BlackBerry smartphones used to make the transactions.
The Interac Association payments and debit card services network provides Canadians access to funds at 60,000 cashpoints and 766,000 POS terminals countrywide. Meanwhile, its Interac Flash contactless solution has been added to selected Interac Debit cards to offer users tap-to-pay functionality.
The company has now partnered RBC Royal Bank and integrated the tech into BlackBerry smartphones via an app, with an NFC payments trial taking place at a McDonald's restaurant.
Participants paid for their orders by tapping the Interac Flash readers located at the tills, while the cash was immediately deducted from RBC accounts in real-time. Interac claims this is Canada's first and only contactless debit payment for mobile.
Mark O’Connell, president and CEO, Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation, said: "This achievement in mobile debit innovation helps solidify our role in the mobile payments space in Canada. Soon, Canadians will be able to use their mobile phones to pay with Interac Flash quickly, conveniently and securely when making everyday purchases – bringing added value not only to consumers, but also to the merchant community and our partner financial institutions."
Dave Hederson, SVP & CFO, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, said: "We’re pleased to offer our customers new and convenient payment options like mobile Interac Flash. As our customers’ purchasing needs and preferences continue to evolve, we are committed to providing them with relevant ways to interact with us as their favourite place to eat and drink."