“If it doesn't exist,
we'll create it.”

-Lars Olof Känngård

Innovators

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Lars Olof Känngård

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Mats Engström



For those who might have been following the development of the ViA® Model, you would know that for 35 years, Lars Olof Känngård and his co-inventor, Mats Engström, are the Swedish IT trendsetters. Together with a unique management team and world class advisers, they have been making their mark on history by bringing to the world, several of well-known innovations within it, in security, telecom and systems solutions.

"Since 1998, we have been continuously developing solutions for going towards a cashless society, making POS devices affordable by innovating value-added services and turning merchants' costs into a new source of Revenue Stream", states Lars Olof Känngård.

Lars Olof Känngård, is indeed, a true 'Visionary'. At the tender age of 16, Lars submitted the application for his first patent. He later invented the system for Voice Mail, that is still being used in Sweden and now holds his most disruptive innovation of all his over 60 patents, the ViACard MiniPAY™ Solution, which is well on its way to revolutionizing the world of payments as they have been known up till now.

Mats Engström, is the co‐inventor of the ViA MiniPay™ concept and, as Lars always states, “my half brain.” Mats and Lars have been a team since 1983, and all of the solutions created by them are built and put into work by Mats. Mats is like a hardware system, a component and a software core‐developer who has built his own solutions from an early age and now has over 40 years of experience in the same.

“The ViA MiniPay™ solution, is the most appealing innovation we have made and for sure it has a global possibility”, states Mats Engström.

"Passion for innovation - Pride in accomplishment."

ViA-timeline

Our Achievements


1976


Lars Olof Känngård invented
RFID Tag shoplifting

1983


FREE and open e-mail
platform, started.

1985


Ported voicemail for
PDP systems to industry
PC-Boards, MiniVoice.

1987


First integration of
Voicemail with
NMT & GSM

1995


Started one of the first
private telecom companies in Sweden – TeliTel AB.

1992


Co‐Founder of ViATEL AB payment solution for IKEA and others with IVR solution.

1989


Launched the MiniVoice
Solution from its own factory

1988


Established ESSELTE VOICE AB
in Sweden. Value Added Services for Telecom

1988


Established ESSELTE VOICE AB
in Sweden. Value Added Services for Telecom

1989


Suggested a global digital
currency, the d-dollar, in Dubai.

1992


Co‐Founder of ViATEL AB payment solution for IKEA and others with IVR solution.

1995


Started sixth private telecom
bringing private operator TeliTel inSweden.

1998


Suggested a global digital
currency, the d-dollar,
in Dubai.

2001


Founding member of
making Internet Multi-linguistic

2005


Started ViA® with its
multi-function & multi-service POS device.

2010-2015


Operated the largest
pre-paid solution provider, ePAYThailand.

2018


Conceptualised and
launched MiniPay™, bringing
to the world the first offline
payment solution.

2016


Prepared work in Senegal, Africa, for a secure payment concept for west Africa and 120 million farmers.

2016


Prepared work in Senegal, Africa, for a secure payment concept for west Africa and 120 million farmers.

2018


Conceptualised and
launched MiniPay™, bringing
to the world the first offline
payment solution.