FORT LEE, NJ and NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2014) - ABnote, a leading global card manufacturer and provider of financial and secure credentialing, and On Track Innovations Ltd. (oti) (
The pilot program pairs oti's WAVE device with ABnote's secure provisioning and mobile wallet, and represents the first NFC deployment under a business and technical collaboration the companies formed last year.
About the size of a standard car key fob, oti's WAVE device uses the audio jack as an easy, cost-effective way to add NFC capability to virtually any Smartphone or tablet, including Apple iPhones, iPads, and Android-based mobile devices. Once configured, it can also operate independently, allowing users to keep the WAVE on their keychain to make secure transactions with a simple 'wave' of the device over any NFC reader.
The WAVE has received certification from major payment companies, including Visa® and MasterCard®. ABnote's mobile solution is managed by its MasterCard®- and Visa®-certified Trusted Service Manager (TSM), which has been designed with an open architecture, to guarantee maximum customer flexibility and scalability.
"We're very pleased to be working with oti and financial institutions deploying this innovative payment solution," said Keith Goldstein, president and CEO of ABnote North America. According to Goldstein: "Adding the oti WAVE to ABnote's already broad line of TSM and HCE solutions means that we can provide secure mobile payment solutions via literally any smartphone or tablet. Moreover, because the WAVE device, unlike many of the alternative solutions available today, requires no commercial relationship with either the handset manufacturer or the mobile network operator (MNO), the WAVE cannot only be initialized on hundreds of millions of existing mobile handsets and used on a stand-alone basis across many platforms and markets, but can be delivered at costs far more economical than prevailing NFC models."
Gonen Ziv, president of oti America, commented: "These are exciting times for us and we are very keen on our collaboration with ABnote. The recent launch of Apple Pay using NFC reaffirms the superiority and power of this technology for secured payment transactions. Our WAVE device enables financial institutions to easily offer a convenient secure payment solution that enhances the customer experience while increasing security, and particularly avoiding the costly fallout from hackers stealing credit card numbers generated by magnetic strips. Given the numerous benefits of NFC and our unique approach to deploying this technology, we are seeing an increasing number of financial institutions from around the world looking to us and our collaboration with ABnote as the best way to deploy NFC across their customer base."
ABnote, with facilities in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australasia, is a premier and trusted provider of secure products and solutions. We provide solutions to global customers including financial, retail, government, and many other commercial markets. ABnote's primary products include financial cards (Dual Interface, EMV, magnetic stripe), identification and credential cards (Drivers' Licenses, National ID cards, Student ID), transit cards, hotel, facility and theme park access cards and membership programs, retail plastic cards (gift, loyalty, RFID), barcodes and labels and secure documents (vital records, certificates, passports, and more); along with complimentary secure services, including instant card issuance, NFC mobile payments, TSM, personalization, secure warehousing, distribution and fulfilment.
On Track Innovations Ltd. (oti) is a leader in contactless and NFC applications based on its extensive patent and IP portfolio. oti's field-proven innovations have been deployed around the world to address NFC and other cashless payment solutions, petroleum payment and management, cashless parking fee collection systems and mass transit ticketing. oti markets and supports its solutions through a global network of regional offices and alliances. For more information, visit www.otiglobal.com., content of which does not form a part of this press release
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