A world first from Papara: Voice Card for visually impaired users

March 21, 2023 | Istanbul, Turkey
Papara announced that it has launched its new product, Voice Card. It was stated that with the Voice Card, disadvantaged individuals, especially visually impaired individuals, can easily perform their financial transactions without the need for anyone else. It was also underlined that Voice Card

Papara introduced its new product Voice Card to its users. This product developed by Papara aims to enable disadvantaged individuals, especially visually impaired individuals, to perform their financial transactions fast, simple and safely. It is stated that there is also a partnership with Blindlook for Voice Card, which Papara has implemented in cooperation with Mastercard and Thales, a global leader in digital security. It is also stated that Voice Card is a first in the world to be commercialized with its technology.

Fast, simple and safely financial transactions for visually impaired individuals Voice Card is inserted into the POS device, the user can hear the card inserted and the amount paid on his phone. After entering the card password, the payment is made. Thus , users can safely complete their transaction knowing what they are paying for. It is stated that Voice Card will provide convenience for individuals who have difficulty making payments with a POS device.

“We broke new ground in the world with Voice Card.”
Papara CEO Emre Kenci said, “We broke new ground in the world with our new product Voice Card. This card is the result of a collaborative effort with Mastercard and Thales. Our aim is to enable visually impaired individuals, as well as individuals, to perform their financial transactions fast, simple and safely without the need for anyone else. We are also in cooperation with BlindLook so that Voice Card can reach the right audience. We will continue to work to ensure that everyone can access financial services with equal opportunities and add value to society.” 

“As Mastercard, financial inclusion and accessibility are crucial for us”
Avsar Gurdal, General Manager, Mastercard Turkey and Azerbaijan said, “For more than 50 years, Mastercard has pioneered technology to make payments simpler, smarter and safer. By connecting individuals, businesses and organizations in more than 210 countries and territories today, we're unlocking opportunity for more people in more places for generations to come. In fact, as in all our products, the most important feature we have added to Voice Card is our international network and the high security that Mastercard undertakes in every payment transaction. As Mastercard, financial inclusion and accessibility are crucial for us. The democratization of payments and the construction of sustainable economies are only possible if each individual has access to the system. We are very happy to be involved in this project and to enable Voice Card to accept payments all over the world.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with Papara.”
Ali Yildiz, Thales Country Director for Turkey and Azerbaijan said, “At Thales we know innovation has the potential to solve a multitude of issues. That’s why we are delighted to collaborate with Papara and put our technology at the service of blind and visually impaired people autonomy. They have selected the Voice Payment Card to demonstrate their commitment to a more inclusive society. We are thrilled to see our innovations contribute to building more sustainable and responsible payment solutions.”

“A world where everyone can live freely and independently is possible for us as BlindLook.”
BlindLook Co-Founder Sadriye Görece said, “A world where everyone can live freely and independently is possible for us as BlindLook. The transformation of this world is accompanied by leading brands such as Papara, one of our partners. In addition, with this new product, Papara supports the self-confidence required for the visually impaired to participate in life independently and the independence effort of the visually impaired individuals. While this product meets the needs of the visually impaired individual, it provides the accessibility, trust and speed required in the payment process. We would like to thank all the partners who took part in the birth of this product, which is a first in the world, for this step they took for an equal and barrier-free world to exist." said.

About Papara  Papara is Turkey's leading FinTech company, listed in the Global FinTech 100 by KPMG. Showing the success of being the 68th Endeavor startup selected from Turkey, Papara took the first place in the "LinkedIn Best Startups 2022" list determined by the original LinkedIn data. “Best Mobile Payments” at the 2022 Finovate Awards organized by Finovate, one of the leading FinTech communities. Solution” is selected. Founded in 2016 to make financial services fast, easy, affordable and enjoyable for everyone, Papara has more than 14 million individual users and more than 1,400 commercial users, including companies such as Uber and Yandex. With more than 400 employees, Papara aims to become the leading and competitive financial technology company in the region by spreading its products and services to wider geographies.

About BlindLook:
Founded in 2019 by Sadriye Görece and Cihat Ersin Aydın with the aim of creating a 100% sound-oriented world, BlindLook makes the products and services of brands accessible to 285 million visually impaired people around the world with freedom technologies. It names all its partners who share the vision of a visually impaired world as “EyeBrand”. Today, more than 40 brands in Turkey have the “EyeBrand” certificate, while BlindLook has a visually impaired user pool of over 350,000 people. BlindLook is powered by the dream of an Accessible World for All and works to bring the barrier-free world into existence.

It was also underlined that Voice Card, developed by Papara and carrying the MasterCard infrastructure, is a first in the world with this unique technology enabled by Thales.


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