The world’s first contactless payment, self-service beer pump will be put to the test by consumers during the height of pre-Christmas partying in the UK’s bars and pubs. Pay@Pump allows drinkers to order and pour their own pint and pay with a contactless card or device touched on a pad at the base of the pump.

The technology has been devised by Barclaycard – and a prototype designed and installed in a Central London pub, Henry’s Café Bar – to help reduce queuing time for customers buying drinks during busy periods.

The average waiting time at the bar during the Christmas party season is 12 minutes per order, according to research carried out for Barclaycard, totalling 35 minutes per person during a festive night out.

Read more: Pull a fast one: London bar installs world’s first tap-and-pay beer pump | Life and style | The Guardian

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