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

Pulse to Accept EMV Visa Debit

Visa and PULSE signed agreements to enable financial institutions that issue EMV debit cards on both the Visa and PULSE networks to use Visa’s common debit solution. Visa’s common application identifier (AID) supports U.S. debit regulations requiring the ability to route transactions over multiple, unaffiliated networks. A common debit solution shared among all participants will help to accelerate EMV chip adoption in the United States and provide a uniform platform that will enable network innovation. PULSE will use functionality on Visa’s common AID to facilitate all types of point-of-sale debit transactions on its network. In addition, the agreement enables PULSE to facilitate domestic ATM transactions on its network and provides for issuer choice in the routing of ATM transactions.

Diebold Unveils Green, Power-Efficient ATM

The Diebold 429 ATM intelligent-powered ATM is designed to use as little as 70 watts of power, consuming up to 40 percent less energy than other models. Currently available in the Indian market, the Diebold 429 ATM could save enough energy annually to power more than 1,200 Indian households. The Diebold 429 offers a solution for financial institutions to better serve people living in areas with limited power. In India for example, approximately 40 percent of the country’s population is underbanked. Diebold was the industry’s only global ATM provider with the ability to deliver a workable solution that met India’s uninterruptible power supply requirements. Diebold is delivering 2,100 Diebold 429 ATMs for India’s Bank of Baroda (BoB), making it possible for BoB to expand self-service options to locations – and consumers – it could not previously reach. The system automatically chooses which power source to draw from – either the internal battery or alternating current (AC) power grid – ensuring that the unit does not exceed 100 watts of power usage.

PayRange Mobile Payment System

The PayRange system includes Blukey™ hardware, a mobile app and service, and is poised to be the world’s simplest payment solution for machines. When users are in “PayRange””or about arm’s length from the machine”they receive an alert and can then immediately “swipe” their finger on their smartphone’s touchscreen to send payment to the machine via a Bluetooth LE connection.

MasterCard MasterPass Embarks on Latest Market

MasterPass digital payment solution from MasterCard is now available in Italy. Following its success in the US, Australia, Canada and the UK, MasterPass is now debuting in Italy thanks to MasterCard’s agreements with the country’s major banks and an increasing number of participating retailers. Over 3,500 of Italy’s leading brands and companies have recognised the new business opportunities e-commerce has to offer. With digital shopping becoming an increasingly multi-channel process in Italy, MasterPass is making online purchasing even faster, simpler and more secure. Having stored their name, card and shipping details when they sign up for the service, consumers no longer need to enter them at the checkout: they simply click or tap on the “Buy with MasterPass” button and enter their password to complete the payment. This kind of simplicity is fundamental to the growth of e-commerce, now a well-established phenomenon with 3.7 million Italians making at least 10 online purchases a year and a rise in online shopping using mobile devices.

Payza Available to Canadian Merchants

Payza online payment platforms for e-commerce, corporate disbursements and remittances formed a strategic relationship to provide credit and debit payment service to merchants based on fully-featured Payza as a Platform enterprise solution. The service offers highly competitive pricing, a wide range of supported payment methods, built-in security and fraud protection, strong merchant support, and a host of tools, features, and reporting options. The platform’s business payment module will enable businesses to accept major credit cards, with payments settled directly into their bank account. The recurring billing feature also has a variety of intervals and billing terms, and is created at a product level which allows for additional products to be added to the basic subscription. Unlike other payment processors and merchant accounts that charge monthly, gateway and other service fees on top of transaction fees, the Payza Merchant Gateway only charges for the processed transactions.

Canadian regulators propose new crowdfunding exemptions

The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA), Financial and Consumer Service Commission of New Brunswick (FCNB), the Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) and the Nova Scotia Securities Commission (NSSC) published for comment the Integrated Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption (the Crowdfunding Exemption) and the Start-Up Crowdfunding Prospectus and Registration Exemption (the Start-Up Exemption). The proposed exemptions would, subject to certain conditions, allow both reporting and non-reporting issuers to raise money by distributing securities through internet portals. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is also publishing the Crowdfunding Exemption for comment by way of a local notice and the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) is also concurrently publishing a local notice soliciting comments on the Start-Up Exemption.

ReD and Alpha Payments Cloud Partner

ReD global fraud prevention and Alpha Payments Cloud payments solution partnered to support acquirers and merchants as they drive secure cross-border ecommerce growth. The partnership will make ReD’s highly regarded, real-time fraud prevention service, ReD Shield®, available to Alpha Payments Cloud clients across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America, via the APC Product Hub.

GoNow Issued Patent for Mobile eWallets

GoNow Technologies has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for two-way, secure, wireless communication between a smartphone or other computing device and a reprogrammable card with data storage in a fully encrypted, secure element on the GoNow Card. The value of a reprogrammable card, paired with an eWallet on a smartphone, has now been recognized as the key way to enable 100% acceptance of phone based eWallets. When paired with any eWallet application on a smartphone, a single reprogrammable GoNow Card can store more than 50 credit, debit, ATM, loyalty or gift cards. The user simply selects the payment or other card on the phone eWallet, or from a set already on the card, and the magstripe on the card is instantly programmed with the key data for the card selected. The GoNow Card can then be used at any traditional magstripe, Dip, ATM or other reader, with no changes necessary to current retailer terminals or back office systems.

CardinalCommerce Patents Tokenization Technology

CardinalCommerce remote commerce received new intellectual property protection with regard to technology that expands its Universal Merchant Platform invention, related to its tokenization technology, in the form of patent US 8,645,266 B2. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Cardinal the patent on February 4, 2014. Cardinal’s Universal Merchant Platform technology includes a system for securely processing Consumer Authentication for applications including eCommerce. The company’s patents on the invention date back to 2002. The new patent provides further and strengthened protection for Cardinal’s tokenization technology within the Cardinal Centinel® platform.

Comtrex integrates Eagle Eye AIR POS

Comtrex Systems EPOS partnered Eagle Eye digital consumer engagement solutions. Eagle Eye AIR allows merchants to easily connect with potential and existing customers to deliver relevant offers, rewards and services that can be redeemed securely through any POS. Following a successful engagement supporting the Tesco Clubcard Boost programme with high street brands such as Zizzi, Prezzo and Ask, the EPOS provider expanded the Eagle Eye AIR platform into all existing points of sale. Based on the results of current merchants using this programme, switching from paper to digital vouchers will see a quick ROI including a reduction in operational costs, the elimination of fraud and an improved customer experience. The platform enables real time validation providing merchants with improved insights into consumer activity which can be used in future digital marketing campaigns to personalise offers.

Karrot Deploys hyperWallet Prepaid Card Services

HyperWallet global payments provider announced Karrot launched branded prepaid card services for a unified payment solution for its loyalty and reward payment solutions. Karrot provides online loyalty and reward program solutions for a wide variety of companies. With a deep understanding about the impact of motivation, Karrot builds loyalty programs that promote the desired behavior and foster strong, long term relationships. hyperWALLET’s branded prepaid card program will provide Karrot with a streamlined payment solution in USA and Canada that allows earned loyalty funds to be made available to recipients instantly in local currency onto prepaid cards that can be used at ATMs, point of sale, or online.

miiCard and EMerchantPay Partner

Online identity proofing service miiCard today announced a cooperation with eMerchantPay, a trusted international payment processor, to offer its merchants a secure, compliant payment processing platform in combination with the miiCard service that eliminates payment fraud and enables higher value transactions. miiCard’s patented identity verification solution, enables merchants around the world to conduct high value transactions purely online while eliminating identity-related chargebacks and Card Not Present fraud. As a consumer-driven identity service, miiCard provides a seamless, real-time verification experience before the payment process that establishes the customer’s identity to the same level as an in-person photo ID check.