Africa Pay & ID Expo.: May 26-28, 2022

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Transport ticketing has rapidly evolved in the digital age. As recently as the 1990s, closed loop systems based around paper tickets or tokens were the norm. This resulted in a poor user experience. Lines to purchase tickets were often long, and turnstile throughput was inefficient. Today, passengers can use a smartcard or even their phone as their ticket, utilizing contactless and Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality to tap-and-go.

User adoption of biometric authentication has accelerated in recent years, yet some users are still cautious. Fime is exploring ways to innovate on biometric evaluation to help solution providers to launch reliable and high-performance products. In this interview, Communications Director Stéphanie Pietri speaks to Joël and Abdarahmane about Fime’s recently published paper on environmental impact.

It was good to be back! Money 20/20 Europe 2021 brought together key players from throughout payments for a series of presentations and debates on the key concerns and opportunities within the industry. From global leaders to dynamic startups, the event brought together over 1,500 people to share thoughts and ideas.

Today, contactless cards provide a fast and frictionless payment experience, where up to a certain value, the normal cardholder verification method of entering a PIN is not needed. It has revolutionized payments for low value items.

Transport ticketing has rapidly evolved in the digital age. As recently as the 1990s, closed loop systems based around paper tickets or tokens were the norm. This resulted in a poor user experience. Lines to purchase tickets were often long, and turnstile throughput was inefficient. Today, passengers can use a smartcard or even their phone as their ticket, utilizing contactless and Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality to tap-and-go.

The trend towards biometric authentication has been further accelerated by the global pandemic. Hygienic touchless identification solutions have become critically important. And, with customers already familiar with using biometric solutions on their phones, the growth of this industry only looks to continue. In this blog we will evaluate this growth and discuss some of the potential opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Digital payments have sky-rocketed in popularity as consumers have sought new, more hygienic ways to pay. SoftPOS payments offer numerous benefits to consumers and merchants alike. Comprised of software solutions that run on Android Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) devices, they can enable digital payment acceptance in a cost-effective and simple way.

In today’s frequently changing payments landscape, stakeholders are embracing new technologies to reflect shifting consumer behaviors. One such technology is SoftPOS, a solution which uses Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) devices to accept contactless payments. In fact, 41% of small business owners are investigating the possibility of accepting payments via mobile device.

In this Q&A, we speak to Pierre Aurel, Product Manager at Synthesis, to learn more about how Fime supported them to achieve the first automated Mastercard TEI accreditation for a new SoftPOS solution.

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