Tim Hortons announces NFC based mobile payment using Host card Emulation

Tim Hortons in a move to enhance the overall customer buying experience has announced new mobile payment options for the customers. Tim Hortons now offers NFC based payment using Host Card Emulation (HCE) at 3500 locations in Canada and 800 locations in the USA.

This will allow users of Blackberry 10 (including the Blackberry (R) Q5, Blackberry (R) Q10, Blackberry (R) Z10 and Blackberry (R) Z30 smartphones) and Google Android smartphone to pay using the TimmyMe application. This could be one of the first implementations of HCE.

Tim Hortons is a Canadian Multinational Fast casual restaurant with stores across USA and Canada. It was founded by Tim Horton, Jim Charade and Ron Joyce in 1964.

The payment with the TimmyMe application uses a pre-registered card to allow for payments at the register by tapping the card using a smart phone with the application installed.

The app allows Tim Horton customers to register the card, check balances and find nearby cafes. The app uses Near Field communication based technology and works by the tap to pay methodology similar to certain debit or credit cards.

'We're always looking to provide our Tim Hortons guests with the best overall customer experience, and mobile payment is one area that we feel can help streamline the average time spent at the order counter,' said David Clanachan, Chief Operating Officer, Tim Hortons. 'These new innovations offer secure, quick and easy payment alternatives, allowing our guests more time enjoying their favourite food and beverages.'

Tim Hortons has launched this service in association with First Data Corporation. This will allow a method for customers to tap and scan payment through First Data’s mobile payment Gateway. First Data makes it possible for registered Tim Card users to securely make mobile payments and view their Tim Card balance and transaction history.

Tim Hortons has also launched a barcode payment pilot program in the Niagara region in Canada and at select USA Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurants in Maine, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. The barcode technology, which provides a scan-to-pay option once a Tim Card has been registered on the TimmyMe (TM) app, supports Apple devices running OS 6.0 or later and Android devices running OS 4.0 or later.