Wirecard AG has integrated Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology under the name ‘Bluetooth BLE Smart Payment’ into its existing Mobile Wallet platform as an additional payment technology service. A part of the Bluetooth specification is that data can be transferred at distances of up to 10 metres using the BLE technology. Along with NFC and QR code, BLE is the third contactless payment standard to be supported by Wirecard’s mobile solutions.
“Wirecard has become a leader in Europe for mobile payment because it reacts quickly and flexibly to new technologies,” explains Wirecard CEO Markus Braun. “Bluetooth low energy will set a new standard for vouchers, loyalty and payment.”
Wirecard will present its first showcase using Bluetooth low energy at this year’s Hubert Burda Media Digital Life Design Conference. Users will be able to experience a BLE-based, personalised mobile payment process at the Wirecard check-in bar. Wirecard is implementing this project in conjunction with its partners Deutsche Telekom and Orderbird, a company that offers cashier systems for restaurants.
Markus Braun: “The DLD Conference is the perfect forum for innovations. Smartphones are increasingly becoming a central focus of our day-to-day life. The theme of this year’s DLD is ‘Content and context’. In line with this, we shall provide a glimpse into the future of mobile payment in bricks-and-mortar retail.”
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