Mobile J/Speedy(TM) Near Field Communication mobile payment pilot project successfully launched in Europe by JCB Led Team
October 12, 2006 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - JCB, the global payment brand, in cooperation with CCV Holland B.V., Gemalto, KPN, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors (formerly Philips Semiconductors), PaySquare, and ViVOtech, announced that they have successfully launched Mobile J/Speedy(TM), the Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payment pilot project in Amsterdam. Following initial trials in September, the pilot service is now being rolled out to a broader group of JCB’s customers. The project marks Europe’s first contactless international credit payment scheme using a mobile phone with an NFC chip.
This project is being carried out with close collaboration among these regional and global enterprises addressing the whole ecosystem for mobile payment applications. Selected JCB cardholders are provided with a mobile phone by Nokia, which is equipped with an NFC chip, developed by NXP and loaded with the JCB payment application specified by JCB and developed by Gemalto. At selected PaySquare merchants, cardholders can securely purchase items by just holding their mobile phone close to ViVOtech’s contactless NFC reader/writer, which is attached to the payment terminal of CCV. KPN is taking the role of installing the application and personalizing the mobile phones, and CCV is processing the transactions. JCB designed the scheme and coordinated the project based on its successful experience in contactless technology in Japan.
The first transaction of the pilot was conducted at Sushi Time, the Japanese sushi restaurant in the World Trade Center in Amsterdam. The manager of Sushi Time enthusiastically told JCB that the customers who pay by Mobile J/Speedy are very happy with the speed and ease of this payment solution. Approximately 100 selected JCB cardholders are now enjoying fast, easy, and convenient payments with Mobile J/Speedy at selected merchants, where they used to pay by cash. Pilot merchants have received many questions from customers who are not part of the pilot but inquired about the contactless mobile payment when they saw it being used at the cash register. Although it has only been one month since the trial was launched, the increasing number of repeat usage indicates a strong acceptance of the technology and a very successful pilot.
“Feedback from the first users of Mobile J/Speedy has been very encouraging and we are pleased to now be able to involve a wider group of customers”, said Hajime Matsuura, branch manager of JCB International’s Amsterdam branch, who is taking a leading role in the pilot project. “Customers mentioned how quick and easy it was to pay for a cup of coffee on a busy day. Since there is a lot of business offices located in and around the World Trade Center, Mobile J/Speedy is being especially well-received by busy business people. They do not need to fumble in their pocket or purse to find small change. And merchants benefit from the fact that lines proceed faster at the cashier.”
Mr. Matsuura continued, “Along with a wallet, the mobile phone is becoming a must-have item when going out. Uniting mobile and secure contactless payment increases the level of convenience. Mobile J/Speedy is the product that answers the needs of today’s fast rhythm. JCB has already been successful with a contactless payment solution in Japan. With this additional success in Amsterdam, I am even more confident that mobile credit payment will start taking off in the payment market.”
About CCV Holland B.V.
CCV is an international company with partners all over Europe. The company is specialist in payment terminals, processing and authorizing financial and loyalty transactions and the development and maintenance of loyalty and customer card systems. Based on advanced technology CCV offers both standard products and specific client fitting solutions. The used hard- and software are developed by CCV-engineers. An own Service Center and a country wide operating service organization guarantee a high level support. CCV Holland B.V. is founded in 1967 and located in Arnhem, the Netherlands. For more information: www.ccv.nl
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security with pro forma 2005 annual revenues of €1,7 billion ($2.2 billion), operations in 120 countries and 11,000 employees including 1,500 R&D engineers. The company’s solutions make personal digital interactions secure and easy in a world where everything of value -from money to entertainment to identities- is increasingly represented as bits and bytes communicated over networks. Gemalto thrives on creating and deploying secure platforms, portable and secure forms of software in highly personal objects like smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, readers and tokens. More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, banking, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security and other applications. Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus International S.A. For more information please visit www.gemalto.com.
JCB is one of the global payment brands and the largest card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding overseas in 1981. Its merchant network includes 13 million merchants and spans 190 countries and territories. JCB cards are now issued in 20 countries and territories, with 57.70 million card members. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with more than 350 leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solutions company, JCB is committed to providing high-quality payment services to customers, merchants, and partners. For further information, please visit the JCB home page at
www.jcb-global.com/english/ or www.jcbcorporate.com/english/ .
KPN provides telephone, internet and television services to customers through its fixed network in the Netherlands. For business customers, KPN provides a range of services - from voice, internet and data services to fully-managed outsourced ICT solutions - in the Netherlands and internationally. For both personal and business customers, KPN offers mobile services in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Western Europe.
As of June 30, 2006, KPN served 6.4 million fixed-line subscribers and 2.3 million Internet customers in the Netherlands as well as 22.2 million mobile customers in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, while employing 28,536 individuals (26,033 FTEs). KPN was incorporated in 1989 and our shares are listed on the Amsterdam, New York, London and Frankfurt stock exchanges.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP is a top 10 semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company has 37,000 employees working in 20 countries across the world. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in mobile phones, personal media players, TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices. News from NXP is located at www.nxp.com.
PaySquare is the Dutch specialist partner for the acceptance and issue of international means of payment. On the acceptance market PaySquare is the market leader in the Netherlands, offering MasterCard, Visa, JCB, China UnionPay, Maestro and - thanks to a unique alliance - American Express. This means that businesses have to deal with only one organization for acceptance of all these products, making PaySquare the first credit card organization in the Benelux to offer such variety in international means of payment. PaySquare also issues both MasterCard and Visa credit cards, on its own account and in partnership with other organizations. The Red Cross MasterCard, a fundraising credit card for the world’s largest relief organization, is the latest addition to the PaySquare portfolio. More information about PaySquare can be found on www.paysquare.nl.
ViVOtech (www.vivotech.com) is the market leader in contactless/NFC payment software, transaction management systems, and readers. These innovative solutions allow consumers to make contactless payments with radio frequency-enabled credit cards, debit cards, key fobs, and NFC-enabled mobile phones. ViVOtech’s products are used by some of the most prominent retailers in the United States. Currently, with more than 190,000 units in 18 countries, ViVOtech’s products are in use at movie theaters, fast food restaurants (QSR), casual dining establishments, convenience stores, gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, buses, taxicabs and vending machine locations, enabling a wide variety of businesses to accept contactless/NFC payments. In 2005, ViVOtech received the prestigious Frost & Sullivan technology award for its role in transforming the contactless payment industry, as well as winning the first annual ETA Technology Innovation Award.
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