Mobile payments to take off with new series of standards

07-06-2016 It is not so long ago that a mobile phone was used to make phone calls. These days, it is used for everything from navigating our way through the streets to paying our bills and managing our bank accounts. Mobile payments and banking are one of the fastest-growing areas of mobile use, but in order for the functions to work across the many platforms involved, harmonized processes and transparency are key. A new series of standards in development aims to offer just that.

Mobile devices have come a long way since they first entered our lives all those years ago. In terms of banking functions alone, we can now open bank accounts, review our transaction history, transfer money to other people, pay for purchases in-store or via the Internet, and even pay our taxes with our telephones. Technology in this area is exploding as fast as people are starting to use the functionality, and with so many different parties involved, it is clear that an agreed interface between the various devices and payment systems is essential.

ISO 12812

The ISO 12812 series of standards and technical specifications aims to define common terms and requirements that allow for wider and more advanced interoperability. Its various parts define the technical components and their interfaces and the roles of the different parties involved.

The series is being developed by working group 10 of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 68/SC 7 for core banking services, whose secretariat is held by AFNOR, ISO's member in France.

The Chair of ISO/TC 68/SC 7, Patrice Hertzog, said increased security of transactions will be just one of the many benefits of the standards once they are in use.

More information

If you want to know more about the ISO 12812 series, contact consultant Jan Rietveld, phone +31 15 2 690 376 or e-mail You can read the whole artickle about the ISO 12812 series here.

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