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.

Dynamics ePlate Visa Card

Dynamics announced today that it now offers cardholders the ability to earn Air Dollars on major US and International airlines, as well as allowing them to earn seats on private jet flights through its exclusive reward partner JetLimo. Unlike airline rewards cards, which typically offer consumers 1 mile for every dollar they spend on most purchases, Dynamics ePlate Visa card lets customers earns 1.35% in Air Dollars for every dollar they spend. These Air Dollars can then be redeemed for $250 credits on major US and International Carriers, on any ticket they buy from the airlines websites, without blackouts or flight restrictions, or limited availability of frequent flyer seats. Unlike airline cards, consumers can also choose to earn seats on private jet flights though Jet Limo, a new travel option that makes the benefits of business aircraft travel available at airline fares. Consumers can earn seats on flights they select valued up to $1500, after spending only $12502, making this an over 100% reward.

Mobile Merchants Unprepared for Fraud Threats

As retailers increasingly look to mobile as a way to generate revenue, fraud threats are impacting merchants to the tune of $283 for every $100 of actual fraud losses through the mobile channel, according to the LexisNexis® True Cost of Fraud Mobile Study released today. Conducted by LexisNexis and Javelin Strategy & Research, the study highlights key fraud issues effecting mobile retailers, while also articulating ways to combat retail fraud. The findings in the study show mobile penetration in the retail merchant channel is rapidly growing. Nearly one in 10 merchants accepted mobile payments in 2013 – an increase of 50 percent per year since 2011. 25 percent expect to begin accepting mobile payments in 2014. The mobile browser and mobile applications represent the dominant acceptance channels with 55 percent and 38 percent of mobile merchants accepting these channels, respectively.

Associated Bank Launches New Tablet App

Fiserv, Inc. this morning announced that Associated Bank has expanded its mobile banking and payment capabilities and added a tablet banking app with Mobiliti from Fiserv. These changes are in response to customers’ desire to conduct more banking activities via their smartphones and tablets. With the addition of mobile remote deposit capture, branded by the bank as Associated SnapDeposi, customers can now deposit checks by snapping photos with their smartphone camera, while the addition of Popmoney(R) enables them to initiate and accept person-to-person payments directly from their phone. These capabilities are also available in the bank’s new tablet app.

Fastest MasterCard Dual Interface Payment Card

Oberthur Technologies announced the release of the fastest MasterCard dual interface payment card on the market. Chrysalis Fly v3.0 reaches unprecedented contactless performances. Oberthur Technologies’ Chrysalis Fly v3.0 is the first card significantly converging between payment and public transport ecosystems. OT offers banks new revenue streams by promoting the usage of their MasterCard payment instruments for Open Payment in transit network. This innovative usage will bring additional value to cardholders’ payment cards.

Genius Customer Engagement Platform

Capital Bankcard of New York announced today a significant move towards a secure mobile payment with the unveiling of Genius™ Customer Engagement Platform™. Genius enables merchants, agents, and partners to take advantage of the increasing disruption, uncertainty and complexity with payment solutions today and turn these conditions into a competitive advantage that helps their business grow rather than be threatened and hurt by it.


Credit quality continues to improve quarter-to quarter and year-to-year and it appears the bank credit card charge-off plague is quickly subsiding. Tighter underwriting, manageable credit limits, departure of bad credits, not to mention the improving economy, have all contributed to taking charge-offs to historic lows for most U.S. issuers. Charge-offs among the nation’s largest bank credit card issuers fell, on average, by 62 basis points in 2013, to 3.25% at year’s end. After peaking at 10.79% in Q2/2010, charge-offs have returned to levels not seen since 2006 in the U.S.. Discounting the seasonal first quarter contraction in average credit card loans, charge-offs have declined for 14 consecutive quarters.

OTI Expands EasyFuel System to Consumer Market

OTI cashless payment solutions announced its PetroSmart, its wholly owned subsidiary and a global Value Added Reseller (VAR) of petroleum equipment, has introduced an innovative new smart vehicle ‘Moon Tag’ that expands the use of its ‘EasyFuel Plus’ system to the consumer market. OTI’s petroleum payment solutions have already been deployed in 43 countries, more than 1,600 gas stations and over 100,000 commercial vehicles. EasyFuel Plus provides Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) services with its contactless smart read-write tag mounted around the fuel inlet of the vehicle. When a fuel nozzle fitted with the OTI contactless reader is inserted into the vehicle’s fuel inlet, contactless communication is established automatically. Once the vehicle’s payment card details are verified, fuel can be dispensed. The ‘EasyFuel Plus’ system served commercial fleet owners by automating the fuel payment process, saving time and preventing fraud. This next evolution of the system expands into the private sector so consumers can settle payment automatically without swiping their credit card or paying in a convenience store. Additionally, loyalty points can be awarded automatically per each refueling. The Moon tag also incorporates a mechanism to tune the reading range between the RF nozzle unit (RFN) and the tag to ensure that fuel can be dispensed only to the specific vehicle’s fuel tank and to avoid any option for a fraudulent ‘side fueling.’

Montise Acquires Pozitron

Monitise plc announces the acquisition of Pozitron Yazilim A.S., a privately-owned mobile technology company based in Turkey, delivering mobile banking, payments and commerce solutions to businesses in its home market, the Middle East and internationally. Istanbul-based Pozitron, a leading business in Turkey’s Mobile Money space, powers next generation Mobile Money solutions for more than 30 leading enterprises acrossbanking, telecoms, retail and pharmaceuticals, including Turkish Airlines, eBay, ING,TEB, which is part of BNP Paribas,GlaxoSmithKline and, Turkey’s equivalent to Amazon.

Genesis Financial Deploys ACI Worldwide Bill Payment

ACI Worldwide announced Genesis Financial Solutions implemented its Bill Payment Solution electronic bill payment system for customer loan payments. Genesis Financial Solutions, a leading U.S. consumer finance company, was using multiple legacy systems across different lines of business and funding sources. As its business grew, the complexity of managing multiple systems increased. The company needed a more efficient and integrated way to manage its bill payment processing across multiple payment channels. Genesis Financial Solutions selected ACI’s Bill Payment Engine to power its mobile, web, IVR (interactive voice response), call center and eLockbox (consolidated remittances) payment options.

FreedomPay Announces Senior VP, Strategic Partnerships

FreedomPay announced the addition of payments industry veteran Brian Voigt to its executive team as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Bringing nearly 25 years of payments industry experience, Voigt has proven success in building relationships and product innovation that bring key partners and customers to the table. He will be responsible for engaging, recruiting and establishing product-complementary and revenue-generating relationships with global partners engaged in the commerce ecosystem. Voigt joins FreedomPay after serving 18 years in strategic executive roles at Bank of America Merchant Services (BAMS), with a focus on defining mobile Point of Sale (“POS”) and mobile commerce strategies. He has also held executive positions with First Data and Chase Paymentech.

Interact 2013 Review

Interac Association, which operates the Interac network, Canada’s largest debit payment network, had a banner year in 2013 processing more than 4.5 billion transactions. Last year also saw continued strong growth of Interac Flash, a secure contactless enhancement of Interac Debit allowing Canadians to pay for items instantly with their Interac chip debit card at a reader that supports Interac Flash. Interac Association also reported that skimming fraud on its debit card transactions dropped to its lowest level in fourteen years. The Interac network enables Canadians to access their money through Interac Cash at 60,000 Automated Banking Machines and Interac Debit at 766,000 point-of-sale terminals across Canada.

VisuCard First for GCCPVR Customization

Based on Visa Global Chip Card Personalization Validation Requirements (GCCPVR), Galitt has updated VisuCard® GPVT, its Global Card Personalization Validation Tool, to reflect these evolutions. The new version of Galitt tool has been presented to Visa, which just confirmed that Galitt’s VisuCard® is the first to allow card and mobile personalization validation according to GCCPVR version 2.1.1.