mobile payments

Promsvyazbank to Start Accepting Alipay Payments in Russia

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Promsvyazbank has announced the launch of a pilot to accept Alipay.

Promsvyazbank is now offering its merchants the ability to accept payments via Alipay without the need for additional devices or applications. The new functionality is available via the existing point-of-sale infrastructure, and funds for Alipay sales are transferred daily.

Promsvyazbank was supported in the launch by OpenWay, a software provider and developer.

"This project is first and foremost about helping our merchant customers develop their businesses. This new functionality will enable Promsvyazbank merchants to potentially increase turnover and revenues at a favorable MSC rate," commented Mark Baranov, head of acquiring department at Promsvyazbank.

The Alipay application is used by 520 million customers, and its annual turnover in 2016 exceeded total cash turnover in China. Alipay is the most popular mobile payment system in China with a market share of 54%.

Consumers use Alipay most often to purchase jewelry, cosmetics and perfumes, premium brands, food products in supermarkets, souvenirs and air tickets.

Promsvyazbank

Promsvyazbank is a top-3 private bank in Russia and is universal commercial bank, whose history totals 20 years. “The Banker” magazine includes Promsvyazbank in 500 largest banks of the world by the size of own capital. PSB total assets exceed 1,2 trillion rubles and was recognized as one of 10 Systemically important financial institutions by Central Bank of Russia.

http://https://www.psbank.ru/Bank

OpenWay Group

OpenWay Group was founded over 15 years ago. We develop WAY4, an innovative e-payment processing framework for banks, payment processors, telcos and petrol companies.

OpenWay was initially headquartered in Brussels, Belgium with one R&D team there and another in St. Petersburg, Russia. Today we are a global company with 10 offices and 130 customers around the world.

Our portfolio consists of WAY4 Card and Merchant Management, Financial Switching, Personalised Channel Banking, Prepaid Cards, E-Commerce, Mobile Payments, Digital Wallet, DCC, Fuel Cards, and other solutions.

Our customers include tier-1 giants, mid-size companies, and ambitious start-ups:

  • Equens, Western Europe (SEPA-acquiring of 0.5 million merchants on WAY4)
  • Savings Bank of Russia (issuing and acquiring back-office, and authorization switch for 140 million credit and debit cards on WAY4)
  • SIX Group, a leading European payment company processing over 4,000,000 cards and migrated over 30 banks to WAY4 within 15 months
  • Comdata, USA (commercial cards on WAY4)
  • Network International, the Middle East (a processing center with approximately 60 banks on WAY4)
  • Raiffeisenbank Int., Eastern Europe (a processing center for 15 banks and countries on WAY4)
  • Bank Audi, MENA region (more than 40 card products on WAY4 including NFC)
  • Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan (the first bank to launch Visa P2P Mobile Transfers)
  • Lukoil Intercard, Eastern Europe (B2B fuel cards with comprehensive loyalty services on WAY4)

WAY4 live installations consistently demonstrate high performance; for example, 90 million cards issued and authorized on a single platform and 12 million POS/ATM clearing transactions processed daily by a single acquirer.

OpenWay, known for its commitment to long-term relationships, both serves customers locally and provides global support. Today our team unites approximately 500 payment business, digital technology, and security professionals.

Leading Processor in Bulgaria Starts Digital Transformation on WAY4

 Mr. Radoslav Dimitrov, Head of "Cards and Terminals" Division

Mr. Radoslav Dimitrov, Head of "Cards and Terminals" Division

BORICA AD, a company with 50-years history and experience in providing specialized solutions for over 30 financial institutions in Bulgaria and neighbouring countries, has chosen the WAY4 digital payment software platform to transform its core business. The platform is licensed by OpenWay, a global software provider ranked a leader in digital payment solutions and white-label digital wallets.

BORICA AD has launched this digital transformation project to enhance its existing and provide new value-added services. OpenWay will supply a full end-to-end card processing solution for both issuing and acquiring including real-time fraud prevention and detection, e-commerce, mobile wallet and tokenization. The new platform shall enable BORICA AD’s future business growth including cross-border services’ expansion.

Without the new platform, BORICA AD would not have been able to scale the growing business and boost ROE. The processor was looking for a solution that would support local, regional and international card payments, ensure uninterrupted business operations, provide automation of back office processes, and increase speed to market.

The decisive factors in choosing OpenWay and the WAY4 platform were its flexibility as well as the commitment to deliver on time and allow BORICA AD to expand its new business services to include tokenization, digital wallet, new card products, new institutions among others. 

“The project known as “BORICA New Generation” will impact significantly the whole card payment environment in the country”, says Radoslav Dimitrov, head of “Cards and Terminals” Division at BORICA AD. “The tender procedure has been held among more than 10 leading international card system vendors and completing all its stages took us nearly two years. OpenWay managed to cover all our requirements for flexibility, security and business expectations. Today we are confident that this partnership will change the future of card business in Bulgaria”, he adds. 

“We appreciate that BORICA has entrusted the transformation project to OpenWay. We have extensive experience in analyzing the architecture and delivering highly reliable solutions for national and regional switches, and are ready to share this expertise with the project team,” - notes Sophocles Ioannou, Regional Manager at OpenWay.

BORICA AD

BORICA AD has developed and nowadays provides and operates the technology infrastructure of the Bulgarian payment industry. In doing so, the company has been a trusted partner of banks and payment institutions for nearly 50 years.

The Company is committed to providing modern and innovative solutions to financial institutions.

Company’s services focus on payment services, card services incl. authorization and terminal driving, fraud prevention services, secured card payments, HCE, mobile payments and Card Management System as a service; SWIFT Service Bureau; e-signature and e-invoice, Infrastructure services. BORICA AD acts as a third party processor (TPP) for MasterCard and VISA. The Company is licensed by the Bulgarian National Bank to operate three payment systems (BORICA Payment system for card payments, BISERA 6 for credit transfers in domestic currency and BISERA 7 for SEPA credit transfers and direct debit in Euro).

http://https://www.borica.bg/en

OpenWay Group

OpenWay Group was founded over 15 years ago. We develop WAY4, an innovative e-payment processing framework for banks, payment processors, telcos and petrol companies.

OpenWay was initially headquartered in Brussels, Belgium with one R&D team there and another in St. Petersburg, Russia. Today we are a global company with 10 offices and 130 customers around the world.

Our portfolio consists of WAY4 Card and Merchant Management, Financial Switching, Personalised Channel Banking, Prepaid Cards, E-Commerce, Mobile Payments, Digital Wallet, DCC, Fuel Cards, and other solutions.

Our customers include tier-1 giants, mid-size companies, and ambitious start-ups:

  • Equens, Western Europe (SEPA-acquiring of 0.5 million merchants on WAY4)
  • Savings Bank of Russia (issuing and acquiring back-office, and authorization switch for 140 million credit and debit cards on WAY4)
  • SIX Group, a leading European payment company processing over 4,000,000 cards and migrated over 30 banks to WAY4 within 15 months
  • Comdata, USA (commercial cards on WAY4)
  • Network International, the Middle East (a processing center with approximately 60 banks on WAY4)
  • Raiffeisenbank Int., Eastern Europe (a processing center for 15 banks and countries on WAY4)
  • Bank Audi, MENA region (more than 40 card products on WAY4 including NFC)
  • Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan (the first bank to launch Visa P2P Mobile Transfers)
  • Lukoil Intercard, Eastern Europe (B2B fuel cards with comprehensive loyalty services on WAY4)

WAY4 live installations consistently demonstrate high performance; for example, 90 million cards issued and authorized on a single platform and 12 million POS/ATM clearing transactions processed daily by a single acquirer.

OpenWay, known for its commitment to long-term relationships, both serves customers locally and provides global support. Today our team unites approximately 500 payment business, digital technology, and security professionals.

OpenWay Demonstrates WAY4 Digital Wallet, CMS and Switch at Seamless Payments Africa 2018

 OpenWay Demonstrates WAY4 digital payment processing platform at Seamless Africa 2018 in Cape Town.

OpenWay Demonstrates WAY4 digital payment processing platform at Seamless Africa 2018 in Cape Town.

Find a digital payment solution that suits your business and explore new business models with OpenWay! Meet our team at Seamless Payments Africa - the biggest payments and e-commerce event in the region. 

Visit our stand #59 if you are interested in: 

  • Profitable digital banking and wallets for financial inclusion of the unbanked - go branchless!
  • Cost-efficient card issuing (credit, debit, prepaid) and innovative ATM services 
  • Omni-channel merchant acquiring (POS, mPOS, mobile and e-commerce, kiosks) 
  • Highly available national and local switches & payment gateways 
  • 360-degree customer service through all channels, including loyalty, chatbots and personalized offers

Also join our “Digital Party” - highlight March 5th, 16:30 in your calendar! 

Let's discuss the challenges and opportunities of the African payment market in a relaxed networking atmosphere. 

Our team looks forward to meeting you at Seamless Africa - let's schedule the best time now!

URALSIB Launches Cloud-Based Digital Banking Platform

 BANK URALSIB has presented a new cloud-based digital banking platform based on the WAY4 Digital Banking solution.

BANK URALSIB has presented a new cloud-based digital banking platform based on the WAY4 Digital Banking solution.

BANK URALSIB has presented a new cloud-based digital banking platform. It allows the partner banks to launch full-fledged mobile and Internet banking services within a matter of weeks. The event was held on December 8, 2017.

The bank presented new capabilities of its processing center, showed functional features of the new digital banking cloud platform, share the product roadmap and spoke of global trends in digital banking.

URALSIB Processing Centre is one of two large processing centers in Russia that provide cloud digital banking platform to its partner banks as a white label solution, meaning that a bank can offer all services under its own brand and customize them in line with its corporate style. Solution has an imbedded marketing campaigns management module, chat functionality and integration with the bank’s own payment system CITY+. 

The solution is based on the WAY4 Digital Banking platform developed by OpenWay (the URALSIB’s technological partner on developing the Processing Centre). 

When it comes to a digital banking solution, speed to market and optimal cost of maintenance are the most important requirements. Using the new solution, a bank can get access to the full-fledged digital banking service for its cardholders within weeks at an acceptable price. 

‘Today, convenient mobile banking is an anchor product for client retention. The primary marketing goal for a bank is to be on the smartphone of its customers. The second goal is to become a go-to financial provider, accumulating all its customers’ financial transactions. These goals are fulfilled with broad system functionality, the ability to communicate easily with customers and integrate with loyalty programs and other popular options delivered by the digital banking solution we propose,’ says Igor Demichev, Vice President, Head of Bank Partnership Management, BANK URALSIB. 

‘The digital platform for Internet and Mobile banking from OpenWay has great growth potential, particularly when it is integrated with the accounting systems of a partner bank. Based on the URALSIB Bank’s experience in developing its own digital banking systems, we have chosen the solution vendor, who ensures reliability, quick implementation, small end-cost of ownership and maintenance for a partner bank. I believe that we have fulfilled the task and our banks and their clients will appreciate the product benefits,’ comments Maksim Belousov, Deputy Chairman of Board on IT, BANK URALSIB.

MasterCard Contactless Payments via Mobile Phone with no Additional Passwords

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MDM Bank, one of the largest private banks in Russia, has launched single-tap Mastercard Contactless mobile payments with no additional passwords.

Using the MDM Bank mobile app, the customers can now pay from their Mastercard account with no need to enter a PIN-code or additional app password or even to activate the application before payment. Customers simply unlock their phone and tap it to a contactless reader to pay. The service is based on the solutions by MasterCard and OpenWay, a recognised leader in software for bankcard issuing and acquiring, payment switching, digital banking services and omni-channel payments.

Consumers can now choose how they pay with their mobile phones: with or without a mobile PIN. The new PIN-less service is available to MDM Bank mobile banking customers, who have smartphones running Android 4.4 and higher with NFC support. The application also works on phones unlocked with fingerprint sensors.

The application fully complies with Mastercard security requirements and ensures the protection of financial data according to the international standards. To support the service, OpenWay was the first international vendor to have passed the Mastercard Cloud Payments version 1.0+ certification.

The new service runs in offline mode and is optional for customers. Mandatory authentication to confirm a payment can still be set up in the app, if required.

"Currently only a few banks in Russia have implemented contactless payments via smartphone with HCE technology. MDM Bank's solution allows clients to make purchases without starting the app and without the device being connected to the Internet. HCE technology allowing contactless payment is going to be everywhere: to pay for public transportation, as an access pass for work, school or university, and trends in the development of mobile payment services will only help spreading HCE technology", – Pavel Mikhalyov, director of the development of mobile services department, MDM Bank.
"We now offer a range of solutions for contactless payment – not only using plastic cards, but with smartphones and other form factors, such as wristwatch. With Mastercard Contactless payment technology, a smartphone's usual functionality is upgraded with a possibility to pay for goods and services safe and fast in Russia and abroad, since the solution is available globally", said Dmitry Tartyshev, Business Leader, Business Development, Mastercard Russia. – "We're happy that Mastercard’s technological solutions allow MDM bank to offer its clients the commodity of tap&go payment with their smartphones, making their user experience as convenient and secure as all Mastercard solutions".

MDM Bank's contactless mobile payments functionality is based on WAY4 Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology developed by OpenWay. This universal solution allows issuers to independently issue mobile version of cards and store clients' financial information in a protected format (tokens) on the bank's servers. OpenWay offers a white label application for tokenisation, which the banks can brand with their corporate colors, or use off-the-shelf. In addition, OpenWay develops a new solution that allows a bank to serve mobile tokens from other service providers (Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay etc.) in its own, branded, mobile app.

"The opportunities for improving the user experience that we can provide using wallets and tokenization significantly exceed those available with the traditional payment infrastructure. It would be premature to say that plastic will no longer be used in five years but it's clear that there is a category of clients and business tasks for which contactless mobile payments are becoming an important competitive advantage", said Anton Polonovsky, director of business development at OpenWay in Russia and the CIS.

Recently MDM Banks’ Mobile app was recognized as the Best Mobile Banking App by Global Finance magazine in the 2016 World’s Best Digital Banks Awards in Central and Eastern Europe.

First Bank's Chat Bot is Launched on WAY4 Messenger Banking

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B1NK, a digital only bank for new generation in Kazakhstan, is now chatting with customers via Telegram.

This is the first bank bot in the region where customers can send money to friends, manage their cards and keep up-to-date on B1NK promotional offers – all via a popular messenger service.

Friendly chat bot B1NK (@b1nkbot) speaks three languages – Kazakh, English, and Russian. It answers user’s questions about ATM and branch locations, currency exchange rates, and even how bots spend their free time. Users can also request a call-back via the @b1nkbot. 

For customers, messenger banking means they have an always-on digital finance assistant. After they sign in, @b1nkbot can show them their transaction history and card balances, help them to block cards, set card transaction limits, and even to make mobile money transfers to friends. To send money, the user simply chooses the contact and specifies the transfer amount — no other information is required. The recipient receives a message confirming the transfer and is asked to choose a convenient way to receive the money (for example, transfer to a card or to a mobile phone account). 

‘Today only a couple of tier-2 banks in Kazakhstan offer mobile banking services. There’s definite potential for growth in this area, because people in Kazakhstan are tech-savvy and ready to embrace technological innovations. B1NK’s aim is to simplify banking, and to make finance management more convenient’, - Gani Uzbekov, CEO, Capital Bank Capital Bank Kazakhstan (B1NK) says.

The service is based on WAY4 Messenger Banking, an innovative white-label solution which facilitates customer service via messenger applications. The solution is developed by OpenWay, a recognised leader in software for bankcard issuing and acquiring, payment switching, digital banking and omni-channel. The solution supports customer service via all popular messengers, including Facebook messenger, Viber, WeChat, Telegram and Line. It can be integrated with any card processing system. 

‘We are happy for our creative partners at B1NK. The bank’s team is always open to discuss new ideas and is not afraid to experiment. The launch of @b1nkbot is a first for both our companies. B1NK is OpenWay’s first client to use the WAY4 platform for a completely digital bank, which focuses on serving customers via online channels only i.e. mobile banking and social networks’, - Dmitry Dovgal, depute business development director, OpenWay, notes. 

Messengers are friendly environments. Banks are beginning to realise the potential of interacting with customers in a new way, in the customer's language, using a familiar chat format. Banks are always available to their customers, irrespective of their location and device. Messenger banking is an automated alternative to more expensive SMS channels and supplements the service from call centres. Additional features, such as p2p money transfer and interactive photo, video and audio content, can also be used to attract new customers. According to statistics, messengers are an extremely popular communication channel for those aged 16-44.