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Mobile Payments

Cellum to launch mobile payment services in Bulgarian subway

Friday 21 June 2013 | 07:01 AM CET

Mobile network operator Vivacom and mobile payments applications developer Cellum Bulgaria have held a joint demonstration of a technology for purchasing and using e-tickets via mobile phones on Bulgarian subway lines.

The mobile payment solution is based on QR codes and can be implemented in the next 7-12 months.

In December 2012, Cellum Group has launched its mobile payment solution in Bulgaria, named CellumPay. The e-ticketing service will be integrated into CellumPay, thus users will be able to purchase subway tickets through the application.

CellumPay turns smartphones into mobile wallets. After downloading the application, users can register their bank cards in the system and use it to top up prepaid phone cards, pay utility bills and purchase goods over the internet.

When purchasing a single ticket, one QR code is generated and, accordingly, when purchasing ten, ten different QR codes are generated. The ticket validation is done at entrance gates by dedicated scanners. Each e-ticket can be used only once and after validation it becomes invalid. Information in the generated QR codes is encrypted and highly secure.

CellumPay services include: mobile bill payments, taxi fares, making donations to charities using QR codes, top-up, e-ticketing and other.

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