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Brixton Pound uses BLE to let residents pay local businesses with their mobiles

Businesses across the London district of Brixton are to be equipped with Bluetooth beacons that will allow residents to make mobile payments using the Brixton Pound, a local currency designed to encourage consumers to spend their money in independent local businesses.

The new Brixton Pound mobile app, developed by startupDingo, will be available for iOS device users from the beginning of July for use at all the 250 businesses that currently accept the local currency. An Android version is due to follow “later this summer”.

Introduced as a paper-based currency in 2009, the service now also offers a mobile pay-by- text version that is used by “thousands of active users” and forms the basis of the new Bluetooth LE service.

To use the pay-by-text service, both merchants and customers have to sign up with Brixton Pound and register for an account. Once registered and validated, consumers transfer funds into their Brixton Pound account and can then make a payment in participating stores by sending a text to Brixton Pound. The text needs to start with the word ‘pay’, followed by their personal PIN code, the name or username of the business they wish to pay and the amount of the payment they wish to send.

Shoppers then receive a confirmation text letting them know that the payment has been made and the merchant also receives a confirmation text informing them the payment has been made.

With the new Brixton Pay mobile app and Bluetooth beacon network, each customer’s Brixton Pound account will be linked to their app and they will then be able to enter a business and make a payment using location information provided via BLE. Consumers will also be able to set up a Bristol Pound account via their smartphone and top up funds on the go.

“Upon stepping inside a business that accepts the Brixton Pound, the app will automatically prepare a shortcut right on the lock screen of the phone,” the organisation says. “This feature will enable users to pay for everything in a few seconds, with no searching or typing, thanks to the use of iBeacon technology and small Bluetooth devices by polish company Kontakt.io inside every business.”

Businesses will also be able to create their own content and communicate this directly to users of the mobile app.

 

“There are about 250 businesses at the moment accepting the Brixton Pound and of those 250, there’s just over 150 that are taking pay-by-text,” Mehul Damani, operations manager at the Brixton Pound, told NFC World+.

“At the moment, as a bit of a test run, we’ve got thirty iBeacons and so thirty of them [businesses] will go onboard hopefully in July and then, subsequent to that depending on how successful it is and how much demand there is, we will be looking to get all of the businesses that are on pay-by-text onto

“The notes are still being used but not quite as extensively as pay-by-text,” Damani continued. “Pay-by-text has been up and running for more than two years now and we were at a point where we realised that, although it’s a lot more convenient than physical notes, we wanted to make it even easier for people to use and more convenient for people to use and that’s where the app comes in, essentially.

“It’s kind of the next step in our evolution in regards to making it as straightforward and as easy as possible for people to support their local businesses. I think it will encourage more people to sign up to use the Brixton Pound. It will encourage more users that are currently signed up to the Brixton Pound to use it on a more regular basis and I think it will also encourage more businesses to come onboard.”

“I think generally local businesses have been very supportive of what we’ve been doing,” Damani added. “We are very much hoping that it’s going to be hugely beneficial to us. I guess time will tell and we will see how it goes. We are very excited about it.”

 

Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2014/06/20/329856/brixton-pound-uses-ble-let-residents- pay-local-businesses-mobiles/

Henry Holland to weave NFC and BLE into clothes for London Fashion Week

British fashion designer Henry Holland is to integrate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies into clothing designs as part of his spring/summer 2016 collection that will feature on stage during London Fashion Week in September.

The inventor of British label House of Holland has teamed up with innovation hub Visa Europe Collab for a 100-day proof of concept process in which a team of craftspeople, artisans and technology providers will work to turn ideas from the drawing board into prototypes.

“What we’re trying to do is create a consumer experience as part of a catwalk presentation showcase,” Holland says. “You have this huge world stage; there’s going to be people watching not just the clothes we’re presenting but, actually, the consumer experience which we’re also creating as well.

“Obviously, I can’t tell you too much more about this but stay tuned for September when we will be showcasing what House of Holland and Visa Europe Collab are working on together.”

“Innovation is all about creativity and therefore, in our world of trying to create and design new payment capabilities, we need to find new ways that we can reach out to consumers,” adds Visa Europe Collab founder Steve Perry.

“The House of Holland is an iconic design centre in the area of fashion; take design, take fashion, take Visa Europe Collab, put them together with the House of Holland, it’s exactly the sweet spot for innovation in payment.”

Visa Europe Collab was launched at the beginning of May as an international innovation hub, working with a network of partners from across the digital and fintech ecosystem to offer start-ups and technology entrepreneurs the “insight, tools and connections to forge the technologies and services that will transform citizens’ interactions with payments”.

 

Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/07/09/336515/henry-holland-to-weave-nfc-and-ble- into-clothes-for-london-fashion-week/

Levi’s Stadium adds BLE beacons

The Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco has installed 1,700 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons that can be used “to give people pinpoint directions to their seats as well as to any other place in the stadium,” Time reports. “They can also be used to send them alerts about specials from concession stands and other promotions.”

Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2014/08/21/330967/levis-stadium-adds-ble-beacons/

 

Auchan rolls out Bluetooth and NFC payment beacons in Luxembourg

Supermarket chain Auchan is installing Digicash Bluetooth and NFC payment beacons at checkouts at its hypermarket in Luxembourg to enable shoppers to pay for purchases and collect loyalty points with their mobile phone. BLE

The rollout by Auchan follows a pilot test of the bank-led mobile payment service, which uses SEPA credit transfers to draw funds for purchases directly from the customer’s existing bank account. Four banks are supporting the service at launch:Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (BCEE), Post Luxembourg, Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) andBNP Paribas.

“Besides their deployment at Auchan Luxembourg, Digicash beacon terminals are currently being installed at points of sale all over the country,” Digicash says. “The implementation of this unique technology is being evaluated by many players in other European and international markets. The aim is to inspire new in-store payment practices and usages.”

“Loyalty accounts are automatically topped up by the Digicash app at each payment,” the company explains. “Digicash combines mobile payments with the retailer’s own loyalty programme using SEPA account-to-account transactions as the underlying payment channel.

“Each partner bank now allows its users to connect their Auchan Luxembourg loyalty card to its Digicash app. This kind of cooperation between banks and a major retailer is a first.”

 

Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/09/30/338276/auchan-rolls-out-bluetooth-and-nfc-payment-beacons-in-luxembourg/

Aurnhammer takes BLE on a New York pub crawl

Digital design agency Aurnhammer is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons placed in bars and restaurants to guide participants to their next pub crawl destination — and provide them with sponsored rewards for taking part. The first BeaconCrawl took place in New York City last week and tours are now planned for London, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Ibiza.

One hundred people took part in the first BeaconCrawl, held on 20 May, using an iBeacon- enabled iOS app that guided participants to their next destination, delivered location-specific information to attendees and rewarded them with points for each interaction. The participant with the highest number of points at the end of the pub crawl won prizes from a string of event sponsors.

“With Beaconcrawl, we’re guiding people from one venue to the next and at the start of the evening, people really don’t know what path it’s going to be,” Bill Aurnhammer, the agency’s CEO, explained to NFC World+.

“We are also adding in a little gamification to make it fun and social sharing of the event so people are rewarded in the gamification piece by doing things that are good, like meeting other Beaconcrawlers, taking photos, tweeting about it, all the things that we want to reward people for such as positive, social behaviour within the crawl.

“This was our very first event so it really started out as being a tech demo. We’re interested in the technology and we just wanted to have a fun way to show it to our friends and acquaintances and that’s where this whole concept came from.”

“They had to download the app from the app store and register through the app. Once they were registered, they were able to RSVP to the event,” Donn Gobin, Aurnhammer’s COO added. “It was a really fun evening; I think everyone really loved the concept of it.

The company is now planning on taking BeaconCrawl to other countries and cities, including London, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Ibiza. “We’re very excited,” Aurnhammer added. “We were really happy with the turnout, I think it was exactly the number we were looking for.”

 

Source: http://www.nfcworld.com/2014/05/27/329344/aurnhammer-takes-ble-new-york-pub- crawl/

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