Source: Escher Group
Escher Group launched the ability for "Push to Beam" NFC payments at Graham O'Sullivan restaurants.
This NFC peer to peer payments capability adds to a growing portfolio of retail products, integrating into the Mobile Wallet, which already uses secure QR code identities for payment.
Escher Group has signed a contract with Graham O'Sullivan Restaurants to deliver mobile P2P payments initially into the Irish market. The solution delivers a mobile and contactless card based rewards and payment program. Speaking at the launch of the technology, Felim Meade, Managing Director of Graham O'Sullivan Restaurants commented "this ground-breaking solution will vastly improve the customer experience both in and out of the store. It will promote greater interaction with this much loved classic Irish restaurant brand, and ultimately increase customer loyalty and support new customer acquisition. We wanted to introduce something that was very innovative and offer our customers something really unique in the marketplace. Escher understood what we wanted from the beginning and has delivered a solution which beats anything available anywhere in the world today."
Escher's new innovation allows our customers to use any NFC-enabled Android phone on any mobile network. This is an Over The Top (OTT) application and for this reason, no agreement is required with the mobile network operator as access to the Secure Element (SIM) is not required. Through the use of this NFC capability, which is now available on most Android devices, our retail customers can allow their consumers to simply download the App from the Google Play store and be ready to pay for their retail purchases.
The Escher Interactive Retail Solution utilises P2P NFC through Android Beam to send the customer identity from the phone to the retail point of sale to allow closed loop payment, loyalty & coupon redemption.
"This product launch is significant as it represents a clear indication of our continual investment in interactive retail, which we see as part of the future for our customers in an increasingly competitive market. This allows our customers to implement secure payment & loyalty solutions in a cost effective manner by leveraging the ability to interact through the consumers own mobile device." said Liam Church, Escher Group CEO.