Touchatag has partnered with Clear2Pay to launch a new platform that enables mobile operators to offer contactless payment, ticketing and marketing services using contactless stickers or NFC phones.
A new collaboration between Touchatag, the near field communication tag applications specialist owned by Alcatel-Lucent, and payments systems specialist Clear2Pay enables mobile operators to launch mobile wallet services based on contactless stickers. The new platform includes payment, ticketing and marketing services and is compatible with NFC phones as well as stickers.
The new platform’s payment and stored value account solution includes the ability to collect and redeem loyalty points, issue gift cards, deliver store receipts electronically and provide interactive advertising and promotions. Mobile operators will be provided with identity management and contactless application management services via Touchatag’s Application Correlation Server (ACS) and with stored value account (SVA) management services via a Clear2Pay SVA server managed by Touchatag.
“Users gain the benefit of easy payments and checking transactions and balances in real time on their mobile phone,” says Alcatel-Lucent. “In addition, users can manage many relationships with merchants, banks, and day-to-day applications without adding single use cards to their physical wallet.”
“The capabilities of the mobile phone, RFID, SMS, Web 2.0 services, and location information, combined with payment, allow merchants to enhance their customer relationships with virtual loyalty cards, coupons, tickets and membership IDs delivered directly to a user’s mobile phone,” Alcatel-Lucent adds.
“Initially, the relationship will focus on delivering proximity/contactless payment using RFID stickers and tags and evolve to NFC-enabled mobile phones,” the company continues. “In the future, the same platform will deliver remittance payments, person-to-person payment services and SMS ticketing.”
“People want to user their phones to pay for everyday items,” says Anthony Belpaire, Touchatag’s general manager. “In linking Clear2Pay’s global payment gateway with Touchatag’s identification management services, we have an end-to-end solution for mobile operators.”
“In these challenging times, the market is looking for profitable and secure mobile solutions which have true business potential,” adds Michel Akkermans, chairman and CEO of Clear2Pay. “We are confident that with this alliance we will be able to offer just that.”