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

ICD Implements Volante Designer to Integrate Swift Payment

Volante added Institutional Cash Distributors Technology, LLC, the technology arm of ICD. ICD is a world leader in the provision of institutional investment and risk management tools. ICD’s selection of Volante Designer was driven by the firm’s need to process and transform multiple different data formats using a suite of technology tools that integrated seamlessly with their existing development foundation. Volante Technologies offers easy-to-use, fast and innovative data-transformation tools. Clients use Volante’s products for SWIFT and other messaging standards as well as for the adaptation of their own internal data formats for integration with back-end applications. Volante’s solutions can easily meet new requirements brought about by changing regulation; an on-going and ever-evolving challenge for financial services firms. Volante solutions are both scalable and efficient, enabling businesses to focus on growth rather than the efforts and costs associated with messaging transformation and integration.

E-Complish unveils SMS payment tech

E-Complish has released a new payment system called E-Complish Text2Pay, a mobile text-based service that allows you to accept a wide variety of payment types through SMS Text Messaging Technology. Featuring a SMS platform powered by Telescope.tv, the trusted company behind text voting for American Idol, The Voice, The X-Factor, the NBA and more. E-Complish Text2Pay is designed to guarantee text message delivery, to be compliant with the FCC and Mobile Marketing Association’s Best Practices, and provides easy integration with all E-Complish solutions using their all-in-one online payment system, VirtualPay. This new service has been designed from the ground up to enhance E-Complish’s already diverse payment solutions. Customers will be notified via text messaging of their upcoming bill. Upon entering their preselected PIN, the customer can elect to safely pay their bill through E-Complish Text2Pay, any time of the day, using their securely stored payment information.

Square targets Latino market with Spanish language kit

Square launched a complete point of sale and suite of business tools in Spanish for the growing number of Latino sellers across the United States. Square’s signature Register, dashboard of reports and sophisticated analytics, online Market, and mobile products give businesses powerful and affordable tools to start, run, and grow. The complete suite of products are now available in Spanish for Latino sellers across the United States.Square’s free card reader and free software enable anyone to safely and securely accept credit cards and run a business from an iPhone, iPad or Android device. Funds from swiped payments are available the next business day, eliminating the wait for cash flow.

European ISPs Support for Visa V.me

VIisa Europe announced new partnerships with fifteen European Internet Payment Service Providers (IPSPs), giving the V.me by Visa digital wallet service access to their extensive e-commerce merchant portfolios, and supporting the continued growth and availability of the multi-market wallet service. The agreements increase the reach of V.me by Visa and as a result, Visa expects many more retailers to have access to V.me and be capable of processing transactions by the end of 2014. The partnerships include First Data, Pensio, Capita Software Services, The Logic Group, Sage Pay, CreditCall, FIS, Verifone, eCard, Dotpay, Worldline, Atos subsidiary in e-payment services, Payline by Monext, Payzen by Lyra Network, Paybox (Point VeriFone) and Be2Bill (Rentabiliweb).

Western Union & Paga Expand mMoney Transfer Network

Western Union global payment services launched its mobile money transfer service to Nigeria, which increases the reach of Western Union payout options in the country. The new service to Nigeria integrates directly with Paga, the leading mobile payment platform in Nigeria, with more than 1.2 million users. Paga users now have the option of receiving a Western Union Money Transfer® transaction directly into their Paga account. Using Paga’s multi-channel platform, consumers can withdraw the money by sending it to a bank account, withdrawing from an ATM, or through Paga’s network of over 4,000 agents in Nigeria. Consumers can also choose to pick-up their funds at participating Western Union® Agent locations across the country.

Collis compliance test suite gets GlobalPlatform qualification

GlobalPlatform has qualified the Collis Compliance Test Suite for GlobalPlatform Common Implementation Configuration for Amendment D and E. The Collis Compliance Test Suite for GlobalPlatform Common Implementation Configuration implements the official test plan developed for the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program. The test suite ensures the compliance of the core features of a card that implements GlobalPlatform Card version 2.2.1 technology. This includes the enhanced security options from Amendments D and E. This test suite has achieved qualified status under the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program. GlobalPlatform has extended its compliance program to provide a formal framework that enables the creation and qualification of test tools that can now be used to confirm the compliance of a card product to the association’s Card Specification and different configurations.

MasterCard MasterPass Hits New Market

MasterCard launched MasterPass, its cutting edge digital service in China, enabling Chinese consumers to be the first in Asia to experience a simpler, quicker and more secure way to shop online and overseas, at thousands of MasterPass-accepting online retailers. China Construction Bank, with the largest cardholder base in the country, will be the first issuer to leverage the MasterPass platform to enable its digital wallet, LongPass. MasterPass enables consumers to make online payments in a comfortable, fast and safe way as they can conveniently and securely store their MasterCard and other branded credit, debit and prepaid card information, shipping details and more, simplifying the process of completing a transaction from any connected device including PCs, tablets and smartphones.

MoneyGram Expands in Brazil

Consumers in Brazil have more options when they send and receive money transfers thanks to an agreement with MoneyGram and São Paulo, Brazil-based Confidence Câmbio. Customers can now use MoneyGram services at 69 Confidence Câmbio stores across the country. Confidence Câmbio is a well-known company with a presence in many of the largest cities in Brazil. It is part of Confidence Group which also owns the first foreign exchange bank in this country. Group Confidence is part of Travelex – the largest foreign exchange group in the world.

SmartMetric Predicts Judgement on Against Visa and MasterCard

SmartMetric expects that its motions which it has brought in its patent infringement law suit against both Visa and MasterCard to be heard by the US Federal Circuit Court this coming May.
If, as expected, the Court’s hearing is held in May, then a ruling can be reasonably expected by June 2014. SmartMetric is asking the Federal Circuit Court to make a ruling on its motions before the Court that both defendants, Visa and MasterCard are in control of the EMV technology used on the new chip credit and debit cards and therefore are liable as patent infringing parties. In representations to the court Visa and MasterCard have denied they “control” the offending technology therefore should not be held liable. SmartMetric believes this to be a preposterous position of the card company’s especially in the light that both company’s expert witnesses under oath in deposition have acknowledged that Visa and Mastercard do control the technology.

Oink Partners with Plinga For Payment Technology

Oink announced that it has partnered with Plinga GmbH to provide a safe, seamless payment technology for their social games. Plinga’s 15 currently published titles are played by more than 30 million users per month, in 16 different languages, and on more than 2,000 social networks and web portals around the globe. Oink is a mobile-first payment technology designed to allow retailers and game publishers to reach consumers in a safe, legal and effective manner compliant with the FTC and other international regulations. The award-winning technology serves as a digital family wallet that is available online or via mobile and allows safe, secure transactions – and can be enhanced with parental controls.

Sionic Mobile Adds Google Wallet

Sionic Mobile announced it has added and now features the ability to pay with Google Wallet in its ION Rewards® app for Android, available for free in Google Play. For a limited introductory period, users will get paid double ION rewards, two percent of their purchase amount, each time they checkout using the “Buy with Google” option. ION is the first fully digital cloud-based mCommerce platform and may be used at more than 25,000 retail and restaurant locations including Lowe’s, Staples, Sephora and Papa John’s Pizza.

USA Technologies Upgrade ePort Connect for Tokens

USA Technologies enhanced its ePort Connect service that expand and strengthen its menu of value-added cashless payment, telemetry and consumer engagement services designed for self-serve retailing industries such as vending, amusement and arcade, commercial laundry and kiosk. The upgrade includes special enhancements such as secure card tokenization, new capabilities designed to optimize USAT’s loyalty and prepaid program, MORE., in micro-market environments and new operational tools designed to provide customers additional real-time data about the status of their connected devices. Information regarding some of the latest enhancements to ePort Connect® follows.