Visa helps merchants adopt new global specifications for QR code payments

Visa has announced its support of the new global QR Code Payment Specifications from EMVCo, the global technical body that manages the EMV Specifications. The specifications cover consumer-presented and merchant-presented QR code use cases for digital payment acceptance.

QR Codes are two-dimensional machine-readable barcodes used to facilitate mobile payments at the point-of-sale.

Visa and the other EMVCo members worked to develop these new globally-interoperable EMV specifications. Visa has already successfully enabled the merchant-presented QR technology in 15 countries around the world, with India, Kenya and Nigeria, currently live in market, with both bank and merchant partners.

“We’ve already seen tremendous progress towards adoption of standardised, interoperable QR code payment systems in the developing world,” said Sam Shrauger, SVP, Digital Products, Visa.

“We are working with governments and central banks in countries like India to develop and implement QR code payment solutions that provide the convenience and security that are synonymous with Visa, and help the journey toward a cashless future,” he added

Easy Implementation for Merchants

Visa has enabled the growth of merchant-presented QR code payments around the world with its innovative mobile payments solution, mVisa. mVisa allows consumers to pay for goods and services by scanning a QR code on a smart phone, or entering a merchant number into their feature phones.

Payment goes straight from the consumer’s Visa account into the merchant’s account, and provides real-time notification to both parties. mVisa is completely interoperable, meaning that the consumer and the merchant do not need to be customers of the same bank.

This brings the same convenience, security and reliability provided by the trusted Visa brand.

For merchants eager to harness of the power of QR code payments, the Visa Ready Program has adopted the interoperable QR standards to develop tools and capabilities, which help easy generation and deployment of QR code merchants by banks, processors and merchant aggregators.

Once enrolled, merchants can freely accept payments from any country or bank, given mVisa’s interoperability, while trusting Visa will securely and efficiently process each transaction.

QR Code Payments Driving a Cashless Future

As digital payments help continue a shift toward a cashless future, this new global specification is an important step that promotes interoperability and standardises the fast-growing ecosystem of QR code payments across the world.

Already, 33 banks and more than 328,000 merchants across India, Kenya and Nigeria have adopted the interoperable standards, as they accelerate their QR code digital payment programmes.

“mVisa enables successful completion of the transaction independent of the mobile operator service on both the consumer and the merchants’ phones, and the consumers and merchants’ banks,” said Shrauger. “This addresses a major challenge with mobile money programmes, and lets consumers and merchants choose their own bank or mobile operator.”

Visa intends to replicate this success in 12 other countries where mVisa has been enabled: Cambodia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

Source: The Chronicle

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