The Chinese city of Xiamen has given contactless the thumbs up with a series of deployments that highlight the benefits of the technology.

In 2006, in what was one of the first field trials of NFC in Asia, China Mobile, Philips, Nokia and Xiamen e-Tong Card tested NFC payments with 100 participants in the city. Merchants including shops, restaurants and theatres, as well as transport providers, were involved in the scheme. Participants were issued with Nokia 3220 cell phones which they could use to pay bus and ferry fares as well as make purchases from shops and other outlets.

The city is also home to contactless ticketing based on Watchdata’s SIMpass NFC technology. The success of this scheme has led to rollouts in cities across China as well as other parts of Asia.

Category Number Score
Point of sale terminals/readers deployed 101-150 4
Different types of contactless device 2 4
Number of contactless devices 1001-5000 40
Number of applications 3 3
Total number of service providers involved 10 10
Number of banks in partnership 0 0
Number of operators in partnership 1 1
Number of merchant locations 101-150 4
Transit operators in scheme 2 2
Parking sector 0 0
Vending 0 0
Entertainment sector – football, leisure, congress etc 0 0
Public sector activities – libraries, schools etc 0 0
Smart poster environments in place 0 0
Marketing campaigns rolled out 2 2
Length of time project implemented 25 months + 5
ROI – future potential 2 2
Green credentials 1001+ 6
Social equality 0 0
Total 83

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