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All-in-One POS Solution Accepts NFC, Credit and Debit Card Payments

The system, provided by Connect&GO and Mobeewave, was used at the Quebec Sugar Shack at this week's South By Southwest festival to enable attendees to buy drinks with an NFC wristband, or with a credit or debit card—all captured via the same mobile POS device.
By Claire Swedberg
Mar 21, 2017

Attendees of the South By Southwest (SWSW) festival and conference, held this week in Austin, Texas, trialed a new solution from Montreal technology companies Connect&GO and Mobeewave. Those attending the Planet Quebec "Montreal for President 2020" party, held at the Quebec Sugar Shack, could make payments using a Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID-enabled wristband, credit card, mobile wallet or cash, all with the same Samsung NFC-enabled Android smartphone serving as a point-of-sale (POS) device.

Connect&GO says it has solved a cumbersome POS challenge for events by enabling vendors to accept payments from consumers in any way the customers want, via a mobile device. Connect&GO provides the NFC technology, app and software, while Mobeewave supplies the mobile contactless payment acceptance technology.

Everyone who received an invitation to the "Montreal for President 2020" party used an NFC-enabled wristband to gain access, enter a contest and share pictures on social networks taken of themselves and those they met at the party. They then had a choice of payment options for additional beverages: their wristband, or a traditional card, mobile wallet or cash, on a mobile phone.

Payments made via Connect&GO's and Mobeewave's all-in-one cashless solution are managed according to the various channels involved (such as banks and credit-card companies), by payment services company Global Payments, according to Anthony Palermo, Connect&GO's CEO.

The concept of a single POS device for any payment technology originated with Connect&GO's customers, Palermo says. These customers had approached the technology provider seeking a point-of-sale system that could be set up quickly (for events such as music festivals that are at a location temporarily) and that would allow all users to pay any way they wanted. Without such a system in place, he explains, individuals must use one POS device for credit and debit cards, or a different one for NFC reads (on wristbands, for instance).

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