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

Card Assets

Combined, Visa and MasterCard hold total assets of nearly $50 billion as of the third quarter of last year. Visa reported total assets of $36 billion for Q3 while MasterCard reported total assets of $13.7 billion. One-year ago Visa’s total assets stood at $40 billion. The Visa decline was due to the release of cash in its litigation escrow account of $4.4 billion. MasterCard’s total assets have grown over the past year from $12.1 billion to $13.7 billion.

OTI Ships 10,000 NFC Readers

On Track Innovations Ltd. has received an initial purchase order for 10,000 Saturn 6500™ readers from a leading U.S.-based systems integrator serving the unattended point of sale market segment. The Saturn 6500 is a secured NFC and contactless reader built specifically for the unattended machine market, providing quick and easy support for electronic payments. Such cashless payments can increase sales by 20% or more since it does not limit the purchase to the cash in a customer’s pocket.

Cryptomathic Selected by LuxTrust

e-security solutions provider, Cryptomathic, has announced that LuxTrust, Luxembourg’s primary provider of digital identity and data security services, has implemented Cryptomathic Signer. The solution will provide a nationwide e-Signature service that will enable residents to securely and conveniently access banking and government web services, and digitally sign legally binding transactions or online forms from any location. The central signing scheme allows Luxembourg residents to use their standard credentials and a single user-friendly authentication mechanism to access multiple online applications from any organisation connected to the LuxTrust service. An essential component for the service is the Cryptomathic Signer, a pioneering central server that delivers advanced digital signatures with virtual chip cards.

Credit Unions Select DNA from Fiserv

Fiserv, Inc. today announced that four Puerto Rican credit unions have selected the DNA(TM) account processing platform through USICOOP, a San Juan-based cooperative. With combined assets of nearly $1 billion, the four credit unions will use the DNA platform to improve efficiency and provide the technical foundation to attract additional credit unions to the co-op. Serving a combined membership of over 100,000, Credicentro Coop, MaunaCoop, CamuyCoop and CoopRincón created USICOOP in 2013 to cost-effectively transform their enterprise technology. After a thorough evaluation of core platforms, USICOOP selected DNA, and with it, plans to lead a technological transformation in Puerto Rico’s financial services industry.

Magento Adds Credit Card Payment Extension

First Atlantic Commerce (FAC) today announced its technology partner, Tropical Web Shop, has developed an extension for the leading eCommerce platform, Magento, enabling merchants to gain simple and easy access to the software. Tropical Web Shop has created an extension to the software, which adds the credit card payment functionality for the overall eCommerce system. The e-Commerce First Atlantic Commerce Payment Gateway Extension for Magento CE is now available direct from Tropical Web Shop, saving merchants time required to customize their integration and configure it to FAC’s payment gateway.

Payment Alliance International and BECU Partner

Payment Alliance International and BECU jointly announced today that they have entered into an agreement to brand 138 ATMs located at Rite Aid stores in Washington state. PAI will own and operate all of the ATMs inside Rite Aid stores. BECU members will enjoy surcharge-free access and convenience at BECU-branded ATMs in Rite Aid stores for cash-only transactions. The agreement creates one of the largest ATM networks in the area with more than 300 BECU-branded ATMs in the Puget Sound region and 350 plus BECU-branded ATMs in the state of Washington. PAI operates one of the largest ATM networks in the United States, with equipment at more than 60,000 retail locations across the country. As part of the network, the company provides ATM services for approximately 1,500 Rite Aid locations nationwide.

Better ATM Partners with Advanced Network

Better ATM Services announced it has finalized a reseller agreement with Advanced Network Inc. As a result of the agreement, ANI becomes a member of Better ATM Services’ reseller network and will offer Better ATM Services’ patented technology and ATM-issued Visa gift cards to more than 60 financial institutions and their 600 ATMs in California. ANI has been providing California financial institutions with state-of-the-art ATM services since 1979. The company offers clients 1st and 2nd service, cash delivery, cash management, image and envelope deposit processing, ATM cleaning, AB244 light surveys, and call center services. In addition, ANI is an authorized NCR sales and service provider.

MasterCard and Ecobank Group Partner

Ecobank Transnational Inc. and MasterCard today announced a multi-country licensing agreement which will provide access to MasterCard’s electronic payments solutions for Ecobank’s customers in a further 23 African countries. The agreement is the culmination of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) originally signed in November 2011, and importantly, enables electronic payments access to more than 60% of Africa’s population. Ecobank subsidiaries in 28 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa are now licensed to issue and accept electronic payments through MasterCard prepaid, debit and credit cards. With this partnership, Ecobank’s customers in this fast-growing region will have access to MasterCard’s credit, debit and prepaid card products, whilst MasterCard will leverage Ecobank’s unrivalled pan-African footprint to provide its electronic payments solutions to a wider customer base.

OceanFirst Selects NCR

OceanFirst Bank has chosen ATM software and hardware solutions from NCR Corporation in order to deliver an omnichannel banking experience. OceanFirst Bank’s online and mobile banking experience is provided by Digital Insight, the leading provider of digital banking services, which NCR acquired in January 2014. OceanFirst Bank will install more than 20 NCR SelfServ ATMs with scalable deposit module (SDM). SDM allows bank customers to deposit cash and checks in a mixed bunch and as a single transaction to make deposits significantly twice as fast as typical ATM deposits. In addition, the bank will install NCR marketing software, including APTRA Connections, Promote and Exchange, to help personalize the ATM customer experience and deliver targeted promotions over the network.

Abine Offers Free Masked Credit Cards

Online privacy company Abine is providing Masked Credit Cards for free to exposed shoppers for their next online or offline purchases. Masked Credit Cards enable consumers to shop without ever revealing their actual credit card number. The result? 100% protection from data breaches. Abine’s Masked Credit Cards protect your existing credit cards by providing an alternative to giving out your real credit card for purchases. Masked Credit Cards have completely unique 16-digit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes, so the places you shop never get your real credit card info. These cards are one-time use only, can be created with any existing debit or credit card, and expire right after you use them.

VISA – New Logo and Tagline

Visa Inc. launched “Everywhere you want to be,” a multi-stakeholder communications platform that reflects our ambition to deliver universal access to Visa’s secure, reliable and convenient digital payments. For decades, Visa, the global digital payments network, has been driven by a set of ideals anchored in our vision of being the “best way to pay and be paid.” This has expanded in recent years to include “for everyone, everywhere.” By evolving our famous tagline – “It’s everywhere you want to be” – the company is recommitting to these ideals and vision for consumers, merchants, governments, financial institutions and employees with a unified message tailored to each audience.