Projectsort icon City Service Provider Mobile Operator
U.S.: Discover Financial to Trial iPhone Attachment with Employees Chicago and Salt Lake City Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
U.S.: Discover Launches Contactless Zip Stickers United States Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
U.S.: Discover Pursues Contactless-Mobile Strategy With Sticker Trial Chicago and Salt Lake City Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
U.S.: Early Test In Texas Is Prelude To More Trials Irving, Texas JPMorgan Chase (MasterCard PayPass) AT&T Wireless
U.S.: Early Trial Pairs Discover With Motorola Chicago Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
U.S.: Fast-food Chain Tests Contactless Loyalty Stickers Rochester, Indiana Dairy Queen (Tetherball loyalty program) N/A
U.S.: Go-Tag Sticker Gets C-Store Debut Pennsylvania and other locations First Data (Visa payWave through MetaBank) N/A
U.S.: Google Expands NFC-Enabled Places Service Portland, Austin, Las Vegas, Madison, Charlotte Google (Google Places) N/A
U.S.: Google Launches NFC Wallet to Deliver Payment and Offers New York and San Francisco, other cities
Citigroup (MasterCard PayPass)
Google (Google Prepaid card, PayPass)
The Bancorp Bank (issues virtual prepaid card used for cloud-based payment)
Google (Google Offers)
U.S. Cellular
Virgin Mobile USA (MVNO owned by Sprint)
U.S.: HSBC Tests NFC With Internal Pilot New York and Chicago HSBC U.S. credit card unit (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
U.S.: Internal Trial Attempts PayPass Downloads Wilmington Bank of America (MasterCard PayPass)
U.S.: Isis to Launch First Pilot with Transit and Payment in Salt Lake City Salt Lake City, Austin
JPMorgan Chase
Capital One
American Express
Barclaycard US
Utah Transit Authority
AT&T (Isis)
Verizon Wireless (Isis)
T-Mobile USA (Isis)
U.S.: Large American Bank to Test Contactless Payment with microSDs New York Bank of America (Visa payWave) N/A
U.S.: M-payment Start-up Moves to Contactless Stickers Rexburg, Idaho Citizens Community Bank (closed-loop payment) (current phase) N/A
U.S.: Multiapp Trial Involves Transit Agency, Fast-Food Restaurant San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART transit application), Jack in the Box (stored-value payment via First Data, smart poster service) Sprint
U.S.: NFC-Enabled Magazine Print Ad Lets Users ‘Test Drive’ Dashboard App Service NYC, N. Calif., LA, Boston, Md., Wash., D.C., Dallas, Austin, S. Florida Wired magazine (Lexus advertisement) N/A
U.S.: Nokia and New York Transit Authority to Test Tag-based Ticketing New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Long Island Rail Road) (Network-based ticket) N/A
U.S.: Small Telco, Handset Maker Trial NFC Jackson and Memphis Bank of America (MasterCard PayPass) Cellular South
U.S.: Trial Tests Payment and Content Downloads at Stadium Atlanta JPMorgan Chase (Visa contactless credit) Cingular (now AT&T)
U.S.: U.S. Bank Tests PayPass Spokane U.S. Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
U.S.: U.S. Bank to Test Contactless microSD Card with payWave Onboard Minneapolis (likely), other cities U.S. Bank (Visa payWave) N/A
U.S.: University Tests Mobile Access Control with MicroSD Cards Tempe Arizona State University N/A
U.S.: Wells Fargo Launches microSD Card Trial with Employees San Francisco Wells Fargo (Visa payWave) N/A
U.S.: With Apple Pay Launch Imminent–a Rundown of Key Participants and Suppliers U.S.
American Express (ExpressPay)
Bank of America
Capital One Bank
Wells Fargo
More than 500 others
(Issuers will issue Visa payWave,
PayPass or ExpressPay
or all three)
U.S: Tiny Trial Tests Transit Ticketing Boston
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (CharlieCard)
MasterCard PayPass


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.