Feeds

Carol singers rejoice at pay-by-tap credit card donations

O Come All Ye NFC Faithful

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Carol singers in Covent Garden aren't taking cash donations this morning - instead they're accepting tap-to-pay credit cards, but by a lucky coincidence BarclayCard has staff handing them out nearby.

The winter warblers are from the London Community Gospel Choir, and the donated money will go to the Help a Capital Child fund, but the real purpose of the exercise is to get people used to the idea of paying by tap - even if it means giving them cards pre-loaded with a fiver. The cards can be tapped against the modified collection bucket.

Carol Singers With Modified Bucket

Singers expecting a different kind of Christmas card

Credit cards already have contact-less payments built in, conforming to the Near Field Communications (NFC) standard. Chip 'N PIN readers in a good many shops now support the feature (look for the word "contact-less" on the front, it's surprising how quickly it's spreading) but customers (and sometimes shopkeepers) are still reluctant to use the technology.

In the early days of supermarkets, legend has it, male models were hired to push trolleys around the place to make men feel more secure doing the same. Seeing someone else doing something makes us much more confident to do it ourselves, which is the point of BarclayCard dropping £2,500 into Help a Capital Child's coffers in £5 pre-paid cards: not only do those given the card get to try the tech, but everyone watching gets a little more comfortable with the idea.

BarclayCard obviously gains through additional transaction fees, but the shopkeepers also gain as those fees are less than the cost of handling cash. What the customer gains is less clear, one might hope lower prices will be the ultimate result, or at least fewer holes in one's trouser pockets. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.