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

FirstBank P2P

The second largest bank by deposits in Colorado and largest locally owned bank, today announced a person-to-person (P2P) payments system as the newest tool in its robust mobile banking application. With this addition, FirstBank becomes the most recent bank to offer P2P payments through the clearXchange network, providing customers with an easy way to send and receive money via their mobile devices.

Scotia ATM Protection

Scotia Security Group has announced its intention to enter the US market with its ATM Cassette Guard device for protecting staff during cash replenishment. ATM Cassette Guard restricts access to the ATM’s cash cassettes during cash replenishment; programmable access codes and a full audit trail ensure complete access traceability, so the opportunity for fraud is extremely low. Integrated security features defend against physical attacks including thermal, cutting and explosives. Scotia Security Group has earned an enviable reputation for advanced banking security products; its customer list includes most major UK banks, many multi – national banks operating in the UK and several building societies. ATM Cassette Guard can be installed very quickly and easily; it uses existing fixing points so downtime is minimal and servicing can be carried out as normal.

Checkprint & Metro Bank

Checkprint payment solutions has been awarded a contract extension by Metro Bank for cheque services. The contract extension will see Metro Bank use the latest version of The CheckPrint Solution, the innovative, secure and versatile cheque printing system, to instantly issue chequebooks to all new account holders, within minutes of them entering the store. Replenishment books, for both personal and business customers, are also provided on tight service levels from Checkprint’s fully accredited site in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

Fime JCB mAccreditation

FIME secure-chip testing locations are now accredited to deliver testing services for JCB’s J/Speedy mobile, and contact and contactless, products. FIME’s Global test tool is available for purchase as an off-the-shelf product for in-house pre-certification testing. Using FIME’s services to test JCB’s J/Speedy products enables mobile handset, USIM and dual interface card manufacturers to confirm that the application layer of their products meets the requirements laid out by the payments system for all forms of contactless payment.