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.

Fundtech Announces ACH Alert Solution

FundtechACH Alert and Fundtech announce a partnership to make available ACH Alert’s suite of innovative, patented fraud mitigation solutions via Fundtech products. ACH Alert’s suite of fraud mitigation solutions enhance Fundtech’s offerings with industry-leading capabilities that allow financial institutions to mitigate incoming ACH fraud and outgoing ACH and wire fraud for their customers. By providing these solutions, Fundtech enables financial institutions to comply with FFIEC guidance calling for layered security, with different controls at various points in a transaction process. Further, financial institutions are able to monetize these services, by selling to their customers and members. These impact Fundtech solution users of CASHplus; PAYplus USA and PAYplus Connect/GFX; ACHplus; and OrigiNET.

MasterCard Commits to Raising $4mm for Stand Up To Cancer

MasterCard is set to extend its Dig In & Do Good campaign through the holiday season with the goal of raising an additional $4 million for Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) and will continue to make a one cent donation to SU2C when cardholders spend $10 or more for a meal using their MasterCard through December 31, 2013 up to $4 million (U.S.). The program engages consumers to help drive necessary funding for innovative cancer research through their already planned activity simply by making the choice to use their MasterCard to pay for their meal. MasterCard presented the $4 million fundraising contribution from the first portion of the campaign to SU2C on-field during Game 4 of the 2013 World Series. MasterCard and SU2C representatives were joined on-field by SU2C celebrity ambassador. The promotion applies to U.S. qualifying restaurant purchases made by MasterCard consumer and small business cardholders with MasterCard cards issued by U.S. financial institutions.

Intellicheck Mobilisa Launches barZapp mApp for Android

Intellicheck Mobilisa identity solutions and wireless security systems launched an Android version of barZapp ID-checking mobile app. With it, smartphones can be used to check an ID card. An introductory version is available in the Google App Store for $1.99 and offers users 10 scans per day once a free account has been created at this link. Unlimited scans are available for a paid subscription of $9.95 per month for the barZapp Pro version. barZapp for Android requires Android Version 2.3.3 or higher. With this launch, barZapp is now available on both the Google and Apple App Stores. With barZapp, users can aim their smartphone’s camera at the barcode on a driver’s license to instantly read and verify the encoded information and display the results”including the bearer’s name, date of birth, ID expiration and ID number.

Samsung Wallet Announces New Partnership

Samsung Electronics expands consumer offerings available through Samsung Wallet, a practical and easy-to-use mobile app for storing tickets, boarding passes, membership cards, coupons, and more, with the addition of new partnerships across several industries-including transportation, coupons and hospitality. New partners like American Express, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines, Amtrak, Valpak, eGifter, Gyft, Yowza, SpotOn, Agoda, HRS, Opodo and Thrillcall are joining the Samsung Wallet ecosystem, which includes partners previously announced at the Mobile World Congress 2013 – Walgreens, Expedia, Belly, Lufthansa, and Samsung Wallet is available for download on the Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy Note®, Galaxy Note® II and Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung Apps ( or Google Play.

Misys Announces Latest Latest BankFusion Client

Cooperative Bank of Kenya has completed its implementation of Misys BankFusion – a transformation platform to support the bank’s rapid expansion plans. Since implementation, the bank’s profits have increased 31 percent to Kshs 3.23 billion, for the first quarter of 2013. Transaction processing throughput has doubled and end-of-day processing has improved by 40%. The bank has 3.4 million customers and is looking to grow this considerably over the next twelve months through superior customer service and an extended branch network able to serve its customers more effectively. Misys BankFusion provides the innovation platform for Cooperative Bank of Kenya’s ambitious growth plans.

MasterCard Names Emerging Markets Payments Principal Member

MasterCard announced the appointment of Emerging Markets Payments (EMP), the leading electronic payments processing company in the Middle East and Africa region, as a Principal Member in Egypt. Through this, EMP will be able to sponsor issuers in Egypt and other African markets as Affiliates, allowing smaller issuers to offer prepaid, credit and debit cards, get access to ATMs and Point of Sale services by utilising EMP’s ability to sponsor them as Affiliates, and benefit from EMP’s technology and operations outsourcing services. The cards will offer consumers greater control over expenses and the opportunity to build the payment history.

VeriFone Intros P2PE Payment Device

VeriFone Systems has successfully fulfilled the necessary Domain 3 requirements, which cover the management of encryption devices and any applications in the UK and Ireland. All VeriFone PCI PTS 3.x payment devices dispatched in these countries as part of the PAYware Ocius managed service from September 2013 will be ‘P2PE ready.’ This includes VeriFone’s VX Evolution portfolio of NFC-enabled PIN pad, portable and countertop devices. VeriFone is one of the first U.K. payment service providers to be able to supply Domain 3 ready devices which, when used in conjunction with a validated P2PE solution, can reduce PCI scope for merchants.

Cardtronics Announces New Board Member

Cardtronics announced Julie Gardner is joining its Board of Directors. Gardner brings to the role more than 25 years of marketing experience in the retail industry, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Kohl’s, a value-oriented specialty department store chain. During her 14-year tenure, Kohl’s expanded from a regional company to a nationwide retail chain, opening nearly 900 stores during Gardner’s time with the company. Prior to joining Kohl’s, Gardner had a 14-year career with Eckerd Corp., a regional drug store chain where she held several management positions, including Chief Marketing Officer. Gardner joins the company’s Board of Directors in conjunction with the vacancy created by Robert P. Barone, who retired from the Board earlier this year after serving as a Director for 12 years.

Union Bank Launches Receivables Straight Through Processing

Union Bank launched its Receivables Straight through Processing (Receivables STP) Solution for the company’s commercial clients. Receivables STP demonstrates Union Bank’s commitment to innovation and is a key component of the bank’s suite of comprehensive receivables solutions aimed at improving the overall receivables processing experience. Receivables STP is a receivables management solution that enables businesses to dramatically improve their working capital management. The solution includes a robust translation engine and deductions management module that helps reduce losses associated with deductions and/or chargebacks. Users can review exceptions and make adjustments in real time, posting entries directly to their back office General Ledger (GLs). It includes an internal routing workflow engine allowing users to route exceptions to designated employees, accessing images for paper payments.

InComm Launches API POS App

InComm launched its “Cashtie” Cloud Match Service, allowing loyalty program, mobile wallet and digital coupon providers to offer their capabilities to InComm’s retail network without lengthy integration or new hardware to install at a retailer’s POS. The “Cashtie” Cloud Match Service lets providers and retailers to seamlessly manage and process mobile barcode transactions without any changes to the POS system, leveraging the established host-to-host connectivity between InComm and the retailer and InComm’s barcode activation. The cloud match service uses the transaction details to match, in the cloud, the transaction at a specific cash register within a particular retail location and the provider that is associated with the barcode. Cashtie then shares this information with the provider, who matches it to a specific consumer and responds with the transaction details for making a payment, receiving a discount or gaining loyalty points. Cashtie then sends the details for the transaction back to the POS either via InComm’s proprietary switching technology, as part of InComm’s Enhanced Payment Platform or to any third party switching solution used by the retailer.

PrivatBank Launches Contactless Android ATM

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PrivatBank has launched its Android contactless ATM that runs on Android. Letting users withdraw cash through their mobile phone, the new ATM solution does not have the usual display with buttons and is equipped with NFC- reader. Inside the ” black box” there is a first-class protection safe and the necessary…