Orange today announced it’s Quick Tap technology will be used to switch on the official Christmas lights of the city of Cambridge this year. The move sees the new innovative technology which is expected to feature in the majority of mobile handsets in the coming years, used for the first time for such a festive feat.

Orange’s Quick Tap service works by using innovative near-field-communications (NFC) technology which is fast being incorporated into many of the latest smartphones. Orange and Barclaycard launched the UK’s first contactless mobile payments service which uses NFC, earlier this year and offer customers a number of handsets which enable them to to make secure and convenient payments at over 50,000 stores nationwide, including Prêt a Manger, EAT, Little Chef, Wembley Arena, Subway, Wilkinson and McDonalds – making purchases of £15 and under.

Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith, Mayor of the City of Cambridge, said:

In Cambridge we are proud of our contribution to the worlds of science and technology. We’re famous for our universities and as a City we are keen to balance our rich sense of history with our contributions towards an exciting future.  The use of this state-of-the-art technology seems a fun way to unite an event which has become traditional in the market square each year with something truly innovative.