First Data International, nach eigenen Angaben Weltmarktführer in den Bereichen E-Commerce und Zahlungssysteme, beteiligt sich am Marktführer für Hard- und Software im NFC/kontaktlos-Bezahlumfeld, Vivotech. Hier in Deutschland hatte First Data im März 2007 bereits die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Handy-Bezahlverfahren Crandy bekannt gegeben. Nun also auch der Einstieg bei NFC.
First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in electronic commerce and payment services, today announced it has made a strategic investment in ViVOtech and will use ViVOtech’s collection of emerging technologies that include Near Field Communication (NFC) terminals and mobile commerce enablement. First Data’s investment will come in the form of the company’s participation as lead investor in ViVOtech’s Series C round of financing.
“We’re excited about the opportunities in Near Field Communication and the role it will play as we continue to expand our offerings in this arena and maximize choice and convenience for consumers at the point of sale,” said Barry McCarthy, president of Product Innovation at First Data Commercial Services. “As one of the many technologies First Data will be supporting, our recent investment in ViVOtech furthers our objective of bringing a new generation of terminals and mobile phone-enabled payment services to our financial institution and merchant clients.”
Near Field Communication is a new short-range wireless connectivity technology that can simplify the way consumers make payments. A recent report by ABI Research forecasts NFC chips to be embedded in 292 million handsets, or 20% of all phones worldwide, by 2012. NFC technologies will allow consumers to take advantage of new mobile services such as cell phone promotions and loyalty programs, over the air (OTA) provisioning of credit, debit, and stored value cards, and contactless redemptions of coupons and offers at the point of purchase.
”First Data’s decision to take the lead in our Series C funding round and support our collection of technologies that include terminals, wallets and OTA provisioning is a strong validation of our business, technology direction and our services,” said Michael Mullagh, chief executive officer, ViVOtech. “Given First Data’s vast global footprint, this relationship will help accelerate the availability of these new services and the associated transformation of mobile phones into portable payment devices.”
Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC (together „FT Partners“) acted as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to ViVOtech and its Board of Directors in this transaction.