Google Wallet uses Smart Tap technology which lets customers use any Pass they Add to Google Wallet. They simply hold their phone to any NFC point-of-sale terminal to redeem their Pass.
For users to add a Pass, developers use the Google Wallet API to create a link or button. The link or button allows users to add various Passes to the Google Wallet app. Types of Passes include loyalty cards, gift cards, offers, event tickets, boarding passes for flights, and transit passes.
This guide is for Google Wallet API developers who want their Passes to be redeemable via NFC at a merchant's in-store terminal.
You must complete the following prerequisites before you set up Smart Tap:
- Pass development.
- Establish a relationship with a merchant that has Smart Tap capable terminals.
You must complete REST API Pass development. You must develop a Pass so that you can configure it to be redeemable at an NFC terminal via Smart Tap protocol.
Smart Tap capable terminals
To set up Smart Tap, you must either establish a relationship with a merchant that has Smart Tap capable terminals, or work with a merchant to ensure that the terminals in their stores are Smart Tap capable. A merchant can find a terminal provider whose terminals are Smart Tap capable below.
- Advanced Card Systems Ltd.
- Axess AG
- Castles Technology
- Contactless Technologies B.V.
- Dot Origin
- Embed International
- Infinite Peripherals
- Intercard Inc.
- On Track Innovations
- Radius Network
- Socket Mobile
- Techsigno SRL
- UIC Payworld Inc.
You must also work with the merchant to ensure that the value in the Pass is conveyed correctly to your system. Once the Point of Sale (POS) processes the value, make sure to update the Pass so that the user sees their new points balance or Pass status.