INSIDE Contactless, a leading
provider of advanced, open-standard contactless chip technologies, today
announced that its award-winning MicroPass(R) 4003 contactless intelligent
payment processor is powering the MasterCard(R) PayPass(TM) contactless payment
technology recently launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Housed in a
convenient key fob form factor and employing a unique antenna design, the
MicroPass 4003 is the first contactless payment technology introduced in
Latin America that people can use to pay their fare on public
Credicard MasterCard cardholders in Rio de Janeiro can use their
MicroPass-powered key fobs to quickly and easily pay at the Pao de AÃÂ§ÃÂºcar
(Sugarloaf Mountain) lift, Supervia train stations, UCI cinemas, McDonald’s
fast food restaurants and Estapar/Riopark parking lots throughout the city,
and will soon be able to use them at the Rio de Janeiro Metro system.
Redecard, the Brazilian acquiring company, plans to add more PayPass
merchant acceptance locations in the near future.
“Since its introduction last fall, these key fobs have enjoyed wide
acceptance, especially amongst the city’s younger cardholders, and we are
already preparing the next shipment of inlays to keep up with the demand,”
said Bertrand Moussel, executive vice president of sales, EMEA and LATAM at
INSIDE Contactless. “We worked closely with Giesecke& Devrient to develop
the key fob and to create a product that will enhance the user experience
through the speed and convenience of contactless technology.”
G&D’s key fobs are manufactured using a specially designed inlay based upon
the MicroPass 4003 contactless payment platform, which was designed from
the ground up to support MasterCard PayPass contactless payment
application, and employs a special high performance antenna design that
fits within the small form factor.
Rio de Janeiro was chosen for the Brazil launch because of its robust
infrastructure, dynamic and young population and its appeal as a key
tourist destination; particularly from countries where PayPass is already
widely used, such as Europe, Canada and the U.S.
“INSIDE Contactless is a reliable technology partner with vast experience
who has been providing the high-performance, certified contactless payment
for this key fob form factor to our manufacturing facility in Brazil,” said
Karina Prado Dannias, Sales Director – Payment and New Business at G&D.
“Through our partnership, we have been able to deliver this innovative
solution to Credicard MasterCard cardholders in Rio de Janeiro and help
make their transit and other payments more convenient.”
Since it was first launched at CARTES in November of 2005, the
award-winning MicroPass intelligent payment platform has achieved its
unprecedented success by continuing to deliver superior performance and
flexibility, and is now the platform of choice for certified card
manufacturers around the world.
About INSIDE Contactless
INSIDE Contactless leads the market in open-standard contactless
innovation. The company has delivered more than 350 million contactless
platforms worldwide, and its contactless payment and Near Field
Communication (NFC) solutions power the next generation of payment,
transit, identity and access control applications. INSIDE’s work in
contactless standards and its 65 families of patents, including essential
NFC patents, play a leading role in establishing industry direction. INSIDE
is headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France, with offices in Paris,
Shanghai, Singapore, Warsaw, Seoul, and San Francisco.