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

China’s UnionPay Inks EMV Card Deal with Philippine’s Asia Payment Network

UnionPay has made new progress in driving the rollout of products and services in overseas markets through exporting technical standards after reaching chip card standard licensing cooperation with Asian Payment Network (APN). UnionPay International has signed a card issuance agreement with the Philippine switch network, BancNet. The two will jointly promote large-scale issuance of UnionPay…

First Data and ShopKeep Team for Clover POS

First Data and ShopKeep have expanded their partnership to First Data’s Clover platform. ShopKeep is a cloud-based technology solution that transforms an iPad into a smart, connected cash register. First Data will make ShopKeep’s POS software available through First Data’s vast distribution network including major bank partners, retail partners, and its network of independent sales…

Groovv mPOS Gizmo Hits the U.S. Payments Market

Total Merchant Services has unleashed Groovv mPOS, an omni-channel, mobile point of sale solution. The solution comes with a free EMV-compliant and NFC-enabled mobile payment device for in-person payments as well as an online payments suite enabling acceptance of “card not present” payments for phone, mail and online transactions. The Groovv mPOS handheld EMV/NFC payment…

Ford SYNC Applink Set to Literally Drive Future Mobile Payments

Ford Motor has inked deals with ExxonMobil, Samsung, DriverScore, Sygic and Dash Radio to enable consumers to pay for gas without leaving the car, project a navigation map from a smartphone to the in-car touch screen, and using a new app that could help lower vehicle insurance rates. Leveraging ExxonMobil’s Speedpass+, an automated payment system…

ATM Users Can Now Swipe, Pinch and Zoom Quickly through Transactions

NCR unveiled the NCR SelfServ 80 Series, a new family of ATM solutions enabling bankers to provide one-to-one interactions at moments that are the most relevant, useful, and actionable. Through a unique combination of innovation across software, hardware, and services, consumers and financial institutions will gain many new benefits from this mobile-ready ATM solution. A…

Blockchain Technology with Thales HSM Eliminates Cybertheft

Accenture unveiled a new solution that simplifies the ability of blockchain technology to integrate with the industrial-grade security systems that support sectors including financial services, healthcare and government. The solution creates a developer-friendly interface between emerging blockchain platforms and widely used hardware security technology. Accenture cooperated with Thales – whose hardware is currently used by…