Using technology to make visiting the Rijksmuseum safer
Amsterdam-based FinTech company Adyen has teamed up with the Rijksmuseum to offer cashless payments when the institution reopens after being closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Visitors to the museum can now pay for their tickets – as well as for gift shop and café purchases – using a card, digital wallet like Apple Pay or by scanning a QR code. The project was already being planned before the outbreak, but the need to reduce face-to-face contact as a means of preventing infection led to it launching earlier than planned.
Pieter van der Does, co-founder and CEO of Adyen, said: “Ticket queues will be shorter, visitors can complete their purchases at point of sale terminals and pay using their preferred payment methods, all reducing the necessity of physical proximity to museum staff and visitors.”
Amsterdam's successful FinTech sector
Adyen, which recently announced plans to move into a 16,000-square-metre office in Amsterdam’s city centre, is one of many finance and FinTech companies based in the Dutch capital. In total, the sector accounts for around 200,000 jobs in the city, while local startups (including Ohpen, Buckaroo and EclecticIQ) are changing the payments, banking software and cybersecurity industries.
In addition to startups and innovative scale-ups, more than 50 international banks have offices in the city as well. Amsterdam also topped the 2020 Global Green Finance Index, which evaluates the depth and quality of the green finance offerings of 67 major financial centres around the globe.