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EDITORIAL: Contactless payments security drama; a storm online?

This post was first released on Monday 27th July. Contactless Intelligence Weekly News Review Editorial – Week 31 2015: Don’t say we didn’t predict this a few weeks ago, but once more the UK media has been awash with a story concerning the state of security of contactless cards. Brought to everyone’s notice by the […]

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Proxama signs deal with, looks to Eddystone beacon deployment

International mobile proximity marketing and payment solutions company, Proxama, has signed a strategic partnership with leading Beacon hardware specialist,, one of the confirmed beacon suppliers for Eddystone (the new open beacon format from Google) and is a leading global provider of beacon hardware and proximity solutions.  The company has partnered with Proxama to provide […]

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London’s market traders told to embrace contactless payments

Mobile contactless payments could be coming to market stalls on the streets of London if London’s City Hall and Mayor Boris Johnson have anything to do with it. This week saw the launch of a a £20m London Regeneration Fund to encourage new ideas. The mayor hopes technology innovators will work with local authorities and […]

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NFC ecosystem set to benefit from new GlobalPlatform specs on ‘dynamic discovery’

GlobalPlatform, the association which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology, has published its System Protocol Discovery Mechanism (SPDM) Specification. The document describes a simple mechanism, which enables a system to ‘discover’ which protocols are supported by a server, in order to establish how the system and the server can communicate.    While […]

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MasterCard extends partnership with Samsung to deliver Samsung Pay in Europe

MasterCard and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd are extending their global partnership leveraging the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) to deliver Samsung Pay in Europe.  Samsung Pay is a mobile payment service that will enable consumers to use their Samsung flagship mobile devices to make every day in-store purchases at contactless and magnetic stripe terminals leveraging […]

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UL unveils new services for EU banks looking to cloud-based mobile payments

UL has announced a new portfolio of services to help banks in Europe prepare for Cloud-Based Mobile Payments. ‘The recent launch of Apple Pay in the UK in combination with previous announcements of Samsung Pay and Android Pay, gives European banks new challenges and opportunities that UL helps to address,’ says the company. Cloud-based payments […]

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OneBit tests NFC bitcoin mobile payments

OneBit, the company that uses NFC to ensure that their customers can pay anywhere the MasterCard swipe system is in use, using bitcoin. Quite simply put, an application such as this will mean that the digital currency may be pushed along the acceptance chain a little more as is now no longer be about whether […]

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GlobalPlatform and Smart Ticketing Alliance sign MoU

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between the Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA) – the association driving a coordinated effort towards global ticketing interoperability for the public transport sector – and GlobalPlatform, the organization which standardizes the management of applications on secure chip technology. The two bodies will combine their efforts to establish an […]

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