8 More Places Thriving on Payment Technology

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France France

In 2009, the French government, working with the French tech company Gemalto, launched a series of funding to test Near Field Communication payment technology in Nice. Fime SA has been working out the kinks of that test while piloting programs in other French cities. (Image: ThinkStock)

St. Louis St. Louis

This city's smaller population, compared to the likes of New York, makes it a good test bed for companies such as FreedomPay, which tests its Vibe mobile wallet here. As a city, it has large enough population to provide a tech-savvy audience while still being small enough to have a close-knit merchant community. (Image: ThinkStock)

Shanghai, China Shanghai, China

China’s contactless payment systems will see exponential growth this year, with Shanghai becoming the country’s payment technology center, according to a report by Capgemini. China’s leading payment method is the UnionPay card, which is accepted in 135 countries. (Image: ThinkStock)

Disney World and Hersheypark Disney World and Hersheypark

Just as Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., dropped its payment wristbands, Walt Disney Co. unveiled details of its planned “MagicBands,” designed to make payments, skip long lines and in the future allow costumed characters to identify Disney World visitors by name. (Image: Bloomberg News)

San Jose, California San Jose, California

The capital of Silicon Valley is home to eBay Inc. and its payment subsidiary, PayPal. PayPal, once an online-only payment method, has become an aggressive player at the point of sale. After testing Bling Nation's payment system with San Jose merchants, PayPal moved on to the cloud-based system it offers today. (Image: ShutterStock)

Singapore Singapore

After last year’s skimming scandals in Singapore, the Southeast Asian country has taken steps to create a more secure financial services industry while pushing payments technology. In March 2012, the Swiff mobile card-reader launched. Plus DBS Bank Ltd. created a branch last year taking advantage of QR codes and mobile Near Field Communication technology. (Image: ThinkStock)

Georgia Georgia

The ATM maker NCR, which was founded in Ohio in 1884 as National Cash Register, moved to Duluth, Ga., a few years ago to take advantage of the region's talent pool, as well as certain tax incentives. (Image: ThinkStock)

Sweden Sweden

The Swedes have long been early adopters of technology. Only 3% of transactions are made with cash in Sweden and soon the country could be a completely cashless society, according to Al Jazeera. Last summer the four largest mobile network operators in Sweden announced a venture to promote an NFC-enabled mobile wallet to cover 97% of mobile subscribers. (Image: ThinkStock)

Payment technology is gaining momentum and changing rapidly. More and more places around the world are adopting unique methods of payment.