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

Verifone’s V400m Offers Hand-Held Advanced Commerce Capabilities

Verifone has unveiled the world’s smallest, full-functioning, portable payment device. The new V400m is intuitive, connected, and commerce-enabled, bringing experiences to the customer wherever they are. A part of the fully-integrated, Linux-based Verifone Engage family, the V400m is a result of the strategy at Verifone to offer new value at the POS by increasing loyalty…

Excentus Intros an Electronic Punch-Card Loyalty Program

Excentus, a provider of loyalty marketing and technology services, and Verifone have jointly developed a solution to enable merchants using Verifone Commander Site Controller to offer their customers an electronic punch-card loyalty program. It will work with a simple-to-use mobile application for Apple iOS and Android operating systems as part of the standard Commander offering.…

Voice Recognition and Financial Services Applications Come Together

Voice Recognition and Financial Services Applications Come Together

BioConnect and VoiceVault inked a partnership to integrate VoiceVault’s voice recognition software with the BioConnect Identity Platform mobile solution. The BioConnect and VoiceVault partnership will transform identity verification; users respond to a short visual or audio prompt with their spoken voice as part of one central, scalable Identity Platform that encompasses multiple biometric types. The…

Briefs: INTEL; BMO; VANTIV; and WU.

In Other News: INTEL (Visa); BMO (MasterCard); VANTIV (products); and WU (omni-channel). INTEL – Intel and Visa inked a collaboration agreement to help bring world-class payment and data security technologies to the growing world of connected devices—from personal computers and mobile devices, to intelligent appliances and wearable technologies. With the spectrum of commerce growing in…