Mobeam Android SDK Facilitates Mobile Payments Beyond NFC

Posted 9/2/2015 10:00:33 AM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Mobeam Android SDK Facilitates Mobile Payments Beyond NFC
Mobeam is releasing its mobile beaming technology SDK to Android developers, providing the ability to create android-based applications utilizing barcodes or other applications of beaming. Offering a collection of self-service APIs and tools, the Mobeam Android SDK license will be initially offered free to developers to tryout. 

Mobeam’s light-based beaming technology enables point of sale (POS) laser scanners to read barcodes on Android mobile devices, filling the void where mobile payment apps  currently rely on NFC or other technologies to communicate with credit card payment terminals, but not with scanners. The Mobeam technology integrates with all existing mobile payment apps.

Mobeam enables mobile wallets beyond NFC-based card payment, meaning payment apps can now carry loyalty cards, membership cards, gift cards, tickets, vouchers and coupons, providing them with universal POS access at retailers. 

Mobeam currently operates with more than 200 million Samsung phones, and the company is in talks with other manufacturers to expand the technology to other devices. Mobeam technology has been used for more than 23 million beaming transactions since its launch. 

In addition to mobile wallet applications for retail, multiple other industry segments are evaluating concepts for transmitting barcode-based content, including travel, transportation, loyalty, manufacturing and health care.

Mobeam technology works by sending pulses of light to the sensor in POS scanners and mimics the black-and-white sequencing of a standard bar code. So, instead of reading the reflection from a printed barcode, laser scanners receive identical information from pulses of light.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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