Exclusive: After 10 Months, Sales of Public Transit Tickets in Uber App Still Make Up Small Share of Mobile Ticketing in Denver

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive – Since last May, when ride-hailing service Uber began enabling customers to book and pay for public transit tickets in Denver directly in the Uber app, use of the service remains low, accounting for only 2% or less of all mobile tickets purchased by customers of Denver public transit agency…

Former Garmin Pay Technology Providers Sue Device Maker Claiming Unpaid Millions, Though Offer Scant Proof of Claims

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive –  The founders of former payments wearables provisioning company Fit Pay, which was acquired last September for $3.3 million by smartwatch and fitness band maker Garmin, have sued the device maker and two other parties, claiming they are owed millions in missed earn-out payments. Related stories, automatically selected:  In-Depth: Fit…

Helsinki to Roll Out Multimodal Contactless EMV Fare Payments, with Plans for Daily and Weekly Fare Capping

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority plans to accept contactless EMV payments on its multimodal system, including its buses, metro, trams and ferries. The rollout, expected to be completed in 2023, will also support daily and weekly fare capping.   Related stories, automatically selected:  Transport for London’s Lucrative Sponsorship Deal with…

Helsinki Plans Multimodal Contactless EMV Fare Payments, with Plans for Daily and Weekly Fare Capping

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The Helsinki Regional TransportAuthority plans to accept contactless EMV payments on its multimodal system, including its buses, metro, trams and ferries. The rollout, expected to be completed in 2023, will also support daily and weekly fare capping.   Related stories, automatically selected:  Transport for London’s Lucrative Sponsorship Deal with Google…

Transport for London’s Lucrative Sponsorship Deal with Google Shows Value of ‘Point of Sale’ Real Estate at Fare Gates

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive insight – Transport for London’s recent deal with Google to put the Google Pay Logo on more than 5,600 contactless gate readers across the large London Underground network is not the first time that the London transit authority has rented out its prime payments real estate to sponsors. Nor is…

Amazon Launches Largest Checkout-Free Store; Clerks and POS Terminal Vendors Need Not Worry…Yet

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Ecommerce giant Amazon expanded its no-checkout concept to its first “full-sized” supermarket Tuesday, in its headquarters city of Seattle, enabling shoppers to scan an app upon entering, pull products off of shelves and “just walk out,” with hundreds of cameras and numerous sensors having recorded everywhere the shoppers…

Czech Banks See Growing Use of NFC Wallets Though Contactless Cards Still Dominant

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight –  Banks in the Czech Republic say they are seeing significant and growing use of NFC-enabled smartphones and wearables, although the large majority of consumers continue to tap their contactless cards, not NFC devices, for in-store payments. Related stories, automatically selected:  Study: Apple Pay Dominates Mobile Payments Among Debit…

Czech Banks See Growing Use of NFC Wallets with Smartphones and Wearables for Contactless Payments

Feb 18 2020 By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Banks in the Czech Republic say they are seeing significant and growing use of NFC-enabled smartphones and wearables, ranging from 6% to nearly 25% of all contactless payments–three banks told NFC Times–although a large majority of consumers continue to tap their contactless cards, not NFC…

Brussels Transit Operator Sees Need for Global Interoperability of Fare Payments; Compares Benefits to Mobile Roaming

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The head of information systems for a major European transit operator says he believes public transit agencies should support interoperable fare payments globally, like mobile network operators offer roaming when their customers travel abroad. Related stories, automatically selected:  Insight: Moovit and Cubic Betting that MaaS Can Help U.S.…

Oyster Card Here to Stay Despite Strong Growth of Contactless Fare Payments in London

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight –  As more and more transit authorities globally seek to emulate Transport for London’s success in gaining widespread adoption for contactless open-loop fare payments, they should take note that London’s closed-loop Oyster card remains popular, even among visitors to the city. Related stories, automatically selected:  In-Depth: Five Years After…