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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

Exclusive: Share of Contactless Rides Paid for with Apple Pay and other Pays Wallets in Manchester More than Doubles in Two Years

Transport for Greater Manchester in the UK is the latest transit agency seeing substantial growth of contactless open-loop fare payments from NFC mobile wallets–with the percentage of its contactless tram trips paid for with Apple Pay, Google Pay and other Pays services more than doubling over the past two years, NFC Times' sister publication Mobility Payments has learned.

Fifth Transit Agency to Conduct Open-Loop Payments Trial, Testing California’s ‘Mobility Marketplace’

California transit agency Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District said it plans to launch a pilot of contactless open-loop payments in early 2022, as it seeks to increase customer convenience and reduce use of cash on board its buses, NFC Times' sister publication Mobility Payments has learned.

In-Depth: Contactless Transactions Soar, but Transport for London Affirms that Oyster Will Remain Payments Option

Contactless open-loop payments have surged in recent months for Transport for London, returning to their steep growth trajectory before the pandemic, and now account for 70% of all pay-as-you-go, or PAYG, trips on the London Underground and two-thirds of PAYG trips on buses. And contactless has surpassed 50% of all trips–including those made with season tickets (see chart below).

Transport for London to Offer Weekly Fare Capping with Oyster Cards; Move Expected to Drive Even More Riders to Pay as You Go

In a move expected to make Transport for London’s pay-as-you-go model even more dominant and further erode support for season tickets and other period travel passes, the agency today said it will i

Sydney Transit Official: Opal Card Not Going Away, Despite Growth of Contactless

Sydney-based Transport for New South Wales, Australia’s largest transit agency, has no plans to phase out or de-emphasize its closed-loop Opal card, despite strong adoption of contactless open-loop

Dallas Latest City in U.S. to Accept Open-Loop Fare Payments

Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, has become the latest transit agency in the U.S. to accept contactless open-loop payments, joining just four other U.S. agencies that support the technology, not counting small open-loop pilots happening in California.

While Interest is Growing in Going Cashless in U.S., Few Agencies have Accomplished the Feat So Far

The Greater Dayton RTA, which this month stopped accepting paper passes and tickets, will hit its Nov. 1 deadline to go completely cashless on board its vehicles, an agency representative confirmed to Mobility Payments.

Germany’s Largest Transit Operator Continues with Large Open-Loop Pilot on Buses; No Decision Yet on Rollout

Germany’s largest transit operator, BVG, said its pilot of contactless EMV payments extends to all of its nearly 1,500 buses, and the company has eliminated cash acceptance on board the vehicles, a spokesman confirmed to Mobility Payments. But officials in Berlin have not yet decided whether to make the contactless payments service permanent, he added.

Fairtiq App Sees Rising Usage as Covid-Era Riders Demand More ‘Touchless’ and PAYG Fare Options

Switzerland-based start-up Fairtiq said transactions for its fare-payments technology have more than double since February, as Covid-wary riders continue to seek what they consider to be more hygienic payments methods, as well as more pay-as-you-go options.

‘No Way We were Going to Ask for Half a Billion Dollars…’

Unlike other major transit agencies in the U.S., which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars replacing or upgrading their fare-collection systems, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken a different approach.

Apple's Digital Driver’s License Initiative Not Only One Progressing in U.S.

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Eight U.S. states will soon allow residents to store a digital version of their driver’s license or state identification card in the Apple Wallet, the tech giant announced, noting that the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, will accept the digital ID at airport security checkpoints and lanes. 

UK Bus Operator Go-Ahead Reports Cash Usage has Plummeted Because of Covid, While Contactless Transactions have Surged

The Go-Ahead Group, one of the big five privately owned public bus operators in the UK, said today it has seen cash usage on board the nearly 3,000 buses it runs in England outside of London fall to 23% of transactions, down from 53% three years ago.