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UAE: Plans Call For largest Telco and Bank to Trial NFC Dubai Emirates NBD (Visa payWave) Etisalat
UAE: Telco-Bank Partnership Tests Waters for Possible NFC Launch Dubai Dubai First (MasterCard PayPass) Emirates Integrated Telecommunications (du)
UK: Barclaycard Tests High-Value Payment in Second NFC Trial London Barclaycard (Visa payWave)
UK: Consumers Take to 'Oyster Phone' London
Barclaycard (Visa payWave)
Transport for London and TranSys (Oyster)
AEG Europe (access control to The O2 entertainment venue)
Telefónica O2 UK
UK: London College Tests NFC for Student Attendance London Newham College of Further Education (student attendance) N/A
UK: Major UK Bank Launches Large M-Payment Trial with iPhone Attachment United Kingdom NatWest (Royal Bank of Scotland Group) (Visa payWave N/A
UK: Museum Goers Tap Their Phones for Further Information London Museum of London (information on museum exhibits, links to buy tickets) N/A
UK: NFC Gives Fashion Designers Automatic Feedback from Buyers London
London Fashion Week
Emilio de la Morena collection (automatic messaging)
Telefónica O2 UK
UK: Olympics Phone to Get Tryout for London Games London Lloyds Banking Group (Visa payWave) Telefónica (O2) UK
UK: Orange and Barclaycard Launch 'Quick Tap' NFC Service United Kingdom Barclaycard (MasterCard PayPass) Orange UK (Everything Everywhere)
UK: Orange Kicks Off Small NFC Stadium Ticketing Trial Manchester Manchester City Football Club (stadium ticketing) France Telecom-Orange UK
UK: Orange UK Tests Transit Ticketing Reading Reading Borough (transit ticketing) France Telecom-Orange UK
UK: RBS Tests Contactless Debit at HQ Edinburgh Royal Bank of Scotland (MasterCard PayPass)
UK: Telco Orange and Bus Operator Trial NFC Transit Tickets Cambridgeshire Stagecoach (ITSO) Orange UK (Everything Everywhere)
UK: Telecom Italia Tests Interoperability of Olympics Phone London Banca Intesa (Visa payWave) Telecom Italia
UK: Transport for London Uses NFC to Help Riders Change Trains London Transport for London
UPDATE: Spain: Bankinter Launches HCE Service, Predicts 30,000 Users in 2014 Spain Bankinter (Visa payWave) None
UPDATED: Canada: CIBC Expands NFC-Payments Service to All Three Major Telcos Canada Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) (MasterCard PayPass, Visa payWave)
Rogers Communications (Nov. 2012)
Telus Mobility (Feb. 2014)
Bell Mobility (June 2014)
UPDATED: Switzerland: Shared NFC Wallet to be Deployed by Three Telcos This Year Switzerland
Cornèrcard (Visa payWave)
Aduno/Viseca (PayPass, planned)
UBS (PayPass, payWave, planned)
The Coop (loyalty, mid-2015)
Orange (planned for 2014)
Sunrise (planned for 2014)
UPDATED: U.S.: Isis Reports Higher Activations after Six Months, but Many Challenges Lie Ahead United States
American Express (ExpressPay)
Chase Bank (payWave, PayPass)
Wells Fargo (payWave)
Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile USA


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.