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May 7, 2014updated 04 Apr 2017 4:07pm

Capita opens up to Pingit, hints at possibility of further mobile payment options to come

UK-based Capita has added Barclays' Pingit mobile payments app to its payment options, allowing its clients to receive Pingit payments from their customers.

By Billy Bambrough

UK-based Capita has added Barclays’ Pingit mobile payments app to its payment options, allowing its clients to receive Pingit payments from their customers.

Customers will be able to pay council tax, rent or waste collection bills, although there is no set timeline for when the Pingit option will be available as it is up to the client to include it if they want to.

Students will also be able to pay for various services such as course fees, exam re-sits, trips and accommodations.To pay the bills customers must scan the QR code on the bill through their phones or tablets. Customers not having QR code on bills can pay their bills through the app.

The mobile payments market has become much more crowded over the last 12 months with the likes of the UK’s Zapp, Hong Kong based Znap, and US Clinkle wade into the mobile space.

Jon Peart, Capita software service business payments director, said that Capital is open to allowing Pingit competitors precious space alongside Pingit if there is demand.

Half of all UK adults now have a smartphone and almost half of UK households are set to own tablets by the end of 2014."It is important that we provide our clients with payment solutions that allow their customers to make payments in the way they want to. Adding Pingit to our range of mobile payment solutions was an obvious choice for us and we look forward to rolling out additional functionality later this year," Peart added.

According to Peart the companies pre-existing relationship with Pingit owner Barclays was a key factor in the decision to go with the m-payments app.

Barclays mobile solutions specialists head, Milon Veasey, said, "Capita has always been at the forefront of innovation in payments, by recognising that both its clients and their customers value choice when it comes to payment options. It has developed secure and easy to use mobile payment solutions, and by adding Pingit to its offering, is able to provide an additional way for consumers to make payments securely."

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