CaixaBank launches the first Visa contactless wristband, supporting payments with a simple tap of the wrist

3 iulie 2014

The elastic and adjustable Visa contactless wristband can comfortably be worn by users as they go about their day. It is also water-proof and damp-proof, making it ideal for the summer months. Users can wear the band while working out or during outdoor activities without having to worry about a thing.

For the first time in Europe, CaixaBank has launched a Visa wristband that allows users to make easy payments at merchants using the contactless system. The band allows the bank’s customers to carry payment cards on their wrists, making for fast and convenient payments at more than 300,000 businesses across Spain.

This summer CaixaBank plans to distribute 15,000 contactless wristbands to those customers who have made the most use of their contactless cards. The launch will thereby become the largest programme in Europe to use wearable devices as a payment method with Visa, according to the press release.

The wristband will be made available via the bank’s entire branch network in the second half of the year, with customers able to make their own designs and get hold of their bands through all the usual banking channels.

The wristband uses contactless payment technology: inside is a microtag with the customer’s encrypted card details, protected with the same security guarantees as normal cards (EMV system). The contactless chip connects the wristband to PoS systems to complete transactions just like a standard contactless card. All this technology is united in a small gadget featuring an adjustable strap and hypoallergenic materials.

The wristband also represents an additional card to the user’s existing contactless card, meaning all purchases are charged in exactly the same way as with their normal card. Furthermore, wearing the card at the wrist is more convenient and more secure, as users won‘t need to take it off to make payments, ensuring much faster purchases.

Interaction with the PoS is the same as with existing contactless cards, except that the wearer simply brings their wrist close to the terminal rather than a card. The device will connect via proximity and complete the transaction. As with contactless cards, for purchases over 20 euro customers will have to enter their card PIN to validate the transaction. Purchases of less than 20 euro can be made simply by bringing the device close to the merchant’s PoS.
The system is fully compatible with all PoS systems that support Visa contactless payments all over the world.

CaixaBank figures
CaixaBank now has more than 4 million contactless cards in circulation, 200,000 contactless-ready PoS systems and accounts for 16% of all contactless payments made in Europe, according to Visa estimates. CaixaBank currently has more cards in circulation than any other bank in Spain, at more than 12.5 million, and has also pioneered mobile payments via its NFC service.

CaixaBank is Spain’s leading bank in terms of innovation. It has 4 million mobile service users and has registered over 8 million downloads from its mobile app store. It also has more than 9 million online banking customers and, according to Comscrore, the sixth most visited website in Spain.

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Adrian Vasilescu – consilier de strategie al guvernatorului BNR

„O singură provizie am făcut, de card, pentru că nu mai umblu cu banii în buzunar. Banii sunt cei mai periculoși când este vorba de răspândirea unei molimi. Am renunțat la cash. În rest, este o prostie să faci provizii. Dacă vine o molimă și nici nu știi când va ajunge, dacă ar fi să se întindă, pe cât timp să poți să faci provizii? Faci provizii pe trei săptămâni, pe patru săptămâni și mai departe?”, a spus consultantul.

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In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?
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