paybox and ViVOtech Partner to Deliver Industry-leading Technology for NFC-enabled Remote and Proximity Mobile Payments

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Joint technology gives banks and mobile operators' customers a richer, more appealing and convenient mobile payments. The partnership combines industry leading proximity and remote payments into a single platform complete with over the air (OTA) provisioning infrastructure software and connects with contactless terminals, extending mobile payments from the point of sale to almost any location.

We are thrilled about this new partnership with ViVOtech

paybox , the trendsetting company for mobile payment enterprise solutions headquartered in Germany, and ViVOtech , the global market leader in Near Field Communication (NFC) headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA have partnered to extend NFC-enabled remote and proximity m-Payments anytime and anywhere, in virtually any e-Commerce or m-Commerce scenario.

Today, NFC-enabled payments are limited by location. Combining technology from m-Commerce leaders paybox and ViVOtech, proximity payments (face-to-face transactions at the point-of-sale, or POS) where the subscriber pays by tapping his NFC-phone at a contactless reader with an active NFC card instead of physically swiping a card through a terminal are speeding up the checkout line. However, to be universally adopted and viable across industries, mobile payments using these technologies must also extend to accept true remote payments anytime, anywhere. Using the paybox-VIVOtech joint solution, a subscriber pays by simply tapping his NFC-enabled handset at a Smart Poster, a sign or billboard or any other form of advertising which incorporates a passive or unpowered NFC Tag, and initiates payment or redemption to receive a content download, bus ticket, or access to a local Wi-Fi hotspot.

Under the agreement, the new solution leverages the paybox Money Mobiliser product for mobile payments and ViVOtech's best selling contactless ViVOpay NFC readers and commercial grade OTA provisioning infrastructure software, ViVOnfc that supports NFC mobile payments. The integrated platform provides an end-to-end framework, under which mobile payment applications can be launched and accept both proximity and remote payments.

"We are thrilled about this new partnership with ViVOtech," states Eckhard Ortwein, CEO paybox. "Together, we can shape the long term vision of NFC and in the short term, we can create exciting mobile interfaces for end customer to get access and to pay for existing content and e-Commerce offerings".

"ViVOtech is excited to be working with paybox to extend payments from the point of sale to almost any location. This flexibility allows consumers to use their phones in new lifestyle changing ways, offering convenience, speed and secure payments," said Mohammad Khan, President & Founder, ViVOtech Inc.. "Fully integrating paybox technology into our platform is a natural fit and a major benefit to merchants and consumers."

paybox and ViVOtech will showcase their joint technology offering at the paybox hospitality suite (Hall 4, level 7 HS 48) during the Mobile World congress 2008.

About paybox
paybox solutions AG ("paybox") is the trendsetting company for mobile payment enterprise solutions. Founded in 1999, paybox was the first to launch mass-marketable mobile payment solutions in five European markets. paybox set up operator-led, national mobile Payment standards in Germany and Austria. Recognised for having the broadest mobile Commerce offering worldwide, paybox enterprise solutions are deployed across Europe, North and South America, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. For more information on paybox, please visit http://www.paybox.net

About ViVOtech
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA, ViVOtech is the market leader in Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payments, promotions, and over the air (OTA) provisioning infrastructure software, transaction management software, NFC smart posters, and Contactless terminals. With more than 360,000 units deployed in 29 countries across the globe, ViVOtech products are used at movie theaters, fast food restaurants (QSR), casual dining establishments, convenience stores, gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, buses, taxicabs, kiosks and vending machines, enabling a wide variety of businesses to accept Contactless/NFC payments and promotions. For more information about ViVOtech, please visit http://www.ViVOtech.com

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