Spain: Telefónica launches Large Employee Pilot with Payment and ID

 

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MadridSpain
Scope: 
Trial
Launch: 
Mar 2011
Main Application: 
Payment, Access control
Mobile Operator: 
Telefónica España
Service Provider (application): 
La Caixa (Visa payWave)
Service Provider (application): 
BBVA (Visa payWave)
Service Provider (application): 
Bankinter (Visa payWave)
Service Provider (application): 
Telefónica (access control)
Service Provider (application): 
Autogrill (meal vouchers/prepaid value)
Merchants: 
Restaurants, retailers
Users: 
1,000 (gradually increasing to 12,500)
NFC Handsets: 
Samsung S5230 (Star)
TSM*: 
Oberthur Technologies
Secure Element: 
SIM
Other Vendors: 
Visa Europe, Giesecke & Devrient (SIM), Sermepa (processing), NXP Semiconductors (NFC phone chip)

The ambitious project, led by telco Telefónica in Spain, involves three banks, enabling 1,000 Telefónica employees to choose their own debit or credit card account from the banks involved in the trial, La Caixa, BBVA and Bankinter, and have it loaded onto Telefónica SIM cards and personalized over the air. They also can tap to enter work areas with an ID application stored on their SIMs, and can load meal vouchers or prepaid value on the cards for dining at company cafeterias and restaurants. Plans call for gradually expanding the project to 12,500 employees. The telco had originally planned to launch the employee trial last summer. It has since expanded the scope of the project to include payment.

NFC Times Take: 

NFC trial is probably the last for Telefónica before it rolls out NFC in Spain. The project is noteworthy for including multiple banks, though that is not unheard of, especially in France. If the project reaches all 12,500 employees at Telefónica headquarters, it would become the largest NFC trial on record, though it would probably cease to be considered only a trial at that point.

 

 

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Last update: April 2011

 

 

 

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