FAB’s Digital Wallet Payit Launches Region’s First Sound-Based Payment Technology

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Published October 1st, 2018 - 11:55 GMT
FAB’s digital wallet payit launches region’s first sound-based payment technology.
FAB’s digital wallet payit launches region’s first sound-based payment technology.

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest financial institutions, has launched a new sound-based payment system through its digital wallet payit. The sound-based payment technology is the first of its kind in the region and one of the first integrated sound-based solutions in the world. FAB is launching its new payment solution during Gitex Shopper; which is taking place from October 2-6, 2018, and customers can utilise this service for their purchases during the event.

The sound based payments offer customers a “frictionless” and “contactless” experience. Customers can now use payit across many merchants in the UAE and make secure payments using their mobile phones by listening to the sound and clicking “pay”. Payit offers customers a range of payment services through person-to-person, bill payments, money transfers, splitting the bills in addition to dedicated “payit offers” from many outlets.

Payit creates value to merchants through offering economic, real-time settlement, with no required investment in new hardware. Sound-based payments can be made through electronic cash registers, point of sales (POS) machines, POD devices or even the mobile phones of merchants. It also provides integrated solutions by enabling real-time reporting, settlements, refund capabilities, transaction level mapping and reconciliation. Furthermore, it enables merchants to market their services and launch their offers to ensure optimised reach to the customers.

FAB is continuously investing in developing innovative solutions for clients to deliver value. Solutions like payit and sound based payments align to FAB’s commitment to the UAE’s goal to become a cashless economy and to driving digital solutions that benefit both residents and merchants alike.

This innovative mode of payment utilises sound waves to enable smart device interaction, independent of the technical hardware. The interoperability allows for contactless payment and frictionless communication between devices for an omni-channel experience for payit users. FAB partnered with Tonetag and Marshal to launch this service in the UAE.

Hana Al Rostamani, Group Head of the Personal Banking Group, said: “FAB is committed to bringing innovative solutions to its customers to enable them to grow stronger. The sound-based payment technology on payit was developed in collaboration with our fintech partners. The move, yet again, demonstrates that we are open to working with the right fintech companies to provide value to our clients. The payments industry is going through an enormous evolution and at FAB we aim to be at the forefront in driving innovation”.

Ramana Kumar, Head of Payments, said: “Payit is a lifecycle solution for all our customers’ needs and is an easy, secure and convenient alternative to cash. After successfully rolling out the UAE’s first QR-based payment system in March, we focused on launching a game-changing UAE-wide solution that is built around communication between smart devices. We look forward to expanding payit’s acceptance across all merchants in the UAE. Our objective is to enable UAE-wide usage of payit utilising existing infrastructure and delivering a safe, secure and forward-looking payment experience”

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First Abu Dhabi Bank

FAB, the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest institutions, offers an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, and products and services, to provide a customised experience. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers across the world via its market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking franchises.

توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر

Published February 23rd, 2019 - 09:07 GMT
توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر
توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر

أعلنت المديرية العامة للأمن الوطني (الشرطة) الجزائرية، مساء الجمعة، توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات شهدتها عدة مدن ضد ترشح الرئيس عبد العزيز بوتفليقة لولاية خامسة في انتخابات 18 أبريل/ نيسان القادم.

وأكدت إدارة الشرطة في بيان اطلعت عليه وكالة الاناضول أن عمليات التوقيف كانت بسبب “الإخلال بالنظام العام والاعتداء على القوة العامة وتحطيم الممتلكات” دون تقديم تفاصيل أكثر حول أماكن توقيف هؤلاء المتظاهرين.

والجمعة، استجاب آلاف المواطنين بعدة محافظات جزائرية، إلى دعوات للتظاهر تم تداولها عبر شبكات التواصل، ضد ترشح بوتفليقة (81 عاما) لولاية خامسة في انتخابات الرئاسة المقررة في 18 أبريل/ نيسان القادم.

واتسمت هذه المظاهرات بالسلمية في أغلب مناطق البلاد باستثناء حدوث مواجهات بين قوات مكافحة الشغب ومتظاهرين بوسط العاصمة خلال محاولتهم السير نحو القصر الرئاسي .

ووفق شهود عيان لجأت قوات الأمن إلى الغاز المسيل للدموع وتوقيف عدة أشخاص بعد تحذيرات للمتظاهرين وتعرضها للرشق بمقذوفات وحجارة قبل أن يتراجع المحتجون ويغادروا المكان.

وصبيحة اليوم نشر ناشطون معلومات عبر شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي حول توقيف عدد من زملائهم قبل بداية المظاهرات بالعاصمة.

وعلقت الرابطة الجزائرية للدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان (مستقلة) على بيان الشرطة بالمطالبة ب”الإفراج الفوري عن الموقوفين وان يتم احترام حق التظاهر سلميا” كما نشرت على صفحتها بموقع “فيسبوك”.


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