Public Services mobile app users can now use Apple Pay
This helps save time as payer’s bank card details are not required
Users running their Public Services mobile app on iOS operating systems with the Wallet app can now use Apple Pay to make their payments thanks to a project initiated by the Russian Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media and implemented by Rostelecom with the involvement of lead system integrator RTLabs.
Apple Pay can now be used in the Public Services mobile app to pay stamp duties and traffic penalties, with tax and legal payments to be added soon. Given that the user does not have to enter their credit card details, the process now takes less time. To make a payment, the user logs onto the mobile app and selects the type of payment they want to make from the service catalog. On the Choose Your Payment Method page, Apple Pay will appear as one of the options. If no bank cards have been added to the Wallet app, the system will ask the user to do so by clicking on the Apple icon. Payments are confirmed by using a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, the Face ID or a one-off code sent out in a text message.
‘In 2018 users have made approximately 12 million payments worth about 11 billion Roubles via the Public Services mobile app. The new functionality will help make public services more popular and convenient. In the near future, we are planning to add more payment technologies,’ said Mikhail Bondarenko, Rostelecom’s Director for E-Government.
Mobile public services are used today by over 3.5 million Apple device owners who have given the app 4.6 points out of 5.
Transaction security is powered by Rostelecom’s payment infrastructure, PCI DSS certified annually, which ensures that bank card transactions are safe.