One of Ukraine's largest banks, the State Savings Bank of Ukraine (Oschadbank), with the active assistance of OpenWay, has successfully completed certification of acquiring for new contactless payWave and PayPass functions.
OpenWay, a leading international developer of software solutions for issuing and processing payment cards and electronic money, and Oschadbank, one of Ukraine's largest banks, have successfully completed a project to certify Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass contactless card acquiring. The project was completed in record time; the Visa payWave case was accomplished in less than one calendar month in the spring of 2012. Following this, the MasterCard international payment system also confirmed Oschadbank's full compliance with the requirements of PayPass technology.
During the entire certification period, OpenWay provided Oschadbank technical and consulting support.
"We are gradually moving away from the image of an old-fashioned bank. We are now focusing on offering our clients high-tech services. Oschadbank is definitely interested in the innovative development of cashless payments in Ukraine and is constantly working in this direction. Thanks to the certification of new contactless payWave and PayPass acquiring functions, our clients get access to a European level of services distinguished by high quality, convenience and security," comments Anton Tyutyun, Oschadbank's deputy chairman of the board.
"We began to work with Oschadbank quite recently, but in each new project the bank has demonstrated creativity, flexibility and agility rare for a large financial organisation. We are very optimistic about the further development of Oschadbank's card business," says Mikhail Alexeev, the director of business development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, OpenWay.
At the present time, the bank is actively expanding the contactless payment acceptance network across the entire Ukraine.
According to Anton Tyutyun, "2012 was extremely important for us in terms of developing our card business. In March, the bank opened its own processing centre based on WAY4, which significantly increases our opportunities to offer new quality products and services. From 2012-2015, Oschadbank intends to more than double its payment card issuing volume - from 1.8 million to 5 million, as well as to significantly expand the POS terminal network."
In 2012, Oschadbank plans to begin a project for issuing contactless cards on the basis of WAY4.