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NFC-enabled mobile POS demonstrator speeds up design time

04 Feb 2015

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NXP Semiconductors N.V., Creditcall and ViewAt Technology Co. have released what they describe as a complete hardware and software reference demonstrator for secure near field communication (NFC)-enabled mobile point of sale (mPOS) solutions. According to the companies, the demonstrator gives a universal solution for all payment technologies, encompassing both cards and mobile payments, and is pre-validated for international EMVCo and payment card industry (PCI) standards.

The demonstrator conforms to the People's Bank of China (PBOC) specification for financial transactions, allowing secure transactions in small local retailers, for local service businesses or for delivery-based merchants such as taxi drivers or food delivery services. The mPOS demonstrator claims to provide a full payment terminal experience to small merchants resulting in shorter queues and reduced waiting time to pay. By equipping store staff with mPOS devices merchants will now also be able to create multiple points-of-payment in their stores maximising the opportunity to sell, stated the companies.

The reference module offers NFC payment functionality in an mPOS system, enabling system designers to integrate the technology into future payment terminals, devices and infrastructures.

The mPOS demonstrator incorporates all the necessary hardware and software modules. ViewAt Technology developed the hardware for the mPOS module that can be licensed as a white label mPOS device to end customers. The PCI certificate included with the demonstrator can be reused by customers thus simplifying the final certification process. Creditcall, a supplier of EMV payment terminal SW kernels, is providing its knowledge and expertise to support the EMVL2 contact and contactless kernels needed by customers for the mPOS module. The end customer will license the EMVL2 kernel directly from Creditcall. This solution claims to enable system integrators to bring NFC payment applications to market faster, saving more than six months design time and simplifying the final certification process.

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