US based tech firm LoopPay is planning to enter the Indian market this year with its patented technology that facilitates payment by just placing mobile phones beside a normal card reader at retail stores. Also Read - Truecaller acquires Chillr, will soon rollout credit and financial services to 150 million users in India
The company, founded in 2012 by payment industry experts, has developed a magnetic transmission based technology in form of a mobile cover and card. Credit or debit card details can be loaded in LoopPay’s mobile phone applications. “We are looking at expanding our presence in late 2015 including India. We believe India, China and Japan would be have appetite for this technology,” LoopPay CMO Gregory Mann told PTI at Consumer Electronics Show. “An user can select the card on mobile phone application from which he wants to pay and touch the cover on any normal card swipe machine to pay and transaction will happen. There is no need for retailers to install any additional device like card readers or anything else to accept payment from mobile phone,” Mann said. Also Read - Samsung's next smartwatch to feature fingerprint sensor to enable mobile payments: Report
The Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology of LoopPay generates changing magnetic fields over a very short period of time. This is accomplished by putting alternating current through an inductive loop, which can then be received by the magnetic read head of the credit card reader. The signal received from Loop emulates the same magnetic field change as a mag stripe card when swiped across the same read head. Loop works within a 3-inch distance from the read head. The field dissipates rapidly beyond that point, and only exists during a transmission initiated by the user. Mann said the app is password protected so that in eventuality of the phone being stolen, Loop app can’t be used. Prevalent mobile payment systems use technology like Near Field Communication (NFC) and others require installation at the vendor side as well to sense payment data. Also Read - Apple to venture into mobile-payments business
LoopPay currently offers the device charge case for $59.95 and for iPhones only. The LoopPay Card costs $49.95. With increasing number of mobile phone subscribers in India, LoopPay hopes that there would be takers for secure solutions to replace their physical wallets. “Our technology will enable existing point of sale infrastructure to accept contactless payments through mobile devices aat majority of retail merchants,” Mann said.