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.

SWACHA Partners Aptys Solutions

SWACHA Services Corporation Electronic Payments Resource partnered Aptys Solutions as a technology provider for their automated clearing house (ACH) modules within PayLOGICS. This offers a common platform to support all aspects of payment processing, such as image exchange, ACH processing, wire processing, payments archive, Federal Reserve messages, least cost routing, in-network exchange (INEX) payment processing and mobile payments. As financial institutions (FIs) continue to face changing industry regulations, Aptys Solutions offers the ability to consolidate payment processing including an end-to-end ACH solution for originating, analyzing, processing, receiving, managing, and monitoring ACH transactions.

UL achieves EMVCo Qualification

UL is pleased to announce that EMVCo has qualified the latest versions of the Collis CPA/CCD Level 2 Test Suites which are used to test card products.
The Collis CPA/CCD Level 2 Test Suites are part of the EMVCo test suite portfolio and test whether a card works according to EMVCo standards for CPA (Common Payment Application) and CCD (Common Core Definitions). The benefit of these test suites is that tests can be performed during the development process of a card so that any errors that may come up during certification are discovered during development. The Collis CPA Level 2 Test Suite (version 1.0.i) is designed to test EMV application behavior on CPA cards while the Collis CCD Level 2 Test Suite (version 4.3.b) is aimed at testing the minimum functionality required on a card to run an EMV transaction.

Fiserv Announces Latest Processing Client

Fiserv announced that SAC Federal Credit Union selected its DNA account processing platform and several surround solutions to accelerate its rapid growth. DNA from Fiserv is the first open, person-centric core banking platform built for collaboration. DNA was completely rewritten using Microsoft’s leading .NET Framework for a state-of-the-art core platform that banks and credit unions can rely on for the long-term. With DNA, SAC FCU benefits from 24/7 real-time processing, robust retail, mortgage and commercial banking capabilities, and a 360 degree view of its retail and business relationships. With the DNAcreator development toolkit, the credit union’s technical staff can create seamlessly integrated, custom core extensions called DNAapps™ that add new functionality, screens and processes to DNA. SAC FCU can sell its DNAapps to other financial institutions as well as purchase those created by others through the DNAappstore – the first collaborative online marketplace for custom core applications.

Fiserv Appoints Group President

Fiserv announced Byron C. Vielehr has been named group president of its Depository Institution Services group to oversee domestic account processing businesses for banks, thrifts and credit unions. Bringing to the roll more than 25 years of technology and financial services experience, Byron most recently served as President of International and Global Operations for Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) (NYSE: DNB), responsible for all D&B businesses outside of North America and led operations globally. During his tenure at D&B, which began as Chief Information Officer in 2005, Vielehr held a succession of senior executive positions, including leadership of its North American business, Global Risk Management Solutions, and D&B Sales and Marketing Solutions. He holds a master’s degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University.

ACI 3Q/13 Revenue Up 35% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ACI Worldwide posted 3Q/13 revenue of $216 million, up 35% by $56 million from the year ago figure. Monthly recurring revenue grew to $151 million, up $46 million, and represented 71% of total revenue in the quarter. Excluding Online Resources, recurring revenue grew 9% from Q3 2012.New sales bookings, net of…

NFC Reference Guide

The NFC Forum announced the publication of the “NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel.” The new, comprehensive reference guide is available at no charge from the NFC Forum’s website. Potential uses of NFC technology for air travel that save time for passengers and streamline operations for airlines and other businesses include: NFC use for secure provision, storage, and reading of boarding passes on mobile devices; NFC on a mobile device to enable “tap-and-go” access to elite lounges; Airlines and airports using NFC to provide (and cancel) access to secured areas to staff via their mobile devices; NFC tags coded and embedded in luggage tags to quickly access baggage information and better track bags’ progress; Travelers tapping their NFC-enabled devices to enter a parking garage, pay at exit, or store parking details for later reference; NFC’s well-established payment applications for purchases in airport shops, and even on board the aircraft.

PCI Data Security Standard

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) published version 3.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). Available now on the PCI SSC website, version 3.0 becomes effective on 01 January 2014. Version 2.0 will remain active until 31 December 2014 to ensure adequate time for organizations to make the transition. Changes are made to the standards every three years, based on feedback from the Council’s global constituents per the PCI DSS and PA-DSS development lifecycle and in response to market needs. Proposed changes for version 3.0 were shared publicly in August, and Participating Organizations and assessors had the opportunity to discuss the draft standards at the 2013 Community Meetings prior to final publication.

Post Office Launches SME Card Payment Service

The Post Office has launched a new card payment service to help sole traders and small businesses accept card payments from their customers, in partnership with WorldPay payment processing. This allows small businesses a range of ways to take secure card payments made in-store, online, via mail or telephone order, or on the move – just by visiting their local Post Office. New WorldPay research has revealed that 87% of customers are likely to spend more money per transaction when paying with a debit or credit card, as opposed to cash. And in the last year, one in five (20%) UK consumers has had to abandon a purchase due to a small business or sole trader not accepting cards or because they weren’t carrying enough cash to pay*. Now small business owners will be able to easily sign up to take cards so they never miss a sale again.

MultiSIM Smart Card

All in one SIM card released by Oberthur Technologies Friday improves flexibility at warehouses and point-of-sale. The card contains the first classic 2FF, micro 3FF and nano 4FF all in one card. It is a key progress on the telecom market as it dramatically improves the user-friendliness of the SIM card. Concretely, it means that the same SIM card can be used in any mobile phone. If end-users want to change from one form factor to another, they do not need to ask their operator for a new SIM card but can just deplug or replug their MultiSIM.

Bank Better Initiative

BS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. announced the launch of Bank Better, a company-wide program to make banking simple, clear and personal for Citizens Bank and Charter One customers. Bank Better launches with a signature approach to overdrafts — no overdraft fee for transactions of $5 or less – and several other significant updates to the bank’s offerings.This feature applies to an unlimited number of transactions of $5 or less. Replacement of a tiered system of overdraft fees with a simple flat fee of $35 per item for overdrafts and returned items greater than $5. There are no changes to Sustained Overdraft Fees, which apply when an account is overdrawn by any amount, for three or more consecutive days. Complete overdraft policies will be available online starting November 8 when the simplified policies take effect.