Over long decades, billions of financial transactions took place every day varying from purchasing food, coffee, clothes, tools, digital products and up to online purchase.
Those types of financial trades are not recently invented. No, actually it has started since those early days where people were trading goods with goods in a process called bartering, and as the society were developing, people touches the need to facilitate this process and find a way to store their wealth in a shape that does not rust, rotten or vanish, and it started with gold!
Since this time the financial trades and purchases passed through multiple changes and you may call it enhancements from gold and coins to paper currency and banknotes. Banks were established to provide a financial cover, and soon the world was heading to the electronic and plastic cards where the financial institutions had been pushing the society to convert to a cash less society! And due to implemented infrastructure, Banks were not sufficient to cover all the needs especially in emerging markets –as we previously discussed here– that’s where mobile payment was born.
On a dynamic and connected world like ours, financial trades are passing from country to country creating new market opportunities for those type of legal trades and resulting a pain for trades linked to criminal or illegal activities. And the ongoing effort to push for mobile payment is not just looking for stylish or elegant payment model,it’s more into control the daily money flow to save our titanic before it sinks!
What we are about to explore today is some of mobile payments benefits showing the –good side- of mobile payments.
Mobile payment to a theft crime- less society,
Whenever a theft crime happens the thieve tries to clear his footprints and not to be traced, that’s why the money laundering overseas happens and it will need different and more complicated techniques to trace it,but in smaller amounts after a theft crime,the thieve will spend the money buying small items and cash tracing is almost impossible.
In a Cash-free society, even stealing the victim mobile with its stored wallet still will be traced and on the first purchase request he will be surrounded by cops on spot. A live example for this theory is the decreased number of stolen iPhone devices after Apple Kill Switch implementation,it was simply decreased because thieves were sure that they will be always traced.
Mobile Payment to a drug-free society,
Whenever a drug store is reported and the cops catches the dealer it takes time and effort to trace his network and connections and it might not work all the time, but again in a Cash-free society when a dealer is caught, just you imagine that a simple transaction report will show the whole network starting from customers,other dealers and even their customers too.
Mobile payment save lives,
In emerging markets multiple crimes happens every day in an endless wrestling and race for food and security. It is simple to murder a poor guy for just a suspicion that he might be holding some cash. This crime risk increases in rural areas where citizens needs to do long trips to pay some fees or monthly installments – like what happens here.
Whenever mobile payment solutions were deployed,peoples were able to get rid of those risky trips and with a simple key press they were able to transfer those amounts avoiding the risk for a may be last trip!
And many more,
With a mobile wallet implementation,it’s easier and faster to transfer money in emergency cases to a relative or even a strangers whenever bank networks is not available, and helps in collecting donations or other charity activities.
It will also support in fighting the money laundering process where the specialized anti-laundering solutions and controls will take care of the big money chunks, mobile payment will carry on detecting whatever small amounts were missed or escaped!
Capitalizing on the same base,you may now notice that mobile payment is not just a fancy or fashion solution, but definitely it’s more into a real need to help both people and governments to overcome multiple issues and it could help in lowering the crime rate in a typical country.
Still there is a dark side and the cup is not totally full, we might need another article to carry on with the mobile payment devil side!
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