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Russian Issuer to Launch NFC Payment on Embedded Chips in HTC, Philips Phones

A Russian mobile wallet and services provider is turning to embedded secure elements in a trio of Android smartphones to launch a MasterCard PayPass application in Russia this summer.

Russia: Telco and Oil Company to Launch Mobile Pay at the Pumps

Scope: 
Rollout
Status: 
Planned
Launch: 
Nov 2011
Main Application: 
Payment
Users: 
N/A

Customers will be able to tap their phones to pay at the gasoline pumps in the Russian city

Tapping at the Pumps to Pay: Russian Telco and Oil Company to Launch Service

Russia’s largest mobile operator, MTS, and its second largest oil company, Lukoil, plan to enable consumers to pay at the gasoline pumps with a tap of their phones.

Russia: Airport Shuttle Service and Mobile Operators Trial NFC Ticketing

Scope: 
Trial
Launch: 
Jun 2011
Est. Launch: 
(First phase: Nov. 2010)
Main Application: 
Transit ticketing
Users: 
200 (first phase: 40)

During the first phase of the trial, held between November 2010 January 2011, about 40 participants could tap their Nokia 6212 NFC phones on smart posters to buy a ticket.

Moscow Airport Shuttle Continues NFC Test; Rollout Possible

Moscow airport shuttle service Aeroexpress is launching the second phase of its NFC ticketing trial, using NFC chips with flexible antennas and stickers as well as NFC phones, to enable participants to buy tickets with a tap of their handsets.

Russia: Large Telco and Transit Operator Test SIMs with Flexible Antennas

Scope: 
Trial
Status: 
Planned
Launch: 
Nov 2010
Main Application: 
Ticketing (transit)
Users: 
N/A

Russia’s largest mobile operator, MTS, is partnering with the Moscow Metro, one of the busiest subway systems in the world, to launch a trial of contactless-mobile transit ticketing.

Russia’s Largest Bank to Use NFC Embedded Chips; Discussing Pilot with Visa, Samsung for Sochi Games

Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, plans to launch mobile payment using embedded chips in NFC phones, snubbing Russian mobile operators, the bank’s director of IT strategy told NFC Times.

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LA Metro Plans NFC-Enabled Mobile App for TAP Card But Holds Off on Open Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or Metro, plans to introduce mobile payments using NFC phonesbut only supporting its closed-loop TAP fare payments service, not open-loop payments, NFC Times has learned.

Chinese Wearables Makers Begin to Introduce Low-Cost Devices Supporting NFC Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – A new smartwatch from low-cost Chinese wearables maker Huami and the latest fitness band version from Huami’s major investor and partner, Xiaomi, both support transit and retail payments–making them among the first budget smart wearables devices supporting NFC payments.

In-Depth: San Francisco’s $461 Million Transit Contract Will Support NFC Ticketing but Not Open-Loop Contactless Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – A planned US$461 million contract to upgrade and operate the Clipper fare collection system in the San Francisco Bay Area will include account-based ticketing and a mobile app that will enable customers to tap for rides with a closed-loop virtual Clipper card on NFC-enabled smartphones.

Apple Drops Requirement to Have App Open for Tag Reading

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Apple has relaxed its approach to NFC tag reading in its new iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr models, removing the requirement to have a reader application open in order to use a tag. It calls the feature Background Tag Reading, and it offers essentially the same functionality that Android devices have had for years.  

Fossil Expands Support for NFC Payments, as It Continues Push into Smartwatch Market

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – U.S.-based Fossil Group is pushing deeper into the smartwatch market, as it seeks to diversify from the financially strapped traditional watch market. Among the apps Fossil is offering on several new smartwatch models are Google Pay and Alipay, the latter in China.

Google Expands Payments Service in India, Targeting Projected $1 Trillion Digital Payments Market

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight Google, its eye on India’s projected US$1 trillion digital payments market in five years, has rebranded its Tez payments service to Google Pay and is planning to expand its services, including to Gmail-based payments and, later, NFC.

Fitbit Unveils First Non-Smartwatch Supporting NFC Payments Service, but Progress of Device Rollout Slow

Oct 13 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight ­– U.S.-based wearables maker Fitbit in November plans to release its first non-smartwatch supporting its payments service, Fitbit Pay, with the recent unveiling of its new health and fitness tracker Charge 3–but as with its Versa smartwatch, released in April, the NFC payments feature will only be available on a “special edition” version of the tracker in the U.S. and likely in some other markets.

Analysis: Three Years In, Samsung Pay Transaction Figures Are Still Nothing to Boast About

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – ­Three years after its launch in South Korea, consumer take-up of Samsung Pay remains lackluster, despite the company’s efforts to hype up its newly released figures.

Dominant NFC Chip Supplier Seeks to Move Up Value Chain by Providing More Services

NFC TIMES Exclusive – NXP Semiconductors, the dominant supplier of NFC chips and secure elements for smartphones and wearables, is seeking to push further up the value chain, offering such services as a white-label wallet platform and provisioning of bank and transit payments applications.

More Cities Plan to Launch Transit Ticketing in Google Pay Wallet

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Some major cities plan to enable their transit fare payments in the Google Pay wallet, using NXP’s Mifare 2GO provisioning service, NXP Semiconductors confirmed to NFC Times, adding that the implementations could put the fare-payments applications on secure elements.

Vancouver Transit Authority Plans to Run Open-Loop and Closed-Loop Fare Collection Side by Side

Aug 13 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Vancouver-area transit authority TransLink is seeing modest consumer take-up for its new open-loop contactless fare payments service and around 6% of the contactless EMV credit transactions are from NFC mobile wallets so far, NFC Times has learned.

Mastercard Backs Open-Loop Transit Payments in Taiwan’s No. 2 City

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city, plans to enable riders to enter subway gates by tapping contactless EMV credit cards and NFC wallets by the end of the year, working with Mastercard.