Of Special Interest
12th August 2011
NCR Bill Pay Kiosks
NCR launched the NCR SelfServ™ Bill Pay Kiosk this week in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. It states:".. the hardware, software and managed services payment solution with SIM card dispensing is designed to meet the needs of fast-growing telecoms companies".
The kiosks are designed both to exist inside a network provider store or located in shopping malls, airports or railway stations. NCR suggest in store it can allow self service for regular activities such as purchase of SIM cards, top up pre-paid mobiles and pay bills by cash, credit or debit card leaving staff to deal with more complex, and higher value transactions. In other locations it allows 24/7 access for customers.
The kiosks are capable of being programmed to meet legislation in different countries, such as the need in some countries to have identity confirmed before a sim card can be provided.
As well as an interesting diversification for a major producer of ATMs the wider significance is the further blurring of the distinction between mobile network operators and traditional banks in some areas of financial payments.