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Central bank pilots digital currency in the Bahamas

The Central Bank of The Bahamas has begun pilot testing a digital version of the Bahamian dollar that uses QR codes to let users make payments and transfer funds using their smartphones. “The intended outcome of Project Sand Dollar is that all residents in the Bahamas would have use ...

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Octopus lets iPhone users top up their cards via NFC

Public transportation users in Hong Kong can now use the NFC functionality in their Android or iOS device to top up their Octopus transit card, view their transaction history, check their balance and collect fare subsidies. The service was initially introduced for Android devices in January ...

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Transport for NSW to pilot digital Opal card

Transport for NSW has announced plans to pilot a new digital version of its Opal transit card that will enable cardholders to “pay for all modes of transport — whether it be light rail, a bus, on demand service, taxi or Uber — with a single tap of their phone.” ...

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Contactless payments expand to Miami bus services

Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works has rolled out support for contactless payments across its Metrobus fleet, making it possible for commuters to use contactless cards and NFC mobile phones to pay for both bus and rail fares across Miami, the sixth most ...

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SEPTA to roll out NFC mobile ticketing in Philadelphia

SEPTA, the transportation authority for the Greater Philadelphia region in the US, is to add support for Google Pay and Apple Pay across its network of subway, rail, trolley and bus services from the “spring or early summer” of 2020. “All 4,226 SEPTA Key validators that ...

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Koho issues metal contactless cards in Canada

Canadian neobank Koho has introduced a limited edition metal card that includes both contact and contactless functionality. The reloadable prepaid Metal Cards are available for a one-time fee of C$159 (US$122) — or a discounted price of C$50 (US$38) for customers who refer two new ...

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Westpac begins Apple Pay rollout

Westpac begins Apple Pay rollout

Westpac, the last of the major Australian banks to hold out against the introduction of Apple Pay, has switched on support for the mobile payments service for customers of three of its smaller brands and has announced it will roll out support to its main customer base by June 2020. ...

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