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

Inside Secure Launches HCE Payments App

Inside Secure announces at Cartes America the launch of a white-label Android application for Host Card Emulation (HCE) based payments.The new MatrixHCE product enables mobile payment application providers to accelerate time to market by using the pre-validated HCE payment functionality. It includes the highest level of software security to defend against any attacks in the hostile mobile environment. Introduced on Android 4.4 (KitKat), Host Card Emulation (HCE) allows for contactless payments (and other services including loyalty programs, building access and transit passes) to be made directly between the consumers’ bank mobile application and the retailers point-of-sale, using NFC technology. It allows sensitive data used to facilitate transactions to be stored on, and accessed from, cloud servers rather than a mobile device and without the use of a hardware secure element.

iPayment Posts 1Q/14 Revenue Up 1.4%

iPayment posted 1Q/14 results, having processed $5.2 billion in total transaction volume, a 1.2% decrease from the same period in 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, the Company processed 80.4 million transactions, an increase of 1.0% from the first quarter of 2013. Total revenues increased by 1.4% to $158.1 million for the first quarter of 2014 from $156.0 million for the first quarter of 2013. This increase was primarily due to higher volume per merchant, partially offset by a lower number of merchants on file during the first quarter of 2014 versus the first quarter of 2013.

Bitcoin integrated into Toshiba’s VisualTouch

BitPay announces a partnership to integrate bitcoin acceptance into VisualTouch, Toshiba’s premiere POS Software Solution. Toshiba VisualTouch is a complete point of sale system that provides the advanced POS functionality needed for business management. VisualTouch POS is used in the Hospitality, Food Service, Grocery, Retail and Concession industries with a combined install base of more than 6,000 unique customers and some customers having up to 1,600 locations each.

HyperWallet launches direct-to-bank money transfers

hyperWALLET launched payment services to India, providing corporations with a fast, low-cost method of making payments via direct-to-bank money transfers in local currency. hyperWALLET has facilitated corporations to make fully-compliant, low-cost electronic payments to Indian bank accounts in INR currency, typically within 1-2 business days.With the addition of payments to India, hyperWALLET continues to enhance their global payment platform and expand their global payments footprint. hyperWALLET’s payment platform enables companies and individuals to receive and manage their funds using a variety of options including online e-wallets, bank deposit, prepaid cards, cash pickup, via mobile phone and more.

Telefónica Deploying OT’s MultiSIM for O2

Oberthur Technologies announced massive deliveries of OT’s MultiSIM for O2 in Germany. OT developed the MultiSIM form factor and adjusted it according to Telefónica Germany requirements. From now on, O2customers do not need to worry anymore, as their new SIM card will fit into any mobile phone. If they want to change from one form factor to another, they do not need to ask their operator for a new SIM card, but can just deplug their MultiSIM. The introduction of OT’s MultiSIM by Telefónica Germany is in line with the issuing of SIM-Plugs instead of ID-sized card bodies which allows the recycling of plastics and marks another step toward environmental sustainability.

MoneyPass ATM Network Launches Contest for Cardholders

The MoneyPass Network is celebrating another year of increased growth with a contest for cardholders. The MoneyPass “Caught Without Cash” contest gives cardholders an opportunity to win one of two weekly $100 drawings and a grand prize of $1,000. The “Caught Without Cash” contest runs through June 1, 2014. Contestants enter by sharing a brief story about a time they were caught without cash when it was needed, such as paying a babysitter or shopping at a farmers market. Two $100 winners are drawn each week during the contest. Entries can be voted on by visitors to the contest site and one entry will be chosen from the top ten entries as the grand prize winner at the end of the contest. MoneyPass participants are encouraged to promote the contest to cardholders as a way to increase awareness of the benefits of MoneyPass access.

Western Union bids to unlock user data potential with Informatica

Informatica Corporation (INFA) data integration software announced that the Western Union Company has made Informatica the data integration provider for its internal data initiative. Data insights are helping Western Union continue to enhance its digital service offerings, maximize customer satisfaction and improve brand loyalty across the many facets of its global operations. In 2013, Western Union completed 242 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide and 459 million business payments, equating to more than 29 transactions per second, on average.

2Checkout Offers Online Checkout Methods with Payments API

2Checkout released a new suite of payment API (Application Programming Interface) libraries from beta testing, letting merchants embed 2Checkout’s payment processing capabilities directly into their website. The 2Checkout Payment API libraries join 2Checkout’s hosted options: Standard Checkout and Inline Checkout. With these three checkout platforms, 2Checkout is the payments vendor with the broadest set of customizable payment methods in the world. Merchants use 2Checkout to process credit card, debit card and PayPal payments, allowing them to directly integrate 2Checkout’s technology into their website with complete coding control. They can therefore focus on designing a unique and branded checkout experience for their customers. Standard Checkout displays checkout pages based on the buyer’s device while maintaining the merchant’s unique branding. Inline Checkout provides a simple payment form that gives shoppers the appearance that they are still on the merchant’s site. The Payment API empowers merchants to integrate 2Checkout’s payment processing directly into their website with the most customization options.

Fiserv Granted Patent on Value Optimization

Fiserv has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a customer value optimization process in its Predictive ScoresSM solution. Using this newly patented process, financial institutions can benefit from the ability to proactively identify and approach customers with the optimum product, service or treatment they may need at the right time, through the appropriate channels. This can improve the current and future value of the customer, reduce their risk of attrition and increase satisfaction. Customer Value Optimization elevates the ROI of traditional cross-sales programs to previously unattainable levels while Predictive Scores from Fiserv is a suite of solutions that enables financial institutions to identify and prioritize the customers or members who are most likely to be receptive to marketing and sales initiatives by optimizing the revenue potential of each customer or member, and by understanding the most relevant products and services they are most likely to buy.