Are you someone who absolutely hates how long it takes to make a transaction using a credit or debit card? Do you worry about card fraud a lot? If so, you will love contactless payment systems, which involve the use of contactless cards, stickers, key fobs, mobile devices, and wearable gadgets.
In a nutshell:
- It is secure. You don’t need to hand over your card to the cashier. For the entire transaction, the card never leaves your hand.
- It is fast. You don’t need to enter a PIN or leave a signature for purchases under $100.
- It is easy. You just need to hold the card close to the terminal.
Contactless payments make life a tad easier for the average consumer.
Contactless cards have been available in Australia since 2006 but it only started to gain traction in the last few years. From the 7.6 million cards issued in 2010, the number grew to 18 million in 2014. With more and more retailers accepting contactless payments, the total number of contactless cards in Australia should reach 33.9 million in 2019, Timetric predicts.