Australian state is first in the world to use new tech to deter distracted driving

Distracted Driving - Texting while driving

New South Wales is going an extra mile to encourage hands-free phone use while driving. Australia’s largest state by population is cracking down on distracted driving and is the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to catch drivers distracted by theirhand-held mobile phones, and prosecute them. Drivers who use phones illegally while driving are four times as likely to cause an accident. Road safety experts have grown more and more alarmed at the increasing prevalence of accidents on New South Wales roads that involve drivers using smartphones. Those…

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Starbucks payment pen to lunch in Japan

Starbucks Payment Pen - Woman holding Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks is releasing a new NFC-enabled product in Japan. Starbucks is gearing up to launch another gadget in Japan that can be used in its stores. This time around it’s a Starbucks payment pen. Called “Starbucks Touch: The Pen,” the new hardware product is indeed a working pen. Not only can you write with it, but it has an NFC reader that connects to a digital wallet, allowing the user to pay for items at the coffee shop. The pen features brown gel ink and FeliCa technology. The Starbucks payment…

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Japanese bank to roll out facial recognition ATMs to customers

Facial recognition ATMs - ATM Machine

Seven Bank and NEC Corporation have teamed up to bring the identify verification tech to ATMs. Japanese bank Seven Bank is providing its customers with facial recognition ATMs, which will be enabled with the identity verification technology and a QR (quick response) code reader for document authentication and payments. NEC Corporation, the Japanese multinational provider of information technology services and products, has provided the tech that’s been integrated into the machines. The NEC technology is part of the company’s Bio-Idiom portfolio of biometric authentication technologies. The facial recognition ATMs will…

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Cross-border European mobile payment network in the works

European Mobile Payment Initiative - Euros - mobile phone

Seven European payments operators are partnering to create a cross-boarder mobile payments network. The European Mobile Payment System Association initiative has been announced by seven European payments operators that own and operate mobile payments services in Europe. These operators, many of which are owned by banks, are in the process of building a pan-European network that focuses on cross-border mobile-based payment transactions. The move comes as banks and traditional financial services companies battle fintechs and global tech giants. The seven businesses and payments networks involved in the initiative include: •…

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Restaurant chain in B.C. Canada implements tabletop QR code

tabletop QR code - restaurant customers

Tap & Barrel introduced QR code payments at tables. Customers at British Columbia (B.C.) restaurant chain Tap & Barrel can view and pay their bill by scanning a tabletop QR code. The quick response (QR) code “robo-servers” have been implemented to streamline bill payments and even lets diners split their bill. Customers can connect to the bill at their table by scanning a QR code. The tabletop QR code is located at the diners’ tables at Tap & Barrel restaurants. It lets the customers scan the code to connect them…

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