MTS, RUSSIA’S LEADING COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, SELECTS OTI’S COPNI MOBILE PAYMENT PRODUCT FOR MTS’S NFC PROGRAM
- OTI is Working with SITRONICS Smart Technology, Technological Partner in Russia that Provides the COPNI to MTS
- MTS has Over 70 Million Subscribers in Russia
- First Application with LUKOIL for Payment for Fuel Purchases
ISELIN, N.J., October 11, 2011 – On Track Innovations Ltd. ("OTI") (NASDAQ-GM: OTIV), a global leader in contactless smart card solutions, today announced that MTS, Russia’s leading communications group with over 100 million subscribers (with over 70 million subscribers in Russia), has chosen OTI’s COPNI mobile payment solution for its near field communication ("NFC") projects. OTI is working with SITRONICS Smart Technology as its technological partner in Russia. MTS NFC program first retail application to be launched later this month will be mobile payment and loyalty program at LUKOIL gas stations.
With the new program, LUKOIL retail customers use their mobile phone to pay for fuel transactions at the dispenser using a COPNI-enabled cell phone and accruing loyalty points for LUKOIL’s loyalty program.
OTI’s COPNI™ (Contactless Payment and NFC Add-On) was selected after rigorous testing which represents the first commercial NFC project in Russia based on SIM-cards with SWP/HCI-protocol (Single Wire Protocol ("SWP") and Host Controller Interface ("HCI")). With COPNI, the service can be used with a wide range of currently available mobile phone models.
A COPNI-enabled mobile phone is a platform that enables mobile network operators (MNOs) to provide a true after-market solution to existing subscribers, filling the gap between the demand and lack of handsets with embedded NFC. Simply tapped near a contactless reader, the COPNI-enabled mobile phone can be used in a broad range of payment transactions including prepaid, credit and debit, as well as loyalty programs and other NFC related applications.
Oded Bashan, Chairman and CEO of OTI commented: "COPNI is the ultimate solution for operators, providing them maximum flexibility. It is cost-effective and it allows the MNO to provide solutions to a large existing customer base regardless of the handset type and model, bringing contactless payments and NFC into real life program quickly".
Established in 1990, OTI (NASDAQ-GM: OTIV) designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking and loyalty programs. OTI has a global network of regional offices to market and support its products. The company was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2005 and 2006 Company of the Year Award in the field of smart cards.
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