The future is contactless

Contactless payments were first introduced in the UK back in 2007, but the public were slow to embrace this new technology.

Fast forward to 2016, one in every seven card payments are now contactless and 67 are made every second.

So, what does the future hold for contactless payments and why should your business adopt this system?

The growth of contactless

The rise in contactless payments shows that consumers are increasingly viewing contactless payments as an alternative to using cash.

They are now used for a huge variety of transactions including travel, donations to charity and on the high street.

Technological advances and improvements in security have led people to contactless payments more often and many cafes, restaurants, shops and bars have adopted the system.

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It’s important that your business enables customers to pay in this way.

By renting a credit card machines, such as those from Card Cutters, you will open up a more convenient and easy way for your customers to make transactions.

What’s next for contactless?

Here are a few ways that contactless payments will continue to expand in the future.

Near-field communication (NFC)

NFC allows mobiles to communicate with a card reader within 20cm.

The launch of ApplePay allowed users to store a digital version of their bank cards on their mobile devices and pay for items by tapping their device against a card reader.

Google quickly followed suit with their Android Pay system, with no upper limit on the amount you can spend on your purchases.

Wearable payment methods

Methods of payment have aimed to become more convenient for their users, which has resulted payment methods incorporated into fashion pieces.

Apple have introduced a contactless payment method to their Apple Watch, which have had an estimated 12 million sales in a year, casting an even wider net for contactless payments.


This is a new payment system that replaces card account numbers with digital tokens.

It is secure as the cardholder’s actual card number is never shared with the merchant during a transaction and tokens can be limited to specific merchants, devices or types of purchases.

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Also, tokens linked to lost mobile devices can be instantly reissued without changing account numbers or reissuing plastic cards.

With the steady growth in consumer use and merchants increasingly adopting the system, the contactless payment systems show no sign of slowing down.

The use of technology to pay for purchases means that we could be heading towards a cashless future, so your business must provide the option of contactless payments.

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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