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Germany: No. 3 Telco Launches Wallet and Payments Application, Following Rivals Germany E-Plus/Wirecard (MasterCard PayPass) E-Plus (Base)
Germany: Pioneering NFC Transit Ticketing Project Expanded Frankfurt RMV (Transit authority)
Germany: Telco and Bank Launch Trial of PayPass Credit Applet; Larger Launches Expected Dortmund Dortmunder Volksbank/WGZ Bank (MasterCard PayPass) Telefónica (O2) Germany
Germany: Three Telcos Join National Railway In Touch&Travel Project Berlin and other cities Deutsche Bahn and other public transit agencies (transit ticketing)
Vodafone Germany
T-Mobile (phase 2)
Telefónica 02 Germany (phase 2)
Germany: Transit Officials Enable Users to Tap or Scan in New Trial Frankfurt
Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund, RMV, (Service discovery)
Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main, VGF, (Service discovery)
N/A
Guatemala: Rare Latin American Trial Launches With payWave Guatemala City
Banco Industrial
Banco Uno (Visa payWave)
Hong Kong: Hang Seng Bank and PCCW Launch NFC Service Hong Kong Hang Seng Bank (MasterCard PayPass) PCCW mobile
Hungary: Country’s Largest Bank, OTP, Plans NFC Commercial Launch Hungary
OTP Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
SuperShop (loyalty)
Magyar Telecom (Deutsche Telekom group)
Vodafone Hungary
Telenor Hungary (expected)
Hungary: Magyar Telekom Launches Commercial NFC Service Hungary
OTP Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
SuperShop (loyalty)
InterTicket (event ticketing)
Magyar Telekom (Deutsche Telekom)
Hungary: Telcos and Bank Launch Large Mobile-Wallet Trial Hungary OTP Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Magyar Telekom (T-Mobile)
Telenor Hungary
Vodafone Hungary
India: Citi Goes For Scale With Bangalore Trial Bangalore Citibank (MasterCard PayPass) Vodafone Essar
Indonesia: Dominant Telco To Trial Payment Scheme with RF-SIMs Jakarta Telkomsel (closed-loop payment) Telkomsel
Ireland: Loyalty-Scheme Operator Uses Stickers While Waiting for NFC Ireland Zapa Technology (Zapatag retail loyalty) Various
Italian Bank Launches First V Pay Debit Trial Sondrio, Chiavenna, Morbegno and two other cities Credito Valtellinese (Visa payWave) N/A
Italy: Bank Launches Mobile-Payment Trial with Two Telcos and PayPass Rome Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, BNL (MasterCard PayPass)
Vodafone Italia
Three Italy
Italy: Large Italian Bank Distributes NFC Phones for SIM-based NFC Payment Trial Milan and Turin Banca Intesa Sanpaolo (MasterCard PayPass) Nòverca (MVNO)
Italy: Tapping To Spend Points At Outlet Stores Serravalle, Pocapaglia, Alba and two other cities Miroglio (loyalty) Telecom Italia
Italy: Telecom Italia Launches Large NFC Trial; Likely a Prelude to Rollout Milan
Intesa Sanpaolo (credit application)
Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (transit ticketing)
Telecom Italia
Italy: TIM And Transit Agency To Expand Trial in Milan Milan Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (transit fare collection) Telecom Italia
Italy: TIM Wallet Remains Small, Though More Projects By Italian Telcos, Banks Planned Milan Intesa Sanpaolo (Visa payWave) Telecom Italia
Italy: Transit Ticketing In Trento Trento Trentino Trasporti (transit fare collection) Telecom Italia
Japan: DoCoMo Drives Nationwide Rollout of Contactless Wallet Phones Japan
NTT DoCoMo (iD)
JR East (Mobile Suica)
bitWallet (Edy)
Seven-Eleven (nanaco)
JCB (QUICPay)
McDonald’s (loyalty)
All Nippon Airways (airline check-in, loyalty)
Japan Airlines (airline check-in)
Coca Cola Japan (Cmode—vending purchases)
Yodobashi (camera store—loyalty)
NTT DoCoMo
KDDI
Softbank Mobile
Japan: Google Launching Places Test in Tokyo with Japanese Wallet Phones Tokyo Google (Google Places) N/A
Japan: JCB Holds Internal NFC Test Tokyo JCB (J/Speedy)
Japan: KDDI to Launch Multiapp NFC Trial in 'FeliCa Country' Tokyo
Orico (MasterCard PayPass)
Jibun Bank (m-banking, other)
Credit Saison (PayPass acceptance)
Aiwai Card Services (e-money)
Toho Cinemas (event ticketing)
All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines (check-in or boarding, likely)
KDDI or NTT Data (likely) (Japanese contactless driver’s license)
Toyota Motor (automobile services)
Other
KDDI

HEADLINE NEWS

First Transit Agency to Sell Tickets Through Uber App Sees Relatively Few Takers Two Years on

Apr 21 2021

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Regional Transportation District of Denver was the first transit agency to work with Uber to sell its bus and light rail tickets through the Uber app in the spring of 2019. RTD later that year expanded the service to trip-planning app Transit and then last fall to the app for another ride-hailing service, Lyft.

Sydney to Test Multimodal Payments Involving Private Mobility Providers Using Digital Closed-Loop Card

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – A trial to be held later this year in Australia’s largest city, Sydney, if it proves successful, could offer one example for how agencies can encourage customers to take multimodal transport combining public and private operators. The economics behind the New South Wales government’s trial offer are unclear, however.

Rome Transit Operator: Covid Accelerates Demand for Contactless Payments but Customer Habits Hard to Change

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The CIO of Italy’s largest public transit operator, ATAC SpA, said the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated demand for open-loop contactless and mobile payments, but added that old habits are hard to break for customers and use of cash and paper tickets are still popular.

Dubai Transit Authority Plans to Launch Its Closed-Loop Card in More NFC Wallets

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, or RTA, which in December first launched mobile fare payments with a digital version of its closed-loop card in Huawei smartphones, says it plans to expand the service to other OEMs, including Apple and Samsung.

Case Study: Transit Agency in Portugal Combined NFC with BLE for Mobile Ticketing; Faced Challenges

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The agency that runs ticketing for 19 public bus, tram and train operators serving Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, says it has had success–and faced several challenges–with the rollout of its Anda mobile-ticketing app.

OMNY Hits New Usage Milestone as Open-Loop Payments Rollout Continues

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, says it continues to see steady growth of its open-loop fare payments service, OMNY, announcing 50 million taps by customers using NFC wallets and bank cards to ride the massive New York City Subway and the city’s buses.

In-Depth: Contactless Open-Loop Pilot in Spain First Project from Vendor Partnership

Mar 11 2021

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Bilbobus, which operates bus service for the city of Bilbao, in northern Spain’s Basque region, says it launched its recent trial of con

Moscow Metro Plans Rollout of ‘Face Pay’ Technology for Fare Collection

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Moscow Metro plans to roll out facial-recognition technology at every station by the end of 2021 to enable customers to pay fares, officials say. The project, while delayed, would be the largest of its kind globally.

Stockholm Transit Agency Launches Open-Loop Fare Payments for Multimodal Rides

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Stockholm Public Transport, or SL, the city-owned company that oversees major public transport in the city, is the latest agency in Europe to launch open-loop fare collection, offering multimodal rides with a tap of a contactless EMV bank card or NFC device.

Case Study: Amsterdam Transit Operator Seeks to Go Nearly 100% Digital for Ticketing to Cut Costs and Enhance Service

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – GVB, Amsterdam’s largest public transit operator, says it seeks to replace an aging closed-loop fare card system and go to open-loop and other digital tokens with the planned rollout of its new account-based ticketing system.

Google Announces Plans to Enable Public Transit Ticketing in Maps App along with Rollout of Parking Fare Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Google has announced plans to launch public transit ticketing for more than 80 cities globally in coming weeks from its trip-planning Maps app and also to enable users to buy virtual closed-loop fare cards–starting with the Clipper card in the San Francisco Bay Area–directly from the app. That’s in addition to enabling payments for parking in more than 400 U.S. cities.

UPDATED: U.S. Federal Government Awards Grants to Help Transit Agencies Roll Out Contactless Payments and Mobile Ticketing

Feb 18 2021

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – U.S. public transit agencies have been keen to remove cash and paper tickets from their buses and trains and to keep more distance between customers and agency staffers because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now they are getting a new boost from the U.S. federal government in the form of grant funds to enable them to enhance contactless and mobile payments systems, among other measures.