At the annual NRF Conference & EXPO, Retail's BIG Show, in New York City, Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 - ING), global provider of seamless payment, announced a new partner program intended to help accelerate EMV and NFC payment acceptance in unattended environments.
The Ingenico Group Unattended Partner Program is designed for kiosk providers, value-added solution providers, system integrators and gateway providers who offer unattended solutions and want to protect their customers from post-EMV deadline fraud liability, while enabling consumers to pay using the latest payment methods, including Apple Pay and Android Pay.
Inaugural partners include: Creditcall, Flex, FreedomPay, IBM Commercial Services, Image Manufacturing Group, INTOUCH, KIOSK Information Systems, Livewire Digital, Nanonation, Olea Kiosks, Inc., Scan Source, Tempus Technologies, TrustCommerce, Unattended Card Payments and Zivelo.
Unattended terminals are becoming increasingly common, and are often found in kiosk format - examples include high-end vending for items such as electronics and cosmetics, retail pharmacy dispensers, ticketing for public transportation, unattended parking systems, and government services such as driver's license renewals. Yet the unattended space has been slow to adopt EMV and NFC largely because of the complex partner ecosystem involved in integrating all of the components required for complete, secure solutions tailored to each customer's environment.
The Ingenico Group Unattended Partner Program provides participants with:
- Access to the latest PCI-certified, NFC and EMV-enabled original equipment manufacturer (OEM) unattended payment acceptance solutions -- Ingenico Group's iSelf Series
- A complete development suite, including hardware and software integration kits
- A dedicated support team and account managers
- Access to Ingenico Group's sales channels and existing customer base
- Co-marketing opportunities
- Connections to other partners in the unattended ecosystem
"The unattended space involves many partners that need to work closely together, and updating payment acceptance options in this complex environment has been a challenge," said Greg Burch, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, US at Ingenico Group. "Ingenico Group's new Unattended Partner Program was designed to help foster cooperation and integration among partners so that they can offer turnkey unattended solutions for a wide variety of use cases with secure EMV and NFC payment acceptance built in. The fact that our OEM unattended solutions use the same Telium operating system as our mobile solutions and smart terminals allows our partners to deliver seamless payment acceptance throughout the enterprise."
"KIOSK Information Systems partnered with Ingenico Group to provide best-in-class payment transaction security on many of our most widely deployed solutions," said Tom Weaver, Chief Executive Officer at KIOSK. "EMV and PCI 3.0 compliance are top of mind with our deployers, and the Ingenico Group team has been instrumental in providing expert support in all project phases -- from selection criteria to secure device commissioning. Ingenico Group's payment acceptance components enable KIOSK to support all unattended payment types with optimized security and reliability within our client solutions."
"Olea Kiosks is known for delivering esthetically pleasing kiosk solutions, and is delighted to partner with Ingenico Group to provide our clients with unattended self-service payment solutions that are uniquely designed and completely secure," stated Frank Olea, CEO at Olea. "Ingenico Group's EMV-compliant devices continue the sleek lines in Olea's designed and manufactured kiosks and provide easy integration that delivers a world-class solution to our clients in retail, government, healthcare, gaming, hospitality, human resources, financial and ticketing. Initial feedback from clients is that they are thrilled with the performance and superior quality of the devices, as well as the top-notch customer service and support. Olea's new partnership with Ingenico Group is a great addition to our 2016 solution portfolio."