Sydney to trial open-loop transit payments

Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corp., announced that it has received a contract worth $7.6 million from Transport for New South Wales to deliver a trial of an open-loop payments ticketing technology to Sydney, Australia's largest city....

Trade group releases new specs for NFC devices

The NFC Forum has announced the availability of three adopted and one candidate technical specifications, following approval by the board of directors. The specifications are available on the NFC Forum website. Significant enhancements to these specifications include the addition of...

Beer me: Barclaycard tests contactless-enabled, self-pouring ale pump

Barclaycard is testing what it calls the first-of-its-kind self-pouring beer pump that allows drinkers to pour their own pint of ale and pay in just 60 seconds with a touch of their contactless card or device, according to a press release. Barclaycard tested the prototype earlier this week at Henry’s Café and Bar in London.

Samsung Pay coming to more company devices in 2017

Samsung plans to bring Samsung Pay to all its devices next year with the exception of a few low-end models, according to a report from Business Korea. Earlier this year, a Samsung official said the company believed it could install...

Vocalink partners with Wirecard on Pay by Bank mobile app

VocaLink has announced that Wirecard, a European payment and internet technology company, has joined the payment providers backing the Pay by Bank mobile initiative, according to a press release. Wirecard will bring the Pay by Bank app to its mobile...

PayPal adds partnerships with Citi, FIS

PayPal has announced separate deals with Citi and Fidelity National Information Services as extensions of partnerships the company recent signed with Visa and MasterCard. Details of the Citi agreement: Citi will be a launch partner with PayPal to enable Citi...

First Data's Clover devices arrive in the UK

First Data has announced the expansion of its Clover platform with the official launch of Clover Mini and Clover Mobile in the U.K., according to a press release. "We have been impressed with the popularity of both Clover Mobile and...

Starbucks gifting comes to WeChat users in China

Starbucks and Tencent Holdings Ltd., a leading provider of internet value-added services in China, have announced a strategic partnership to cocreate a new social gifting feature on Tencent's WeChat in early 2017. Starbucks said in a press release that the...

Chase Pay gets order-ahead feature thanks to LevelUp partnership

Chase is collaborating with Boston-based LevelUp to use its technology so that Chase Pay users can order ahead at participating restaurants, according to a press release. Customers will have the option to pay either when they order ahead or at...

Apple Pay debuts in Spain with Banco Santander

Banco Santander introduced Apple Pay to its customers in Spain this week, according to a press release. "Apple Pay shows we are committed to collaborate and to bring innovation and new technology to our customers to make their payments easier, faster and more secure," said Rami Aboukhair, country head of Santander Spain.

European regulators lay foundation for mobile instant payment products

As tasked by the Euro Retail Payments Board, the European Payments Council has finalized the framework for pan-European instant payment solutions. The SEPA Instant Credit Transfer scheme paves the way for innovative payment products in euros — for example P2P...

Amex Pay now live for Canadian Android users

American Express has announced the launch of AmEx Pay in Canada as part of an update to its Android mobile app, according to a press release. AmEx Pay is available exclusively through the AmEx app for eligible consumer, small business...

Barclays to launch trio of solutions for cardless cash at ATMs

Barclays is launching the U.K.'s first contactless mobile cash service, allowing customers to withdraw cash with a tap of their Android smartphone or contactless debit card, the bank announced in a press release. The FI plans to pilot the service...

OTI enters Australian market to provide NFC-payment acceptance at unattended machines

On Track Innovations Ltd., a global provider of near field communication and cashless payment products, recently announced its entry into the Australian cashless payments market in cooperation with Vend Access Pty. Ltd., a provider of technology and products for vending...

Verifone brings emerging payments options to Japan

Verifone has partnered with Vesca, a Japan-based payment and marketing product provider, to offer enhanced and secure payment services and products to merchants in the country, according to a press release. Verifone said in the announcement that the partnership will...

Chase Pay officially debuts with acceptance at Best Buy, Starbucks

Chase has officially launched its Chase Pay app, which the financial institution introduced in October 2015 at the Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas. At the time, the much-maligned Merchant Customer Exchange was Chase Pay's premier partner. MCX earlier this year...

Cardtek gets involved with wearable payments

Cardtek, a payments technologies provider, has partnered with NXP Semiconductors to introduce a payments system for wearables called the Digital Enablement Platform. Cardtek said in a press release that its platform enables consumers to make safer and simpler transactions with...

Shipments of NFC-ready POS terminals to surpass 16M in 2016

The market for NFC-ready POS terminals continues to show strong momentum in 2016 with annual shipments anticipated to reach an estimated 16.1 million units worldwide, according to a new report from analyst firm Berg Insight. The attach rate for NFC...

Android Pay arrives in Poland

Android Pay is now live in Poland as consumers there can use the mobile wallet at some 400,000 locations that accept contactless payments, according to a blog post from Google. Alior Bank, Bank Zachodni WBK and T-Mobile Banking Services are the first financial institutions to support Android Pay in Poland.

US Payments Forum broadens focus on mobile payments

The U.S. Payments Forum has formed a Mobile and Contactless Payments Working Committee to explore the opportunities and challenges, identify possible approaches, and develop practical implementation guidance and best practices for the variety of mobile and contactless payments product being...

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