“Stratos exists to empower consumers to make smarter, more secure payment
decisions – all with the benefit of consolidating the cards in their wallets,”
said Thiago Olson, Co-Founder & CEO of Stratos. “Replacing the dumb plastic we
carry every day, Stratos Card is connected hardware designed to improve how we
pay with more security, better decisions and ease of use. Stratos is reinventing
your wallet and cards just like the iPod and iTunes reinvented your CD
Stratos Card Benefits
More than 75 percent of consumers are interested in paying with an all-in-one
connected card. Enter the Stratos Card. Members can load an unlimited number of
credit, debit, loyalty, membership and gift cards onto one beautifully designed
card that works wherever they go. Key features include:
- Superior acceptance and reliability. With compatibility to all
current U.S. merchant infrastructure, the Stratos Card is the only connected
card you can use everywhere, including ATMs, restaurants, retail stores and gas
- Superior security. Stratos’ patented Security Lock-Down feature lets members
automatically program their card to shut down if it’s not in proximity to
their smartphone for a specific amount of time. Other security features
include bank-level encryption and card details securely stored behind a PIN or
- Superior intelligence. Stratos leverages the mobile lock screen for instant,
real-time notifications, including information on member’s top three favorite
cards and their last four-digits for card verification. The Stratos Mobile App
centralizes, tracks and manages all cards securely. Coming soon, geo-location
and history-based card suggestions and insights to help make better payment
- Superior experience. Stratos offers a unique membership that ensures
cardholders always have the most complete experience. Membership includes:
- A Stratos Card, the Stratos Mobile App (for iOS and Android) and a Stratos
Reader (for adding cards).
- Free annual Stratos Card upgrades (or replacement cards), so your
investment is never obsolete – members have first access to the latest
technology, as soon as it’s available.
- Personalized member support including phone, email and social
- Future Stratos features, including geo-location based recommendations,
virtual card downloads, EMV contactless and card tokenization.
- Superior style. The Stratos Card features five distinctive colors: Slate,
White, Blue, Salmon and Green. The card is beautifully designed, yet durable –
unlike smartphone-based mobile payment systems, it’s waterproof and passed ISO
7810 and 7816 tests that include bend, static shock, abrasion tests and
“When you move from one technology to another you typically need an approach
that melds the old way of doing things with the new,” said Rob Enderle,
Principal Analyst for the Enderle Group. “Stratos is a unique solution because
it combines next generation mobile payment functionality with a familiar,
trusted form factor. This dynamic card is able to digitize your cards and work
virtually everyplace that takes a credit card. The user has a more convenient
and secure solution that actually works today and in the future – critical to
succeeding in mobile payment adoption.”
How Stratos Works
Video: Tap into the power of Stratos.
- Step one: Load an unlimited number of credit, debit, loyalty, membership and
gift cards onto your mobile device using the Stratos Reader
- Step two: Instantly sync your cards onto Stratos Card using Bluetooth
- Step three: To pay, tap to activate your Stratos Card, select your preferred
payment card and swipe just like you would any other credit card. It’s that
Plus, your top three cards are always available – with or without your phone.
Stratos allows you to access any of your cards in real-time through the lock
screen of your mobile device.
A Complete Solution
Stratos is more than a device, it’s a connected, cloud-based platform designed
for today’s infrastructure. Stratos merges the efficiency and familiarity of a
conventional payment card with the power and convenience of a mobile wallet.
Merchants do not need to change their infrastructure to use Stratos, and
consumers swipe just as they always have. Stratos membership is also future
proof as the industry evolves. The company is actively collaborating with card
associations and major U.S. banks to adapt the latest, most secure payment
protocols, including EMV and tokenization.
Pricing & Availablility
The Stratos Card and Stratos membership are available today at
stratoscard.com. Memberships start at $95 (for one-year) and a discounted
$145 (for two-years). Shipping begins April 2015.
Stratos is the creator of the award-winning Stratos Bluetooth Connected Card™,
which empowers issuers with a new card offering that consolidates an unlimited number
of loyalty, membership and gift cards into a single, smart, dynamic card -- digitizing
the wallet. With patented security features and acceptance at more places than any
other mobile payment offering, Stratos streamlines the payment experience and empowers
cardholders to make better payment decisions. Merchants and issuers partnering with
Stratos are able to strengthen loyalty and engagement with better data and improved
communications to their customers without infrastructure change. Stratos was founded by
Thiago Olson and Chris Bartenstein and is based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The company is funded by Toba Capital Partners, Western Technology Investment, Resonant
Venture Partners and Hyde Park Venture Partners. For more information, visit
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