UniCredit uses Gemalto contactless sticker for mobile payment in Slovakia

Gemalto announced the selection by UniCredit Slovakia to
provide Optelio contactless stickers for its first commercial mobile payment


The bank, part of the major financial institution
UniCredit Group, is the first to market with a contactless debit payment
service in Slovakia. UniCredit Group is a leading European bank with strong
roots in 22 countries and an overall global network embracing approximately 50
markets through over 9,600 branches.


The Optelio contactless sticker has achieved MasterCard
certification and complements a full set of Gemalto services already available
for mobile payment.


The Optelio
sticker is a microprocessor-based secure personal device that provides a
compatibility solution to enable contactless functionality for handsets that
don’t have contactless features built-in.


By simply attaching the Optelio contactless sticker to
their mobile phone, UniCredit customers will be able to use the contactless
feature on payments under EUR 20, while larger amount transactions will require
a PIN code.


Payments can be made in fast food restaurants, cinemas,
supermarkets and other retail outlets across the Slovakia, with its established
contactless payment market of over 3,000 acceptance points in place.


Combining diminutive size with the highest communication
performance with the terminal, Gemalto’sOptelio contactless sticker has been
designed to work on any handset model. Gemalto also
provides sticker personalization, packaging and delivery to the end user as
part of the service to UniCredit.


The MasterCard Paypasssticker, which we named StickAir,
is another unique product modelled upon requests and needs of customers of
UniCredit Bank,” said Monika Kohútová, head of retail banking
division,UniCredit Bank.


It canbe issued in relation to any current account open
with UniCredit Bank and our customers can affix the StickAirwherever they want,
like for example to the rear of their cell phone.Consumers are already
accustomed to swiping their travel card to ride the public transportation in
Slovakia so we believe contactless technology will also gain user adoption in
the payment domain,” Kohútová added.


Moving to contactless is more than just changing the
technology, it is also changing long-standing consumer habits,” said
ChristophSiegelin, vice president Sales, Central Europe, Gemalto.


By turning any handset into a payment device, Optelio
contactless sticker makes the speed and convenience of mobile contactless
payments available for UniCredit to deploy immediately,” Siegelin added.


By Telecomlead.com Team
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