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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

‘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.

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.

Transit Operator Arriva Launches MaaS App in Netherlands; Hints at Expansion to Other European Countries

Arriva, one of the largest private transit operators in Europe, has launched a mobility-as-a-service app in the Netherlands, using white-label software from Israel-based trip-planning app provider

Cal-ITP: Agencies in California Could Hold ‘Several More’ Open-Loop Fare Payments Pilots

The California Integrated Travel Project, or Cal-ITP, is “on track to have at least several more” open-loop pilots or demonstration projects, a spokeswoman for the program told Mobility Payments.

Exclusive: Australia’s Transport for New South Wales Sees ‘Significant Increase’ in Use of Mobile Wallets by Riders

Mobile wallets now make up more than half of all contactless payments for Transport for New South Wales, Australia’s largest transit agency, the agency confirmed to Mobility Payments.

Start-Up Aims to Encourage More Taxi Drivers to Accept Bank Cards for Fares in Turkey

A Turkish start-up hopes to entice more taxi drivers to accept contactless credit and debit cards using SoftPOS terminals on Android smartphones, under a scheme being rolled out by the local fintec

Moscow Metro Launches Test of Facial Recognition Fare Payments Ahead of Rollout; Agency Says Masks Can Slow Verification

Moscow Metro announced that it is officially testing facial recognition-based fare payments at turnstiles, with plans to roll out the technology by the end of the year.

Major Transit Agency to Test Virtual Closed-Loop Cards with Google Pay

Aug 8 2021

Moscow Metro is launching a trial of a virtual version of its closed-loop Troika card that will be added to the Google Pay wallet, the agency announced Wednesday.

WMATA in D.C. Rolling Out New Terminals but has No Immediate Plans to Support Open Loop

The Washington (D.C.) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority last month started to replace 1,200 aging fare gates for its 91-station metro system and starting next year will do the same with 20-plus year-old fareboxes on board 1,500 buses, including upgraded readers for its closed-loop SmarTrip cards.

Visa Touts Growth in Contactless, Continues to Push Open-Loop Payments

Visa reported this week that contactless payments continued to climb as a percentage of all face-to-face transactions with its brand, mainly at retail, and among the uses the network is continuing to push for contactless is to pay for transit fares.

MaaS Global CEO: Transit Agencies Should Not Control MaaS Platforms

Sampo Hietanen, founder and CEO of Finland-based MaaS Global, agrees with most other industry experts that public transit should form the “core” of the mobility services on offer in any MaaS app or platform. But he contends that it would be a mistake for the agency itself to control the platform.

Case Study: German City First to Go Live with Check-in/be-out System in Country

Despite the growing popularity of contactless, NFC and QR-code technologies for electronic fare-collection, some transit agencies are experimenting with other technologies to collect fares.