VeriFone Mobile Money and Teasy Mobile to widen mobile money services in Nigeria, add biometrics

March 24, 2014 - 

VeriFone Mobile Money has been selected by Nigeria’s Teasy Mobile to widen mobile money services, and introduce mobile biometrics POS systems into the mix.

According to the company, VeriFone Mobile Money is a joint venture between VeriFone and Mobilis Networks Limited to drive the adoption of mobile money and wallet solutions globally.

Under the terms of the new engagement, VeriFone Mobile Money will deploy its retail enablement solution integrating the mobile wallet, banking, and telecommunication provider networks with the point-of-sale. Teasy will work closely with local industry players to roll out VeriFone contactless POS devices as part of the solution.

The solution will also enable Teasy to deploy mobile POS and biometric solutions, which will allow the use of biometric data for secure user identification and authentication, aligning with recent Central Bank of Nigeria policies around ‘know your customer’ and financial inclusion.

“Working with Teasy Mobile is an exciting opportunity for VeriFone Mobile Money,” Chris Jones, CEO of VeriFone Mobile Money said. “Nigeria is a rapidly advancing and sophisticated mobile money market, and there are many mobile wallet providers already in the Nigerian market. With Teasy Mobile, VeriFone Mobile Money will be offering a market first in Nigeria delivering Teasy customers frictionless, fast and secure transactions at the agents’ point of sale utilizing a combination of biometrics and near field communications devices including Mobile and Card.”

“Our solution has proven to increase wallet adoption in developed and emerging markets,” said Jones.

“We are very excited with the market opportunity this solution will bring us,” Musa Ali Baba of Teasy said. “We believe that, while the market is growing quickly for mobile wallets, we will be able to roll out a mixture of point of sale and mobile wallet technology, thus capturing all points at which the customer will transact. VeriFone Mobile Money has provided a very advanced, yet easy-to-use solution to Teasy that will add value to the Nigeria Cashless Vision and allow for alternative and easier ways to make payments benefiting Nigeria and the industry as a whole, and we are very excited to enter into this partnership.”

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