Three companies â wearable s provider FitPay, semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronic (ST), and software firm G&D â have teamed up to create a product that will make it easier for wearable manufacturers to incorporate secure payments, according to an ST press release.
The product includes an operating system from G&D, payment app software from FitPay, and hardware, all of which are integrated around an ST chip. The solution is meant to help device manufacturers develop integrated tokenized payments from major players, according to the release.
The move could help wearable-based payments become more popular. Adults in major markets like wearable payments â 61% of Apple Watch owners used their smartwatch to make payments, for example. A product like the one these firms are launching could make it easier for manufacturers offer these services to consumers, which might be key in getting adoption.
That could help payment functionality, which BI Intelligence forecasts will be included in 62% of wearable-device shipments by 2020, become more common among wearables. And as the wearables market is on the decline, it could give more manufacturers access to a tool that might convince consumers to buy their offering.
The rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) offers payments companies an opportunity to expand beyond mobile phones, cards, and point-of-sale devices, to a broad and diverse ecosystem of internet-connected devices.
We forecast that there will be 24 billion connected devices installed globally by 2020, up from nearly 7 billion today. And over 5 billion will be consumer connected devices by 2020, representing a massive expansion of touchpoints that could eventually offer payments functionality.
BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report that dives into the budding industry of connected device payments, providing a rundown of the stakeholders driving innovation in wearables, connected cars, and connected home devices. It also gauges the impact of new payment devices on different payments companies, along with how these devices could shift consumer purchasing behavior.
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