Author Archives | Steve Atkins

EDITORIAL: MasterCard travel coup and the opening of the 2015 CMA

Contactless Intelligence Weekly News Review Editorial – Week 47 2014: If you were in London last Friday taking the Tube, chances are (if you were smart) you used your contactless MasterCard. After all, why wouldn’t you – it meant free travel for the whole day! In fact, in an attempt to encourage customers to pay […]

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What do banks think of HCE? Mobey Forum say they have the answer

Mobey Forum, has just published a white paper detailing the results of a survey that outlines the attitudes of its international membership toward the adoption of host card emulation (HCE). The survey reveals members’ appetites for third-party support with HCE solution development and ranks their key criteria for the selection of a technology partner. With […]

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Could contactless payments be reaching mainstream in the UK?

According to a whole slew of figures released in the last few days or so, it would appear that contactless payments could be moving out of the experimental phase and into mainstream acceptance. First off, Transport for London have released figures that show more than 12m public transport journeys have been made using contactless payment […]

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Softcard taps muppet

(Part 1 of 3) This is Tappy from Softcard. Softcard have unveiled their secret weapon they hope will win hearts and minds (and wallets) of potential Softcard users. It’s a muppet called ‘Tappy’. Don’t take our word for it. Here is what Cie Nicolson, SVP Marketing, Softcard had to say about the announcement “People are […]

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Softcard has a new campaign

(Part 2 of 3) “Softcard was actually planning a new digital marketing campaign before Apple entered the market”, said Softcard CMO Cie Nicholson, ” The new attention is only a bonus.” The new campaign stars Tappy, a chatty, big-eyed muppet shaped like the payment point-of-sale terminal Softcard uses and build by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. […]

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Softcard to fight for market share

(Part 3 of 3) Since Apple announced Apple Pay and the use of NFC terminals to enable payment, Softcard say that retailers are far more open to upgrading to the new technology. Softcard say it can target the roughly 60% of U.S. smartphone consumers not using iPhones. “People think of them as being very complementary,” […]

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flying mPOS

Turn your NFC device into a ‘Flying mPOS’ terminal with OT and Mobeewave

Oberthur Technologies (OT) and Mobeewave, a key player in mobile payments, are announcing a solution – Flying mPOS – turning any NFC device equipped with OT’s PEARL eSE into a secure mobile payment terminal (mPOS). OT and Mobeewave services rely on a disruptive NFC mPOS technology designed to address key actors of the industry, ranging […]

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EDITORIAL: Everything old is new again.

Contactless Intelligence Weekly News Review Editorial – Week 46 2014: If there were prevailing undertones that struck me during this year’s visit to CARTES, it would be reinvention and re-invigoration. Companies showed off brand new corporate designs, presented mergers and acquisitions and newly created divisions to address anticipated emerging markets and generally thanked Apple for […]

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CMA trailer

CMA 2015 Nominations Are Open!

And here is the new CMA 2015 trailer to prove it! You’ll start to hear more over the next few weeks about the 2015 awards but for now, remind yourself about the 2014 Winners and ask yourself – “Will I be a winner in 2015?”

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Westpac selects Gemalto’s Mobile Contactless Payment Solution in New Zealand

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has been selected by Westpac, a leading financial institution in New Zealand, to offer its Optelio Contactless Sticker for mobile payment. Westpac customers attach the sticker to the back of their mobile device to make quick, secure contactless payments. The Optelio Contactless Sticker embeds a secure EMV microprocessor […]

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