VeriFone and MICROS Systems have teamed up to develop a new solution that enables restaurant goers to pay at the table with NFC-enabled phones. According to the partners, this is the first practical service allowing restaurants to accommodate NFC payment and rewards technology.
The new system combines VeriFone’s PAYware Mobile Enterprise POS system, which adapts smart phones and wireless PDAs to securely accept payment transactions, with MICROS’s table management and order management solutions, enabling for a quick and convenient way to pick up the tab without having to fork over your phone to the server.
“Widespread adoption of NFC requires a restaurant solution, but consumers are not willing to hand over their mobile phones to the wait staff,” said Paul Rasori, VeriFone senior vice president of marketing.
VeriFone’s PAYware Mobile Enterprise incorporates a 2D bar code scanner, as well as a PCI-approved PIN debit keypad that allows merchants to leverage lower transaction costs, according to the company. The solution also enables item scanning, payment cards acceptance and allows receipts to be emailed to customers or transmitted to a nearby wireless printer.
Expected to launch later this year, the solution is now being demonstrated this week at the NRA 2011 international food service show in Chicago.