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

Payment Alliance International an ATMIA Global Sponsor

Payment Alliance International ATM and electronic payment processing announced global sponsorship of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA). ATMIA is an independent, non-profit trade association whose mission is to promote ATM convenience, growth and usage worldwide; protect the ATM industry’s assets, interests, good name and public trust; and to provide education, best practices, political voice and networking opportunities for member organizations. PAI is one of the largest ATM deployers in North America with more than 65,000 locations in the PAI Alliance Network. Uniquely positioned in the payments marketplace, PAI offers custom ATM programs and services for retailers and financial institutions including ATM cash management and branding solutions, as well as a variety of electronic payment options.

Oink Announces Latest Addition to Exec Team

Virtual Piggy, Inc. (OTCQB: VPIG), provider of innovative safe payment technology, Oink, announced the appointment of Trent Walker to Senior Leader in the role VP Business Development – Key Accounts. Trent Walker brings over ten years of payments and finance industry expertise, working with many of the world’s leading corporations, including Google and Facebook. For the past six years, Mr. Walker has held strategic leadership roles within the financial services department at Arvato, the $6 billion per year division of Bertlesmann. Oink is the only payment technology designed to allow retailers and game publishers to reach under 21 consumers in a safe, legal, and effective manner compliant with the FTC and other international regulations. This innovative technology serves as a digital family wallet that is available online or via mobile and allows safe, secure transactions – all within parental controls.

Discover Honored for Next Generation Customer Service Application

Discover Financial Services is on InformationWeek Elite 100 — a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S. Discover made the list by developing a new application that provides a fully comprehensive, customer-centric view and supplies account managers with better data and up-to-the-minute information, allowing them to provide superior customer service. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek Elite 100 spotlights the power of business technology innovation. The InformationWeek Elite 100 research tracks the technology-based investments, strategies, and results of some of the best-known organizations in the country.

RAIL Payment To Support EMV Payments

Viableware, innovators of the RAIL today unveiled an updated version of its RAIL payment device that accommodates for the use of EMV smart card payments. The enhanced RAIL device is engineered to accept any chip-based payment card from the table and securely communicate with the leading restaurant POS systems – including MICROS, NCR Aloha, Squirrel and Dinerware – strengthening customer security and mitigating restaurant liability for credit card fraud.

ACI Launches SaaS-Based EMV Lifecycle Management

ACI Worldwide announced the availability of its EMV lifecycle management solution, ACI UP Token Manager, as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering for US debit issuers. ACI is the first vendor to offer a SaaS-based EMV lifecycle management solution, which comes on the heels of the US debit industry recently banding together on EMV deployment decisions, particularly for debit issuers. A SaaS-based EMV lifecycle management solution will enable issuers to dynamically modify and configure parameters for customers, enabling differentiation in the marketplace. ACI’s flexible new solution offers rich business functionality, delivering peace of mind to issuers by providing the benefits of an in-house deployment for data preparation. Unlike typical outsourced offerings, this cost-effective solution provides considerable value added services, such as online access to card, chip and application data for customer support as well as the ability to provide card supplier independence.

VeriFone Edition of First Data TransArmor

VeriFone Systems, Inc. and First Data Corporation announced today the launch of the VeriFone edition of the First Data® TransArmor™ solution for U.S. multi-lane and petroleum merchants. The TransArmor, VeriFone edition, is an end-to-end encryption and tokenization solution that is a result of a partnership between VeriFone and First Data to address retailers’ need for enhanced payment security.

PPRO Group Names CSO

PPRO Group, end-to-end solution provider for international electronic payment, announced that it is expanding its international reach and has added new members to its team to drive this process.Since the start of 2014, three experts with vast, hands-on experience have been heading up sales, strategy and marketing activities. Director International Sales, Frank Breuss (38) is responsible for customer acquisition and for customer and partner relationship management. As Chief Strategy Officer, Ralf Ohlhausen (52) will be driving global expansion and Elke Woessner (39) will be looking after corporate communications as Head of PR and

VTB24 Deploys NCR Cash Recycling

NCR begun modernizing the ATM network of VTB24 with its SelfServ cash recycling functionality. The modular self-service systems help to improve the quality and reliability of service and make everyday financial transactions more convenient for customers.A cash recycling ATM dispenses cash deposited by one customer to the next customer withdrawing money. The cash recycling feature has been approved by the Russian Central Bank in early 2013. Since then, VTB24 has upgraded 65 of the existing intelligent deposit ATMs within its network to recycling functionality in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Cash recycling allows VTB24 to free up their bank tellers to provide superior customer service and engage new clients.

TSWG integrates EyeVerify Eyeprint Verification

EyeVerify, San Jose, California, Finovate start-up and TSWG (The System Works Group) from Brisbane, Australia announces that TSWG NetTeller Mobile Money will integrate with EyeVerify’s Eyeprint Verification across iOS and Android devices.
TSWG is a leading provider of secure and agile digital banking technology, and will integrate the patented Eyeprint Verification technology; which is available only from EyeVerify and provides a highly accurate, user friendly biometric authentication stack.