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The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is conducting trials of mobile contactless debit payments technology at its Edinburgh headquarters ahead of a public pilot next year.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to conduct internal staff trials of mobile payment technology using MasterCard's PayPass contactless system.
News of the pilot comes the day after the card scheme announced plans for a public trail of the technology in downtown Oslo with DnB Nor and Telenor.
Field trials have also been scheduled for Japan.
The latest initiatives follow a seemingly successful trial-run in Taiwan, in which three-quarters of the participants indicated a preference for the technology over traditional plastic cards.
The card issuers are past masters at hyping up new advances and talking their banking partners into ill-advised high-profile technology tests. Anyone remember 3-D Secure - the forerunner to SecureCode and Verified by Visa - which flopped miserably when banks
discovered they couldn't get it to work properly, despite a mammoth two-year publicity blitz by the card companies.
Will 'tap and go' on a mobile phone be any different?
Assuming the technology works, and there are no security distractions, I feel MasterCard could be on to a winner.
In Edinburgh, the RBS announcement comes with an unusually srong endorsement from the bank's chief executive of consumer banking, Paul Geddes: "We...believe that mobile phones will be the next step in the payments evolution."
Anyone out there disagree?