JCB, an Asia-based global payment brand, with seven players in payment systems, terminals, Near Field Communication (NFC) and mobile technology, has announced the launch of a pilot project using an NFC contactless credit payment scheme. This project is being run by a joint cooperation among JCB, CCV Holland B.V., Gemplus, KPN, Nokia, PaySquare, Philips, and ViVOtech.
Selected cardmembers will be supplied with a Nokia mobile phone equipped with Philips' NFC chips, loaded with the JCB payment application. Cardmembers will be able to pay at merchants by waving their mobile phone at the contactless payment terminal. In the first stage of the pilot, JCB will be targeting approximately 100 cardmembers located in Amsterdam and merchants in and around the city's World Trade Center. On this scale, the pilot is primarily designed to evaluate technological aspects and operational feasibility.
(www.vivotech.com; www.gemplus.com; www.paysquare.nl; www.ccv.nl; www.semiconductors.philips.com; www.jcb-global.com/english; www.kpn.com)