A CONTACTLESS card that can pay for groceries without being swiped through a payment machine at a supermarket checkout counter is to be tested with consumers in Singapore. The card can store 500 times more data than that of existing smart cards - enough data storage space to hold a small novel. The so-called Combicard, produced by the electronic giants Sharp and the electronic-payments specialist Nets, can transfer data either through direct contact or close proximity to a reader. The advantage for retailers and customers is that it will ...

Full access to this article can be arranged with permission from the client that first ordered it. Please contact us to request access. Entries are uploaded to our archive at least one year after being published by a client – free access is restricted to International News Services journalists for background research only. The article date indicates when copy was filed to a client, not when posted to this archive. Upon client requests, International News Services will remove such articles from the archive or not upload them in the first place. They are included to demonstrate the breadth of topics undertaken by the agency and also to help promote clients’ coverage.