JCB Announces JCBeam Trial Pilot Project

Nov 30, 2004

JCB, an international payment brand, has announced that it will start a three-month pilot project for its mobile infrared credit payment system under the name "JCBeam Trial." During the three-month JCBeam Trial, about 100 participants, primarily employees of JCB, will download a credit card payment application and their own credit card information to their NTT DoCoMo phones (MOVA 505I and later, FOMA 900 and later). They will be able to pay for purchases at about 30 restaurants, clubs, and other locations in the area around JCB headquarters where POS terminals have been equipped with an infrared interface.

JCB is also currently running a trial of the QUICPay contactless payment system using NTT DoCoMo's mobile wallet service. While contactless payment using RF (radio frequency) communications is relatively simple and fast, infrared may have a cost advantage in that there is already a standardized terminal interface available to enable POS for infrared communications. JCB is also a member of the Infrared CreditPayment Association, established in July 2004 to work toward standardization in infrared credit system specifications, infrastructure and regulations, and developed the JCBeam Trial based on the standards now under review by the Council.