This Indian Bank Brings the Nation’s First Contactless Payment Card

ICICI Bank, one of India’s largest private sector bank, announced the launch of the country’s first ‘contactless’ debit and credit cards, enabling its customers to make electronic payments by just waving the cards near the merchant terminal in lieu of dipping or swiping them. These cards are based on the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which provides customers the improved convenience of speed as these cards require significantly less time than traditional cards to complete a transaction alongwith enhanced security as they remain in control of the customer.

The Bank's 'Coral Contactless Credit Card’ and ‘Expressions Wave Debit Card’ are powered by 'MasterCard contactless' and ‘Visa payWave' technologies, respectively.

The Bank has introduced these cards in select cities to begin with. Over 1200 EDC machines capable of accepting contactless payments have been set-up across merchants in these cities. The merchants include quick service restaurants, coffee shops, shopping marts and fuel stations where fast transactions are much required. The Bank plans to shortly extend this facility to other cities as well.

The 'ICICI Bank Coral Contactless Credit Card' offers the following benefits:

  • 2X reward points on dining, groceries and at supermarkets
  • Dining offers at more than 800 restaurants
  • Complimentary access to airport lounges
  • Fuel surcharge waiver at select fuel outlets

The 'ICICI Bank Expressions Wave Debit Card' also comes with a host of attractive benefits including:

  • Dining offers at more than 800 restaurants
  • Complimentary access to airport lounges
  • Fuel surcharge waiver at select outlets
  • Joining benefits through vouchers from a known retail brand
  • Free accident insurance and purchase protection
  • Option to personalise the card by choosing an image from a gallery of more than 150 images on the Bank’s website or by uploading their own picture

Both the contactless credit and debit cards can be used as regular cards at all MasterCard/Visa enabled merchant terminals, even those which are not enabled for contactless transactions.

ICICI Bank services its large customer base through a multi-channel delivery network of 3815 branches - the largest branch network among private sector banks in the country, 11,739 ATMs, call center, internet banking, mobile banking and social media banking.

Speaking at the launch, Rajiv Sabharwal, Executive Director, ICICI Bank said, 'We have always leveraged technology to introduce digital innovations and bring forth world-class banking experience to our customers. Many of these were firsts in the industry like Internet, Mobile, Tab and Touch banking among others. We are delighted to partner with MasterCard and Visa to introduce the country's first credit and debit card enabled with the contactless payment technology. We expect this to be a big game changer in the Indian payment industry. The key advantages of these cards are speed and security. The speed of transactions will add momentum to high value payments. At the same time, it will herald a shift from low value cash payments to cards thereby bringing payments in quick service restaurants and shopping marts too under the formal channel. Also, the level of security is higher since the card doesn't leave the customer during the transaction process.'