This week is Asia week, with a brief jaunt to open the Terrapinn Cards & Payments Summit in Singapore, followed by engaging in the Asian Banker’s Annual Summit in Jakarta.
I always enjoy visiting Asia as you gain unique insights you don’t see elsewhere. Over the past years, Asia is where I first saw NFC/RFID (Octopus, Hong Kong), mobile wallets (Edy from NTT DoCoMo, Japan), mobile banks (Jibun Bank and eBank, Japan), virtual currencies (QQ, China) and QR codes (Tesco, Korea).
There’s far more that Asia shows me, so this will be an exciting week.
The week starts with the honour of being asked to cut the ribbon to officially open the Exhibit Hall at Cards & Payments ...
... and what I note straight away is a focus upon RFID chips and M2M (Machine to Machine) transactions.