Mastercard and WeWork Jointly Creating Experiences to Shape the Future of Shared Spaces

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The two companies are collaborating with AVA retail and Cisco to build and test technologies that will redesign how people live, work and play

NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO – October 5, 2017 – Mastercard and WeWork are creating a digitally-connected environment at WeWork 600 California Street in San Francisco by deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that will reshape how people live, work and play.

Mastercard is adding two new solutions to areas within WeWork 600 California Street to create a seamless and fully digitized experience for WeWork members:

  • A metered payment capability for WeWork hot desks. Members are automatically charged for only the amount of time they actually use the desk. This pilot solution, powered by the Cisco Kinetic™ IoT data platform, makes the process seamless and cost effective to members. At the same time it allows WeWork to create more flexible offerings and apply pricing based on real-time utilization of WeWork desk space.
  • A frictionless retail experience in WeWork’s Honesty Market that leverages AVA SmoothShop™ from AVA retail and offers WeWork members the ability to purchase any item from the market without having to pull out a physical or digital wallet for payments.

Each of the solutions leverages a variety of Mastercard technologies such as digital payments, analytics, security, and loyalty, and bundles them with specialized IoT hardware and cloud software from leading technology players and innovative startups.

The vision is to create a work environment that can be personalized and where access to facilities, equipment and supplies is seamless without sacrificing security,” said Sherri Haymond, executive vice president, Digital Partnerships, Mastercard. “We partnered with WeWork because it shares our vision, and its shared spaces enable us to gain real-time insights into the effectiveness of the products and to understand just how people are interacting with the technologies.”

This is the first in-market pilot of a new service that Mastercard is testing to enable seamless experiences in work environments and communal spaces. Mastercard’s IoT solutions for shared spaces can be used to create smart environments in locations with multiple occupants or users including co-working spaces, apartment and office buildings, college campuses, fitness clubs, and vacation rentals. It is being developed in collaboration with AVA retail and Cisco.

Members of WeWork’s Enterprise Innovation Lab, who are located in WeWork 600 California Street, will test the technologies. These innovators from up and coming startups in the San Francisco area will help inform the solutions, as well as get access to meaningful mentorship opportunities and guidance from executives at Mastercard.

Shiva Rajaraman, Chief Product Officer of WeWork, added, “As WeWork grows its global network, we believe that technology is a powerful tool we can use to create more meaningful and efficient experiences. With Mastercard, we’ve introduced new service capabilities that can improve our members’ daily lives and allow for greater flexibility within individual WeWork spaces and throughout our global platform. We’re thrilled to test these new product offerings with members of the community that are dedicated to the future of commerce.”

About Mastercard

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.  Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  Follow us on Twitter , join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

About WeWork

WeWork is a community for creators, providing more than 150,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. WeWork’s mission is to help create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork currently has more than 160 physical locations in more than 50 cities and 16 countries around the world. WeWork was founded in New York City in 2010 by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey. Follow us @WeWork on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook or visit www.wework.com to find out more.

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 “We are excited to be partnering with Mastercard to light up frictionless retail,” said Atul Hirpara, CEO AVA retail.  “The in-store IoT-based tracking expertise of AVA SmoothShop, combined with Mastercard’s mobile-based payment system, is enabling a magical shopping experience for the WeWork members.”

“The Cisco Kinetic IoT platform enables enterprises to accelerate their path from proof of concept to implementation, while giving our partners a powerful foundation on which to build new high-value services. The metered hot desk pilot at WeWork is a great example of how Cisco Kinetic helps companies create customer benefits and business value out of data from IoT devices. We are excited to explore what more we can do with WeWork and Mastercard.” – Jahangir Mohammed, VP & GM of IoT at Cisco

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