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Mobile payments test to be launched by banks in the Netherlands

The trial is scheduled to run for three months in order to investigate its potential successes.

A number of banks in the Netherlands, including Rabobank, Amro, ING, and ABN, are working with MasterCard, the city of Leiden, and KPN (a mobile operator), in order to launch a new mobile payments program.

According to a news release, it will involve the participation of 150 different businesses in the city.

The mobile payments trial will also include 1,000 customers. It started on September 2 and will be carefully monitored by all of the involved parties to examine its potential in the country. In order to help to prepare for the program’s soft launch, UL, a security transaction provide, gave its assistance.

Participants in the mobile payments trial will be provided with the technology they need to use it.

mobile payments and bankingThese 1,000 individuals are being given free Samsung Galaxy Express devices that have their own banks’ app pre-loaded for their use. This helps to make sure that the participating banks, city, and other organizations will know that the participants have the necessary devices and applications to be able to use the mobile payments transactions when they want to.

According to the partners within the news release, “An extremely varied selection of businesses are taking part, ranging from smaller shops to large retail chains, including department stores, supermarkets, retail outlets and bars and restaurants.” This will help the organizations to be able to gain a better understanding as to when and where the mobile payments are being used by the participants in the trial program.

It was also pointed out that the Dutch railway company, NS, as well as the shops within the city’s railway station will also be taking part in the introduction of the mobile payments solution. The news release explained that “After the introduction period, each bank will determine individually whether, and how, it will offer this form of payment to customers.”

Many countries are beginning to make broad scale efforts to introduce mobile payments and encourage the use of these transactions so that they can take even greater steps toward cashless societies.

Mobile payments system in Hungary is still on track

Mobile Payments HungaryEven though it faced some financial setbacks, the program is still predicted to be ready in time for launch.

According to the latest reports from the Budapest Business Journal regarding the mobile payments system that is to be implemented across Hungary, it is still planning to be ready on time.

The predicted fall launch of the system is still set to be met by the creators of the national program.

Despite the fact that the mobile payments system faced issues regarding the loans that were supposed to pay for the development of the network, the creators were able to overcome the problems and still plan to meet their deadlines. This will be a considerable feat for those teams who have experienced a number of time setbacks and delays, but who are moving forward at full speed to put themselves back on track.

The mobile payments system for Hungary was first announced earlier in 2013 to be ready by fall.

The mobile payments system will be operated by Nemzeti Mobilfizetési, which is owned by the state, and which has been facing a number of sizeable funding challenges in order to cover the costs of the project. Just recently, it was denied a loan of $3.52 million (HUF 800 million) from the Public Procurement Arbitration Board in Hungary. Though these funds were believed to have been vital to its ability to continue and to complete its work on time, it still believes that it will be able to make its deadlines.

A statement that was released by Nemzeti Mobilfizetési has explained that the development that is required in order to expand the mobile payments system will be starting, as scheduled, before the end of this month, and that it will continue forward so that it will be ready for its predicted start date in September 2013.

The purpose of the Hungarian mobile payments system is to be able to create a standardized program across the entire country. It will offer this type of transaction for making purchases such as transit and transportation tickets, motorway stickers, parking fees, and other similar purchases. It is expected that the complete system will be ready to roll out between 2014 and 2017.