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Austria roll-out nationwide NFC mobile payment app scheme

Mobile Maestro (called Bankomatkarte Mobil), an NFC mobile payment app enabled by Payment Services Austria (PSA) and supported by Austria Card, has launched.

Following a successful field trial in Linz (Upper Austria), Maestro cardholders in Austria are able to make

Austria roll-out nationwide NFC mobile payment app scheme

  Austria roll-out nationwide NFC mobile                  payment app scheme

payments just by waving their mobile devices in front of a contactless payment terminal.

Konstantinos Lagios, Chief Commercial Officer at Austria Card: “Mobile Maestro will set the next era in mobile payments, since it combines increased convenience with high security and will be made available to Austrian cardholders. We would like to thank PSA for trusting Austria Card with such a significant project.”

Available for Android, international acceptance

Mobile Maestro will be available on Android mobile phones running version 4.1 or higher. The service can be used in the more than 250,000 PayPass outlets worldwide, including 35,000 contactless point-of-sale terminals in Austria.

“We are proud that we are the first to introduce a nationwide mobile payment scheme. We thank Austria Card, our long-standing partner for supporting us with their extensive expertise in payments technology”, says Dr. Rainer Schamberger, CEO at PSA.

In order to ensure the highest security standards, a secure element within the mobile phone holds all sensitive information. The datacenter is hosted by Austria Card and is certified by Visa and MasterCard for mobile provisioning. Moreover, Austria Card takes care of all security relevant aspects which include sensitive key management, PCI DSS compliant network infrastructure, and monitoring of the Trusted/Business Service management (BSM) system.

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