London pushes contactless payments for busking
28 May 2018 | 7223 views | 2
London has enlisted iZettle for a contactless payments system that enables the city's buskers to accept money from cashless fans.
Following a successful trial, London mayor Sadiq Khan, iZettle, and the Busk for London organisation will begin rolling out contactless mPOS card readers to buskers throughout the city.
"Now, more Londoners will be able to show their support to the capital's brilliant, talented street performers," says Khan.
Performer Charlotte Campbell has been testing the system, setting up her card reader to automatically accept fixed donations of £2, telling the BBC that it has had "a significant impact on contributions".
Last week a British university student unveiled her own contactless payment system for street performers, although her effort includes an app that provides up-to-date earnings and expenses feedback and can be used to manage shows, track potential queues in popular locations and share promotional content.
Stockholm-based iZettle is in the process of being acquired by American giant PayPal in an all-cash deal valued at $2.2 billion.