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.

Optimal Payments Launches NETELLER in US

Optimal Payments Plc. announces the launch of an all-new NETELLER® online payment processing service. Working through a federally-insured U.S. financial institution sponsor, Optimal Payments is bringing these services to the U.S. marketplace. The NETELLER service and Net+® Card in the U.S. leverage the wealth of experience that Optimal Payments brings to the payments processing markets. Consumers already use NETELLER and the Net+ Card outside of the U.S. to safely and conveniently pay and receive funds for products and services online.

Opus Bank Expands Arizona Banking Team

Opus Bank announced Scott Dickman as its Senior Managing Director, Commercial Business Banking – Arizona. Bringing to the role 36-years experience, Dickman is Opus’ first commercial banker in Arizona and is responsible for expanding Opus’ commercial client base in the Phoenix metropolitan region. He joins Opus Bank most recently from Comerica Bank where he served as Senior Vice President, Market President and Commercial Banking Leader in the Arizona market. From 2008 through 2012, Mr. Dickman served as SVP, Commercial Banking for Arizona Bank & Trust where he also was a member of the bank’s Senior Leadership Team and led the commercial business group, including Commercial Banking, Treasury Management, and Small Business.

SecureBuy and Fico Partner on CNP Fraud Solution

SecureBuy global payment fraud prevention created a new frictionless payment fraud solution for mobile and online card-not-present (CNP) payment processing, powered by technology from FICO, a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company. This new SecureBuy solution includes powerful, analytics-based fraud detection technology originally developed by FICO for credit and debit issuing banks. This technology is used in FICO® Falcon® Fraud Manager, the world’s leading fraud management solution that protects more than 2.5 billion payment cards worldwide. The new solution integrates FICO’s proven self-calibrating analytics and global intelligent profiling with SecureBuy’s powerful physical attribute authentication to create a new industry performance benchmark for frictionless payment authentication.

Teasey Mobile Selects Verifone

VeriFone Mobile Money is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Teasy Mobile (“Teasy”) in Nigeria to widen mobile money services and make them more relevant to local needs. VeriFone Mobile Money will deploy its retail enablement solution integrating the mobile wallet, banking, and telecommunication provider networks with the point-of-sale (“POS”). Teasy will work closely with local industry players to roll out VeriFone contactless POS devices as part of the solution.

Mozido Acquires Loyalty Marketing Platform

Mozido, a global leader in white-label, cloud-based mobile payment services, today announced that it acquired StickyStreet, a leading platform for creating, distributing and managing customer loyalty solutions for leading brands such as Toys-R-Us, Harley Davidson and Best Western, reaching millions of consumers in over 60 countries worldwide. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Prior to acquiring StickyStreet, Mozido had partnered with the company to deliver mobile consumer loyalty programs. Moving forward, StickyStreet’s growing customer base will benefit from joining Mozido’s global network of cloud-based mobile financial solutions.

MasterCard Embarks on Seven New Markets

MasterCard operates in 48 of Africa’s 55 markets, thanks to expansion into seven new markets across Central and West Africa – Chad, Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and The Gambia. The MasterCard acceptance network of ATMs and Point of Sale terminals has also increased significantly to reach more than 58,000 ATM locations and 438,000 POS terminals across Africa. The introduction of electronic payments to these markets is providing positive social and economic impact as companies get to conduct their businesses beyond the cash environment.

Fiserv Gets Patent for Predictive Scores Solution

Fiserv, Inc. announced that it has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a non-sufficient funds (NSF) optimization process in its Predictive Scores(SM) solution. Predictive Scores allows financial institutions to analyze and identify the customers or members who are most likely to respond to marketing initiatives, optimizing the revenue potential of each customer or member by understanding which products and services they are most likely to buy. Through sophisticated analysis, Predictive Scores delivers highly targeted lists that improve marketing campaign results and increase the return on marketing investment.

Arcontia Announces New Embedded Smart Card Reader

ARCONTIA INTERNATIONAL AB announced its new embedded contactless smart card reader for the Nautiz eTicket Pro II PDA. The Arcontia reader is fully integrated into Handheld’s new Nautiz eTicket Pro II PDA, offering a compact and ergonomic mobile solution for a range of ticketing applications in public transport. The combination of the contactless smart card reader and the PDA provide customers with a lean and rugged mobile device for ticket control, travel information and support workflow processes.

Wave Crest Selected by Commissions2Go

Wave Crest Group Limited, a multi-currency digital payments platform that offers full-service, global solutions, has been selected as program manager and payments technology partner for Commissions2Go’s new commission distribution solution. In the new program, commissionable agents will register with C2Go at and receive a personalized C2Go card. C2Go clients can then pay commissions to the account in real time after validation through the C2Go web portal or via a mobile interface using QR codes identifying the recipient. Card recipients can use the C2Go card anywhere major card brands are accepted, or get cash at ATMs. C2Go handles all transaction reporting and 1099s on behalf of their entertainment clients.

SAIB To Use NCR APTRA Interactive Tellers

Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB) will better serve customers with a number of new ATMs with video technology from NCR Corporation. NCR APTRA Interactive Teller will allow customers to complete over 95 percent of typical branch transactions right at the ATM, 24 hours a day, with the assistance of a live, remote teller. Configured with ‘scalable cheques processing module’ (SCPM), NCR APTRA Interactive Teller can accept and process cheques, while also enabling the remote teller to immediately cash cheques for customers from anywhere, at any time. As part of the agreement, NCR will provide software application development, system analysis, support services and related training programs.

paysafecard CEO Steps Down

Michael Mueller, co-founder and, for the last nine years, CEO of paysafecard group, has reached the decision to leave the board of the company at the end of February 2014. Udo Mueller will take over the position of CEO. Michael Mueller co-founded paysafecard group in 2000, with the aim of developing a safe and convenient prepaid method of payment for the Internet. The group, headquartered in Austria, became one of only a few leading internet and financial services companies globally, combining innovation with sustainable economic success. The company, whose main product, paysafecard, is available at 450,000 locations in 37 countries, currently employs approximately 200 employees and was acquired by the Skrill Group in 2013.