JCB Co. Ltd. (“JCB”), Japan’s only international payment brand, is leveraging Asia’s leading fintech player, Soft Space Sdn. Bhd.’s (“Soft Space”) technological expertise to develop the Tap on Mobile programme that capitalises on the wide availability of Android smartphones equipped with NFC (near-field communication).
Developed by fintech player Soft Space, JCB’s introduction of this solution is aimed at driving innovative contactless payments worldwide
JCB Contactless card or mobile device can be used at any merchants that support JCB Contactless. Aimed at driving greater contactless acceptance among JCB acquirers worldwide, JCB has developed the Tap on Mobile programme which will be used to govern all aspects of contactless payment transactions securely made on NFC-enabled Android smartphones, off the shelf. This programme is secure and interoperable based on EMV and PCI standards.
The initiative to develop Tap on Mobile programme is a significant milestone for JCB because it believes that the Tap on Mobile solution is the future of payments, and is poised to help JCB significantly grow its acceptance business globally going forward.
“We are pleased to be working with Soft Space on this Tap on Mobile programme,” said Tac Watanabe, the Executive Vice President for JCB’s Brand Infrastructure and Technologies Department. “The Tap on Mobile is secure yet convenient for our customers, and given the growth of contactless payment transaction and consumer smartphones worldwide, we believe that the Tap on Mobile will be the key initiative for JCB to drive our contactless agenda to grow globally.”
“We are privileged to be working on JCB’s Tap on Mobile programme,” said Joel Tay, Chief Executive Officer of Soft Space. “With businesses being constantly challenged by changing global economic scenarios, Tap on Mobile is a tool that can aid them through such times by offering them an innovative, cost-effective and secure payment solution.”
The Tap on Mobile programme builds on the expertise gained through Soft Space’s development of “Fasstap”, world’s first NFC-enabled payment solution with PIN verification, certified by card brands in 2018 and subsequently 2019.
Tap on Mobile solution has been developed by incorporating JCB’s contactless kernel – the engine that powers contactless payment transactions. Engaging Soft Space’s technological expertise, the solution has met JCB’s necessary standards and approvals. This ensures that payment data transmitted is secured from potential leakage, thus reducing the risk of fraudulent activities.
With Tap on Mobile programme in place, JCB can offer its acquirers a new, innovative cashless payment option who will in turn, adopt and deploy as a cost-effective payment solution to their merchants.
About Soft Space
Founded in 2012, Soft Space is a leading Fintech player in the APAC region headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Soft Space simplifies the complexity of financial infrastructure and creates value-added features for businesses to expand their business growth. With over 20 financial institutions in 11 countries adopting its payment solutions, Soft Space is supported by MDEC’s Global Acceleration and Innovation Network (GAIN) programme and received financial support through MIDA’s Domestic Investment Strategic Fund in 2012. In 2018, Soft Space ranked 66th out of 1000 companies in the Financial Times ‘FT 1000: High Growth Companies in Asia Pacific’ Special Report. For more information, please visit https://www.softspace.com.my/
JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. Its acceptance network includes over 33 million merchants and over a million cash advance locations in the world. JCB cards are now issued in 24 countries and territories, with more than 136 million cardmembers. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to providing responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit https://www.global.jcb/en/