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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


‘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.