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Enabled by Global Payments, two Montreal tech companies are making it easier than ever to accept multiple methods of payment at events.
Montreal tech companies Connect&GO and Mobeewave will make a big announcement today at South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual arts and interactive media conference conglomerate held in Austin, Texas. Enabled by the innovative payment solutions of Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services, the companies are going to revolutionize the way people accept cashless payments at events.
With many years of experience developing RFID solutions for events around the world, Connect&GO is always looking to enhance its experience-driven cashless payment services. Payment service provider, Mobeewave, is eager to bring its patented payment technology even further into the global event space. Together, the companies will offer a new cashless payment solution to events around the world.
“Advances in technology are enabling our merchants and partners to benefit from entirely new payment experiences that change the way consumers and merchants interact,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation at Global Payments. “We are thrilled to partner with Mobeewave and Connect&GO to deliver this innovative new acceptance solution to our Canadian clients.”
For the first time ever, event organizers will be able to use mobile phones to accept payments via credit, debit or RFID tags. This all-in-one mobile payment solution simplifies the transaction process for both consumers and merchants. Consumers are free to choose their preferred method of payment, and event organizers can use a single device to accept multiple methods of payment. Because the technology is entirely mobile (operating without a cable connection), it is a flexible and convenient option for a variety of large scale events, including festivals and major sporting events.
“Our clients were looking for payment options, and we’re always committed to innovation and testing new ways of supporting consumer behaviour, so this partnership made total sense. It’s really a win-win-win; for the vendor, the organizer and the consumer,” said Anthony Palermo, CEO – Connect&GO.
Launching at SXSW
Connect&GO and Mobeewave are thrilled to be launching their new service at SXSW – the largest interactive entertainment industry conference in North America (with over 50,000 registered attendees and over 150,000 participants at surrounding exhibits and parties). Utilizing Global Payments’ payment technology, the new all-in-one mobile cashless service will be launched at a party co-hosted by Connect&GO and Beachclub at the Quebec Sugar Shack, part of the Planète Québec mission to showcase Quebec companies at SXSW.
“We’re excited to provide a truly pioneering payment solution for the global live events industry. By combining RFID technology with mobile contactless payment acceptance, we’ll be offering cashless services that make every attendee feel like a VIP,” said Maxime de Nanclas, COO and Co-Founder – Mobeewave.
Tried and tested
Before the official launch at SXSW, Connect&GO and Mobeewave performed a number of trials of the new cashless payment service at evenko events in Montreal, working closely with industry leader Global Payments to enable payment acceptance. Following the virtually seamless integration, the three companies are now ready to offer this innovative service at major events around the world.
Connect&GO is a global leader of RFID deployments in the entertainment industry offering three configurable modules: ACCESS, PAYMENTS and EXPERIENTIAL. With technologies developed to support consumer behaviour, Connect&GO provides clients with the visibility and management tools they need to run successful events. With over 5 million activated RFID tags and more than 350 events deployed, the Connect&GO team travels the world turning creative ideas into fully connected experiences.
An award-winning company, Mobeewave brings balance to the FinTech world, empowering people to accept money in person using their phones. With the Mobeewave solution, the company has created a simple, secure service to allow anyone to accept money from a contactless card or mobile wallet in a quick, easy and convenient manner. Mobeewave was previously selected as a finalist in the Payment and FinTech category of the eighth annual 2016 SXSW Accelerator Competition.
About Global Payments:
Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services that delivers innovative solutions driven by customer needs globally. Our technologies, partnerships and employee expertise enable us to provide a broad range of products and services that allow our customers to accept all payment types across a variety of distribution channels in many markets around the world.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with approximately 8,500 employees worldwide, Global Payments is a member of the S&P 500 with merchants and partners in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil. For more information about Global Payments, our Service. Driven. Commerce brand and our technologies, please visit: www.globalpaymentsinc.com
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South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of conferences in music, film and interactive media held in Austin, Texas. Since its debut in 1987, the conference has become increasingly popular within creative communities around the world and draws crowds of over 50,000 each year for tradeshow exhibitions, panel discussions, networking opportunities, presentations, live shows and events. SXSW 2017 runs from March 10 – 19, 2017.
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