The FINANCIAL -- Visa Inc. announced on August 5, the opening of a new technology development center in Bangalore, India, that will play a central role in the company’s efforts to accelerate digital commerce globally. As part of the opening ceremonies, Visa announced mVisa, a new mobile payment service that will be tested this summer with merchants across the Bangalore region and with customers of Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and SBI (State Bank of India).
Visa’s new 100,000 square feet technology center is part of the Bagamne World Technology Center, a 70-acre campus in the heart of India’s IT corridor. The center is a combination of office and collaboration spaces that will be the home for 1,000 Visa developers. This team is tasked with making it easy for application developers to access Visa’s 400 payment products and services in order to build their own payment experiences that can work across a broad range of connected devices. This center is one of several facilities planned by Visa in the U.S. and Asia, and is part of a global strategy to transform Visa’s global processing network into an open commerce platform, according to Visa.
“India has fast become one of the world’s most important technology epicentres with an incredible pool of technology talent,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc. “Our new center in Bangalore, which complements others planned for Singapore and the U.S., will help Visa to accelerate the development of next generation payment solutions that enable secure, digital commerce through connected devices like mobile phones, PCs, tablets and even cars.”
Consumer purchase behaviors are changing dramatically with the use of mobile phones and other connected devices that embed the ability to shop and pay into consumer’s daily lives. According to a recent report by Juniper Research, worldwide mobile payment transaction volume, including all payments made via a mobile phone and tablet, is projected to reach $3.27 trillion by 2018.1 Also purchases made via tablet or smartphone increased 48 percent in 2014 – that is three times the growth in desktop purchasing.2
Visa Stepping Up Technology Development
Visa developers have created a new payment service, mVisa, which brings the benefits of secure digital commerce to financial institutions, merchants and consumers in emerging markets. The new service will be tested in India later this year with select customers of Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and SBI, and with merchants across the greater Bangalore region. With mVisa, consumers can make cardless purchases, pay bills and send money to friends and family members.
“For the past 50 years, access to Visa’s technology environment was tightly controlled and available only to developers at financial institutions and merchants – a strategy that helped drive the migration from cash to electronic commerce in a secure manner,” said Rajat Taneja, EVP of technology at Visa Inc. “Today, as commerce shifts to digital environments where consumers can make secure purchases using mobile devices, it is critical that we open up Visa’s network and make it easier for developers globally to access our payment platform – making secure Visa payments a standard feature of mobile applications.”