14 October 2003
The advantages of paying by mobile phone are obvious - there is no need to search for change or to use larger notes or credit cards. People usually have their mobile phone on them - and it is ideally suited to paying smaller amounts. Swisscom Mobile provides companies which have POS (point-of-sale) terminals with the infrastructure required to use cashless payment by mobile for other things such as drinks machines.
End customers will find the service easy to use, as demonstrated here using the Bahnhofsparking Lucerne as an example: Before departure, the ticket is inserted into one of the two payment machines being used for the pilot trial. The parking fee is paid by entering a code into the user's mobile and confirming it by hitting the Send button. NATEL® customers then receive an SMS receipt, and the relevant amount is charged to their next mobile phone bill or debited from their calling credit (in the case of NATEL® easy). The service is available to all Swisscom Mobile customers and costs the parking fee plus a supplement of CHF 0.25.
With the "POS automation for vending machine operators" service, Swisscom Mobile has taken up a pioneering role in the area of m-payment. Swisscom Mobile's partners benefit from a high level of network and service availability, secure payment processing and a reduction in the amount of time they have to spend dealing with cash.
The pilot trial in Bahnhofsparking P1+2 in Lucerne will last around six months, after which the operators will decide whether payment by mobile phone should be made available in other locations as well. Swisscom Mobile's partners in the current pilot trial are Bucher Bewirtschaftungssysteme, Tiefgarage Bahnhofplatz AG, Ballmoos (vending machine manufacturer) und Smarcom (module software).
Berne, 14 October 2003