Ingenico introduces mPOS dongle for mobile wallet transactions

Ingenico introduces mPOS dongle for mobile wallet transactions

Ingenico has released an audio jack-based point-of-sale dongle that can accept payments made by mobile phone.

The drably-titled RP170c offers support for both NFC/contactless and mag-stripe payments via a 3.5mm standard audio jack that can be plugged into any iOS or Android device.

The kit comes with an audible buzzer and color LEDs to signal completed contactless transaction and a software developer kit for integration with other mobile applications.

Ingenico claims the dongle is the first of its kind to offer mobile-to-mobile transactions from the likes of Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Visa payWave, alongside common-or-garden card tapping and swiping.

Comments: (5)

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 02 March, 2015, 15:15Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Interesting concept. I'm not sure how inspired consumers or businesses will feel having contactless card details being broadcast from a phone on purpose to another phone. Its a tough sell security wise if nothing else...let alone where is the value add for a business and or a consumer? 

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 02 March, 2015, 17:29Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Does this introduce any new security concerns? Or is it just a case of combining existing concerns around NFC and around mPOS?

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 02 March, 2015, 19:57Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Is it missing capability for chip cards?

Paul Vieros
Paul Vieros - Placard Pty Ltd - Melbourne 02 March, 2015, 22:11Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Not exactly a discrete dongle!  But it does have contactless capability, which means any transaction above the Issuer nominated threshold and then you'd enter a PIN.

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 03 March, 2015, 06:39Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes With regards to Matt Collins' question about if this solution adds security issues the answer is probably no. There are a few existing already and that has to do with mobile devices and mobile apps. With the rise of mobile malware and mobile hacker tools one should expect app providers to protect their apps, but very few are capable of doing it.