Payments services provider, DataCash, a MasterCard company, has developed a new contactless payment solution jointly developed with MasterCard, hospitality electronic point-of-sale (EPOS) provider Zonal and Coherent+, specialists in payment terminal product design.
Zonal will also be featuring a supporting iPhone app ordering system, which has been developed via TXD Digital Marketing as is fully integrated with the Zonal EPOS system. Payments will be managed using MasterCard integration and the DataCash Payment Gateway.
The solutions are being promoted as benefiting the hospitality industry by significantly reducing waiting times in pubs, bars and restaurants. The first live demonstration of the new contactless payment solution and iPhone app ordering system for the hospitality sector is being unveiled at the CARTES exhibition in Paris, held from 6-8 November.
The new contactless solution will be piloted with selected Zonal customers in the UK in early 2013 and will reduce customer wait times and increase revenue opportunities in busy hospitality environments. Contactless functionality means enables customers to make payments simply and quickly by tapping their card on a terminal, without the overhead of entering a personal identification number (PIN).
Employed staff will carry these portable terminals on a belt clip, giving customers the option of paying for their services on the go from their desired location. The Zonal software solution is also integrated with the iPhone ordering system app, enabling customers to order food, drinks and then make payment for these services using the app. Customers are no longer restricted to making payments at their table, or at the bar.
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