Brightwell Launches Mobile App, Simplifies Managing Finances For Employees Working Abroad

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Brightwell Payments, Inc. (“Brightwell”), a leading maritime payments and technology company, announced today the launch of the Brightwell Navigator Mobile App, providing commercial and cruise ship employees the ability to easily manage and move payroll funds directly from a smartphone or mobile device virtually anywhere in the world. Already in use by thousands of Brightwell users, the app saves time and simplifies the financial lives of crew members by giving them easy access to funds from their mobile devices, enabling them to quickly share money during extended periods of time when they are away from home.

The Brightwell Navigator app also enables companies to boost the well-being and productivity of their employees while meeting the shifting demands of a workforce that increasingly relies on mobile devices for communication and transactions. With the Brightwell app, users can easily move money to home bank accounts, OceanPay Cards or to over 500,000 retail agents around the world.

Designed with the End User in Mind Before developing the app, the Brightwell team observed behavior, conducted focus groups and met one-on-one with crew members to truly understand the challenges of managing finances while at sea.

“Originating from countries all over the world, our end users have varying, unique circumstances and a pressing need to share their earnings while away from home for extended periods of time,” said Larry Hipp, chief technology officer for Brightwell Payments. “Relying on personal computers to share funds can be costly and limited. This app meets crew members where they are, through features that are highly accessible by mobile devices already on hand. It not only gives them convenient and secure access, but greater control – all from the mobile device they already use to stay connected.”

Share and Pay with Ease The Brightwell Navigator app gives crew members multiple ways to move money, whether to a bank account or another crew member, with:

Peer-to-Peer Payment: Crew members can quickly move funds to another OceanPay Card or add funds to a Companion Card.

On Demand Payment: Simplifies the movement of money by remitting funds to a family member or bank account almost anywhere in the world, directly from a mobile device. The app provides exchange rates quotes quickly, and funds can be easily moved from virtually anywhere, at any time.

The OceanPay Visa® Prepaid Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. The Bancorp Bank; Member FDIC.

The OceanPay Prepaid Mastercard® is issued by Transact Payments Limited pursuant to license by Mastercard International. Transact Payments Limited is authorized and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.

About Brightwell Payments

Brightwell Payments, Inc. is an international payments and technology company offering comprehensive, award-winning payment solutions. Brightwell Payments’ Navigator payments platform and its international maritime paycard program, the OceanPay® Card, provide a proprietary, comprehensive solution designed to mitigate the unique challenges and concerns of existing payroll processes faced by the maritime industry. More than 300 customers and 200,000 individuals choose Brightwell to make over $1B in secure, cost-effective global payments each year.