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Mobile payments from MasterCard to use QR codes and span multiple gadgets

Ed McLaughlin was at Money2020 and explained the future of NFC across smartphones and other devices.

At the Las Vegas 2013 Money2020 event, Ed McLaughlin, the chief emerging payments officer at MasterCard addressed the fact that in mobile payments, “a smartphone is a device, not the only device.”

He explained that transactions may be headed toward the use of smartphones, but not exclusively.

MasterCard mobile payments qr codes money2020McLaughlin stated that although mobile payments are important in terms of the use of smartphones, the true focus is about building a digital network. Within the demonstrations that were made of the MasterCard technology, a smartphone was used, but so was a watch and a credit card, for example. In fact, it was mentioned that the service has already been effectively tested with Google Glass augmented reality glasses, though they did not have any specific announcement about plans for that device.

When a customer has used mobile payments two or three times, tapping the device to pay will be a habit.

MasterCard feels that by the time the customer experiences the convenience of NFC technology for mobile payments, and taps the device or card 2 or 3 times to make a purchase, he or she won’t return to using traditional credit cards. McLaughlin referred to a report that he had just received from Australia, where Kohls has experienced a growth in contactless payments of 60 percent.

MasterCard money2020 mobile payments qr codesThe MasterCard platform uses both NFC technology and QR codes, and it offers a number of app functions and choices to provide a safe and customized experience for the user at the point of sale. This includes additional benefits such as loyalty cards and coupons. The app also provides an interesting feature that allows for a shipping option after an item has been purchased in store. This means that, for instance, if a large TV has been bought, the consumer can opt to have it shipped to their home, instead of having to transport it, themselves.

This has all been worked into the popular existing PayPass platform from MasterCard, with its tap and go NFC technology feature. It is now being combined with QR codes for added security and to allow the process to remain convenient for consumers who are becoming quite familiar with the barcode scans.

PayPal made a similar mobile payments announcement at Money2020 in which they state that they would also be integrating QR codes into their transaction process to keep security high and yet still convenient.

Mobile payments moves forward with app through Barclays

Retailers will be able to accept these transactions through the new Buyit application.

Barclays’ has taken a new step forward to prove itself as a banking industry innovator by unveiling a new offering to customers in the United Kingdom that allow them to use mobile payments.

These transactions will be based on the use of QR codes printed on various forms of advertisements.

In order to use the mobile payments, the Buyit app is required. It allows customers to scan QR codes on ads in order to make purchases. It is drawn from the popularity of Barclay’s previously launched app Pingit. That app was released earlier this year. The new application, however, helps to extend smartphone transactions beyond the Pingit person to person support so that retailers can also take part.

Barclays’ has high hopes that this mobile payments offering will have a similar impact on its stocks to the last one.

Retail Mobile PaymentsAccording to one recent report, the company has been maintaining a price estimate of $22 for the stock, and that is currently riding around 20 percent above the market price where it currently stands. U.K. regulators have raised concerns about the banking industry’s capital shortfalls in light of the impact that the European region’s slowdown among banking institutions. That could help to explain the price difference that has been observed.

Barclays is hoping to keep itself at the head of the game by remaining a technology leader. Mobile payments offerings is a central part of that effort. It has previously achieved this type of solid success through the use of ATMs, which are now ubiquitous. The organization has also been leading the way in other contactless transaction solutions.

It was Barclays that launched the very first mobile payments solution in the country. The Pingit app allows customers to send money to one another using only the cell number of the recipient and without the need for the sender to know any of the recipient’s account details. The service is available for free for everyone in the United Kingdom, provided that they have a bank account and a smartphone with which to make the funds exchange.