Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

Cubic Transportation Systems Pilot Trial of NextAgent Underway

Cubic Transportation Systems Pilot Trial of NextAgent Underway

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Cubic Transportation Systems announced the pilot trial of NextAgent, an innovative hybrid between a virtual walk-up ticket office and a ticket vending machine with a video-linked call center, at the central station in Essen, Germany in cooperation with Essener Verkehrs-AG (EVAG). Essen will be the first German city to field trial…

MC CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index

MC CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Eight countries from the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region have ranked among the top ten destinations in the global Muslim travel market. The MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2016, which covers 130 destinations, saw the UAE moving up one spot to second place on the list of Organization of…

The PCI SSC and ECPA have a Strategic Regional Partner

The PCI SSC and ECPA have a Strategic Regional Partner

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) and the European Card Payment Association (ECPA) is now a strategic regional member of the PCI Council. Supporting the shared goal of a single, globally unified data security standard, ECPA will collaborate on future versions of the global PCI Data Security Standard…

Curb Takes NYC Taxis to a New Level w/Advance Booking

Curb Takes NYC Taxis to a New Level w/Advance Booking

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Verifone’s Curb, the national taxi-hailing app that will be the first to introduce advance booking for traditional, licensed taxi rides in New York. Using Curb to book a cab will be as simple as: opening the app, setting the pick-up location, and selecting to hail a cab for now or reserve…

Edge mPOS Solution is Disruptive in South Africa Market

Edge mPOS Solution is Disruptive in South Africa Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] To increase the uptake of mobile POS (mPOS) among small and medium sized merchants, solution providers in South Africa are offering terminals at lower costs. One of the latest being the introduction of the Edge mPOS solution in July 2014 by South Africa-based technology provider Emerge Mobile. It costs US$92.1 (ZAR1,000),…

Android Pay w/MasterCard Assaults the British Market

Android Pay w/MasterCard Assaults the British Market

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Millions of MasterCard cardholders and Android device owners in the UK will soon have additional safe and secure ways to make mobile payments and purchases, as Google will launch Android Pay. HSBC, Lloyds, MBNA and M&S Bank will be the first banks to support Android Pay in the UK, following Android…

PAIDYET (update); FUTUREPAY (award); EPX (award); and FISERV (award)

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] In Other News: PAIDYET (update); FUTUREPAY (award); EPX (award); and FISERV (award). PAIDYET – The new version includes several new features, including giving consumers the freedom to add multiple payment methods to their eWallet, the ability for merchants to link multiple merchant accounts to a single user account, and the addition…

Middle East Payment Services Inks a Big Deal with UnionPay

Middle East Payment Services Inks a Big Deal with UnionPay

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UnionPay and MEPS (Middle East Payment Services), the second largest acquirer in Jordan signed a cooperation agreement, according to which all POS terminals of MEPS will be able to accept UnionPay cards by the end of this year. Then, UnionPay cards will be accepted at all ATMs and merchants in Jordan,…

3dcart Finally Does the Deed with PayPal’s Braintree

3dcart Finally Does the Deed with PayPal’s Braintree

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] 3dcart is offering seamless payment processing from PayPal’s Braintree to make it easier for small and medium-sized retailers to succeed at selling online. 3dcart’s 17k merchants will gain access to an end-to-end payment solution that will allow them to start accepting payments with a single click, without needing to go through…

PCI SSC and the ECPA Finally Hook Up

PCI SSC and the ECPA Finally Hook Up

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) and the European Card Payment Association (ECPA) is now a strategic regional member of the PCI Council. Supporting the shared goal of a single, globally unified data security standard, ECPA will collaborate on future versions of the global PCI Data Security Standard…

Alternative Payment Methods are Rocketing in 2016

Alternative Payment Methods are Rocketing in 2016

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Alternative online payment methods are popular in many emerging markets and as these markets’ share of global B2C E-Commerce is rising, the share of alternative online payments will rise. Credit card remained the leading online payment method on a global scale in 2015, according to the research findings cited in a…