Thoughts on Mobile World Congress 2018

By Bill Gajda, Global Head, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships • Visa

March 09, 2018

A week ago, the last stragglers left the Gran Fira in Barcelona and the doors to Mobile World Congress 2018 were closed.

This year was notable for a lot of reasons – and not just for the snow that fell on Barcelona! Attendance at the show continues to grow as more than 108,000 people attended what has become the world’s preeminent technology event. The conference was once the domain of service providers and handset manufacturers. Now, in addition to the latest mobile updates and developments, other technologies such as artificial intelligence and computer learning, virtual reality, and robotics have become popular attractions – with the Internet of Things featuring prominently.

Four years ago, Visa set the stage with a payment-enabled car, demonstrating how easy in-car payments could be. This year, throughout the venue, we saw dozens of connected cars, connected homes, and smart cities featured. The Internet of Things is no longer about novelty – now, it’s about implementation and use cases.

All this reinforces the role that Visa plays as an enabler of commerce across any platform which is why we demonstrated this with a variety of use cases spanning transportation and retail, showing how new technologies can help remove the friction from mass transit, air travel and even parking.

We also showed some exciting ideas around the future of retail as well as some fashionable new wearables from Garmin and Folli Follie.

Take a look at Visa's presence at Mobile World Congress, and hear how Visa executives, clients and partners are thinking about the future of payments...

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