Tim Hortons launches NFC payments service using HCE

Monday 16 December 2013 10:02 CET | News

North American coffee chain Tim Hortons has launched an NFC mobile payments service using Host Card Emulation (HCE) at 3,500 locations in Canada and 800 in the United States. It is currently available to customers with BlackBerry 10 smartphones and support for Android phones is set to be added in January 2014.

To use the Quickpay service, customers link their existing prepaid Tim Card to their TimmyMe mobile app. They can then use NFC to tap and pay at standard contactless terminals, regardless of their network operator. Their card balance is stored with payment processing company First Data.

Google has introduced support for Host Card Emulation (HCE) in October 2013, with the release of version 4.4 of Android KitKat, enabling any Android NFC device to be used for mobile payments and other secure applications without the need to have access to a secure element.

The chain has also launched a barcode payment pilot program in the Niagara region of Canada and at select US Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurants in Maine, Michigan, New York and Ohio.

The barcode technology, which provides a scan-to-pay option once a Tim Card has been registered on the TimmyMe app, supports Apple devices running iOS 6.0 or later and Android devices running version 4.0 or later.

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Keywords: Tim Hortons, First Data, HCE, NFC payments, barcode payment, mobile payments, Scan-to-Pay, contactless terminals
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