Bell ID, the leader in the field of card and application lifecycle management and ViVOtech, the leader in Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payments, loyalty and marketing applications and contactless NFC readers, today announced a global, technical and commercial partnership to provide integrated Trusted Service Manager (TSM) mobile solutions for NFC handsets.
The combined solution enables organisations to take advantage of their existing infrastructure and allow them to provide NFC/TSM mobile solutions to their customers. Through this partnership, mobile network operators, financial institutions and third party processors now have a range of viable alternatives to implement NFC TSM solutions, without finding it necessary to outsource all of the TSM infrastructure to an existing card bureau.
The joint solution takes advantage of Bell ID's market proven high volume card, application lifecycle and key management systems and ViVOtech's award winning mobile wallet software, patented over-the-air (OTA) provisioning solution, and coupon issuance/redemption software, to provide a feature rich and complete TSM software offering for NFC handsets. The Bell ID software provides the perfect choice for those organisations that wish to also issue and manage companion cards, alongside their mobile offerings. Through ViVOtech offerings, the feature rich solution provides institutions perfect value added service options allowing consumers to download merchants' loyalty, gift and prepaid cards and enrich these cards to automatically redeem loyalty points and take advantage of discounts. Consumers can also request electronic coupons and discount offers, store them in their mobile wallets, and electronically redeem them at time of purchase.
"The collaboration between ViVOtech and Bell ID is all about bringing the mobile NFC solution delivery to a mass-market position", said David Orme, CEO of Bell ID. "We are pleased to integrate and be partnered with ViVOtech, the leading software provider for NFC TSM technologies. ViVOtech's expertise gained through many NFC initiatives and its contactless terminal deployments should prove invaluable to institutions working with us to deploy and support NFC deployment into the mass market, not only for finance but for merchants, transit/transport, ID and other sectors."
"By combining ViVOtech's patented over-the-air (OTA) card provisioning and mobile wallet software with Bell ID's well proven card and application lifecycle management systems, we are confident the move to mainstream NFC deployment will progress smoothly." said Michael Mullagh, CEO of ViVOtech. "ViVOtech's software coupled with Bell ID's solutions will enable institutions to conduct mass rollout while keeping a high degree of control over their customers data and NFC mobile solutions."