The FINANCIAL — On February 22 at Mobile World Congress, MasterCard and WISeKey announced a partnership to enable contactless payments on select luxury brand watches and wearables. WISeKey currently works with an extensive list of premium watch manufacturers, including Hublot and Bulgari, which use WISeKey’s patented security software, WIS.WATCH.
The partnership adds new devices and brands to ongoing MasterCard programs that bring payments to any consumer gadget, accessory or wearable – from fitness bands to refrigerators, according to MasterCard.
“Our collaboration with WISeKey is a great example of how payments functionality can deliver transformative more value for a variety of device manufacturers, and create safe and convenient shopping experiences for their consumers,” said Sherri Haymond, senior vice president, Digital Payments and Labs, MasterCard. “Together, we are using our collective innovative technology and expertise to transform the way people pay for things.”
With the companies’ shared commitment to advance payments security in both the physical and digital worlds, MasterCard will integrate its payments technology with WISeKey’s Cryptographic Root of Trust for IoT and NFCTrusted© technology solutions, providing consumers with the freedom to securely shop using their favorite watch or wearable.
“Working together, WISeKey and MasterCard will open the door to additional e-commerce and marketing opportunities for luxury wearable device and watch manufacturers. The potential for improved communication with customers can lead to increased customer loyalty and repeat business,” said Carlos Moreira, CEO of WISeKey.