Month: October 2019

Cubic Strikes Deal with Google to Enable Closed-Loop Transit Payments in Google Pay

By:  Dan Balaban NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – In a move that could enable more large transit agencies to offer NFC mobile payments with their closed-loop transit cards, U.S.-based Cubic Transportation Systems has signed an agreement with Google to integrate contactless transit cards with Google Pay. Among the agencies planning to support the service are those …

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Brits now use smart cards and mobile phones for half their rail journeys

Rail passengers are now choosing to use ‘smart tickets’ for half of all the journeys they make, the UK’s Rail Delivery Group (RTG) has revealed, paving the way for the introduction of a wide array of innovative new fare structures. The 50% adoption rate represents a rapid increase from just 37% a year ago. “Smart …

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Ohio transportation providers roll out multi-operator regional mobile ticketing service

Public transportation operators from across the US state of Ohio have gone live with EZfare, a new service that lets passengers use a single mobile ticketing app to buy tickets and passes from any of the participating operators. EZfare is available for both iOS and Android and has also been integrated into journey planning app …

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Facebook loses Libra cryptocurrency backers

Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe and Mercado Pago have followed PayPal in pulling out of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project. The moves mean that PayU is now the only payments company to still be listed as a founding member of the Libra Association. Read the rest of Facebook loses Libra cryptocurrency backers at NFCW.

EMT to pilot blockchain and face recognition ticketing in Madrid

Madrid public transportation operator EMT has announced plans to run two next-generation transportation payments pilots. The first is a blockchain-based mobility-as-a-service platform while the second involves a six month pilot of face recognition based ticketing on the city’s buses. For the blockchain project, the goal is to create a single mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) platform that can …

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Survey pinpoints roadblocks to US mobile payments adoption

A major investigation into US consumers’ attitudes to mobile payments has found that concerns over how well they would be protected against loss should an issue arise is now the major barrier to widespread adoption of the technology. The findings are based on a nationally representative survey conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts. This captured …

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Japanese merchants report sharp increase in mobile transactions

The introduction of the Japanese government’s Cashless Japan initiative, which provides consumers with cashback incentives when they use a card or mobile phone to make a purchase, has led to a significant upswing in mobile payments adoption, according to reports from a number of merchants and mobile payments providers. Launched on 1 October, Cashless Japan …

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SELFBLUE. Google maps now available in the control panel of selfblue to display all the vending machines on a map

An update of SELFBLUE has been released with new features for vending operators.With this release, the “Map” item appears in the Control Panel menu, allowing you to view the vending machines on a Google map. Clicking on any machine you get the details of that machine’s configuration.To take full advantage of the map, the SELFBLUE …

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