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Slovakia: Bank Offers Debit PayPass Stickers Slovakia UniCredit Slovakia (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Slovenia: Banka Koper Launches PayPass NFC Trial Ljubljana Banka Koper (MasterCard PayPass) Mobitel
South Africa: Bank Uses microSDs for Mobile-Payment Trial Johannesburg, Cape Town
Absa (MasterCard PayPass)
National Department of Transport (transit)
South Korea: KT Complements NFC Rollout with iPhone Add-ons South Korea
Shinhan Card (MasterCard PayPass)
Woori BC Card (expected)
KB Kookmin Card (expected)
KT Corp.
South Korea: KT Launches NFC Services Commercially, Competitors Follow Seoul
Korea Smart Card Co. (T-money)
Shinhan Card (payWave or PayPass)
Hana Card (payWave or PayPass)
SK Telecom
South Korea: KTF Takes Lead in GSM Association SIM-Payment Push Seoul Shinhan Bank (MasterCard PayPass) KTF
South Korea: SK Telecom Follows Infrared Payment With Contactless Seoul
Korea Smart Card Co. (T-money)
Shinhan Card (Visa payWave) (Earlier, LG Card)
SK Telecom
South Korea: SK Telecom Holds Small Flex-Antenna NFC Trial Seoul SK Telecom (information on demand) SK Telecom
Spain: Bank Mobile Virtual Network Operator to Launch Trial Madrid Bankinter (Visa payWave) Bankinter Mobile (MVNO)
Spain: BBVA Trial Part of Budding M-Payment Strategy Madrid BBVA (Visa payWave)
Spain: Country's Largest Telco Plans Big Payment Trial Sitges La Caixa (Visa payWave) Telefónica
Spain: NFC Trial Supports Both PayPass and payWave Madrid Banco Santander (Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass) Orange Spain
Spain: Orange Trials NFC Transit Ticketing in Malaga Malaga EMT (transit fare collection) France Telecom-Orange Spain
Spain: Telefónica Employee Trial to Test BlackBerrys for Payment and ID Madrid
La Caixa (Visa payWave-likely), other banks
Telefónica (access control)
Spain: Telefónica launches Large Employee Pilot with Payment and ID Madrid
La Caixa (Visa payWave)
BBVA (Visa payWave)
Bankinter (Visa payWave)
Telefónica (access control)
Autogrill (meal vouchers/prepaid value)
Telefónica España
Sweden: Lock Maker Trials Mobile Door Keys with Stockholm Hotel Stockholm Choice Hotels Scandinavia (Access control) TeliaSonera
Switzerland: Banks Test Mobile payWave Among Employees Zurich
Credit Suisse (Visa payWave)
PostFinance (Visa payWave)
Switzerland: Trial Tests Idea of NFC Payment Without POS Terminals Zurich e24 AG (mobile payment) Swisscom
Taiwan: Attachment Enables iphone 4 with NFC for transit and retail payment Taipei
EasyCard Corp. (EasyCard)
Cathay United Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
E.Sun Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Taishin Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Chunghwa Telecom
Taiwan: Bank Tries Out MicroSDs in Full NFC Phones Taipei
Cathay United Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
EasyCard Corp. (EasyCard)
Taiwan: Chunghwa Telecom First to Market with NFC Launch, but Challenges Lie Ahead Taiwan
EasyCard Corp. (EasyCard)
Chinatrust Cml. Bank (PayPass)
Cathay United Bank (PayPass)
Taishin Int’l Bank (PayPass)
E.Sun Cml. Bank (PayPass)
Chunghwa Telecom
Taiwan: Chunghwa Telecom to Issue Home-Grown NFC Dongle Taipei
EasyCard Corp./President Chain Store Corp. (icash-EasyCard)
Taishin Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
E.Sun Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Chunghwa Telecom
Taiwan: Chunghwa Trials Mobile Payment With Visa and Chinatrust Taipei Chinatrust Commercial Bank (Visa payWave) Chunghwa Telecom
Taiwan: Far EasTone Pay-Buy Mobile Trial Delayed Taipei Taishin Bank (Visa payWave) Far EasTone
Taiwan: No. 2 Telco Holds Trial Though Promised Rollout Delayed Taipei Taipei Fubon Bank (MasterCard PayPass) Taiwan Mobile


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.