SBI Ripple Asia, a subsidiary of Japanese financial giant SBI Holdings, has launched a "demonstration test" of in-store payments using its Money Tap app before a planned full launch of the new service.
The demo trial will see the money transfer app, which uses Ripple's xCurrent payments product, used for live payments at affiliated merchants and kicks off at a restaurant at SBI Group's headquarters in Roppongi, Tokyo.
The effort is aimed to gauge customer experiences with the app before a public launch "within the year," the firm said Thursday
SBI said that using the app for in-store payments will bring about a "merchant settlement service that combines convenience and security."
Now available for both iOS and Android devices, the product allows funds to be sent using just recipients' telephone numbers or a QR code, and utilizes devices biometric log-in features, such as fingerprint scanning, for security.
Early in May, Ripple added, Yoshitaka Kitao, president, representative director and CEO of SBI Holdings, to its board.
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