Morning Brief 1.9.20: PayPal seeks tech for Indian restaurant expansion

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On the menu

PayPal's Indian unit plans to use "food technology" as a main cog in its expansion plans for that country, hoping to capitalize on what it says is a growing trend toward online food ordering.

PayPal will work with technology partners to build its presence in India, reports Hindu Business Line, which cited an interview with Siddharth Dhamija, director of PayPal India.

Dhamija did not list specific partners, though Swiggy or Zomato would be possibilities, according to Business Line. Food delivery service Swiggy recently passed the $3 billion valuation plateau, while Zomato has worked with Paytm in the past.

Sand Box

The Central Bank of the Bahamas is introducing its own digital currency with a test in Exuma and a broader rollout later this year.

Called Project Sand Dollar, it's part of the Bahamanian Payment Systems Modernization Initiative, a digital payments and financial inclusion project.

The Bahamas joins a growing number of countries issuing or considering central bank digital currencies, including Sweden, France, China and others. These projects are often designed to counter Facebook's Libra project or the influence of large technology companies on payments and retail.

Pocket pay

NTT Docomo, Sony and NXP Semiconductors have built a concept point of sale system that allows shoppers to make NFC payments without having to wave their phone near the terminal.

The three companies are using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, which is a data transmission technique that allows reading over a wider range, reports Finextra. The companies hope this allows hands-free payments, as long as the shopper has the phone in a pocket or bag, while retaining authentication and security systems.

UWB could be particularly useful for transactions that require extra speed and high volume, such as drive-throughs, parking meters and ticketing kiosks at transit systems.

Whole new ball game

Former Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino is collaborating with Standard Cognition to sell autonomous checkout to sports and entertainment facilities beyond Polar Park, the new stadium for the AAA Worcester Red Sox. Lucchino is currently chairman and principal owner of the Worcester Red Sox.

The minor league Sox's "Left Field Park" uses AI and machine vision to identify items and execute payments without checkout, and will serve as a potential template for other venues.

The minor league park is one of the first sports facilities to include a checkout-free concession area, with other early adopters including the Sacramento Kings, which use technology from Zippin.

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