Traditional commerce is no longer the only piece in the payments puzzle. Innovation in payments is happening so quickly that it’s hard to imagine how all of these emerging technologies are going to work together – or will one technology dominate? Which way will the industry go? Will cloud-based payments take over, or will secure-element based payments remain the standard?
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a whirlwind of new technologies hit the market, especially for contactless and mobile payment schemes. EMV, HCE, BLE, and NFC are all vying for their place in our wallets, and each of them is useful and important in their own right.
Each has its place within a particular use-case: from BLE enabling an interactive check-in experience, to NFC offering a seamless and secure check-out, to HCE bringing enhanced loyalty and couponing. With all of the considerations, it quickly becomes apparent that there is not just one path for advanced payment. Each form brings its own unique benefits and challenges, which is why having a multi-faceted strategy is a good way to ensure you remain at the forefront of technological developments.
My colleague and frequent blogger, Philippe Benitez, recently presented what has been coined the “Payments Theory of Everything,” which gives his view of how the prominent emerging payment technologies are interconnected in the payments ecosystem. Philippe brings to light the benefits of each one and paints an interesting and comprehensive picture of a payments world where EMV, NFC, HCE, BLE, etc. fit together.
To see the complete “Payments Theory of Everything,” you can watch an archived version of the webinar here: