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.

GlobalPlatform Validates Fime Test Tool

GlobalPlatform, has qualified Fime’s ‘Global’ test tool, validating its ability to evaluate the functionality of secure elements (SEs) to support payment, telecom and identity applications. The tool is available for SE providers, mobile network operators (MNOs), and handset manufacturers, to purchase for pre-certification development testing, and as part of FIME’s laboratory testing service portfolio. GlobalPlatform test libraries have been added, including the Common Implementation Configuration, Secure Element Access Control and Secure Element Configuration. Additionally, the tool is qualified to confirm SE compliance to specifications outlined by the payment systems, with further libraries to be confirmed in the coming months.

SafeCharge Now a Visa Europe Principal Member

SafeCharge (SCH.L) payment technologies has been granted principal membership status for merchant acquiring by Visa Europe. The VISA agreement complements the Company’s membership of MasterCard Europe, which was granted in December 2013, and allows SafeCharge to directly acquire and process Visa and MasterCard transactions for merchants in the UK and across Europe. The membership status will reduce the Company’s direct acquiring cost structure, accelerate the merchant acquisition process and improve its competitive position for winning new business.

D+H Announces Latest Core Banking Tech Client

DH Corporation announced that Four Points Federal Credit Union has chosen its UltraData Enterprise Core solution, along with additional integrated solutions from the company, including Cavion Internet Banking, Cavion Mobile Banking, Cavion Remote Deposit Capture, Item Processing Services, Touché CRM, MortgagebotLOS and MortgagebotPOS mortgage origination solutions and the Servicing Director loan servicing system. Four Points Federal Credit Union, based in Omaha, Neb., selected D+H based on a combination of the extensive capabilities of the UltraData Enterprise Core Solution; its tight integration with the Company’s other channel, payment and lending solutions; and the Company’s reputation and proven track record surrounding client support and innovation.

VF Taxis

VeriFone plans to expand its taxi and media services to Istanbul and throughout Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. Through this expansion, VeriFone stands to provide more than 20,000 additional taxis with secure, in-taxi and mobile payments, mobile hailing and booking, and interactive multimedia content during passenger rides.    

MainStream Merchant Services Partners Womply

MainStream Merchant Services launches MainStream Insights, the industry’s leading merchant analytics platform powered by Womply. MainStream Insights will provide merchants with access to rich, highly-relevant data about their business they can use to grow, outpace the competition and increase their bottom line. MainStream Insights allows merchants a secure way to manage revenues, online reputation, and social media, through a central online dashboard designed to provide merchants with easy access to powerfully informative business tools. These tools vividly bring data to life to help merchants make better decisions and execute effective business plans.MainStream Insights offers merchants Revenue and Transaction Analytics, Market Intelligence and Competitor Monitoring.

Square Announces Analytics Tool

Square announced Analytics to its complete Register service. The powerful reporting and analytics tool delivers sellers actionable data to increase sales and better serve their customers. Square Analytics integrates the full suite of Square Register products including Pickup, Invoices, and Appointments, making it the most robust point of sale service. Expensive annual fees, tedious set-up processes, and irrelevant, generalized reports have traditionally excluded small business owners from useful information available to larger merchants. Building on the sales data to which Square sellers already have access, the new mobile-optimized Square Analytics delivers information including most-popular items and categories, busiest time of day, and a holistic view of customer spending.