The banking and payments industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation owing to ever-changing consumer expectations. The rapid technological developments in the areas of banking and payments that aim to offer seamless experience to consumers are now becoming even more vital for industry participants as competitors leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and embedded finance as they compete to stay relevant and grow in the market. In the last three years alone, there have been over 92,000 patents filed and granted in the banking industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Internet of Things in Banking: sensor-integrated PoS terminals.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
60+ innovations will shape the banking industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the banking industry using innovation intensity models built on over 195,000 patents, there are 60+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Automated toll payments, payment actuated vending, and contactless card scanners are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are near field communication (NFC) payments and contactless payments, which are now well established in the industry.
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Sensor-integrated POS terminals is a key innovation area in Internet of Things
Sensor-integrated POS terminals refer to point-of-sale systems that are equipped with various sensors such as barcode scanners, RFID readers, touchscreens, and biometric scanners to improve the checkout process, inventory management, and customer experience in industries such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 50 companies, spanning technology vendors, established banking companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of sensor-integrated POS terminals.
Key players in sensor-integrated POS terminals – a disruptive innovation in the banking industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to sensor-integrated POS terminals
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Mastercard is a key patent filer in the field of sensor-integrated POS terminals. The company has filed several patents related to enhanced device interaction for contactless point-of-sale processing, touch screen system and methods for multiple contactless payments, and automated visual retail product recognition. Some other key patent filers in the sensor-integrated POS terminals industry are JPMorgan Chase and Visa.
In terms of application diversity, Angel Playing Cards leads the pack. Nio and Metrologic Instruments stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Intel holds the top position, followed by Samsung and Angel Playing Cards.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the banking industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things (IoT) in Banking.