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Outdoor NFC Campaign Promotes Australian Launch of Zero Dark Thirty Australia Vizeum, for Icon Films (Promotion of film) N/A
Philippines: Nokia Modifies 6131 To Handle SIM-Based Payment for Trial Manila Bank de Oro (MasterCard PayPass) Smart Communications
Poland: Bank Trials iPhone Attachment with Visa payWave Warsaw Bre Bank (mBank and MultiBank retail brands) (Visa payWave) N/A
Poland: Orange Launches NFC Trial with Bank Poland Bank Zachodni WBK PTK Centertel (Orange Poland)
Poland: Orange Operator First to Announce NFC Commercial Launch Poland BRE Bank (Orange Cash-MasterCard PayPass) Orange Poland
Poland: PayWave Issuer to Launch NFC-Payment Trial Warsaw, Wroclaw and Poznan Bank Zachodni WBK (Visa payWave) Polkomtel
Poland: T-Mobile to Roll Out NFC With Multiple Banks Poland
Raifeissen Polbank, (formerly Polbank EFG) (MasterCard PayPass)
mBank (BRE Bank) ( MasterCard PayPass)
Getin Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Noble Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Citibank (expected, MasterCard PayPass)
Millennium bank (expected, MasterCard PayPass )
T-Mobile Poland (PTC)
Poland: Telco and Bank Beat Rivals to Launch Country’s First NFC Trial Warsaw Inteligo (MasterCard PayPass) PTC
Poland: Telco and Bank Launch Cobranded Sticker Poland Polbank EFG (MasterCard PayPass) PTC
Portugal: Three Telcos Test Mobile Ticketing in Lisbon Lisbon Metro de Lisboa (transit fare payment)
TMN
Vodafone
Optimus
Qatar: Bank and Telco Trial PayPass, with Plans for Expansion Doha Qatar National Bank (MasterCard PayPass) Qtel
Romania: Dutch Bank Tests Prepaid Payment Bucharest ING (MasterCard PayPass) Various
Russia: Airport Shuttle Service and Mobile Operators Trial NFC Ticketing Moscow Aeroexpress (airport shuttle tickets)
MegaFon
MTS
Vimpelcom
Russia: Bank Launches on Samsung Embedded Chips Following Delay Russia Russian Standard Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Russia: Issue to Launch Payment on Embedded Chips in NFC Phones Russia Tinkoff Credit Systems bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Russia: Large Telco and Transit Operator Test SIMs with Flexible Antennas Moscow Moscow Metro (Mifare) MTS
Russia: St. Petersburg Metro to Trial Contactless-Mobile Ticketing St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg municipality (fare-collection)
Bank St. Petersburg (top-ups)
N/A
Russia: Telco and Oil Company to Launch Mobile Pay at the Pumps Perm Lukoil (payment application) MTS
Singapore: Citi's Tests payWave With Telco M1 Singapore Citibank (Visa payWave) M1
Singapore: First Trial Combining NFC and FeliCa Singapore EZ-Link (closed-loop transit and retail purse) StarHub
Singapore: SingTel Announces Plans for Launch NFC with Payment Service Provider EZ-Link Singapore EZ-Link (Prepaid card for retail payment) SingTel
Singapore: SingTel Trial Enables OTA Reloads of NETS Purse Singapore NETS (e-purse, mobile couponing) SingTel
Singapore: Telco M1 Launches NFC with Two Payment Services and Three Phones Singapore
EZ-Link (ez-link e-purse based on CEPAS)
M1 (Prepaid MasterCard PayPass, issued by E-Z Link)
M1
Singapore: Telco StarHub to Launch First of Government-Supervised NFC Projects Singapore
DBS bank (MasterCard PayPass)
EZ-Link (ez-link e-purse, retail payment and separate PayPass prepaid application)
StarHub
Singapore: Telco, Bank, Transit-Purse Operator Launch Flex-Antenna Trial Singapore
DBS Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
EZ-Link (ez-link)
StarHub

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.