New York to require bluetooth payment systems as part of enhanced payment systems
New York state is set to introduce legislation requiring all major retailers to add Bluetooth payment systems to their payment systems.
Currently, many merchants accept Bluetooth payment terminals in the United States.
The state has already been testing the use of Bluetooth terminals on a limited basis at select stores, but many retailers are still in the early stages of implementing the technology.
The new legislation would require retailers to install the technology at the checkout counters.
The law will be effective from January 1, 2020, according to the New York State Department of Financial Services.
According to a press release from the department, the state will take the necessary steps to provide merchants with sufficient interoperability to make it a viable payment option for consumers.
Bluetooth payment terminals have already been installed at major retailers in the US including Wal-Mart, Walmart and Target, according the New Yorker article.
It is not yet clear how many stores will adopt Bluetooth terminals for their checkout counters, but the state is working to provide the technology to at least half of the states stores by 2020.
Bluetone payment terminals are currently being used in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
The technology is also being used to accept payments at banks and credit unions in Canada.