Virta Chooses OPEN as a Technology Provider to Accelerate Card Payments for EV Charging

OPEN, a leading payment solution provider in the Nordics, is excited to announce that the company has engaged in an agreement to provide technology to Virta, a global pioneer in smart electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions. With the agreement Virta aims to further enhance the integration of advanced payment technology into the expanding EV charging infrastructure and uses OPEN as a technology provider for the Virta Payment Kiosk that was launched in collaboration between Virta, Mastercard and Worldpay by FIS in July 20231.

OPEN, with over 30 years of experience in different payment solutions and integrations, is offering a comprehensive set of core technology elements for Virta Payment Kiosk, including remote monitoring and management capabilities.

OPEN has been at the forefront of developing innovative payment solutions to meet the evolving needs of businesses in both traditional Petroleum/Carwash industry and the growing EV charging industry. The recently launched Virta Payment Kiosk is utilizing OPEN’s “Open OR-eV” outdoor payment solution concept, allowing EV drivers to conveniently pay with cards. Additionally, the Open OR-eV payment solution together with Virta EV charging platform technology enables streamlining the management of charging infrastructure for businesses and operators through centralized control.

Virta, a recognized leader in smart EV charging solutions globally, has chosen OPEN as its technology provider to integrate OPEN’s OR-eV payment solution into Virta’s comprehensive EV charging ecosystem. This strategic selection has been a central building block in Virta designing the seamless physical card payment experience for EV drivers and in ensuring efficient control over their charging infrastructure.

“We are thrilled about the market feedback the Virta Payment Kiosk has received as the first global solution filling the physical card payment gap in electric car charging experience. Our technology provider OPEN’s experience in implementing the strict requirements of the likes of our global partners Mastercard and Worldpay from FIS, has played an important role in making this step possible, said Elias Pöyry, Chief Business Development Officer and Co-Founder of Virta. “By integrating OPEN’s technology with our ecosystem, we can offer EV drivers the flexibility to pay with debit and credit cards, ensuring a convenient and user-friendly charging experience. The possibility for centralized control of multiple chargers through a single Payment Kiosk and OPEN extensive experience on outdoor payment solutions were key reasons why we choose OPEN as technology provider.”

Johan Svensson, CEO of OPEN Group, commented: “This demonstrates our commitment to driving innovation in the payment and EV charging landscape. By combining Virta’s expertise in smart EV charging infrastructure with OPEN’s expertise in secure unmanned outdoor payment solutions, Virta has been able to create a seamless and efficient payment experience.”

“We are excited to work with Virta to advance EV charging solutions. With our OR- eV technology integrated into Virta’s ecosystem, Virta can ensure a modern hassle-free experience for businesses and EV drivers alike,” added Harri Halminen, Head of Business Area, Fuel & Charging at OPEN.

About OPEN:

OPEN is a leading payment solution provider in the Nordic region, dedicated to developing innovative technologies that empower businesses and consumers. With a focus on security and seamless user experiences, OPEN enables its clients to thrive in the evolving digital landscape.

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About Virta:

Virta is a leading smart EV charging platform in Europe and a global pioneer in smart electric vehicle charging solutions, driving the transition to sustainable transportation and energy worldwide.

By combining intelligent software solutions with a wide range of charging hardware, Virta offers a seamless charging experience for EV owners and businesses alike. Virta digital EV charging platform is used by over 1,000 private and public companies and organizations for example in retail, hotel, real estate, parking, petrol retail, automotive, and energy industries. These customers operate over 100,000 chargers in 35 countries, forming the “Powered by Virta” network. Roaming included, EV drivers can access over 400,000 charging points in over 65 countries.

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For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact:


Harri Halminen

Head of Business, Fuel & Charging

Tel: +358 10 56 777 53


Esa-Pekka Nykänen

Brand and Communications Director

Tel: +358 40 595 3135

Elite Hotels and The Bishop Arms choose OPEN

We are thrilled to announce our latest partnership with Elite Hotels and The Bishop Arms.

As a leading provider in point-of-sale solutions for hotels and restaurants. The joint effort aims to revolutionize the hospitality industry by offering customers a superior experience.

As part of the collaboration, Elite Hotels and The Bishop Arms thoroughly screened top players within the point-of-sale market to determine the most innovative and effective solutions. After careful consideration, they have selected OPEN as the provider of choice.

“We are thrilled to partner with OPEN and bring their innovative point-of-sale solution OPEN One to our hotels and restaurants,” Fredrik Krüger, Food and Beverage Manager – Elite Hotels. “We believe that this collaboration will allow us to streamline our operations and offer our guests an unparalleled experience.”

By working together, Elite Hotels and The Bishop Arms are setting the standard for the hospitality industry, demonstrating their commitment to providing the best possible service to their customers.

“We are delighted to partner up with an established supplier like OPEN. Their innovative point-of-sale will streamline our operations and provide our guests with an exceptional experience,”  Oskar Svanström Operations Manager – The Bishop Arms. “It feels reassuring to choose a supplier who understands our needs and can deliver simply efficient solutions.”

We are excited to continue this journey together with Elite Hotels and The Bishop Arms and feels great to have the best product on the market.


For more information about Elite Hotels and The Bishop Arms:

Elite Hotels today consists of around forty quality hotels from Malmö in the south to Kiruna in the north. The hotels are often located in unique and carefully renovated buildings, where each hotel has its own history and special character. Their latest flagship AD Astra opened on November 28. Experience the Riviera just 28 minutes from Stockholm.

The Bishops Arms is a chain of quality gastropubs that stands strong in the British pub tradition with a fantastic selection of drinks and food. The first The Bishops Arms opened in 1993 at Elite Stadshotell in Västerås. The name was chosen due to the proximity to the city’s cathedral and Biskopsgatan. Since then, the cozy gastropub has been very popular.

Today, there are 39 The Bishops Arms pubs from Kiruna in the north to Malmö in the south. About half of all pubs are located in connection with an Elite Hotel, and our pubs are open (almost) every day of the year.

STF – Svenska Turistföreningen goes OPEN One

We are happy to announce our partnership with STF – Svenska Turistföreningen.

STF recently scanned the market of Point-of-sale to find the perfect partner to help them create a great customer experience. A partner who understands the complexity of being in a normal location and being out in the wild. All vendors was compered with a point system where functionally, product setup and packaging was measured.

We’re honored to be the choosen vendor and we are so happy to work together to create an amazing customer experience.

“It has been fun and a bit crazy experience doing this special project. I will specially remember when we went out to Helags and the snowmobile couldn’t reach the station cause of too little snow so we needed turn around. When we finally started the installations, we got the information that we had less time than planned cause of a snowstorm was coming. We solved it in time and the ride home was a story for itself.”  Magnus Lundgren – Service and Delivery at OPEN. “By visiting each station, you get a unique insight of the special needs for this customer on every location. That you don’t have any regular backups if somethings goes wrong, And that it’s actual possible to have a full-service restaurant in middle of nowhere”


STF – Svenska Turistföreningen is a non-profit membership organization that works towards ensuring that everyone has access to Sweden’s nature and culture, both today and in the future. This requires, among other things, better opportunities for sustainable tourism, good accommodations throughout the country, a commitment to the right of public access, and most importantly, inspiration and guidance for new adventures. With locations out into the wild.

Botanico – The Urban Jungle goes Mobile

Have you ever traveled to a place where it’s green, warm and the sound of monkey is blended with lounge music. Imagine having this experience but in the center of the city.

Visit Botanico!

Here awaits an exotic experience for those with an appetite for Asian cuisines with some Latin American influences – the best of both worlds! – topped off with an international cocktail bar that exudes big city vibes.

Now the jungle goes tech. Tech that helps out create a great customer experience, that makes the workflow more efficient and simplifying the table handling.

Botanico have been working with OPEN Go – Tablemate for some time, the response is great. They feel that they now have a tool that’s making the service more efficient, and the staff is really excited about their new tool.


Open Go Tablemate

OPEN Go – Tablemate is an extension of their POS in a smartphone. Take order, make payments, split bill, you can do it all! It’s fast, simple, and good looking!

“Since we started using OPEN Go – Tablemate, we have significantly increased our efficiency. There is less running to the point of sales and we are more accessible to our guests. Super smooth to take orders directly at the tables”
 Dan Enelund – Botánico Göteborg



We are happy to continue innovating the point-of-sale experience!

Meet OPENs new mobile product platform – Two

OPEN announces the next addition to the product line-up, OPEN Two.

OPEN Two is a fully cloud based POS (point of sale) system – where the cash register is available as an app at Google Play Store. Together with the new platform, OPEN also launch the possibility to use an android device as a payment terminal (Tap-to-phone).

We could not be prouder and more excited than we are right now, as we get to introduce OPEN Two for all our current and future customers. This will be a great addition to the product line up that OPEN can offer.

OPEN Two is based on a state-of-the-art cloud native platform which is fully in-house developed and can be used from any android tablet, phone, or android-based payment terminal. The OPEN Two system is fully approved by the relevant authorities as an approved cash register with a cloud-based control unit.  

The POS supports multiple payments methods, and a tap-to-phone payment option, available when running the app on an android phone or tablet with NFC capabilities. With the tap-to-phone functionality the need of traditional payment terminals can be reduced. It could also act as a complement and a quick way of getting an extra cash register when needed.

I am particularly excited about the fully mobile tap-to-phone solution, that enables the use of your phone as the only device needed to process a wide range of payment types such as credit cards, mobile wallets and swish

The OPEN Two family also includes the option of running the cash register on an android payment terminal with included printer, which enables an all-in-one solution for the mobile merchant. We have also full support for external receipt printers, payment terminals and cash drawers to cater for the needs at over-the-counter merchants  

The Backoffice environment is a very intuitive, web-based system where all the administration, reporting and dashboards can be found.    

The Open Two app is available at Google play store and with an installation time of only minutes, it has never been easier to start up a professional payment system for businesses than now.   

OPEN provides comprehensive payment solutions for the restaurant and service industry. We are the Nordic region’s leading supplier with customers and operations in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. The company’s headquarter is in Gothenburg, Sweden and employs about 130 people in Sweden, Norway and Finland. 

OPENs headquarter is moving

After five years at Lindholmspiren, the OPEN office in Gothenburg is moving across the river to the newly built office building Emigranten at Hälsingegatan 12. The office is located next to one of Gothenburg’s most well-known historic buildings Amerikahuset – and part of the exciting development that is currently taking place around Masthugget.

Having the office at Lindholmen has suited us perfectly over the years, but now it is time for us to both adapt our premises to the direction OPEN is heading towards and because we, like everyone else, have a different need for premises than before the pandemic.

OPEN is located on Hälsingegatan from 1st of September. 

Now that we are on site, we look forward to welcoming both customers and partners to our premises, Johan continues.

OPEN is expanding its payment solution-offering for charging electric vehicles

Leading payment solution provider in the Finnish petroleum market OPEN POS Finland (OPEN) is expanding its offering to also cover payment and management solutions for Electric Vehicle charging.  OPEN has strong domain knowledge and close to 30 years of deep experience in energy station management and a variety of payment solutions for manned and unmanned stations. Today the company is strengthening its offering by a launch of a complete and innovative payment and management solution for electric vehicle charging. With the launch of the OPEN OR-eV solution, OPEN POS Finland is demonstrating a strong passion for bringing the new Charging solution available throughout the European market.

Open POS Finland (OPEN) is introducing its new OR-eV solution for Electric Vehicle charging solution with payment and Remote management solutions at the UNITI expo 2022 Exhibition in Stuttgart. Open OR- eV solutions provide in addition to a scalable cloud-based management system a smooth payment process with all modern payment methods including contactless payment cards, mobile payments, and QR codes (Mobile Pay, Swish) for paying for EV car charging in any venue. The solution is user-friendly and completely secure. After charging only the amount of kWh used will be charged from your bank account. Open OR-eV also offers e-receipt to EV drivers for complete transparency.

OPEN’s easy-to-use and reliable payment solution for vehicle charging is the ideal solution for creating a future-proof and modern energy station. Solution is very much scalable for individual charging points, or alternatively for an entire charging park – thanks to its many innovative functionalities and flexibility with Charging HW in use. OPEN’ solution also allows the operator of charging points easy upgrading of your existing setup.

OPEN’s payment solution for vehicle charging is easy to install, integrate and maintain

OPEN offers the most innovative solutions to help our customers to grow and expand their business. Open OR-eV, a payment solution for EV car charging, is easy to integrate into the existing forecourt ecosystem. Operators of existing traditional petrol forecourt can easily fit EV chargers into existing infrastructure including payments, loyalty, and bonuses with the help of OPEN OR-eV outdoor payment terminal. The solution also supports any number of EV Chargers and direct control of EV charges via OCCP protocol.

OPEN also offers a stress-free solution for real-time monitoring of EV stations enabling our customers to streamline their operations and focus on the development of their business. OR-eV is provided with a scalable cloud-based monitoring system that allows remote analysis, proactive monitoring, and remote equipment control functions without having a need to enter physically on the energy station.

OPEN payment solutions for vehicle charging are now available all over Europe

OPEN POS Finland is a well-known company in the Nordics Petroleum market with its leading payment solutions. OPEN OR – eV correspondingly to any other solutions provided by OPEN are designed to be durable in harsh climate conditions. With the launch of Open OR-eV, OPEN POS Finland expand its business available throughout Europe.

” OPEN OR- eV is a revolutionary solution for converting EV charging into a sustainable business in an Energy Stations environment “

– Harri Halminen, Managing Director of OPEN POS Finland Oy

Today launched OPEN OR- eV solution for vehicle charging is compliant with the German Ladesäulenverordnung (LSV) – Charging Station Ordinance and supports the latest legislation from Ger-many about access to public charging infrastructure.

For more information, please contact:

Harri Halminen

Managing Director, OPEN POS Finland Oy

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