Discover and NXT-ID - Subsidiary FitPay Partner to Extend Payments to IoT Devices
Agreement gives Discover cardholders access to the latest payment technology for more secure and convenient contactless payments.
Riverwoods, IL and Melbourne, FL, February 26, 2018 - Discover Financial Services and FitPay, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, Inc., (NASDAQ: NXTD),today announced a network services agreement to allow devices that are integrated with the FitPay Payment PlatformTM to provision tokenized payment credentials through Discover® Digital Exchange (DDX). The agreement enables Discover cardholders, along with alliance partner cards, to easily make contactless payment transactions at retail locations with wearable or Internet of Things (IoT) devices that include payment capabilities powered by FitPayTM.
"With the advancements of mobile technology, the way customers interact with merchants is being re-imagined with an eye toward more secure and convenient methods of payment," said Diane Offereins, Discover's president of payment services. "This integration with FitPay is one more way in which Discover is continuing to enhance the payment experience and provide more options for our cardholders on how and where they pay."
Under the agreement, FitPay's payment and digital wallet platform will be integrated with the Discover tokenization platform, DDX. FitPay's platform enables manufacturers of IoT and wearable devices to add contactless payment capabilities to their products, making it possible for consumers to pay for goods and services at near field communication (NFC)-enabled point-of-sale terminals with a simple tap. The platform uses tokenization, a payment security technology that replaces cardholders' account information with a unique digital identifier ("payment token"), to transact more secure contactless payments. The agreement gives Discover cardholders access to the latest contactless payment technology.
"Consumers should have options in how they pay, and this agreement makes cutting-edge payment devices available to Discover cardholders," said Michael Orlando, COO of NXT-ID and president of FitPay, Inc. "Making payments easy, secure and frictionless requires building an extensive ecosystem. Discover is a unique and important part of that ecosystem, and we are very pleased be able to make the network available to devices on the FitPay Platform."
Manufacturers of 15 IoT and wearable devices are currently integrating with the FitPay Payment Platform. Product announcements from manufacturers of the devices integrating with the FitPay platform are anticipated in 2018.
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit: www.discover.com/company.
NXT- ID, Inc. and FitPay, Inc.
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