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.

ROAM’s Chip & Sign mCard Reader Earns Visa Certification

ROAM mobile commerce platform provider announced that its RP350x Chip & Sign Mobile Card Reader is among the first to be certified as Visa Ready. The RP350x can accommodate legacy magnetic stripe credit and debit cards as well as newer EMV chip-based cards. Now merchants can leverage EMV as part of its mobile point of sale solution and benefit from lower processing fees and better security. By adopting the Visa ready RP350x from ROAM, merchants can process payments in both ways and be ready for the October 2015 liability shift from card issuers to merchants’ acquirers. ROAM sells the RP350x reader via its global network of acquirers, financial institutions, independent sales organizations (ISOs) and payment service providers (PSPs). Due to that extensive network, ROAM believes it will soon have more mobile readers out in the hands of merchants than any other vendor.

American Express Releases On-Site and at Home Access for 2013 US Open

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] American Express is introducing a suite of innovative digital and on-site benefits, designed to serve tennis fans the finest of the US Open, both on and off the courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. This year, American Express is offering even more ways for tennis fans to…

DataCash and Shopitize Launch Cashback Mobile App

DataCash partnered Shopitize to enable quick-and-easy cashback payments for UK shoppers using the Shopitize App. The Shopitize mobile app, available on both Android and iPhone, enables shoppers to earn cash rewards on top brands across major UK supermarkets. The customer downloads the app and registers with Shopitize to gain access to exclusive grocery deals directly from major brand partners including Kellogg’s, Danone, Innocent, Yeo Valley and Dr. Oetker. When the shopper purchases an item, they take a photo of their receipt using their Shopitize app to submit for verification. Shopitize’s system automatically matches eligible purchases against the offers available and once the customer accumulates five pounds in savings, they automatically receive cashback.

MasterCard Names VP, Global Products & Solutions

MasterCard appointed Ezediashi Ofili VP, Business Leader to drive the growth of its Prepaid Business in sub-Saharan Africa. He will also oversee MasterCard’s Global Products and Solutions team in the region. With more than twenty years’ experience in the banking, energy, Information Technology and credit rating sectors in both Africa and Europe, Mr. Ofili has played a key role in several major projects most recently the launch of the Nigeria National Identity Card project. MasterCard is seeking to expand its prepaid product offering in the region and has partnered with several financial institutions to drive this strategy. Mr. Ofili is a qualified Petroleum Engineer from the University of Ibadan, and is also a Microsoft Certified Engineer and Project Management Professional with PRINCE2® certification. In addition to that he holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration – Strategic Management of Technology – from Cass Business School in London.

Pay.on Incorporates P4 Solutions Sepa Payment

Pay.on, leading global operator of Web-based, multichannel payment infrastructure services, has integrated the SEPA direct-debit payment process from P4 Solutions into its global payment network. The PAY.ON platforms have supported SEPA payment processing already for some time, but by integrating P4 Solutions, a further SEPA direct debit payment process solution is now available to PAY.ON clients. PAY.ON clients are thus already well positioned for SEPA. This affords their merchants enough time for the technical implementation by 1 February 2014 and to actively prepare their end customers for the SEPA payment process. By means of the PAY.ON API, PSPs, ISOs and financial institutions have access to around 300 payment providers in total, including more than 100 payment types.

BPC SmartVista Aces Testing

BPC Banking Technologies, the leading provider of Open System payment solutions for the global financial industry, reports on the successful completion of set of audited performance and availability tests for SmartVista. The tests were conducted at the IBM Systems Solution Centre Labs in Bangalore, and were audited by KPMG. During the test, BPC’s switch solution, delivered peak performance of 2,932 TPS (transactions per second) with 40% server utilization, demonstrating that the configuration had ample capacity for growth. The tests were designed to replicate real-world situations, operating under very high transaction loads. These outstanding results prove that SmartVista can support the volumes generated by extremely large ATM networks, as 2,932 TPS equates to an ATM network with more than 520,000 ATMs carrying out 10.5 million transactions an hour. During the 2 hour stress test, SmartVista sustained an average of 1,875 TPS, which equates to an ATM network with more than 330,000 ATMs operating at full capacity.

Sysnet Appoints EVP, Strategy

Sysnet Global Solutions, a leading provider of Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance management services specialising in PCI DSS and merchant intelligence solutions, announced that it has appointed Branden Williams as EVP Strategy, with ownership of global sales and marketing. Branden has over fifteen years of experience in technology and information security with a formidable background in the majority of the technologies that drive today’s businesses. After spending the first several years of his career working with education institutions and internet service providers to secure their infrastructures, Branden co-founded an IT consulting business that was later sold to a venture capitalist. Branden holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dallas and is a current doctoral candidate in business intelligence at Capella University.

MasterCard Launches New Priceless Campaign

MasterCard is launching Priceless Aruba, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Authority of Aruba. Aruba is the fifth city in the Caribbean to join MasterCard’s Priceless Cities program. The program offers MasterCard cardholders extraordinary experiences, exclusive offers and privileged access in their home city and cities around the world to not only make MasterCard their top of wallet choice but also bring a little more priceless to their life. Through MasterCard’s innovative Priceless Aruba program, cardholders will receive offers and discounts on products and services at over 30 participating merchants when making a purchase with their MasterCard®. Cardholders can access the complete list of offers and benefits at, or through printed guides distributed at high traffic areas like the Aruba airport, as well as at participating shops, restaurants and hotels.

Virtual Piggy Increases Gaming Industry Presence

Virtual Piggy youth payments will provide its youth-friendly payment system to Marvelous USA, the US-based publishing operation of MarvelousAQL. Its two divisions, XSEED Games and Marvelous Online, release games that are available on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, Wii™ and mobile platforms among others. Marvelous USA’s titles include Ninja Warrior, Cross Horizon, Shin Megami Tensei Imagine and Pandora Saga. Virtual Piggy technology serves as a family wallet that is available online or via mobile, and is always 100% free to use.

TSYS and FICO Integrate Fraud Management

TSYS and FICO software integrated FICO’s latest version of its fraud management solution, “FICO Falcon Fraud Manager 6” with TSYS’ “PRIME” card and merchant management solution. This extension to TSYS’ global strategic alliance with FICO will enable TSYS to offer the Falcon Fraud Manager solution as a hosted service to its licensing clients around the globe. TSYS and FICO’s integrated solution is being successfully utilised by EnterCard, a Nordic-based TSYS PRIME client since 1999. The integrated Falcon solution manages fraud by examining the behavioural aspects of cardholder activity, using advanced analytic models to provide real-time decisions. Combining best-in-class neural network models with merchant profiles, the solution even goes one step further detecting fraud by using adaptive models that change as global fraud patterns migrate.

Sage Pay Launches Channel Payment Integration

Sage Pay multichannel payment processor made available its omni-channel payment integration feature. Allowing retailers to view reports for all transaction data in one portal, this will include payments made in-store, online and over the phone, providing retailers with a single view of customer transactions and helping them better understand sales trends. The solution is available now to all size businesses and combines the data from different payment options. Results can be viewed together or broken down by transaction type and can be exported directly from the online area, into Excel or CSV format to aid the reconciliation process.