Payments Fintech ACI Worldwide, MagicCube to Deliver Tap to Pay Acceptance for Retailers

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a global firm focused on mission-critical, real-time payments, has teamed up with MagicCube, the creator of i-Accept, in order “to deliver secure and seamless contactless payments on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphones and tablets using Tap to Pay—with or without PIN.”

The solution will “provide mid-size and large retailers operating in complex environments with device-agnostic control and visibility of transaction data.”

This comes on the heels of MagicCube’s announcement “extending its platform to big-box retailers.”

ACI is focused on supporting ‘the security capabilities of their solutions, and [their team claims they] did rigorous testing before certifying MagicCube on our platform.”

Among the new ACI capabilities powered by i-Accept “are multi-acquirer and multi-merchant support from one platform and direct integration into complex systems with no impact on Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard scope or certification.”

The solution also “offers flexible management of acceptance rules across numerous geographies and message translation across different standards.”

Basant Singh, head of ACI Worldwide’s merchant segment, said:

“We are proud to launch our partnership with MagicCube to expand their industry-leading offering for growth beyond traditional and legacy payment terminals. ACI’s Payments Orchestration Platform gives thousands of merchants and payment service providers globally the tools and technology to increase conversion rates and grow their business by making payments part of a smooth, seamless, and secure customer journey.”

i-Accept empowers financial services institutions “to enable large merchants and retailers to accept contactless transactions through payment cards and mobile wallets such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.”

Uniquely, i-Accept “adapts to local card schemes and crypto wallets and supports Buy Now, Pay Later programs.” It also “allows for secure PIN capture on a COTS device screen without the need to scramble or shuffle the PIN entry device keys, making the transaction experience intuitive and efficient for the customer.”

Sam Shawki, CEO and cofounder of MagicCube, said:

“We are excited to extend a cutting-edge, truly secure, and scalable payment acceptance experience to thousands of merchants in the ACI network around the globe. i-Accept takes the complexity out of moving the checkout experience beyond the cashier’s desk and enables merchants of all sizes—even the largest ones, with sophisticated backends and compliance needs—to offer better shopping experiences to their customers with seamless Tap to Pay on any smart device, including phones, tablets, and touch screens”.

Singh added:

“ACI prides itself on the security and capabilities of our solutions, so our team did rigorous testing before certifying MagicCube on our platform. The inclusion of i-Accept within ACI’s Payments Orchestration Platform gives merchants of any size, including Tier 1, the capability and freedom to securely transact beyond the standard register—meeting consumers where and when they want to make purchases.” 

MagicCube and ACI will both be “exhibiting at ETA Transact, April 24-28, in Atlanta, promoting this partnership in booths #1717 and #809, respectively.”

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