Wirecard, a payment processing software specialist, is adding an Android-based mobile payment tablet made by Aevi International to its range of mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) products.
The German software and IT company said it will provide payment and acquiring services for Aevi's Albert tablet, which is due to be unveiled at the Money20/20 trade fair in Denmark in early April. The tablet features several wireless technologies, including NFC, 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and is targeted at industries including retail, restaurants, and hotels.
Jörn Leogrande, EVP of Mobile Services at Wirecard, said the Aevi tablet fits with his company's "objective of using the latest technologies and products in order to support our customers and partners with the digitisation of their business processes."
Wirecard was attracted to Albert by the "multitude of possibilities" the device offered, including the ability to "integrate our own payment and loyalty apps in addition to further applications available via our network of partners," Leogrande explained.
Aevi is a subsidiary of Wincor Nixdorf, one of the world's largest providers of IT services to commercial enterprises and retail banks.
The company plans to launch a new B2B marketplace when it unveils Albert, which users of the device will then be able to download direct to the tablet. In a statement, Wirecard explained that those apps will extend the capabilities of Albert beyond accepting payments, by enabling them to centralise back-office processes, run loyalty programmes, and handle multichannel stock management.
In terms of payment technologies, the device features an integrated card reader, receipt printer and a module to encrypt PINs entered on its touchscreen. Wirecard explained that the device can handle all common physical and digital card payments and complies with Payment Card Industry security standards.
Hans Langenhuizen, global sales and marketing director at Aevi, said Albert is "more than just a payment terminal. The apps in our new marketplace…are what makes the product unique. Transactions become interactions."
The partnership with Wirecard "grants us access to an international network as well as mobile technologies and applications," he added.
- see this Wirecard announcement
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