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 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.
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 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.
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.
Mobile payments specialist HybridPayTech says it has chosen Vodafone’s M2M platform to provide connectivity for its service.
A subsidiary of Freeport Capital (Montreal, Canada), HybridPayTech claims to offer the world’s first completely secure, end-to-end mobile payment service that can process both credit and debit card transactions.
Isis, a venture of three of the top U.S. mobile providers, said on Tuesday it would expand its much-delayed mobile payments service nationwide later in 2013 after it tested the concept with consumers in two markets.
Isis, formed by Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA), AT&T Inc (Dallas, TX, USA) and T-Mobile US (Bellevue, WA, USA), is a so-called mobile wallet service that allows consumers to make payments by waving their phone at a check-out terminal, instead of using a plastic card.
The UK’s Three has made further progress on growing its M2M business through a new wholesale deal with data airtime provider Mobius.
Under the partnership, Mobius (Coalville, UK) will use Three Wholesale’s network to provide connectivity and NFC services for devices used in the retail and hospitality industry.
The operator says its “ultrafast” network will power NFC and contactless payment terminals used to process customer orders and transactions and also serve as a back-up for fixed-line data connections during outages.
Electronic payments specialist Atos Worldline says it is to provide a range of secure shopping services over the R-Link multimedia system used in Renault vehicles.
Under a new arrangement between the two companies, Atos (Bezons, France) will deploy services on Renault’s R-Link cloud services platform, using Orange Business Services (Paris, France) as a connectivity provider.
M2M and mobile payments specialist Gemalto has to supply prepaid payment cards to the Mobile Financial Services (MFS) joint venture between Telefonica and MasterCard.
The cards – based on the EMV (Europay (Waterloo, Belgium), MasterCard (Purchase, NY, USA) and Visa (Foster City, CA, USA)) standard – will be used to support a new payment service in Brazil called Zuum, which is being offered through Telefonica’s Vivo (Sao Paolo, Brazil) subsidiary.