Payment terminals provider Equinox Payments is set to upgrade its terminal lines to support contactless transactions on JCB cards in the US.

Equinox plans to integrate its Apollo, L5000 and Luxe terminal lines with contactless chip technology.

The firm said that an upgrade path will be provided for merchants with these terminals over the coming months, enabling acceptance of ‘tap and go’ payments through the JCB cards as well as Apple Pay.

Equinox Payments vice-president Rob Hayhow said: “Merchants that adopt these solutions can improve the checkout experience for JCB card members, and make sure their business is ready for the JCB EMV liability shift that takes effect next year.

“Once completed, all Equinox payment terminals will be automatically enabled to support JCB Contactless at the factory prior to release.”

Equinox also added JCB support to its L5300 terminal, which is used at various high-volume retailers, and Apollo stand-alone terminal.

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JCB vice-president of emerging technologies Linda Horwath said: “This relationship underscores the partner-friendly approach that Equinox brings to the table.

“We are excited to extend the speed and convenience of contactless payments to our valuable card members visiting the US.”