MasterCard to offer interactive payment cards to its issuers around the world

A Dynamics interactive card featuring buttons and a display
INTERACTIVE: The card features buttons and a display, as well as a programmable stripe on the back

Interactive payment card developer Dynamics has signed a deal with MasterCard that will see the payments network offering the startup’s technology to its issuers around the world. MasterCard has also participated in Dynamics’ US$70m Series C funding round, along with Canada’s CIBC and existing investors Bain Capital Ventures and Adams Capital Management.

The company’s interactive cards work with existing POS terminals and contain buttons, displays and LEDs, providing consumers “with added choice, flexibility and security at the point of sale.”

When a consumer enters the correct unlock code using the card’s buttons, the payment card number is provided on a built-in display for online use and is written to the ‘stripe’ on the back for in-store use.

“Interactive payment cards give cardholders an unprecedented level of customisation, control and security at each and every purchase at any point-of-sale device in the world,” says Jeff Mullen, CEO of Dynamics. “With interactive payment cards, banks can expand card offerings by providing cardholders with several additional on-card payment options that cardholders can select at each purchase.”

“Consumers can now enjoy additional value whenever they make a purchase simply by pressing a button on their card,” Mullen adds.

“We see a future where every device becomes a commerce device,” MasterCard’s Carlos Menendez explains. “This not only includes a shift to mobile-based payments, but also a move from static plastic to dynamic interactive payment cards and systems.”

Among the options its technology makes possible, Dynamics says, is the ability to enable consumers “to select applications that are stored directly on the card itself, all with the assurance that every card is completely compatible with existing POS terminals.”

“Dynamics also pairs their card technology with interactive mobile applications to help move the consumer that much farther into the digital world. The technologies have many practical applications and will allow issuers to offer multiple consumer features and functions in one card.

“This includes cards that offer consumers multiple selectable currencies, access to both debit and credit accounts and cards with a co-brand that offer credit or debit in conjunction with a separate loyalty application.

“As safety and security in everyday payments is at the heart of MasterCard’s business, its expertise in these areas will also enable the companies to develop new security-oriented products on a global scale while continuing to allow consumers the choice of how they pay,” the startup adds.

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