London buskers are the first to accept contactless card payments

“Hello, please support my job.”
“I’m sorry, but I don’t have any cash.”
“No, you can use APPLE PAY”

Walking around the streets of London, it is interesting to see such a scene.

Recently, London Mayor Sadik Khan a campaign to care for street entertainers, allowing them to accept credit cards or mobile payments, and to find third-party companies to put them on the receiving machine..

The City of London is currently working with the iZettle company in Sweden to allow street performers to pass through this company and accept passersby’s code to pay or donate…

Nowadays, mobile payment has become more and more convenient. In China, the main form of mobile payment is to swipe the qr code. Not only supermarkets and restaurants, but also food markets can scan qr codes… .

But in the United States or the United Kingdom, we are still swiping cards or have more cash. The United Kingdom is considered to be a more advanced country, especially in London. In fact, many businesses have begun to accept mobile payments. It can be said to be one of the European mobile payment centers. It is good to wander around without cash, but it is a problem for street musicians

All street performers need in their smart phones to insert a special card reader equipment, set the default of contributions (should be displayed on a sign near), and then wait for people willing to pay. Maybe you can still throw some COINS into an open guitar case if you want.

Don’t bring cash, means that you didn’t finish see those street artists after the performance of COINS can throw into their hats, and the mayor of London come up with a solution: let musicians and accept other performers including Apple Pay and other forms of modern form of payment. The specific terms are as follows:

Allow London street artists to accept cash payments, contactless CARDS, wearable devices and password payments.

In collaboration with iZettle, a technology firm, electronic card readers are provided to performers.

London’s mayor, said he hoped to get more street performers to get the actual support: “street performance help just budding artists hone their talent, let them (after) the chance to show in front of more people.”

It is considered to be the world’s first organized program that allows buskers to provide payment methods and old-fashioned cash donations.

Non-contact payment means that the bank card/client terminal generates wireless signal connection through the built-in chip and the receiving end equipment, accepts end equipment to read out customer information, and handles payment transactions. We adopt the bus card, chip credit card, expressway (ETC) collection, etc. The forms fall into this category.

Contactless payment appeared in England in 2007, almost all of the London shops are accepted it, Apple Pay or Google Pay is the Pay in the form of mobile performance, in fact, China’s huawei, millet and other mobile payment with similar principle.

Buskers have already enjoyed the benefits of the proposal, and several have seen their incomes rise significantly as a result of the change。

The programme has been launched in 32 boroughs and will continue to expand in the coming months.

The London initiative is a great joy for artists with music dreams to show off and increase their income and pursue their dreams. I hope this initiative can be implemented in other parts of the UK as soon as possible.

For one with an open arms welcome new cashless economy city, this is a suitable method and London’s transport system has become the Apple Pay and Android Pay (now renamed the “Google Pay”) and other early adopters of mobile payment platform.

Since buskers are not only citizens, but also an important part of the city’s tourism industry, it is clear that it is imperative to hand over such payment instruments to them.

Swedish firm iZettle specializes in making it easier for small businesses and independent traders to accept card payments, and the outfit was recently picked up by PayPal for $2.2 billion (about £1.65 billion or AU$2.9 billion) – a move which might see PayPal establish more of a presence in the high street.