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

MoneyGram Renews Nix Financial Partnership

MoneyGram renewed its contract with Nix Financial, which offers consumer loans, prepaid debit and credit cards, bill payment and check cashing to financial education. Nix will continue to exclusively provide MoneyGram money transfer services and money orders to its customers. Nix Financial customers regularly depend on MoneyGram’s services to securely send and receive funds from Latin America as well as locally. With the agreement, customers can continue to quickly send or receive funds at any Nix location to recipients across the globe.

TransCard Launches Gift Card Kiosks

TransCard launched its RUBY Gift Card kiosk, a self-service kiosk offered to shopping mall operators for a low lease cost of $100 per month. The RUBY Gift Card kiosk allows mall shoppers to purchase a gift card to the shopping facility without the help of a customer service mall employee. The shopper simply enters the denomination they wish to load onto the gift card and they’re done. TransCard purchased HQ Gift Cards in November 2012 and has actively been looking for ways to combine processing, program management, and technology to mall operators around the country.

ASI/Restaurant Manager POS Appoints Director, Software Development

Action Systems Restaurant Manager POS software for the foodservice industry, announced the appointment of Brian Ellery as Director of Software Development. In this role, Ellery is responsible for supervising three independent development teams that focus, respectively, on restaurant Point-of-Sale software, mobile business applications, and cloud services. Ellery brings over 20 years of experience to his new role, including proven abilities in new software development, propelling technical and business organizations to new levels, software and IT roadmap development, mobile application development management, and multi-national team management.

Infinite Peripherals Aids Retailer iPad Adoption

Leading mobile point-of-sale (POS) device provider Infinite Peripherals, Inc. (IPC) introduced the Infinea Tab 4 for the iPad with Apple Lightning connector to support retailer mobile POS adoption. The latest MFi-certified device from IPC – which already has more than 250,000 mobile POS devices in use nationwide – is compatible with the Apple iPad 4. With tablet POS adoption rates increasing among retailers of all sizes, the Infinea Tab 4 presents an improved design and even faster scanning capabilities that are in demand to deliver the Apple-inspired in-store customer experience and improved inventory management. The Infinea Tab 4 with Lightning connector adds a 1D or 2D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader to an Apple iPad 4 so retail associates can conduct customer checkout from anywhere in the store, eliminating consumer wait times in line. With optional Bluetooth® and RFID readers, the new Infinea Tab 4 completes transactions even faster with a more streamlined handheld unit.

ROAM mPOS Announces Facility Expansion

ROAM, an Ingenico mobile commerce platform provider, expanded its Boston headquarters, from 12,000 to 20,000 square feet, in order to accommodate its rapidly growing team. The firm doubled in size over the past year and currently employs 100+ professionals, with plans to hire an additional 50 employees by the end of 2013, primarily for engineering roles. For a full list of open positions, visit http://www.roamdata.com/careers. ROAM’s business has grown swiftly due to ramping worldwide demand for mobile POS solutions, which provide consumers with convenience and merchants with incremental revenue.

BPC Banking Names Director of Sales

BPC Banking Technologies Open System payment solutions announced Brian Hadaway as the Director of Sales. Brian has held management and executive sales positions within the banking and financial services industry, and has extensive experience in enterprise payment systems and processing environments. He spent over 13 years in a management role at North Dallas Bank &Trust in Dallas, TX. Before joining BPC, Brian served as senior account manager at Mosaic Software, S1 and ACI Worldwide.

Adelaide Oval Selects NCR Venue Management Solution

NCR entered in to an agreement with Adelaide Oval SMA Ltd (AOSMA) to deploy the NCR venue management solution at the iconic Adelaide Oval, as part of the major redevelopment currently underway. At the heart of the solution is NCR “Venue Manager” POS and reporting system that has been deployed in more than 200 stadiums and arenas globally. It has been selected to streamline operations, deliver an unparalleled level of service and help deliver a world-class experience in Australia’s newest sports and entertainment complex. It will provide Adelaide Oval with sales information from every POS device and retail outlet in real time, enabling it to accurately report, analyze and forecast sales ensuring real-time inventory control and cash management.

Travelex Partners Talend Technology

Travelex, has selected the Talend Platform for Enterprise Integration, Talend’s comprehensive solution that brings together integration of application, data and process. Travelex will use the unified solution to streamline operational systems, drive business and IT efficiencies anddeliver enhanced agility in existing and new markets. Talend’s free open source community products enabled Travelex to run a proof of concept before deciding to progress. The Talend solution is being implemented at Travelex by leading IT-enabled business services provider and Talend Platinum Partner, Steria. The initial focus is on rolling it out across existing sites before Travelex uses the platform to help the process of moving into new markets. It is being implemented first in the UK but will subsequently be rolled out across another 25 countries.

Diebold Nationally Implements Video ATM

Diebold is officially making its Concierge Video Services available to all financial institutions in North America, directly implemented into most Diebold “Opteva” ATMs. Giving consumers the option to initiate video calls to customer service representatives, in order to complete activities not traditionally conducted during ATM transactions, Diebold’s Concierge Video Services offers account maintenance, new account setup and savings product renewals. It was previously piloted by Missoula Federal Credit Union and Mountain America Credit Union.

MasterCard Names VP, Govt Solutions

MasterCard appointed Mohammed Qadadeh VP, Head of Government Services and Solutions (GS&S) in Middle East and North Africa. The announcement is an integral aspect of MasterCard’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its investments in the government sector across Middle East and Africa. Here he will lead the expansion of the company’s government business by leveraging MasterCard capabilities to solve governments’ needs for efficiency, social progress, financial inclusion and overall transparency. Qadadeh held a number of managerial roles in the MasterCard Technologies and Operations division during the past 12 years, where he helped shape technology strategy and vision across various platforms, including the MasterCard Data Warehouse, Global Cardholder Solutions and Rewards, most recently as regional Chief Technology Officer, where he played a key role in driving MasterCard’s technology strategy across Middle East and Africa since 2011, starting with the Africa board’s strategy vision, planning, and execution.