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September 04, 2013

Isis Announces Support from POS Vendors for Proprietary NFC SmartTap™ Acceptance

Isis logo 140x60pxIsis has announced that a number of payment terminal manufacturers and software providers are integrating its Isis-proprietary SmartTap™ capabilities into a wide range of point-of-sale (POS) offerings. Vendors include Ingenico, VeriFone, Equinox, Wayne, Gilbarco Veeder-Root among others.

Isis says its SmartTap protocol is "a new, proprietary mobile commerce software specification that leverages near field communications (NFC) technology, a standard feature on most new smartphones. When supported in an NFC reader or payment terminal, the SmartTap protocol enables Isis Mobile Wallet™ users to pay, present loyalty cards and redeem offers in a single transaction." A SmartTap-enabled POS terminal automatically recognizes and applies loyalty cards loaded in the Isis Mobile Wallet. Similarly, Isis Mobile Wallet users benefit from the ability to receive, store and present offers with SmartTap-enabled merchants.

“NFC is the international standard for mobile payments,” said Jim Stapleton, chief sales officer, Isis.

“The proliferation of SmartTap capabilities at the point-of-sale takes mobile payments one step further, providing rich commerce features that offer an effortless consumer experience and drive engagement and loyalty in a way previously not possible. By providing Isis Ready™ solutions, POS, payment terminal and reader providers can deliver innovative technologies that will benefit merchants for years to come.”

“Roughly one-sixth of U.S. payment terminals are replaced each year. To fully benefit from mobile payments, this hardware replacement must be accompanied with a software infrastructure that enables the compelling shopping, selling and loyalty solutions that will drive changes in merchant and consumer behavior,” said Rick Oglesby, senior analyst, Aite Group. “This announcement demonstrates Isis’ resolve in bringing a fully functioning mobile commerce environment to market with their national rollout.”

May 01, 2013

Equinox Introduces Apollo - A New Merchant POS Platform

Equinox logo 140pxEquinox Payments has announced the launch of Apollo - calling it "an entirely new technology platform focused on secure payment acceptance. The platform combines state-of-the-art hardware and software to provide merchants and their customers with a reliable, secure and intuitive experience at the point of sale."

Equinox says Apollo is its first major platform initiative since the company divested from Hypercom and will be initially targeted at small- and medium-sized businesses through the company’s extensive network of processor and ISO partners.

“Apollo represents a critical milestone both for delivering smarter technology and as proof of our final transition from the Hypercom legacy to a strong and independent Equinox,” said Patrick Hazel, Equinox Chairman and Chief Executive. “We are extremely pleased and excited to take this major step towards fulfilling our promise to build a major payments brand.”

Equinox says its new Apollo Customer Facing Device is EMV ready and capable of accepting alternative payments including contactless/NFC, PayPal, Google, Isis and other mobile wallets and services.

Separately, Equinox announced that Vantiv is planning to Class A certify the Apollo platform.

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