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Fintech Finance interviews Mario Mendia
At Sibos 2022, we sat down with Mario Mendia, the Senior Vice President of International Markets at TAS Group, to discuss the emergence of payments-as-a-service and its potential in making banking more accessible to all possible demographics.
Looking at the trends at this year’s Sibos, Mendia is most excited about the digital developments in cross-border payments and CBDC, and the growing presence of cloud technology in major financial institutions.
TAS Group’s roadmap to innovation in global payments
TAS Group’s Mario Mendia, Senior Vice President - International Markets, and Andrew Quartermaine, TAS International Managing Director, join FinextraTV at Sibos 2022 to discuss TAS’s recent rebranding, their focus on innovation in their product strategy and their views regarding cooperation and competition in the crowded global payments landscape.
TAS Group invests in wearables fintech Flywallet
Milan (Italy), 22 June 2021– Flywallet S.r.l. (“Flywallet”), the innovative startup that created a digital platform for enabling payments and services through wearable devices with biometric authentication, has signed a reserved investment agreement for the entry of Global Payment S.p.A. (“GP”), a subsidiary of TAS Group’s mother company TAS S.p.A., into the capital with a minority stake.
TAS Group is a multinational company, whose payment software solutions are adopted by commercial and central banks throughout Europe and beyond. More than 100 million payment cards are managed by TAS platforms worldwide. Thanks to its leadership, TAS Group will be a vehicle to accelerate the go-to-market for Flywallet’s mobile wallet, the world’s first for tokenizing payment cards on wearables with biometric authentication. The partnership will also result in a commercial agreement under which GP will distribute Flywallet’s wearables and service platform to TAS Group's business customers.
Flywallet’s flagship product is named Keyble, a new type of wearable that adapts to the user’s lifestyle, created with eco-friendly materials and inspired by made-in-Italy styles. It consists of a smart device that can be inserted into fashion accessories such as bracelets or watch straps and is equipped with biometric sensors for user authentication and health monitoring.
Through fingerprints or heartbeat measured via ECG, the user can enable in-store contactless payments, passwordless logins to online services, ticketing, loyalty cards, access to gyms, offices and homes, car door locks, digital identity and more. In early 2022, the wearable will be certified as a medical device capable to perform analysis of cardiac arrhythmias, blood oxygen saturation and body temperature.
Flywallet is proposing a unique “Biometric Wearable Platform as a Service” model for e-money and payment institutions, banks, insurance companies and businesses. By connecting via dedicated APIs, the Flywallet Platform allows Partner companies to deliver new types of digital services easily and securely through the proprietary wearables.
Valentino Bravi, CEO of TAS stated: “At TAS, we have always applied the principles of “continuous innovation” to ensure the market a constant technological and functional evolution of our products and services, both through significant investments in R&D - more than 10% of our revenues in the last decade - and through the acquisition of innovative companies.
In 2019, for example, the acquisition of Mantica enabled us to expand our offerings in the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence areas.
Today, we are investing in Flywallet because we are convinced that offering wearable technology that is customizable and adaptable to our customers’ user experiences is a critical success factor.
We also appreciate that this project gives us the opportunity to reaffirm our decades-long commitment to promoting Italian technology in a sector that will undoubtedly improve our lives and make them more secure in the years to come.”
Lorenzo Frollini, Founder and CEO of Flywallet added: “It is an honour for Flywallet to count TAS among its shareholders and partners. Between TAS and Flywallet there is a perfect strategic fit and a total sharing of the company’s core values, including customer centricity and a relentless pursuit of service quality. In the medium term, the strategic partnership with TAS will also allow Flywallet to expand its range of services through the opportunities offered by PSD2.”
PecunPay to migrate to CARD 3.0 IE to support its rapid expansion
TAS Group brings its state-of-the-art card and mobile payments management platform to the Temenos MarketPlace
Temenos customers, from digital-first challengers to established banks, will now be able to design, issue and manage innovative payment products and enjoy unparalleled flexibility and time to market.
TAS Group has joined the Temenos MarketPlace making its card and digital payments solution, CARD 3.0 IE, available to Temenos customers around the world. With the addition of CARD 3.0 IE, Temenos clients can leverage a flexible, modular and scalable card issuing, acquiring and processing platform that can be deployed either on-premise or on the cloud. Card 3.0 IE enables banks to intelligently manage the entire card and digital payments value chain, including physical and virtual card issuance, card & PIN production, transaction processing, Apple and Google payments and payment analytics.
The Temenos Marketplace mission is to help banks find and connect with innovative fintech solutions from around the world in order to better meet customer needs. Through this ecosystem of incubators, banks and fintechs, Temenos accelerates innovation by giving new fintech solutions the exposure they need to financial institutions of every size. The addition of this powerful end-to-end card payment platform to Temenos MarketPlace enables banks to deliver a complete digital and mobile payment user experience, whether they are a digital-first challenger looking for a swift and easy deployment and short time to market, or an established player seeking to embrace digital transformation and keep pace with customer expectations.
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