One of the first systems that will be made available is a PAYware sleeve that turns iPhones and iPads into payments terminals. The bank has also embraced VeriFone’s development platform which will allow retailers or merchants to develop their own applications.
It’s a different tack to that taken by Commonwealth Bank which earlier this year announced a home grown development platform called Pi. CBA will provide selected software developers with the Pi APIs to allow them to write apps for its platform.
Apps which pass muster with CBA will then be made available for purchase or download from a CBA branded appstore.
NAB meanwhile is potentially opening itself to an international ecosystem of developers who write for the more widely deployed and international VeriFone platform.
The bank also announced that it would work with VeriFone to roll out new eftpos terminals for its merchants which would include colour and touch screens and embedded contactless readers.
According to NAB the new range of eftpos equipment (including tablets equipped with PAYware sleeves) can double as in store online catalogues, allowing in store to be combined with on line retail.