Visa has opened developer access to the beta of its digital wallet service, for building online payment applications.
Visa said its V.me platform will provide Visa and non-Visa customers with a secure online point-of-sale (POS), which can be accessed via PC, tablet and mobile devices as part of a digital wallet service.
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Jennifer Schulz, head of global product strategy, innovation and e-commerce at Visa, said in a blog post: “We know developers will play an important role in accelerating adoption of and support for innovative applications using V.me, so one of our first steps in rolling out V.me is today’s launch of an open beta developer programme designed initially for online payment applications.”
The V.me service will also provide users with transaction alerts and personalised offers.
Via Visa’s developer centre, beta access gives developers access to APIs (application programming interfaces), a sand-boxed environment and documentation to build applications and ecommerce stores that utilise Visa’s V.me digital wallet service.
“We are taking important steps toward delivering a digital wallet that meets Visa’s standards for a payments experience that is convenient, secure and reliable,” added Schulz.
The invitation-only V.me beta will be available in US and Canada. Visa plans to release V.me in early 2012.