Dutch supermarket chain trials mobile phone payments at the till

A Dutch supermarket chain is trialling wireless mobile phone payments at the till in partnership with LogicaCMG.

A Dutch supermarket chain is trialling wireless mobile phone payments at the till in partnership with LogicaCMG.

The pilot project at a branch of the C1000 chain near Rotterdam will see 100 customers being able to pay for their shopping by mobile phone.

Rabobank, KPN, NXP Semiconductors and RFID Platform Nederland are also involved in the trial.

The system uses the existing online Pin payment infrastructure with the debit card replaced by a mobile phone. The mobiles are equipped with NFC technology (Near Field Communication), which supports the contact-free exchange of information over a short distance.

The mobile phone payments are linked to the customers' existing bank accounts. The key benefit for consumers is that they no longer have to carry cash or debit cards to pay for shopping, but can simply take their mobile phone.

Groceries can be paid for by simply holding the mobile phone next to the NFC reader at the checkout and entering an individual Pin. In addition to paying for shopping, bottle deposit refunds can also be stored on the phone.

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