Image recognition technology specialists Jumio have released a mobile SDK for their Netswipe software which enables developers to add card scanning to any app.
The practical use for this is to avoid the cumbersome process of typing credit card details on a mobile device. The SDK is iOS compatible, with Android is expected to follow soon.
Jumio’s two main products are NetSwipe and NetVerify, identification recognition software used to verify customer details which have “turned webcams into card and ID readers”.
Jumio, whose management team includes Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, said on its company blog that the release will be “a fast and easy way to implement reliable credit card capturing into mobile apps”.
The SDK will not require any additional hardware, and under the fair use system, the first 1000 scans every month will be covered by Jumio to entice developers into picking up the software.
Further, Jumio is putting $5 million in to a developer fund, giving away its SDK in order to “support young start-ups and the developer community”.