France: Trial Puts Contactless Version of Moneo E-Purse on Phones

 

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Besançon France
Scope: 
Trial
Status: 
Completed
Launch: 
Oct 2007
Main Application: 
Payment
Service Provider (application): 
Credit Agricole and BMS (Moneo e-purse)
Merchants: 
University restaurants, pools and shops
Users: 
100
NFC Handsets: 
Nokia 6131
TSM*: 
Giesecke & Devrient
Secure Element: 
Embedded
Other Vendors: 
Ingenico (POS terminals), NXP Semiconductors, (NFC phone chip and secure element)

The trial, conducted with the CROUS student organization of the eastern French city of Besançon, reportedly allowed students to recharge their prepaid Moneo electronic purse over the air and view transactions on the screen. They could then pay at university merchants and other locations, as well as view their transaction history.

NFC Times Take: 

Like other closed-loop electronic purses in Europe, France’s Moneo has been a flop in the form of a contact smart card. NFC probably won’t save it, but the backer of this trial, Crédit Agricole, has experimented with peer-to-peer payments using NFC phones. This trial no doubt gave it some experience with student m-payment habits.

 

 

* Trusted Service Manager: Defined loosely to include companies or other organizations securely distributing, provisioning and managing applications, generally over the air, on secure elements in NFC mobile phones; or licensing their platforms for this purpose.

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