First Hawaiian Bank issues MasterCard PayPass debit cards

Source: Giesecke & Devrient

First Hawaiian Bank has begun issuing contactless debit cards provided by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), a worldwide technology leader specializing in smart cards and services.

The Bank's Priority Rewards MasterCard PayPass debit cards, powered by INSIDE Contactless' MicroPass intelligent hardware technology, enhance the Bank's traditional card offering and offer a secure and convenient payment method. G&D has delivered the contactless debit cards, as well as traditional magnetic stripe credit and debit cards, for First Hawaiian Bank card programs.

First Hawaiian's MasterCard PayPass debit cards provide a fast and convenient experience for customers, enabling them to make purchases by simply tapping their contactless card on a special merchant reader terminal. Results have been very positive in the early stages of this program, and will strengthen as the program continues.

"MasterCard PayPass contactless payment technology has "tapped into" the card future and we strive to offer such innovations to our First Hawaiian Bank customers. G&D is an excellent partner with whom to have launched this new product line, due to their diligence, innovation and commitment to the market," said Curt Otaguro, Senior Vice President and First Hawaiian Bank Card Services Division Manager.

"First Hawaiian is the largest bank in Hawaii, and it is also the first local institution to issue MasterCard PayPass debit cards," said G&D's Group Vice President, Christian Juettner. "We're working diligently to ensure that we meet all of First Hawaiian's needs, and we're confident that consumers and merchants throughout Hawaii will be pleased with the performance and convenience of their contactless cards."

"We're thrilled to add First Hawaiian to our list of large and innovative issuers that have adopted contactless payment programs for their customers," said Didier Serra, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Sales for North America at INSIDE Contactless. "G&D is a trusted, and successful partner of Inside's, and we're pleased to work with them to support First Hawaiian's contactless roll-out."

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