Finovate Debuts: LockByMobile Lets Cardholders Lock Out Fraud


The concept behind LockByMobile is simple: use mobile devices to give cardholders an added level of security against credit and ATM card breaches. For Smart e-Money, the company behind LockByMobile, the strategy was to leverage and deploy the award-winning technology it had already patented and deployed in another context.

“What if you could be one step ahead of fraud?” said Smart e-Money VP of Innovation Angelito Villanueva from the Finovate stage in February. “What if you could add a hard lock that only your customers could lock and unlock, just with a swipe of their finger using their smart phone?”

“Wish it could be done? Well, this solution already exists, and we call it LockByMobile.”

LockByMobile stats:

  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Manila, Philippines
  • Operates as a subsidiary of Smart Communications
  • Serves more than 72 million subscribers
  • Has more than 200 employees

The story

The key technology that makes LockByMobile work has been around since 2007 when it was first developed by Smart e-Money as a security tool for its prepaid wallets. The technology won an award in 2009 for “Best Mobile Security Feature” at GSMA in Barcelona, Spain, but it is the enhancement and deployment of the technology as a way to make cardholders more secure that brought the company to London for FinovateEurope 2015.

To get started with LockByMobile, users download the app, register, and then sign in with their mobile number and a PIN. Users will be able to see their various card accounts on file with the participating issuing banks. Locking and unlocking cards is as easy as a swipe of a finger, and a bright-red highlighting makes it easy for users to see at a glance which of their cards are locked and which are not.

If a transaction is attempted on a locked card, the cardholder will get an SMS notification to their mobile device. And real-time functionality means that even in the case of an accidental locking, there is no friction or inconvenience when it comes to unlocking the card on the spot.


There are a variety of ways LockByMobile is helpful to cardholders. Consumers who lose their cards or have their cards stolen can use the mobile app to lock their cards to prevent use. But LockByMobile points out, even though cards are only used once or twice a day on average, “your card is potentially exposed to fraud all the time.” In other words, even with your card “safely” in your pocket or purse, locking the card using LockByMobile’s technology provides valuable anti-fraud protection.

In addition, the platform’s spending controls can be used to manage supplemental cards given to children or be used by caregivers helping seniors avoid financial exploitation. LockByMobile allows transactions to be limited by channel, amount, location, type of merchant, and type of currency.

The future

LockByMobile caught the attention of more than one observer at FinovateEurope 2015. Let’s Talk Payments praised the company as an added layer of security for ATM and credit-card users. Data monitor’s profile of LockByMobile’s Finovate debut led to a 4 out of 5 rating, including high marks for being a potentially “game-changing” opportunity for banks.

Going forward, the company plans to launch LockByMobile in “several financial institutions across different countries” in 2015, as well as build relationships with a number of potential partners.

“We are constantly improving our offer and enhancing the platform with new functionalities,” said Villanueva from the Finovate stage. Added Guillaume Danielou: “We are currently developing a version for Corporate Cards where the business owner can control the limits and usage for his employees’ business cards, as well as benefiting from the Lock/Unlock feature to protect the cards against fraud.”

Watch LockByMobile’s live demo at FinovateEurope 2015.


Smart eMoney Presents LockByMobile to Stop Credit Card and ATM Security Breaches

Smart_eMoney_logo_high-res.jpgThis post is part of our live coverage of FinvoateEurope 2015.

The team from Smart eMoney is on its way to the stage with its anti-fraud security solution, LockbyMobile.

To address the potential breach in credit card or ATM security, LockByMobile provides an additional security layer for cardholder accounts such as credit, debit, ATM and prepaid card, or even electronic wallets. It empowers cardholders to take control by “locking and unlocking” their accounts in real time using their mobile phone.

The service offers granual settings such as locking specific channels (point of sale, online, mobile, or ATM), or transaction settings (amount and merchant types), as well as limiting the transactions to certain countries and currencies.

LockByMobile’s concept comes from the Lock/Unlock feature of Smart Money, winner of the ‘Best Mobile Security Feature’ award, November 2009, GSMA in Barcelona.

Presenters: Angelito Villanueva, VP & head of innovation, and Guillaume Danielou, senior product manager 

Product launch: October 2014
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Business (B2B), through financial institutions
HQ: Manila, Philippines
Metrics: 217 employees
Twitter: @LockbyMobile

FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 6

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February is only a few days away, which means that the first Finovate conference of the year – FinovateEurope 2015 – is almost here. We are well on our way to surpassing last year’s record crowd of 1,000. So don’t delay, get your tickets to join us in London on February 10 and 11. 
We’ve just revealed the official list of presenters to help whet your appetite for what some of fintech’s most innovative companies will demonstrate live on stage.
Today’s installment of our FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek series features Bitbond, Revolut, Smart e-Money, TiViTz, TransferTo, and Wipro.
Previous installments of our Sneak Peek series are below:


Bitbond is a global peer-to-peer bitcoin lending platform. Get access to affordable loans and profitable savings from all around the world.
With Bitbond AutoInvest:
  • Build a loan portfolio automatically
  • Define regions and risk categories to invest in
  • Re-invest received loan repayments
Why it’s great
Bitbond AutoInvest creates a portfolio of profitable loans for you at 0% fees according to your preferences.


Radoslav Albrecht, Co-founder and CEO
Background in economics. Prior to founding Bitbond, Albrecht was Senior Consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Previously with Deutsche Bank London in structured equity.

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Robert Nasiadek, Co-founder and CTO
Programmer since childhood. Before joining Bitbond, Nasiadek started the Ruby on Rails development company, El Passion. Board advisor at


Revolut is a personal money cloud allowing you to avoid all hidden banking costs.
You can exchange currencies at interbank rates, send them through social networks and spend with a multicurrency card acceptable anywhere.
Why it’s great
Revolut – Personal Money Cloud


Nikolay Storonsky, CEO
Storonsky has eight years experience in financial services (trading). Most recently he worked for Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers.


Vlad Yatsenko, CTO
Yatsenko has 12 years experience in developing IT projects in major financial institutions including Credit Suisse, UBS, and Deustche Bank.


Smart e-Money’s LockByMobile is an anti-fraud security solution which allows you to lock and unlock your cards in real-time using your mobile phone.
  • Provides an extra layer of security for your added peace of mind
  • Easy-to-use interface to lock/unlock your cards with a simple swipe of the finger
  • Customizable lock settings and built-in alerts
Why it’s great
Feel secure when using your card locally or even abroad. With LockByMobile, you have the power to prevent fraud from happening.


Angelito Villanueva, VP & Head of Innovation
With over 20 years experience, Villanueva is the lead in unlocking the huge potential of e-money by introducing digital payments innovations for financial inclusion including building a dynamic ecosystem.


Guillaume Danielou, Senior Product Manager
With 12 years experience in IT Development/Consulting/Product Development, Danielou has experience working throughout the entire product development life cycle process in international environments.


TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon is a fully automated, easy-to-use, market-disrupting, patent-pending, activity-based fundraising tool for children’s college savings.
  • Complements existing financial savings vehicles
  • Creates new college savings accounts and relationships
  • Provides a marketing tool for consumer and business banking
Why it’s great
The Game-a-thon provides families with a solution to afford higher education by significantly increasing children’s savings, while improving their math skills and financial literacy.


Siobhan Mullen, CEO
Former aerospace executive, Special Advisor to the NASA Administrator, and experienced high-tech entrepreneur in launch services, satellite communications and data distribution.


Stephen Scully, President


TransferTo’s Value Remittance service is an innovative and unique remittance solution that enables migrants to determine how the funds they send are allocated.
Value Remittance provides direct payment of services such as electricity, mobile airtime, and education, while providing a new revenue stream for financial institutions and MTOs.
Why it’s great
Value remittance allows senders to know exactly how their money is being spent and provides the receiver with instant access to the selected service.


Eric Barbier, CEO
As founder and Chief Executive Officer, Barbier oversees the strategic direction of the company as well as manages the relationships with many of TransferTo’s customers and partners.


Charles Damen, EVP Global Business Development
Damen is responsible for the development of new services, strategic partnerships, and the growth of global accounts with over 18 years of experience in telecommunications, Internet, and payments.


Wipro ngGenie Smart Banking Assistant provides the “next generation banking experience” for customers. It helps by providing you with right information at the right place.
A personalized, contextual, next generation user experience for banking customers that can result in reduced costs of serving customers and an increased cross sell / up sell opportunities.
Why it’s great
Wipro myAdvisor helps in day-to-day transactions and acts as your personal financial advisor.


Mukund Kalmanker, General Manager
Kalmanker is a general manager at CTO office and has a rich background in the banking domain. He had earlier handled the banking business for Wipro under the Analytics and Information Management domain.

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Sudhakar Babu Tamminedi, Practice Head
Tamminedi has over 15 years of experience in Consumer and Enterprise Mobility applications across industries. He has provided end-to-end mobility solutions form conceptualization to deployment.

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