MYPINPAD, a specialist in secure personal authentication solutions, has expanded its offering into Australia following certification from the Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet), the self-regulatory body for Australian payments. 

Australian payment regulations stipulate that all new card-acceptance technology must undergo an evaluation to assess the security, integrity and network operability and be approved by AusPayNet prior to market deployment. 

The news means that the firm has become the first Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) Contactless Payments on Commercial off-the-shelf (CPoC) Solution to attain approval for Australia.

Morten Hofstad, Head of APAC at MYPINPAD, commented: “As the first provider in the world to be globally certified by PCI to accept payments on smart devices without additional hardware, we’re delighted to mark another milestone by being the first to be certified in the incredibly dynamic Australian market.

“The APAC region is a hub of innovation for payments and we’re thrilled to gain certification from AusPayNet. We are about to unlock opportunities in seamless payments and customer experience for thousands of merchants in the region and have our first six deployments lined up to go live this year, and we look forward to many more in 2022.”

It marks a significant step in mobile payment acceptance for Australia  with it enhancing the mobile-focus of payments in the region. 

As of December 2020, Australia had 923,691 active POS terminals, a slight decrease from the same time in 2019. This decrease, however, was caused primarily by the impact of COVID-19 lockdown, making many terminals inactive. With MYPINPAD set to deploy its contactless (CPoC) solution across Australia, this number is expected to increase.  

MYPINPAD was the first company globally to have its CPoC solution certified by the PCI SSC.