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

Ingenico and Samsung team on mobile payments

Ingenico and Samsung teamed up to jointly offer an integrated mobile payment solution. Conceived on a global scale, this new alliance will enable merchants and retailers to benefit from a seamless mPayment system bringing together Samsung’s mobile devices and tablets, and Ingenico’s merchant mobile platform and card readers. Each of these elements is bulwarked by joint security and support from Ingenico and Samsung, which provide businesses a straightforward and low-risk entry into the mobile payments ecosystem. Ingenico and Samsung’s channels to market – financial institutions and telecommunications operators, respectively – will bring an end-to-end and secured mPayment to businesses of all sizes, throughout the world. It will significantly improve their business efficiency in store while capturing new sales opportunities their store walls.

Enacomm Names New CMO

Enacomm, Inc. announced the hire of seasoned marketing expert David Anderson, who will serve as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Anderson will fuel Enacomm’s continued, industry-leading innovation in the financial and prepaid industries, driving the creation and launch of new products and intelligent analytics that give companies a proactive advantage in exceeding customer expectations. David also worked with a host of financial institutions, ranging from community and mid-sized banks to national banks, investment houses and card companies. Anderson joins Enacomm’s team of subject-matter experts that has been focused on the financial industry for more than two decades and the prepaid space since 2005.

ID TECH Releases SmartPIN B100

ID TECH is proud to announce the release of their PCI 3.x certified modular PIN entry device, the SmartPIN B100. The SmartPIN B100 is designed for outdoor unattended POS operations such as at ATMs, fuel dispensers, kiosks, vending machines, and other POS systems that accept credit and debit payments. With its robust, waterproof, and vandal preventive structure, merchants and consumers can be confident that SmartPIN B100’s tamper resistant architecture will protect any financial data from being compromised.

Evolution1 Contributes to ABA Conference for Community Bankers

Evolution1 presence at the ABA National Conference for Community Bankers demonstrates the company’s continued leadership in the banking industry. Brantner will share how banks can drive new sources of income – while reaping the benefits of a new fee-based income revenue stream – through a diversified and expanded product and service offering that includes healthcare payment and healthcare account solutions. Attendees will learn how to add value to their commercial clients through a complete and convenient solution for offering consumer-driven healthcare accounts for their employees. Evolution1 serves financial institutions, third-party administrators, health plans, and software providers across the country, providing healthcare and other reimbursement account services to more than 90,000 employers and more than 10,000,000 consumers.

American Express Names Top Tech Execs

American Express Company announces two key appointments in its global Technology organization: Brian Saluzzo, as Senior Vice President, Global Infrastructure; and Nik Sathe, as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), both reporting to Marc D. Gordon, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. The appointments were effective in late 2013. In his new role as global head of technology infrastructure, Mr. Saluzzo oversees end-to-end product management, operational support, and infrastructure risk management, including data center, cloud, and end user technologies. He has oversight for vendor management supporting infrastructure, as well as joint oversight of the company’s IT-related supplier sourcing. He is a member of the Technology Executive Team and serves on the company’s Global Management Team. Mr. Saluzzo most recently served at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Technology Infrastructure, leading data strategies for the firm, including big data, storage tiering, infrastructure risk management, mobile/bring-your-own-device and workplace infrastructure design. He began his career at NCR Corporation (then a division of AT&T). He holds dual degrees in computer science and mathematics from the State University of New York’s College at Geneseo, where he remains active on the board of the Geneseo Foundation.

Heartland Commen on College Debit Card Report

Heartland Campus Solutions ECSI, a division of Heartland Payment Systems and a leading provider of solutions for over 2,000 colleges and universities, commented today on the February 2014 U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) report: “COLLEGE DEBIT CARDS: Actions Needed to Address ATM Access, Student Choice, and Transparency.” College debit and prepaid cards allow students to receive tuition refunds from federal student aid and other payments on a card. According to the GAO Report, while college cards can be convenient for students and offer cost savings and efficiencies for schools, concerns exist when it comes to fees, ATM access and neutrality. Among other findings, the GAO reports that some college debit and prepaid card providers charge fees for debit card usage, make it difficult for students to transfer funds to their own bank account, and that some schools receive payments from card providers based on the number of card accounts opened, leading to a call for increased transparency.

SecureKey Chosen for MintChip Currency

SecureKey today announced that its briidge.net Connect™ Platform has been chosen by the Royal Canadian Mint to provide device-based multi-factor user authentication for its new MintChip cloud-based digital currency. The briidge.net Connect Mobile SDK built into the MintChip consumer mobile app, combined with the briidge.net Connect service, will enable consumers to make cash-like MintChip payments using their smartphones and other mobile devices more conveniently and securely than current contactless payment card transactions. The briidge.net Connect Mobile SDK embedded in the mobile app allows the MintChip system to positively identify the mobile device connecting to the consumer cloud account through a unique device ID. Prior to a payment transaction, the software authenticates the user by their 4-digit QuickCode PIN.

ACI Strengthens UnionPay Payments

ACI Worldwide announced strengthened support for UnionPay with the ACI Interchange. This opens up new markets for financial institutions and processors by enabling support for UnionPay transactions while extending infrastructure options to include IBM System p AIX. UnionPay has issued more than 3.5 billion cards worldwide and it is projected to continue its significant growth. UnionPay cards are accepted in more than 140 countries and its growth presents a significant opportunity for financial institutions and processors facing revenue pressures or wanting to extend their commercial offerings with a growing brand. ACI Interchange already supports incoming and outgoing clearing and settlement processes for transactions underpinned by EMV and magnetic stripe payment cards for the major international schemes; this has now been extended to include UnionPay.

Diebold Announces Latest Client to Upgrade ATMs to Windows 7

Diebold will upgrade First Federal Bank of Louisiana’s Opteva automated teller machines (ATMs) to run on the Windows 7 operating system. The upgrade, along with Diebold’s installation of Agilis 3 software and new Encrypting PIN Pads (EPPs) on the bank’s ATMs, will help the bank comply with the latest PCI PTS version 3.1 security requirements. The bank is migrating all of its ATMs to Windows 7 to comply with PCI requirements for maintaining up-to-date security patches and avoid the need for additional compensating controls or custom XP support. First Federal Bank of Louisiana’s fleet includes 22 Diebold ATMs, most of which feature deposit automation technology for envelope-free check deposits. Diebold will replace two outdated terminals with new Opteva ATMs and update operating systems, software and hardware on the other terminals.

Emirates NBD Selects NCR

NCR Corporation today announced it has signed a five-year, multimillion-dollar agreement with Emirates NBD to revolutionize banking services in Dubai with NCR software platforms and innovative retail banking solutions. NCR was chosen as the unified, end-to-end self-service ATM technology vendor – hardware, software and services – for Emirates NBD, the largest banking group in the Middle East. As part of Emirates NBD’s new software platform, NCR will install APTRA interactive services, a software-based technology solution that lets live tellers take remote control of an ATM as they speak and conduct transactions with customers via two-way audio and video.

U.S. DEBIT CARDS 2013

The U.S. debit card market is slowly rebounding from the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, Walmart-inspired anti-trust litigation and retailer steering to PIN debit, which severely cut debit card processing fees. In 2013, U.S. debit card gross dollar volume (GDV) increased 6.9% as Visa and MasterCard, combined, racked up $2.25 trillion in the U.S. debit card market.