Worldline, the European specialists in payment and transactional services, has announced a strategic cooperation with Unwire. 

By partnering with the Danish Fintech and Mobility as a Service company, the firm has underlined its ambitions to accelerate innovative digital payment technology in transportation.

The partnership will broaden Worldline’s Mobility as a Service (MaaS) capabilities across the UK and Ireland as well as the rest of Europe.

James Bain, Chief Executive Officer UK&I at Worldline, commented: “We already have a strong working partnership with Unwire which participated in our e-Payments Challenge last year and performed extremely well on that occasion with the capability to deliver into the Mass Transit market. 

“At Worldline, we see Transport as the next major merchant market where ticketing will quickly be replaced by payments. Combining our resources was the logical next step, allowing Unwire to benefit from our payment expertise whilst we benefit from Unwire’s MaaS expertise and are very excited to be working with the team.”

Based in Copenhagen, Unwire develops and operates mobile platforms used by leading transportation companies, merchants and financial institutions around the world. 

The strategic partnership will enable Worldline to combine its existing payment capabilities with Unwire’s multi-modal journey planning expertise to provide public transport users with access to plan, book, and pay for their journeys through a dedicated app on their smartphones.

Jesper Thor Rasmussen, Chief Executive Officer at Unwire, added: “Participating in the e-Payments Challenge last year was an incredible experience for us and we are grateful for the continued partnership we have established with Worldline. It has been a great journey collaborating with the experts, combining our expertise and solutions to deliver innovative mobile solutions to the market and keep pace with the evolution of customer needs.”

Furthermore, the partnership comes as the digitalisation of transport payments grows exponentially due to the pandemic as more consumers are moving further towards contactless payments.