Mobile Commerce, Payments, NFC/RFID and Big Data

The role of Near Field Communication (NFC) in mobile payments continues to divide the industry

There has been an explosion in mobile payment service launches, joint ventures, and partnerships in the past two to three years.  Merchants are starting to appreciate the benefits that mobile payments can bring, with major chains including Starbucks and McDonald’s launching services on a national basis.

Eighty percent of global merchants fall short on card data security compliance

Report of data from 30 and 5,000 firms finds only 20 percent to be fully compliant

Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four out of five global retailers and other merchants failed interim tests to determine whether they are in compliance with payment card data security standards, putting them at increased risk of cyberattacks, according to a new report by Verizon Communications Inc.

Canada's telcos burst into banking, healthcare in hunt for growth

With landlines and cable TV waning and wireless growth slowing, operators push into uncharted businesses

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's three biggest telecom firms, keen to keep shareholders happy with fat dividends, are breaking into businesses ranging from banking to healthcare to drive growth as they run out of expansion options and shy away from overseas purchases.

BCE Inc <BCE.TO>, Rogers Communications Inc <RCIb.TO> and Telus Corp <T.TO> dominate their industry in Canada but with landline connections on the wane, cable TV losing out to online portals and wireless growth slowing, Canada's telecom giants are pushing into uncharted businesses.

Mobile payment startup Square plans sale as losses widen: WSJ

Reuters

Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company spoke to Google Inc (Mountain View, CA, USA) earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn't clear whether the talks are continuing.

Banco Santander deploys Gemalto smart-card technology

NFC player Gemalto says Spain’s Banco Santander is now issuing its Optelio Contactless microSD solution in Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico as part of a University Smart Card program.

The application has already gone live at several universities, says Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and means that students, teachers and other personnel can use mobile phones for tasks such as gaining entry to buildings and to make payments in canteens.

Rogers unveils Mobile Shopper M2M service

Canada’s Rogers Communications has introduced a new consumer-oriented M2M service allowing consumers to engage with brands while they are shopping through the use of mobile offers, applications and payments technology.

Branded Mobile Shopper, the service is being trialed by RioCan (Toronto, Canada), Canada’s largest owner of shopping centers, in a number of Ontario-based shopping centers.

Target to accelerate $100 million chip-enabled smart card program: CFO

Reuters

Target Corp, which suffered a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season, is speeding up a $100 million program to implement the use of chip-enabled smart cards to protect against cyber theft, a senior company executive said.

In an opinion piece on Monday in the Hill newspaper on the eve of his much-awaited appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan said the retailer's goal was to have the technology in place by early 2015, more than six months ahead of schedule.

Analysis: After Target hack, Verifone smart card readers could shine

Reuters

A data breach at Target Corp that exposed the credit card information of tens of millions of holiday shoppers was a major black eye for the retailer. In its wake, investors and analysts are circling companies that could benefit from a major upgrade in credit card technology.

Filipino operator PLDT launches mobile M2M solutions

Filipino operator PLDT has launched what it calls a suite of mobile M2M solutions to support “credit, sales and mobile payment operations for local businesses”.

The operator is marketing the new services through its Smart Enterprise division under the brand names of Smart M2M Credit, M2M Sales and M2M Pay.

Mako teams up with Sprint on secure transactions

Network management and security specialist Mako Networks has teamed up with Sprint to provide services for the operator’s mobile customers.

According to the company’s statement, the deal will see Mako’s (Auckland, New Zealand) technology added to Sprint’s (Overland Park, KS, USA) portfolio of services for retailers and distributed enterprises.

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