Optimal Payments has partnered with Handpoint to provide a mobile point of sale (mPOS) solution to merchants in the UK and Ireland.

The new mPOS solution allows merchants to securely accept face-to-face Chip and PIN card payments from customers anywhere.

Powered by Handpoint technology, the new solution can be used to accept and process transactions on Android and iOS smartphones as well as tablets, using an EMV card reader linked by Bluetooth.

The solution can be used with the NETBANX mobile application or is available as a white label version using the Handpoint Software Development Kit (SDK).

Danny Chazonoff, COO of Optimal Payments, said: "The release of our MPOS solution with Handpoint in the UK and Ireland is the next evolution in the Optimal Payments’ suite of services.

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"It will help to increase sales from cashless consumers whilst providing companies with a quick, simple and secure payment option."

David Gudjonsson, CEO and co-founder of Handpoint, said: "Handpoint is excited to partner with Optimal Payments to offer a proven payment option to clients across the UK and Ireland.

"The MPOS solution was the first to be PCI Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) certified worldwide meaning that there is no need to panic if the card reader or mobile device is lost or stolen because all data is stored securely on the payment gateway. Merchants will also have a choice of card readers, designed to fit their payment processing needs."