Moscow Metro launches public biometric ticketing trial

Passengers using Moscow Metro’s Line 4 services can now join a public pilot scheme to test the transport network’s FacePay biometric contactless ticketing system. The system enables passengers to pay their fares at metro station turnstiles using facial recognition technology to verify their identity and authenticate payment from their linked bank card. The public trial …

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Australia and England let residents store Covid-19 vaccination certificates in their digital wallet

DIGITAL PROOF: Australians can store their vaccine passports in either Apple Wallet or Google Pay Residents of Australia can now opt to store a digital vaccination certificate proving that they have been fully inoculated against Covid-19 in either Apple Wallet on an iOS device or in Google Pay on an Android device. Apple users in …

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Visa Touts Growth in Contactless, Continues to Push Open-Loop Payments

By:  Dan Balaban Visa reported this week that contactless payments continued to climb as a percentage of all face-to-face transactions with its brand, mainly at retail, and among the uses the network is continuing to push for contactless is to pay for transit fares. Related stories, automatically selected:  Rome Transit Operator: Covid Accelerates Demand for …

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Australian health insurers let customers make contactless claims from Apple Wallet

DIGITAL HEALTH: Claimants make a health insurance claim by tapping their iPhone on an HICAPS terminal Australian consumers can now upload a digital private health insurance card to Apple Wallet and use their iPhone or Apple Watch to make an insurance claim by tapping a healthcare provider’s Health Insurance Claims and Payments Service (HICAPS) terminal. …

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Sofia rolls out open loop contactless ticketing on public transport network

TAP AND RIDE: Public transport users in Sofia can now pay for their journey using their NFC mobile wallet Passengers on buses, trams and trolleybuses in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia can now pay their fares by simply tapping their physical contactless credit or debit card or a digital card uploaded to their NFC mobile …

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Turkish taxis drivers get contactless payments acceptance on NFC Android phones

SOFT POS: Taxi drivers download the Payneer app to convert their NFC Android device into a software POS Taxi drivers in Turkey can now accept contactless payments on their NFC Android smartphone without needing a separate point of sale (POS) terminal or any other additional hardware. Turkish taxi firm Taxi 7×24 is piloting a software …

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Swedish sportswear brand adds NFC zippers to enhance customer engagement

CONNECTED: Wearers tap the NFC zipper pull with their phone to access care guides and other features Swedish sportswear brand Houdini has added an NFC-enabled zipper pull to its latest One Parka waterproof coat that lets consumers who purchase the garment connect with the brand and access use and care guides, support services and other …

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Unspent stored value on Starbucks prepaid cards nears US$1.63bn

PREPAID: Starbucks Rewards unspent stored value grew by almost US$200m in the year Q3 2020 to 2021 Starbucks customers have accumulated a total unspent balance of US$1.628bn on the company’s prepaid physical and digital reward and gift cards, the coffee giant’s 2021 Q3 earnings call has revealed. The company lists the total value its customers …

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Strasbourg rolls out interoperable NFC ticketing for all Android devices

INTEROPERABLE: Public transport users in Strasbourg can now use Android NFC devices to pay and travel Owners of Android NFC smartphones can now purchase, store and validate digital tickets and monthly or annual passes for buses, trams and other public transportation services in the French city of Strasbourg on their mobile device. Transit operator Compagnie …

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MaaS Global CEO: Transit Agencies Should Not Control MaaS Platforms

By:  Dan Balaban Sampo Hietanen, founder and CEO of Finland-based MaaS Global, agrees with most other industry experts that public transit should form the “core” of the mobility services on offer in any MaaS app or platform. But he contends that it would be a mistake for the agency itself to control the platform. Related …

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