Zapp mobile m-payments platform partners with Oracle for tech provision

17 July 2013

Zapp, the UK mobile m-commerce, loyalty, payment, online and in-store offering that VocaLink unveiled last month, is giving more detail about the technology stack behind the new launch next year, after revealing that Oracle will provide the software and hardware stack.

The strategic partnership between Zapp, which the owners VocaLink say has already attracted interest from stakeholders at financial institutions (FIs), merchants, acquirers, billers and telcos, and Oracle means that the technology platform for the new launch is now clear.

The Zapp web, application and database servers will run on Oracle x86 servers and Sparc hardware, with the software behind the Zapp mobile payment eco-system being built on Oracle’s Database, WebLogic offering, Enterprise Service Bus, GoldenGate and Data Integration technologies.

These technologies will provide the backbone for the construction of the Zapp mobile transaction processing engine, with appropriate encryption offering security combined with data analytics software that will help customer tracking and the operation of loyalty and reward schemes.

Commenting on the technology partnership, Peter Keenan, chief executive of Zapp, said: “Ensuring secure and reliable payments for millions of UK consumers, FIs and retailers is the foundation of Zapp. Our strategic alliance with Oracle allows us to bring real-time payments to UK consumers through their existing bank account and their mobile phone in 2014.”

According to Dermot O Kelly, senior vice president and UK country manager at Oracle, the firm is delighted to be a part of the co-operative effort and “looking forward to using our expertise to deliver Zapp into the market in 2014”.

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