Visa announces PyeongChang 2018 m-payment wearables


Visa introduces new payment wearables for fans attending the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

Visa, the exclusive payment technology partner at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, today introduced three commercially available wearable payment devices. In the spirit of the Olympic Winter Games, Visa created near field communication (NFC) enabled payment gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic pins that allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.

“We are looking forward to transforming the payment experience for everyone who attends the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang,” said Iain Jamieson, Korea country manager at Visa. “At Visa, we have been working tirelessly to ensure all of the Olympic venues are equipped with the very latest payment capabilities to provide the best experience possible for all those on-site.”

Visa teamed up with Lotte Card, the financial arm of South Korean-based retail giant, Lotte Department Store, to produce and make these new prepaid payment wearables available for purchase in Korea beginning 9 November.

Inspired by the long-standing tradition of collecting commemorative pins at the Olympic Games, Visa is bringing to market four unique lapel pins featuring custom PyeongChang 2018 designs to offer a payment-enabled collectable for fans and athletes to utilise on-site. Cost per pin is South Korean Won (KRW) 5,000 (£3.41)plus the desired embedded prepaid amounts valued at KRW30,000 (£20.50) or KRW50,000 (£34.17).

The average temperature in PyeongChang will be – 4.8°C, so gloves will be a must-have! The Visa payment glove will offer fans a way to pay safely and securely without having to get cold hands. The gloves contain a dual interface chip housed with a contactless antenna capable of completing purchases throughout official Olympic Venues and compatible readers globally.  The gloves will come with embedded prepaid amounts valued at KRW30,000 (£20.50) or KRW50,000 (£34.17).

With a thin and flexible adhesive design and an embedded dual interface NFC-chip and antenna, the stickers, or micro-tags, can be attached to almost anything to make seamless payments in a moment’s notice. The wearable sticker is available in denominations of KRW30,000 (£20.50), KRW50,000 (£34.17), KRW100,000 (£68) and KRW200,000 (£137).  The collection includes eight distinct designs including Soohorang – the official PyeongChang 2018 mascot – the Korean flag, and much more.

“It is important to me, as a Winter Olympian, to work with a brand like Visa that not only supports a diverse group of athletes, but also enables an enhanced fan experience for those at to The Games,” said Mikaela Shiffrin, US Olympic gold medalist and Team Visa athlete. “Olympic pins are always the most coveted collectibles, these Visa pins really up the ante.”

Starting tomorrow, the stickers and pins can be purchased from Lotte Card’s customer centres in Korea and the Lotte Card website. During the Games, all three wearables will also be available for purchase at the Olympic Superstores in conveniently located Visa vending machines.

“Growing up in South Korea, I am proud that my home country is hosting the Games, and is using this opportunity to introduce Visa payment innovations to the rest of the world,” said Park, Seung-Hi, South Korean Olympic Speed Skating and Team Visa athlete. “These payment gloves provide a hassle-free way to pay, even when it’s cold!”

In addition to the wearables and as the exclusive payment partner of the Olympic Games, Visa is facilitating and managing the entire payment system infrastructure and network throughout all venues within the Games. This includes more than 1,000 contactless point-of-sale terminals capable of accepting mobile and wearable payments.


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