ABN Amro started registration of 500 users for its contactless payment trial on wearables

8 January 2018

ABN AmroABN Amro, third largest Dutch bank, announced the invitation for its select 500 customers to join the pilot program for testing various wearable devices to make contactless payments at supported retailers and other locations. The wearables range from smart rings to keyrings. A dedicated sign-up page was created specifically for customers wishing to participate in the technology trial.

The pilot program will last for four months and will enable customers to wear digital devices for making payments at high street stores while sending back their comments about their experiences using a mobile app established for these purposes.

Yvonne Duits, speaking for ABN Amro, noted that around 50% of all transactions performed across the Netherlands are contactless. She added that the contactless payments should go far beyond NFC-enabled cards and smartphones to include as many technology innovations as possible, that is why the bank aims to test contactless payments on any device with interested customers.

Last year ABN Amro reported its limited trials of contactless payments using wearable devices with a view to release the first public service to its account holders. The smart gadgets included Kerv ring, that was put into production due to donations of backers on Kickstarter, and an NFC-capable smart watch.

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