A new software development kit (SDK) has been launched by MasterCard to help developers build Android and BlackBerry apps more easily using its PayPass contactless technology, which relies on near field communication (NFC) functionality.
The free to license, globally available user interface SDK is targeted at card issuers, mobile network operators (MNOs) and third party developers. Many of the latter are keen to build contactless payments-related apps in what is a growing market and MasterCard is naturally keen to support them as it bids for geographical reach and customer uptake of contactless payments.
Specialised skills were previously required to develop applications to interface with the NFC capabilities of the PayPass reader terminals and associated technology, but with the new SDK this won’t be the case anymore. The toolkit includes application programming interface (API) code libraries; API specification documentation; a developer guide; sample UI app code; and white label functionality so that financial institution users can use their own brand.