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 is now becoming even more vital for industry participants as competitors leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and embedded finance 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 Innovation in Banking: point-of-sale terminals. Buy the report here.

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.

Within the emerging innovation stage, transaction-enabling smart contracts is a disruptive technology that is in the early stage of application and should be tracked closely. Distributed ledger network, BNPL payment protocols, and virtual banking assistant are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are IM trading platforms and in-app payments, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the banking industry

Point-of-sale terminals is a key innovation area in banking

A point-of-sale terminal is an electronic device used to process payments at the time of purchase in various forms, including credit/debit cards. It also provides additional features like printing receipts, inventory management, and sales data tracking. It has become popular due to its convenience and efficiency in processing payments, reducing the need for manual transactions and handling cash.

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 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established banking companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of point-of-sale terminals.

Key players in point-of-sale 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 point-of-sale terminals

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Intel 174 Unlock Company Profile
DeviceFidelity 106 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 81 Unlock Company Profile
Metrologic Instruments 37 Unlock Company Profile
Extreme Networks 25 Unlock Company Profile
Digimarc 17 Unlock Company Profile
Honeywell International 16 Unlock Company Profile
Walmart 16 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 15 Unlock Company Profile
NXP Semiconductors 12 Unlock Company Profile
Hydra 10 Unlock Company Profile
ZTE 9 Unlock Company Profile
NCR 8 Unlock Company Profile
JPMorgan Chase 7 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 7 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 6 Unlock Company Profile
Worldline 6 Unlock Company Profile
Morgan Stanley 6 Unlock Company Profile
Thales 6 Unlock Company Profile
Maruka Machinery 5 Unlock Company Profile
Legend Holdings 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

DeviceFidelity is a key patent filer in the field of POS terminals. The company has filed several patents related to magnetically coupled antennas to enhance receptivity and/or reading range of radio frequency (RF) transaction devices, switching antennas of transaction cards, switching between near-field communication systems, and executing reader applications. Some other key patent filers in the POS terminals industry are JPMorgan Chase and Worldline.

In terms of application diversity, Intel leads the pack. Maruka Machinery and Digimarc stood in the second and third positions respectively. By means of geographic reach, Thales holds the top position followed by Intel and Nokia.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the banking industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Banking.

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GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article. 

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.