Feeds

Post Office going tap-cash in 2012

Jingle of tills gradually falls silent across the land

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The UK's network of 12,000 Post Offices will start accepting contactless payment cards and thus NFC phones by October next year, making it the largest retailer to yet do so.

More than 30,000 contactless terminals will be installed to accept pay-by-tap transactions of up to the industry limit of £15. Those account for 60 per cent of the business done at the Post Office window according to Michael Birchall, payment product manager for the Post Office, who has been telling NFC Times about the project.

NFC Times notes that the previous contender for biggest deployment was Transport for London, which is planning to deploy 20,000 terminals next year to collect travel fares. Those two projects alone will nearly double the number of contactless points of sale in the UK, which currently stands at around 60,000.

Those contactless points will accept proximity cards: 15 million of which have already been issued (you might already be carrying one, check for the logo), as well as pay-by-tap telephones such as the Orange Quick Tap.

Contactless functionality is now built into most point-of-sale terminals these days, and the upgrade seems to be part of the normal equipment replacement cycle (we've asked for more details), but it is indicative of the way the industry is solving the chicken-and-egg problem with proximity payments.

With contactless being a standard feature NFC terminals will be popping up everywhere, and the cards are already in the pockets of consumers. Now the challenge is to get punters to use them. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.