Horizon Software International – developers of the popular MyPaymentsPlus.com online prepayment system for K-12 school meal, service and activity fees – continues making gains in delivering mobile solutions to consumers with the release of the free MyPaymentsPlus app for Android users. More than 53 percent of U.S. smart phone subscribers used a device powered by Google’s Android system in November 2012, according to comScore, Inc., a global leader in digital measurement.
Horizon released a similar app – which turns parents’ smart phones into mobile payment systems for their children’s school meals – for Apple iPhone® and iPad® devices in July. Combined, Horizon’s apps for Apple and Android devices are compatible with nearly 89 percent of U.S. smart phone subscribers’ platforms, according to comScore.
“We felt it was important to offer an Android app to complement the version for iPhone® and iPad® – and to give districts another convenient, secure payment option to provide the families they serve,” says Tina Bennett, Horizon’s vice president of online payment systems. “Now even more parents can make their children’s meal payments on the go.”
Simplicity and security are at the core of the MyPaymentsPlus app. Users search for “MyPaymentsPlus” in the Google Play store to download the app and login with their existing MyPaymentsPlus usernames and passwords. New users can also create a login and password within the app. The MyPaymentsPlus app utilizes the same security methods used by leading online and mobile banking services.
Once in the app, a user can check a child’s account balance, review recent transactions and add more money to their MyPaymentsPlus account using a credit card, debit card, savings account, or checking account. Each account can be personalized with a child’s photo, and the app sends push notifications that alert parents when preset low-balance thresholds are reached.
New features and functionality will be released in future generations of the product. For more information, visit www.horizonsoftware.com.
About Horizon Software International
Horizon Software International (www.horizonsoftware.com) is the innovative leader in software, services and technologies for K-12 food service and online payments, with over 12,000 installations nationwide. The company, a Microsoft Partner Gold ISV headquartered near Atlanta, GA, operates as a unit of Roper Industries, Inc. Roper Industries is a market-driven, diversified growth company and is a constituent of the Fortune 1000, the Russell 1000, and the S&P 500 indices.