Research In Motion Ltd. is teaming up with Spanish telco Telefónica S.A. to trial a mobile wallet and security access system using near-field communications, the companies announced Thursday. The Telefonica Wallet program will allow 350 of the Spanish telco’s head office employees to make payments and other retail and banking transactions by tapping enabled phones against a near-field communication reader. An undisclosed number of local banks and retailers will take part in the Madrid-based pilot program, the companies said. Telefonica employees will also be allowed to use their phones in place of standard security cards when entering the Telefonica headquarters office, a release said. RIM announced in September that it would include near-field communications in its new line of BlackBerry smartphones. The technology permits wireless communication between devices located a few centimetres apart and is used in many security card-swipe systems. It is also increasingly used in swipe-and-pay credit card systems. “We have chosen the BlackBerry solution for this pilot because of the security that the platform brings,” Julio Linares, Telefonica’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.