PayPal Beacon: USB stick for contactless payments




PayPal has presented an unassuming USB stick that’s up big. Dealers can easily connect this to a power source to enable contactless payments via PayPal app. This is realized via a Bluetooth LE connection. The drive detects if a PayPal app users nearby, and the sales staff shows a picture of the user. Short verbally confirm that you would like to pay and go.

Fear of unauthorized charges, however, one must not have, if you want to choose different forms of confirmation in the app. Also you can make for certain transactions probably invisibly, and select shops where you want to be recognized. Early next year, the system can be used over a large area, some developers already use stick and API to present the customer as soon as a new shopping experience.

My opinion: PayPal here shows a good approach for mobile payment. For the user, and the shops easy to use and technically equipped with a technology – is used almost everywhere – in contrast to NFC. It will be interesting how Apple’s payment system is (probably even without NFC) look. If there are no large targets, such a system may become established very quickly. Exciting thing, even if PayPal Beacon will probably only once not used in Germany.
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