Austria card supports first nationwide mobile payment scheme
Vienna, March 2016 –Mobile Maestro (called Bankomatkarte Mobil), a Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payment app enabled byPayment Services Austria (PSA) andsupported byAustria Card, is launched.
Following a successful field trial in Linz (Upper Austria), Maestro cardholdersin Austria are able to make payments just by waving their mobile devices in front of a contactless payment terminal. Konstantinos Lagios, Chief Commercial Officer at Austria Card: “Mobile Maestro will set the next era in mobile payments, since it combines increased convenience with high security and will be made available to Austrian cardholders. We would like to thank PSA for trusting AustriaCard with such a significant project.”
Available for Android, international acceptance
Mobile Maestro will be available on Android mobile phones running version 4.1 or higher. The service can be used in the more than 250,000 PayPass outlets worldwide, including 35,000 contactless point-of-sale terminals in Austria.“We are proud that we are the first to introduce a nationwide mobile payment scheme. We thank Austria Card, our long-standing partnerfor supporting us with their extensive expertise in payments technology”, says Dr. Rainer Schamberger, CEO at PSA.
In order to ensure the highest security standards, a secure element within the mobile phone holds all sensitive information. The datacenter is hosted by Austria Card and is certified by Visa and MasterCard for mobile provisioning. Moreover, Austria Card takes care of all security relevant aspects which include sensitive key management, PCI DSS compliant network infrastructure, and monitoring of the Trusted/Business Service management (BSM) system.
About Austria Card
Austria Card is the partner of choice for payment, government, enterprise, retail and public transport organizations in need of the most sophisticated and secure smart cards and digital security solutions. The company designs, produces and personalizes payment cards, ID cards, access/transport-related cards, as well as loyalty cards, and offers innovative mobile payment solutions as a certified trusted service management provider.
Austria Card is part of the Austria Card AG. It also comprises Inform, the regional leader in the information management and document processing business, founded in Athens in 1897.