NFC Mobile Payment Trials Underway at Canadian McDonald’s

According to published reports Tuesday, NFC mobile payment solutions are being tested at a McDonald’s in Canada.

The Interac Association payments and debit card services network says its Interac Flash contactless solution has been added to selected Interac Debit cards to offer users tap-to-pay functionality.

Thanks to the company’s partnership with RBC Royal Bank, they’ve integrated the aforementioned technology into BlackBerry smartphones via an app. As a result, an NFC payments trial taking place as we speak at a McDonald’s restaurant in Canada.

Interac says this is Canada’s first and only contactless debit payment for mobile.

“This achievement in mobile debit innovation helps solidify our role in the mobile payments space in Canada,” explains Mark O’Connell, president and CEO of Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation. “Soon, Canadians will be able to use their mobile phones to pay with Interac Flash quickly, conveniently and securely when making everyday purchases – bringing added value not only to consumers, but also to the merchant community and our partner financial institutions.”

The Interac Association payments and debit card services network provides Canadians access to funds at 60,000 cashpoints and 766,000 POS terminals across the nation.