ComBank’s Flash and PickMe collaborate to offer contactless payment | Sunday Observer

ComBank’s Flash and PickMe collaborate to offer contactless payment

Commercial Bank’s Head of Digital Banking Pradeep Banduwansa (fourth from right) and PickMe Chief Operating Officer Isira Perera exchange the agreement in the presence of s Sanjiv Alles and Mufaddal Lukmanjee, Directors of Digital Payment Systems Pvt Ltd. (second and third from left), Shifaz Riyaz, Chief Financial Officer of PickMe (fourth from left) and other representatives of PickMe and Commercial Bank’s Digital Banking Unit.

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced that its ‘Flash’ digital account holders can now pay digitally for their rides with taxi service PickMe thanks to a convenient QR code upgrade that minimises contact with the driver.

This touch-less and cash-less payment option is made possible by the Bank’s recent partnership with PickMe and the ensuing integration of the respective apps of the two organizations leading to the generation and acceptance dynamic EMV-compliant QR codes.

The process is both simple and safe for the Flash app user and PickMe driver alike. After each taxi ride, a dynamic QR code will be generated on the PickMe app on the mobile device of the driver.

The passenger only has to open his or her Flash account application on the phone, click on the QR-Pay option on the app’s home screen, and scan the QR code generated on the driver’s app to instantly settle the taxi fare.

Commenting on the launch of this facility, Commercial Bank’s Head of Digital Banking Pradeep Banduwansa said, “As a technology driven bank, the Commercial Bank of Ceylon consistently seeks to break new ground in providing customers the most convenient, secure, efficient and user-friendly services. Our partnership with PickMe is timely at this point when the country is slowly opening up for operations and people are looking for safe options to get about their daily lives. With this touch-less payment option we hope to make commuting a little more convenient and safe for our customers.”

Isira Perera, Chief Operating Officer of PickMe said: “PickMe was one of the first businesses in the country that rose to the occasion during the lockdown to deliver essential goodsand services to the doorsteps of people island-wide.

With this partnership with Commercial Bank of Ceylon we are further enhancing the relevance of our service, not just by offering convenience to the customer but also by ensuring safety via contactless payments to our Driver Partners and Customers.We are looking forward to seeing this payment option growin popularity.”

In order to better service the needs of its customers during the recent lockdown,the Commercial Bank of Ceylon addeda QR Payment module that enables Flash account users to scan a Lanka QR code of any merchant to make payments direct from the account to the merchant for goods or services purchased.F

acilitated by Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd., the Lanka QR code is a national standard introduced by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for local currency payments through mobile phones.