The delay of the Isis mobile wallet may not be a good sign for adoption of mobile payments, but the technology behind Isis is already out in the wild. Micros, a partner of the mobile-wallet venture, has started using the Isis SmartTap software in its point-of-service systems.
Deployed at 10 checkout lanes at an Amarak restaurant in Basking Ridge, N.J., customers can use mobile devices with near field communication (NFC) technology to make purchases by either tapping or waving their devices at a payment terminal. That cafeteria, as it happens, is located in Verizon’s corporate headquarters. (Verizon is member of the Isis consortium.)
However, other consumers still have to wait to use the Isis mobile wallet.
Backed by the three largest U.S. mobile carriers AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, Isis was originally planned to start a pilot test in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah by the end of the summer. Last month, Isis announced that the project is delayed until further notice.
It is unclear why Isis is being delayed.
“We are currently focused on building a comprehensive mobile commerce experience in Isis’ two launch markets, Austin and Salt Lake City,” Jaymee Johnson, head of marketing at Isis, told Mobile Commerce Daily. “Deployments outside of these markets are primarily driven by partners, like Micros.”
Meanwhile, Google’s NFC-based mobile wallet is tackling adoption hurdles with a new system to accept all debit and credit cards.
Despite the postponed launch, Isis is still expanding its commerce platform. A week after announcing its delay, Isis locked in an agreement with a vending-machine service provider, USA Technologies, to offer NFC-based transactions at up to 7,500 vending machines. Consumers will be able to pay for purchase at vending machines with the Isis mobile wallet, as they would at a retail location.