Mobile network Telecom New Zealand, Westpac and Auckland
Transport have partnered to launch a pilot scheme that allows users
to pay transport fares with NFC-enabled phones.

Digital security software firm Gemalto, ticketing solutions
provider Thales and ATM network Paymark will also take part in the

The trial is aimed at testing NFC payments in Auckland’s public
transport network which includes bus, trains and ferries, and will
be integrated into the existing smart card system called HOP.

“This is an excellent opportunity to build further capability in
this area, as the New Zealand banking industry moves toward a
mobile future,” said Jim Stabback, Westpac’s general manager for
customer technology and services.

Trial participants will set up a prepaid account with the mobile
carrier that can be topped up using Paymark’s ATM network, the
companies said.

“The information gained from this trial will be invaluable for
developing a mobile wallet with the kinds of innovative products
and services that our customers can expect”, said Telecom NZ’s CEO
Paul Reynolds.

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By GlobalData

Earlier this month, the three main mobile operators, Telecom NZ,
Vodafone and 2Degrees unveiled a joint venture aimed at extending
an open NFC ecosystem in the country through a central Trusted
Service Management service (TSM).