for Payments Wearables Say Devices Headed to Market; Tokenization Key to Achieving Scale

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – As payments companies pin their hopes on wearables becoming the next wave of portable payments devices, not surprisingly there is more hype than substance when it comes to commercial launches.

Getting Payment onto Wearables–a Start-Up Sees a Niche for TSM Technology

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive – As mainstream trusted service managers struggle to cope with a world in which their services are in much less demand, a tiny, self-funded start-up is seeking to carve out a niche as TSM for millions of fitness wristbands, festival bracelets and other lower-end wearables that might one day be enabled for payment.

Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance to Use Tokenization; Faces Long Road Ahead

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Spokespersons for Nokia’s HERE digital mapping business declined to comment on how the acquisition of HERE by German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, announced yesterday, would affect its leading role in the NFC-based Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance.

Longer-Range NFC Tags Could Bring in More Applications but Also More Privacy and Security Concerns

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive – As the NFC Forum develops its tag Type 5 specification based on the ISO/IEC 15693 protocol, industry sources say that NFC tags using the longer-range protocol could see demand in medical, industrial, and supply chain applications, and most handsets and readers on the market can currently read the tags, although there are still concerns about interoperability and security.

Tokenization: Panel Looks at Costs and Benefits of Transformative Technology

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive With tokenization scaling up, some players in the payments ecosystem will see financial benefit, while others will pay the cost of implementing the technology.

Survey: NFC Trumps QR Codes and Beacons for Connecting to Nonpayments Applications in Stores

By: 
Kiona Smith-Strickland

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Between two-thirds and three-quarters of U.S. consumers say they are interested in using NFC for nonpayment retail applications, according to a study funded by the NFC Forum by research firm Strategy Analytics.

Start-Up Takes on Apple Pay but Needs Help from Other OEMs

By: 
Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive: While some high-volume U.S. merchants, such as McDonald’s, Subway and Walgreens accept Apple Pay, along with other NFC-payments services, a key weakness of these platforms is the low percentage of merchants in the U.S. where consumers can tap to pay with their phones.