MasterCard unveils program to make mobile payments device out of any consumer gadgets
This will make it possible for devices, wearable technology and accessories to be used to pay for purchases.
MasterCard has now introduced a new program that has been designed to bring the brand’s mobile payments to a broader spectrum of different types of electronic consumer products.
These include wearables, fashion, automotive, and a range of other categories that haven’t yet been invented.
The program is meant to make it possible for mobile payments to use whatever gadget or device is most convenient for them, so that they can complete mobile payments using the highest available level of security. The launch of the program has come with a number of big name participants that include General Motors, as well as celebrity designer Adam Selman, as well as the Ringly smart jewelry company and the wearable technology firm, Nymi, in addition to the TrackR Bluetooth locator brand. These are only some of the names that have already joined in to take part in the program through their products.
The Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas played host to the original display of the mobile payments prototypes.
This step forward in payment technology and hyper-connectivity is a large one for the Internet of Things (IoT). This will help to make it possible for practically every device used by consumers – from major appliances to vehicles and wearables – to be linked by way of the internet. This will completely revolutionize the way consumers interact and the way they complete various transactions.
Cisco has predicted that by the year 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices. MasterCard is clearly hoping to play a major part in this technological advancement as it establishes this mobile payments program as a foundation of the IoT. The program, itself, is designed to be an additional branch from the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) as well as its Digital Enablement Express program (also known as simply “Express”). By bringing MDES and Express together, it would mean that virtually any kind of device could be securely payment-enabled and linked to a MasterCard account so that it can be used to complete transactions to purchase products and services.