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FNB mPOS device in offing

August 4, 2014

Jon Tullett

FNB follows on the heels of companies like Absa, which brought the Payment Pebble to the market in early 2013.

First National Bank (FNB) is set to follow in its local counterparts' footsteps with the release of its own mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) solution "in the coming months".

This comes about two years after FNB penned a deal with UK company Powa Technologies to offer its mobile device in the country.

According to CEO of merchant services at FNB, Alan Scoular, FNB will make use of Powa Technologies' mPowa technology. The tech works by using a free mobile phone app and a reader that connects to a smartphone or mobile device by plugging into its headphone socket or connecting via Bluetooth.

"It enables companies and individuals to accept card payments from their customers on the go."

FNB's mPOS mobile app will be free to download on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and BlackBerry devices, and functions as the control centre that accepts the payment, adds Scoular.

He says the bank's agreement with Powa Technologies will involve FNB embedding the mPowa tools and software into FNB's own merchant services. This "will enable them to tailor the look and identity of the card service while maintaining the sophisticated and patented functionality that mPowa offers".

While the bank declined to put a time-frame to the launch of its mPOS solution, Scoular says it is "in the final stages of certification and design, and will be active with the product in the coming months".

unveiled (../?id=60443:Absa-unveils-Payment-Pebble) its smart card-reader device, the Payment Pebble, in November 2012. Smaller rival Nedbank followed about two months later, with its own mPOS solution, PocketPOS (../index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61642).

Last month, local mobile payments start-up Emerge Mobile commercially launched (../?id=135959:Emerge-Mobile-launches-mPOS-solution-) its smartphone payment card acceptance solution, The Edge, which uses the start-up's own financial services brand, iKhokha, as its go-to-market vehicle.

The Edge is a compact chip-and-PIN card reader that plugs into iOS or Android smartphones, and is coupled with the free iKhokha mobile app.

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Source: ITWeb

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