March 14, 2017
Connect&GO, Mobeewave offer first-ever all-in-one cashless solution
Two Montreal tech companies are making it easier than ever to accept multiple methods of payment at events
MONTREAL -- Montreal tech companies Connect&GO and Mobeewave made a big announcement at South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual arts and interactive media conference conglomerate held in Austin, Texas. Enabled by the innovative payment solutions of Global Payments Inc., a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services, the companies are going to revolutionize the way people accept cashless payments at events.
With many years of experience developing RFID solutions for events around the world, Connect&GO is always looking to enhance its experience-driven cashless payment services. Payment service provider, Mobeewave, is eager to bring its patented payment technology even further into the global event space. Together, the companies will offer a new cashless payment solution to events around the world.
"Advances in technology are enabling our merchants and partners to benefit from entirely new payment experiences that change the way consumers and merchants interact," said Frank T. Young, SVP, global product and innovation at Global Payments. "We are thrilled to partner with Mobeewave and Connect&GO to deliver this innovative new acceptance solution to our Canadian clients."
For the first time ever, event organizers will be able to use mobile phones to accept payments via credit, debit or RFID tags. This all-in-one mobile payment solution simplifies the transaction process for both consumers and merchants. Consumers are free to choose their preferred method of payment, and event organizers can use a single device to accept multiple methods of payment. Because the technology is entirely mobile (operating without a cable connection), it is a flexible and convenient option for a variety of large scale events, including festivals and major sporting events.
“Our clients were looking for payment options, and we’re always committed to innovation and testing new ways of supporting consumer behaviour, so this partnership made total sense," said Anthony Palermo, CEO of Connect&GO. "It’s really a win-win-win; for the vendor, the organizer and the consumer.”
Launching at SXSW
Connect&GO and Mobeewave are thrilled to be launching their new service at SXSW – the largest interactive entertainment industry conference in North America (with over 50,000 registered attendees and over 150,000 participants at surrounding exhibits and parties). Utilizing Global Payments’ payment technology, the new all-in-one mobile cashless service will be launched at a party co-hosted by Connect&GO and Beachclub at the Quebec Sugar Shack, part of the Planète Québec mission to showcase Quebec companies at SXSW.
“We’re excited to provide a truly pioneering payment solution for the global live events industry," said Maxime de Nanclas, COO and co-founder of Mobeewave. "By combining RFID technology with mobile contactless payment acceptance, we’ll be offering cashless services that make every attendee feel like a VIP."
Tried and tested
Before the official launch at SXSW, Connect&GO and Mobeewave performed a number of trials of the new cashless payment service at evenko events in Montreal, working closely with industry leader Global Payments to enable payment acceptance. Following the virtually seamless integration, the three companies are now ready to offer this innovative service at major events around the world.