NFC Trials continue to roll out in France – Bordeaux to start on the 1st March

The SudOuest newspaper has announced that the city of Bordeaux, France, will launch a six-month trial of NFC payment services on 1 March.

The SudOuest reports that the trial will involve 300 volunteers, 100 using Samsung Player One handsets, 100 with USB dongles and 100 with contactless versions of the “Bordeaux Ma Ville” payment card.

They will be used to pay for entry to municipal swimming pools, skating rinks, cinemas and at participating fast food chains. “The city will compare the success of the different payment methods before extending NFC payment progressively to all residents”, said the deputy mayor in charge of the digital city, Michel Duchene.

The city will have to pay for the installation of readers capable of detecting the new equipment at participating sites. Although the precise level of subsidy is still not known, Bordeaux counts on financial assistance to invest in the new readers, Duchene explained. Bordeaux is one of nine cities chosen in a government programme to trial NFC technologies. Micro payments provider Moneo said it has partnered with Orange and Applicam for the trial.

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