Mastercard reports on growth in consumer adoption of emerging payments technologies

Nearly nine in ten consumers worldwide have made digital payments using digital wallets, contactless, QR codes, buy now pay later, money transfer apps, cryptocurrencies, biometrics and other digital payment technologies (85%) and more than six in ten say they have increased their usage of at least one digital payment method (61%) in the last 12 months, according to a Mastercard survey... More



Google Wallet expands to six more countries

Google Wallet screenshots

Google Wallet has gone live in Azerbaijan, Iceland, Moldova, Qatar, Serbia and South Africa, enabling users to store and use their credit and debit cards, tickets, passes and other digital credentials on their Android NFC devices... More




Clipper pilots contactless transit pass that provides unlimited free public transport across the San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area Clipper transit card on iphone and payment terminal

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and more than 20 other transit agencies that support the Clipper fare payment system in the San Francisco Bay Area of the USA are trialling a contactless transit pass that will allow passengers to take unlimited free journeys on bus, rail and ferry services in the region... More


Dutch rail network to trial contactless open loop fare payments

Woman making contactless open loop payment at Dutch train station using smartphone

Rail operator NS in the Netherlands is to pilot a contactless open loop fare payment system that will enable passengers to pay for their train fares by tapping their physical debit or credit card or their digital debit card stored on a smartphone or smartwatch at the beginning and the end of their journey... More



Metrolinx expands open loop contactless ticketing in Greater Toronto Area

Presto card being used to make Metrolinx open loop contactless card ticket payment in Greater Toronto Area

Passengers travelling on public transport services operated by GO Transit, Brampton Transit, MiWay and Oakville Transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area of Ontario in Canada can now make contactless fare payments with a tap of their physical or digital credit card, without needing to buy a Presto transit card or e-ticket... More






Apple to use UWB and BLE to let iPhone users make hands-free contactless interactions with smart devices

Apple iphone with iOS16 and camera-assisted object location using AR jects such as museum exhibits more accurately and allow them to locate objects in the “AR world”, Apple says.

Apple users will be able to switch on smart devices such as e-bikes, speakers and other accessories from an iPhone or Apple Watch running the forthcoming iOS 16 update without needing to unlock their own device or take it out of their bag or pocket via third-party apps that use both ultra wideband (UWB) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology... More




US Department of Agriculture to trial NFC and QR mobile payments for contactless state benefits

US Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards for state benefit transactions

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to run a series of pilot schemes to test the use of mobile payments technology to enable citizens entitled to financial support under its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to receive benefits and make NFC or QR code payments for eligible purchases on their mobile device... More




Hong Kong Fire Services Department to launch contactless triage cards to improve emergency response management

Hong Kong Fire Services Department ambulance

Hong Kong’s Fire Services Department is to introduce contactless triage or casualty classification cards containing an NFC chip and a QR code that enable rescue workers to communicate accurate real-time information about the injuries of individuals involved in large-scale accidents to other frontline staff, public hospitals and dispatch centres... More