Six firms complete ‘Test Phase’ in the first cohort on ‘Retail Payments': RBI

The products were evaluated based on mutually agreed test scenarios and expected outcomes.

Sep 14, 2021 01:09 IST India Infoline News Service

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that in the First Cohort under the Regulatory Sandbox with ‘Retail Payments’ as its theme, six entities commenced testing of their products.

These companies and their products were -

1. Nucleus Software Exports - PaySe is an offline digital cash product that proposes to help in the digitisation of payments in rural areas, starting with Self Help Groups (SHG), through an offline payment solution and a digitised SHG-centered ecosystem. It uses NFC or Bluetooth Low energy protocol for secure wireless offline payment mode where no other connectivity is required at the time of the customer transaction at the merchant location.

2. Tap Smart Data Information Services - 'Citycash’, a set of NFC based Prepaid cards and NFC enabled Point of Sale (PoS) device to facilitate offline Person-to-Merchant (P2M) transactions. The card can be used as a travel pass and wallet to pay in offline mode for the purchase of bus tickets as well as payment at select merchants.

3. Natural Support Consultancy Services - The product ‘IND-e-Cash’ (earlier named ‘eRupaya’), is a set of Near-Field Communication (NFC) based Prepaid card and NFC enabled Point of Sale (PoS) devices, to facilitate offline P2M transactions and offline digital payments in remote locations.

4. Naffa Innovations - The product is an offline, feature phone-based payment solution for P2M transactions over ‘sound medium’ by establishing a secure channel for data transfer over Interactive Voice Response (IVR) between devices. The product enables contactless payment even without the internet.

5. Ubona Technologies  - The voice-based UPI payment solution facilitates offline Person-to-Person (P2P) and P2M transactions using mobile phones including feature phones. The product also offers the convenience of a preferred Indian language to the customer through IVR, making the adoption of digital transactions user friendly.

6. Eroute Technologies - The product is UPI based offline payment solution using a SIM overlay smartcard placed on the SIM to drive SIM Tool Kit (STK) menu-based user interface to facilitate P2P/P2M transactions. This product offers a payment solution to non-internet connected feature phone users.

According to RBI, the aforesaid entities have now exited the First Cohort of the Regulatory Sandbox on ‘Retail Payments’. The products found acceptable under this Cohort may be considered for adoption by Regulated Entities subject to compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.

The products were evaluated based on mutually agreed test scenarios and expected outcomes. All the products have been found viable within the boundary conditions defined during testing under Regulatory Sandbox.

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