Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) is introducing EMV-compliant Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology in its in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. Industry observers had recently predicted on-board NFC applications were years away, but Panasonic will be launching the technology with airlines in the summer of 2015. Passengers and crew will be able to use NFC-enabled smart phones and cards in-flight for high value transactions and purchases; synchronization of personal data to create just-for-me experiences; recognition of a passenger’s Frequent Flyer status via NFC card or phone, giving access to benefits or promotions, such as free Wi-Fi for Gold members; and pairing of NFC-enabled devices with the embedded IFEC system, allowing airlines to push information to passengers during their flight.
VA-based Transaction Network Services has introduced managed POS encryption which includes support for the VeriShield Protect end-to-end encryption solution from VeriFone and Trustwave’s hardware-agnostic point-to-point encryption. The point-to-point encryption solutions will help merchants protect sensitive cardholder data.
Apriva end-to-end wireless transactions, gateway services, and secure information solutions, expanded features within AprivaPay Plus POS software. AprivaPay Plus now delivers highly sophisticated analytics capabilities to brands, enhanced reporting features to merchants via an online web companion portal, iPhone 6/iOS8 compatibility and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. M-commerce will be the dominant business model, with $516 billion in sales driving more than 70 percent of all mobile internet revenue by 2017. As the industry grows, enhanced analytics, functionality, broader language support, and robust reporting for both merchants and brands are becoming more critical. Brands using AprivaPay Plus as a white-labeled application will now be able to access detailed anonymized analytics on their brand’s user base including demographics, geo-location, user engagement statistics, device information and marketing data, allowing them to identify their precise user-base, tailor their application accordingly and drive future business via key performance indicators.
Discover Financial Services has issed D-PAS certification to Oberthur Technologies’ Cosmo RSA v5, for use throughout the Discover Global Network, which includes Discover, Diners Club International, PULSE and global network relationships.
ArrivaPay Plus, utilized by three of the nation’s top five banks, has been beefed-up with new features. The enhancements include: sophisticated analytics capabilities to brands; enhanced reporting features to merchants via an online web companion porta; iPhone 6/iOS8 compatibility; and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.
CA-based Blackhawk Nation has closed on its transaction to acquire TX-based CardLab. CardLab.com is among the largest online stores focused solely on prepaid incentive cards. CardLab currently supports over 9,000 corporate clients.
FreedomPay Commerce Platform PCI-Validated P2PE mWallet EMV solution will be implemented is to be implemented with Apple Pay. FreedomPay Commerce Platform is broadly integrated with POS systems and technologies that allow individual merchants and enterprises a single platform to accept all traditional and emerging payment technologies, including via mobile, EMV and card not present.
CardWeb’s CardExecs database today features June Lee Felix, President of Europe and member of VeriFone’s Management Committee. VeriFone is one of the largest payments service providers in the UK.
VeriFone’s Payments as a Service (PaaS) platform for the UK market”PAYware Ocius”has been certified by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) as an approved Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution. PCI SSC certification validates PAYware Ocius’ ability to help merchants enhance security and reduce the scope of PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) management through P2PE of cardholder data.
It has been projected Brits will make 500 million contactless payments between now and December 2015. The forecast is based on two major development in the U.K.: Transport for London’s (TfL) travel network accepting Visa contactless cards on multiple forms of transport and the introduction of mobile contactless services.
MasterCard Advisors appointed Pierre Burret as Head of Delivery, Quality & Resource Management for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Eric Schneider as Region Business Lead for Asia Pacific. Burret will lead delivery, quality and resource management across three key regions (Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa). In his new role, Burret will lead and develop the MasterCard Advisors’ consulting team to deliver business intelligence and provide solutions to financial institutions, merchants, governments and other organizations. Meanwhile Eric Schneider will serve as Region Head, who has moved from the U.S. where he served as group head and member of the MasterCard Advisors management team for the U.S. market. Schneider will be based in Singapore, and will oversee MasterCard Advisors’ market operations in the Asia Pacific region.
SmartStream Technologies announced the hire of Richard Nicholas as Director of Professional Services, Asia Pacific. Richard will be responsible for professional services and programme management across the region. Richard has been working in the Asia Pacific region for 15 years and brings with him over 20 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining SmartStream, he has held senior professional services and programme management positions at HSBC, ION Trading, Misys and Standard Chartered Bank.