The Green Sheet Online Edition
December 12, 2016 • Issue 16:12:01
Secure, in-person proximity payments
Mobeewave Inc., a payment technology company based in Montreal, created a technology solution designed to digitize in-person, peer-to-peer and micro-merchant payment transactions. The company's patented technology uses near field communication (NFC) and the secure element on mobile devices.
Mobeewave exhibited with Oberthur Technologies at the Cartes Secures Connexions Expo in Paris, where it won the 2015 Best Mobile Security Solution award. The company has also participated in strategic initiatives with Visa Inc., Global Payments Inc., and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
"A mobile wallet should enable you to get paid by anyone, anywhere, for anything," said Tim Morris, Head of Marketing and Communications at Mobeewave. "NFC creates dialog between the chip and secure element within the smartphone, and the secure element will recognize the credit card. Mobeewave's patented technology encrypts the transaction and restricts the secure element from any other communications until the transaction is complete."
Safe cash alternative
One interesting aspect of Mobeewave technology is that payors and payees don't need to know each other, Morris added. The technology enables people to transact in ticketing venues, yard sales, food delivery, impulse purchases and events typically dominated by cash.
Unlike other person-to-person (P2P) platforms that store user data in the cloud, Mobeewave transactions are locally processed between the card and device to create the highest level of security, Morris added. He expects the solution to be especially relevant to millennials and other consumers who prefer not to carry cash in physical wallets.
Mobeewave noted that it protects users throughout the transaction lifecycle in the following ways:
- Leverages the safest part of a smartphone: Mobeewave uses the secure element, a tamper-resistant hardware platform embedded in the NFC chip of modern smartphones that provides a secure environment for executing a transaction.
- Is security compliant: Mobeewave technology uses NFC to read the primary account number (PAN), encrypting the transaction and meeting all Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards. Mobeewave's technology adds further layers of security, using the derived unique key per transaction method to guarantee the key used to encrypt the PAN always changes.
- Protects against malware: When the secure element is interacting with the credit card or mobile wallet, it cuts communication with the rest of the phone, which eliminates the threat of the unencrypted PAN being captured by malware.
Secure, stranger-to-stranger payments
Mobeewave can function within banking apps, to provide users with "get paid" and "get money" options. Consumers can use Mobeewave's in-person proximity payment solution for a range of personal payment scenarios. Following are several examples the company provided:
- IOU: Facilitates fast, simple debt repayments and reimbursements.
- Cost splitting: Enables expense sharing without having to go to an ATM or make change.
- Contract labor: Enables babysitters, house cleaners and service providers to pay or get paid for services.
- In-home sales: Allows those hosting in-home sales events to promote products and services without worrying about their customers' available cash.
- Fitness instructors: Offers simplified payment acceptance for freelance personal trainers, yoga and Pilates teachers, and other instructors who travel to multiple locations.
- Charities, special causes: Facilitates donation collections without the need to carry cash or mobile POS devices.
Mobeewave prides itself on having solved the challenge of stranger-to-stranger payments. Unlike other closed loop P2P payment schemes, Mobeewave's in-person payment scheme does not require payor and payee to use the same network or service or even exchange personal information, company representatives stated.
The Mobeewave solution can turn anyone's device into a credit card terminal. For example, the person getting paid enters the payment amount on a smartphone, and the payee taps the back of the phone with a contactless card or mobile wallet. Only the individual who is receiving payment needs to have Mobeewave's technology. The company expects the solution to gain widespread adoption in the United States with increasing implementation of mobile wallet and contactless chip card technologies.
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