La Caixa has begun the rollout of its contactless ATM
network in Barcelona.

The programme,
piloted last April
is now to be expanded to cover the whole

The bank will issue 1 million cards to its
customers, more than 15,000 new POS terminals and more than 500
ATMs with built-in contactless readers.

A joint statement La Caixa and Visa Europe
said the scheme aims to make Barcelona the first major European
city to use extensive contactless payment system at shops and

La Caixa said it is the first bank to develop
ATMs with built-in contactless readers.

The ATMs, manufactured by Fujitsu, will also
be compatible with other contactless payments such as NFC-ready
mobile phones, the bank said.

The contactless system in Barcelona will be
fully compatible with other cards and contactless payment devices
issued by other banks, both domestic and international.