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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


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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.