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Samsung Buys Digital Wallet Platform LoopPay

Clock 19 February 2015
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Samsung is acquiring LoopPay, a mobile wallet solutions provider that turns existing magnetic stripe readers into secure, contactless receivers to strengthen the company’s overall efforts to provide users with seamless, safe, and reliable mobile wallet solutions. LoopPay’s technology has the potential to work in approximately 90% of existing point-of-sale (POS) terminals, according to internal research, with no investment in new infrastructure required by merchants. The investment, which was facilitated by Samsung’s Global Innovation Center, is aimed at fueling LoopPay’s Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology development.

As part of the acquisition, LoopPay founders and veteran payment industry entrepreneurs Will Graylin and George Wallner will work closely with Samsung’s Mobile Division. According to Samsung, LoopPay’s talent and technology, paired with it’s world leading mobile technology, global presence, and distribution capabilities will help drive the next wave of innovation in the digital smart wallet. Samsung has an existing relationship with LoopPay, having first identified the potential for the pioneering technology when it became a strategic investor along with Visa and Synchrony Financial. 

JK Shin, President and Head of IT and Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics
This acquisition accelerates our vision to drive and lead innovation in the world of mobile commerce. Our goal has always been to build the smartest, most secure, user-friendly mobile wallet experience, and we are delighted to welcome LoopPay to take us closer to this goal.

Will Graylin, CEO, LoopPay
LoopPay is focused on delivering a digital wallet solution that is dependable for consumers around the world, one that provides more value from card issuers and the merchants that serve them. We are excited to join the Samsung family to continue our goal of making smartphones trusted, secure smart wallets and unlock the limitless possibilities of mobile enabled commerce.

Ray is The Fast Mode's editor and content director. Ray has covered the wireless industry as a writer for more than 10 years, focusing on technology and business aspects of the telecoms sector. Ray can be reached at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com. Follow Ray at linkedin.com/in/raysharma10

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