Brazil begins rollout of contactless mobile identity cards

Paper version of Brazil's digital national identity card

Residents of six Brazilian states and the country’s Federal District can now generate a digital national identity card that they can store on their Apple or Android smartphone and use to verify their ID for multiple uses including accessing public services and contactless cross-border travel to other South American countries within the Mercosur region... More



France extends public pilot of digital health insurance card

France's digital health insurance card application on a smartphone

Residents of eight French departments will soon be able to verify their identity when accessing healthcare services and claim reimbursement for medical fees by scanning a digital version of their Carte Vitale health insurance card stored on their smartphone with an NFC reader or presenting a QR code to service providers... More


Consortium proposes European Digital Identity Wallet payments pilot

Nobid Consortium participants

A consortium of government agencies, financial institutions, payments networks and technology providers from Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia and Norway is proposing to launch a large-scale payments pilot to explore how the European Digital Identity Wallet being developed by the European Commission would support cross-border transactions... More


Greece reports on uptake of digital ID cards and driving licences

Greece digital ID card and driving licence on smartphone

More than 710,000 Greek citizens have used the Greek government’s Gov.gr Wallet app to create and store a digital version of their national identity card on their smartphone and more than 563,000 have used it to generate a digital version of their driving licence since the service went live last month... More


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



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



Nike and Rtfkt use NFC to link physical clothing with NFTs

Nike and Rtfkt hoodies with NFC to link physical clothing with NFTs

Nike and its digital fashion brand Rtfkt have launched a hoodie incorporating an NFC chip that enables purchasers to connect it to a digital version of the garment in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT) that can be ‘worn’ by digital avatars in Rtfkt’s Clone X avatar ecosystem... More


Global digital wallet spend to exceed US$12tn in 2026

Juniper Research showing forecast that global digital wallet spend will exceed US$12tn in 2026

The total value of digital wallet transactions globally will exceed US$12tn in 2026, up from US$7.5tn in 2022, and the total number of digital wallet users worldwide will increase from 3.4 billion in 2022 to more than 5.2 billion in 2026, according to a forecast by Juniper Research... More




Nearly 100m US consumers will be scanning QR codes by 2025

Graph from eMarketer forecasting that nearly 100m US consumers will be scanning QR codes for multiple use cases by 2025

The number of US consumers who use their smartphone to scan QR codes to make contactless payments and for a wide range of other use cases such as scanning codes in print publications, on restaurant menus and in retail outlets will rise from 83.4 million in 2022 to 99.5 million by 2025, according to an Insider Intelligence forecast... More