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NPCI & SBI Payments partner to launch RuPay SoftPoS

Aims to stimulate digital payment acceptance among millions of Indian MSMEs

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NEW DELHI: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has partnered with SBI Payments to announce the launch of RuPay SoftPoS for millions of Indian merchants. This innovative solution has the capability to transform NFC enabled smartphones into merchant point of sale (PoS) terminals for the retailers. Merchants will now be able to accept contactless payments of up to Rs 5,000 through a simple tap and pay mechanism on their smartphones.

RuPay SoftPoS will provide cost effective acceptance infrastructure to retailers at nominal cost. This unique phenomenon would be able to proliferate digital payment acceptance among millions of underserved Indian MSMEs. Merchants can convert their existing android smartphone devices into a payment terminal by simply downloading a supported app. This solution will revolutionise the way micro and small merchants receive payments and create a demarcated shift in their tendency to deal in cash to accepting secure, contactless digital payments instead.

The RuPay SoftPoS is convenient and creates a superior transaction experience. Once the contactless menu is chosen, an appropriate amount is entered (< Rs 5000). The RuPay card can then be tapped on the merchant’s mobile making these transactions instantaneously. As soon as the transaction is approved, the receipt of successful transaction is generated real time. This facility can be used on NCMC cards and RuPay tokenised card on mobile/ wearable to make payments in a secure and time efficient manner. The RuPay SoftPoS solution benefits the merchants and customers alike – it creates a smart and user-friendly acceptance infrastructure for merchants; whereas encourages the customers to make secure, contactless payments.

Giri Kumar Nair, MD & CEO SBI Payments said, “SBI Payments is working closely with NPCI to support the government’s Digital India initiative enabling small and medium merchants in semi urban and rural centres. We are also enabling NCMC cards on our terminals to improve consumer experience and the RBI announcement allowing up to Rs 5000 transaction through tap and go facility has further enhanced our ability to reach out to a wider number of merchant categories. There is also a special focus on north-eastern states onboarding merchants on asset light model enabling QR and tap on phone form factors.

NPCI COO Praveena Rai said, “We are delighted to partner with SBI to launch the RuPay SoftPoS solution aimed at creating an innovative payment solution for Indian MSMEs which forms the backbone of our economy. It is our endeavour to ensure that merchants from various geographies of the nation are onboarded into the ecosystem in order to deepen the penetration of digital acceptance infrastructure in the country. It is our belief that this is a step in the right direction of financial inclusivity as RuPay SoftPoS can provide an impetus to the digital on-boarding of merchants across the length and breadth of the country."

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