Singapore and Australia Among the First Countries in Asia Pacific to Introduce Tokenised Service to Bring New Mobile Payment Experiences and Security Benefits

Singapore's United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Australia's National Australia Bank (NAB) have implemented Visa Token Service which enhances security and simplifies consumers' purchasing experience in Asia Pacific
2016-01-25 10:17 2420

SINGAPORE, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Visa, the global payments technology company, has today announced that tokenisation, a new layer of security for mobile and digital payments, is live with NAB Pay, NAB's new mobile payment service that enables customers to use their mobile phone to make in-store purchases without the need for a physical card.  UOB has also implemented the Visa Token Service as part of its digital wallet UOB Mighty. The service allows UOB Visa credit or debit card members to make contactless payments with an NFC-enabled Android smartphone simply by launching the UOB Mighty app, selecting the 'Pay' function, entering a PIN and tapping to pay at all NFC-enabled terminals in Singapore and overseas. 

The Visa Token Service is a new security technology that replaces sensitive payment account information found on payment cards, such as the 16-digit account number, expiration date and security code, with a unique digital identifier or "tokens" that can be used to process payments without exposing actual account details.

Visa cards that are tokenised are also domain controlled, meaning the tokenised card is linked to a consumer's phone or wallet application and is validated in real-time by VisaNet, Visa's global payment processing platform. Visa works in concert with financial institutions, technology platform providers and device manufacturers to incorporate new and advanced identification methods to further protect consumers including device identification, biometric authentication, and other capabilities.

The Visa Token Service is a new security technology that first launched in the United States and is being rolled out in several markets across the world. As payments shift from plastic to digital, Visa is helping financial institutions, merchants and technology partners to offer consumers a secure, simple and consistent purchasing experience, regardless of where they are and what device they are using.

The Visa Token Service supports a broad range of use cases including proprietary wallets such as NAB Pay, third party wallets and remote payment applications such as in-app payments, or where customer card details are held on file for recurring remote payments.

"We are proud to partner with NAB and UOB to bring the Visa Token Service to their mobile banking app.  As the market leader, Visa will continue to innovate and set the standards in payments, and the Visa Token Service is part of an overall digital payments strategy.  We intend to roll out the Visa Token Service to additional markets across Asia Pacific over the coming months," added T. S. Anil.

Key benefits of Visa Token Service:

  • Tokens do not carry the consumer's primary account number, so there is less risk in storing tokens on mobile devices, online by eCommerce merchants, and in cloud-based mobile applications
  • Tokens are based on existing ISO standards and can therefore be processed and routed by merchants, acquirers and issuers like traditional card payments
  • Tokens tied to lost, or stolen mobile devices, can be instantly reissued -- without the need to change the consumer's primary account number or reissue the plastic card
  • The new service supports issuance of multiple tokens for a single primary account, each tied to a specific mobile device or service
  • Tokens can be restricted for use with a specific merchant, mobile device, transaction or category of transactions.

Please click here for an infographic on Tokensation.

Source: Visa