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Apple Joins Conference Circuit and Hype Happens; And is Apple Pay Cash a Threat to Banks?

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight –LAS VEGAS: Perhaps to both preserve its mystique and avoid leaks, Apple has scrupulously avoided speaking or exhibiting at trade shows and conferences over the years.

NFC Mobile Transactions Growing but Still Have a Long Way to Go in UK

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – While large UK processor Worldpay is exalting the growth of NFC mobile payments in the UK during the first six months of 2017, it’s important to note that NFC phone transactions still make up a small percentage of total in-store card transactions.

What are Eurosmart and SIMalliance Trying to Hide with Their Latest NFC Figures?: Low or Nonexistent Growth

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The smart card industry has seen better days. Gone are the reports of double-digit annual growth in shipments, fueled by the industry’s twin engines of SIM and EMV banking cards.

Tip Sheet: Visa’s Deadlines for Ending Support for Alternate PANs Apply Globally

NFC TIMES Exclusive – As NFC Times has reported, Visa has set precise deadlines for ending support for alternate PANs and any other form of “tokenization” that doesn’t comply with the tokenization technical framework set by EMVCo, the specifications body owned by the global networks.

Tip Sheet: Visa Relents on Alternate PANs in Taiwan, but Phase-Out Rule Stands; Will Big European Banks Comply?

NFC Times Exclusive – Visa has taken a more aggressive approach than Mastercard to ending support for alternate PANs, which it considers an impediment to its ultimate goal of converting all Visa-branded cards loaded onto smartphones and other devices to tokens complying with the EMVCo tokenization framework–preferably using its own Visa Token Service.

Tip Sheet: UnionPay Not Too Forgiving of Samsung for its Deal with Alipay

NFC Times Exclusive – As if Samsung doesn’t have enough problems, NFC Times has learned that China UnionPay is having a hard time forgiving the device maker for adding support for UnionPay rival Alipay in its Samsung Pay wallet in China.

Tip Sheet: Visa Opens Some Tokenization Tasks to Vendors but Keeps Control of Core TSP Function

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – We have terms, such as trusted service manager, or TSM, and token service provider, or TSP, to describe roles in the digital payments ec

Anderson, Lambert Keep Top Posts Under Lyons in MasterCard’s Reorganized Emerging Payments Unit

NFC Times Exclusive – The structure of MasterCard’s recently reorganized emerging payments unit is becoming clearer, with the payment scheme taking another stab at revamping the unit, which it considers key to its future growth, NFC Times has learned.

Tip Sheet: Apple Holds Line on Transaction Fee Demands in Certain Countries

NFC Times Exclusive – While Apple is believed to have offered Chinese financial institutions a price break on the cut of transaction fees it demands for participating in Apple Pay, the tech giant doesn’t appear to have extended the same offer to banks in some other countries.

Tip Sheet: Vodafone Tries Proxy Play Again, This Time with PayPal; MasterCard Executive Departs

NFC Times Exclusive – No, PayPal is not supporting NFC, contrary to what has been widely reported by the content aggregator publications the past week, as part of its announcement of a deal with Vodafone.

HEADLINE NEWS

Smaller Slovakian Bus Agencies Support Virtual Cards in Google Pay

Two mid-tier bus operators in Slovakia are among the latest to enable their customers to tap virtual closed-loop transit cards in Google Pay to pay fares, using a provisioning service from NXP Semiconductors.

Case Study: BONNsmart Project Seeks to Introduce Open-Loop Payments to Cash-Loving Germany

SWB Bus and Bahn, the transit agency serving the city of Bonn, is the first such operator in Germany to accept contactless EMV payments.

Moovit Moves Forward to Enable Ticketing and Payments in App with More Transit Agencies

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Large trip-planning app provider Moovit has enabled customers of more than 50 mostly small transit agencies in the U.S. to buy mobile tickets it its app, with more agencies to come, the company confirmed to Mobility Payments.

Cubic: Recent MaaS Company Failures among Signs Pointing to Need for ‘MaaS 2.0’

There is little disputing the fact that mobility as a service has not yet lived up to its hype. And the industry’s largest automated fare collection system provider, Cubic Transportation Systems, said it believes that going forward, public transit services need to form the backbone of MaaS platforms, along with enabling more demand-responsive transport.

State of California Seeks to Change Way Transit Agencies Procure Fare Systems

As the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, sees it, the state’s more than 300 local transit agencies offer a fragmented and inefficient mix of fare collection systems–a fact it says discourages many potential riders among the state’s nearly 40 million residents from taking public transit.

Google Launches Ticketing in Maps after Delays; but Search Giant Says It has No Plans to Build MaaS App

Google has finally enabled users to initiate purchases of public transit tickets from its Maps app, following delays. Meanwhile, rival trip-planning app providers Moovit and Transit have been quietly moving forward with signing up most of the same small U.S. transit agencies to sell tickets in their apps.

Washington, D.C.’s, SmarTrip Latest Closed-Loop Fare Card Added to Pays Wallet

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or WMATA, as expected, has added its closed-loop fare card SmarTrip to Google Pay, following support by Apple Pay for the card last year.

Open-Loop Payments Trial at Small California Transit Agency Could Lead to More Rollouts in Giant State

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – California public bus agency Monterey-Salinas Transit on Tuesday officially launched a six-month “demonstration” project to pilot contactless open-loop payments. While the agency is very small, providing only around 3,500 rides per day last year, the launch holds much greater significance.

Cubic Announces Two More Small Transit Agencies Launching Umo, as Company Seeks to Broaden Market Reach

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – U.S.-based Cubic Transportation Systems has announced contracts with two more small U.S. transit agencies to move to Cubic’s Umo ticketing platform, as the large automated fare-collection system vendor seeks to broaden its market reach.

In-Depth: Transit Agency Sells Passes for Bikes and Buses through Trip-Planning App, though Cash Still Reigns

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – RTC of Southern Nevada, the main transit agency serving Las Vegas and the surrounding region, now enables customers to buy passes for bike share in addition to tickets for buses through the trip-planning Transit app. Although the implementation is relatively small, project backers say Las Vegas is the first U.S. city to launch bike share and transit passes in the same app.

Budding MaaS App Hits Milestone for Public Transit Tickets but Share of Total Rides Still Low

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – U.S.-based trip-planning app Transit announced it has enabled 500,000 rides from its app for a group of 13 small to mid-tier transit agencies based in the state of Ohio, though mobile ticketing still makes up a small percentage of total rides provided by the agencies.

Insight: Apple Pay Launch of Virtual Closed-Loop Virtual Clipper Card Follows Emerging Trend

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Although the trend for transit agencies to support open-loop fare payments, including with Apple Pay, Google Pay and other Pays wallets, has continued unabated–even accelerated–during the pandemic, another trend is taking shape: That of agencies adding virtual versions of their closed-loop fare cards into the Pays wallets.