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Coop and Migros plan NFC applications in Switzerland

Coop, Migros and ZVV want next year to introduce contactless payment: With NFC technology to customers to pay with their mobile phone.

Play count, photograph, surf, plan routes, manage contacts, lists, send messages and even phone calls: The mobile phone has become multipurpose. When it comes to various major Swiss companies, will next year added an additional function: Pay.

Sunrise and Swisscom will launch next year, the payment via cell phone, the report “NZZ am Sonntag”. This is possible because companies like Coop, Migros and the Zurich Transport Authority (CRVO) their card terminals on NFC switch and thus a sufficiently large offer for the telcos is created.

While there is NFC (Near Field Communications) for some time, but until today there are only about 3,500 such terminals, such as kiosks or Valora McDonald’s restaurants, which writes “NZZ am Sonntag”. But both Migros and Coop have told the newspaper that starting next year they also plan to introduce such a payment switch, thereby to reduce waiting times at checkouts. Customers could then pay without entering pin (for smaller amounts) or signature, only the phone must be kept on a card reader.

The most common mobile phones – except Apple’s iPhone – already have a corresponding NFC chip. The terminals are converted, is the mobile phone as an electronic wallet no more obstacles. “The question that remains is where the application is on it,” says Reinhard Kalla, Vice President Product Marketing & New Business of the smart card manufacturer LEGIC Identsystems. “But this is a purely political question which the telecom operators and handset manufacturers have to clarify with each other, from a technical perspective does both.”

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