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Hands off: a short history of contactless technology

Tue Dec 16 12:45:00 EST 2014

2014 is the year that contactless hit the big time: there are now 52.8m cards in circulation in the UK, clocking up 32m transactions (worth £253m) every month.[1] But while the boom is new, we’ve been putting distance between ourselves and our devices for over 100 years…




the beginning of contactless
Contactless timeline
contactless payments timeline
Contactless payments launch
Contactles timeline mobile wallets
contactless bpay bands

We've also created an infographic charting the history and growth of the ecommerce revolution. Please click here to see how ecommerce has grown from an idea to hitting the $100bn barrier in 2014.


1   http://www.theukcardsassociation.org.uk/contactless_contactless_statistics/index.asp

2   http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/repurposed-inventions/history-of-remote-control.htm

3   http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/repurposed-inventions/history-of-remote-control.htm

4   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garage_door_opener

5   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/22/flash-matic-remote-eugene-polley_n_1536620.html

6   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_control

7   http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/dec/14/barcode-inventor-norman-woodland-dies

8   http://www.google.com/patents/US4384288

9   https://www.t-money.co.kr/ncs/pct/upass/UpassIntgInf.dev

10 http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87928

11  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oyster_card

12  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6945991.stm

13  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6945991.stm

14  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13457071

15  http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/what-is-nfc-and-why-is-it-in-your-phone-948410


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