Topic “Bouygues”

French Telcos to Bill Low-Value Ticket Purchases

Consumers in the French Mediterranean city of Nice this spring will be able to pay for low-value tickets on the city’s bus and tram network directly on their mobile phone bills as part of a planned multiapplication NFC project.

Twinlinx

Headquarters: 
France

Twinlinx CEO Jacek Kowalski was too far ahead of his time when he co-founded contactless chip supplier Inside Contactless in late 1995.

Petite Controversy Surrounds Phone for French Project

By: 
Dan Balaban

The stakes are high for France’s planned launch of Near Field Communication services in the city of Nice this spring.

France: Bouygues Tests Downloads of Calypso Application in Lab

Scope: 
Trial
Status: 
Completed
Est. Launch: 
Late 2007
Main Application: 
Ticketing (transit)
Users: 
Limited

Very small internal trial was the first to test the over-the-air download and personalization of a transit application complying with the international Calypso specification.

Association Française du Sans Contact Mobile (AFSCM)

Headquarters: 
France

The French have been doing a lot of deep thinking about how NFC should work when it’s rolled out.

France Telecom-Orange

Headquarters: 
France

France Telecom-Orange devotes considerable resources to NFC and mobile payment at its French and UK offices and R&D centers.

France: 'Demonstration' Tests French Cooperative Approach to NFC

Scope: 
Trial
Status: 
In progress
Launch: 
May 2010
Main Application: 
Payment and Ticketing
Users: 
3,300

French mobile operators officially launched their first NFC demonstration project in the French Mediterranean

Results: 

French operators together have sold something over 3,000 of the Samsung S5230, Player One, since the launch of the project about a year ago. About 20% of subscribers buying the phone, which has been a popular non-NFC model in France, activated one or more of the NFC features in the first year.

Project organizers say they are not disappointed with that rate, given that until November 2010, the only major application available was transit ticketing. Veolia Transport, which runs the bus and tram network in Nice, said the transit operator was happy with the 20% take-up by riders carrying NFC phones. Only 40% of the population regularly uses mass transit in Nice, so the pool of potential NFC phone users is smaller than in many European cities. And only one NFC model has been available in shops in the city, the Samsung S5230.

The first bank, Crédit Mutuel-CIC, added an NFC payment service only around November. Two more banks, including BNP Paribas, launched their services early in 2011, enabling customers to tap their phones to pay at about 1,300 merchant locations that accept MasterCard PayPass or Visa payWave applications in Nice. Payment transaction volumes with the phones are still low, however.

More Nice-style launches are planned in France, including Strasbourg and probably Caen, in the latter half of 2011.

France: Bouygues Tries NFC Transit in Paris

Scope: 
Trial
Status: 
Completed
Launch: 
Nov 2006
Main Application: 
Ticketing (transit)
Users: 
About 50

The three-month trial was the first for Bouygues and followed a three-month internal trial with the same transit operator.

HEADLINE NEWS

In-Depth: Payments Wearables Market Enters New Phase as Passive Devices Get Tokenized Bank Cards

NFC TIMES Exclusive – With the announcement this month by large analog watchmaker Swatch of the expansion of its digital payments service SwatchPAY! to Europe, the payments wearables market could see a considerable change.

Provisioning Tokens to Swatch Watches in the Store: How SwatchPAY! Works

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Switzerland-based watchmaker Swatch plans to roll out its SwatchPAY! contactless payments service to a number of European countries and then perhaps globally, representing budding competition to Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay. But unlike these three smartwatch-enabled Pays services and others, SwatchPAY! uses low-cost analog watches as its payments devices.

Cook Discloses Apple Pay Transactions Showing That Growth Continues, Albeit Somewhat More Slowly Than Before

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Apple Tuesday reported that its digital payments service recorded more than 1.8 billion transactions globally in the tech giant’s fiscal first quarter ending in December, more than double compared with the same quarter a year earlier–though transaction growth is slowing and transactions still represent a small percentage of total card transactions.

Garmin Pay Welcomes Support from Third U.S. Network but More Competition on Horizon

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Garmin Pay added a third network to its smartwatch payments service in the U.S. this week, enabling Discover Financial Services-branded cards to be loaded onto its NFC-enabled devices, as more acceptance points for NFC payments in the U.S. come online to give consumers additional places to tap to pay.

Another Major Holdout Among Major U.S. Merchants, Target, Agrees to Accept Contactless and NFC Payments

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Acceptance of contactless and NFC payments in the U.S. has lagged behind many other developed markets for years, but that continues to change, with another major merchant–big box retailer and top 10 U.S. chain Target­–announcing Tuesday that it would soon take tap and pay.

Swatch Expands Payments Service–Provides Affordable Analog Alternative to Smartwatches

Jan 21 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Swatch, one of the world’s largest watchmakers, has expanded its contactless-payments service to its home base of Switzerland, launching the restyled SwatchPAY! service with seven card issuers Thursday. A spokeswoman told NFC Times the company plans to expand the service to other European countries this year. 

Dutch Bank ABN Amro Commercially Launches Payments Wearables with System to Provision after Sale

Jan 18 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Dutch bank ABN Amro commercially launched its contactless payments service from wearables this week, following a lengthy pilot.

More Asian Cities Open Up to Open-Loop Cards and NFC- and QR Code-Based Fare Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Unlike transit authorities in the U.S. and Europe, transit agencies and the governments that control them in Asia often run their closed-loop fare-collection schemes as separate businesses.

In-Depth: Contactless Card Issuance to Finally Get Rolling in U.S. This Year

Jan 23 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The U.S. is finally on the brink of large-scale contactless EMV card issuance, with optimistic projections from the payment networks, and at least one of the largest U.S. issuers committed to converting its credit and debit card portfolios  to dual-interface cards by the end of 2019.

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.