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.

HID Global Awarded Gesture-based Access Control Patents

HID Global secure identity solutions announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted several patents for the company’s innovation related to gesture-based methods of using three-dimensional (3-D) motion sequences to increase privacy, security and convenience when using RFID-based devices such as smart cards and NFC-enabled smartphones for a broad range of applications. These patent additions strengthen HID Global’s IP portfolio of over 1,000 pending and issued patents and protect the company’s intellectual capital. The invention opens up a new field of gesture-based authentication and is particularly pertinent when incorporated into an NFC-enabled mobile phone. These user-defined, gesture-based passwords can also work in a two-dimensional mode similar to a combination lock, or they can also include 3-D motions such as moving to the left, right, forward and backward.

Fiserv Announces Latest Processing Platform Client

Fiserv announced that Community Bank – Wheaton/Glen Ellyn selected its DNA account processing platform from Open Solutions, now part of Fiserv, to better serve its 29,000 customers. The $355 million asset bank cited the platform’s tightly integrated complementary solutions, customer-centric architecture and strong business intelligence tools as factors that will help the bank increase efficiency and provide customers with more relevant products. DNA from Fiserv is the first open, relationship-centered core banking platform built for global collaboration. The platform employs a real-time, relational data model designed around the person, not the transaction, so that Community Bank – Wheaton/Glen Ellyn staff can securely view complete profiles of their retail and commercial customers by person, product or account.

Unemployment Stagnation Persists

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up 195,000 units in June as the unemployment rate remained at 7.6%. While the number of unemployed persons totaled 11.8 million, those long-term unemployed for 27 weeks or more was essentially unchanged at 4.3 million. These individuals accounted for 36.7 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12…

Datacard Group Strengthens Regional Presence

Datacard Group opened a new office to show continued regional commitment to better serve customers and channel partners. The office, which includes a large customer and demo area and houses a team of local Brazilian experts, will support Datacard Group’s channel partners and customer initiatives in Brazil, as well as offer sales, technical consultancy, services and support of Datacard Group’s solutions for instant issuance, desktop and secure identity systems, and central issuance. Datacard Group’s secure identity and transaction solutions are now used all over the world.

Chunghwa Telecom Deploys Gemalto NFC, Mastercard

Gemalto announced “UpTeq NFC SIM” embedded software and product has been selected by Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) to secure its NFC payment program. CHT is Taiwan’s largest mobile network operator with 10 million subscribers. The initiative, using the SIM as the secure element to safeguard mobile NFC transactions, was approved by the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan. CHT subscribers will be able to use their mobile phone for contactless payments at over 20,000 MasterCard® PayPass™ point of sale readers across Taiwan including supermarkets, department stores and a fleet of taxis. The pilot also supports additional NFC services such as multiple credit and prepaid cards, loyalty cards, coupons, and ticketing.

NCR Signs New Interactive Video Tech Client

Lake State Credit Union is using interactive video technology from NCR Corporation, including the “NCR APTRA” for remote control of ATMs. Completely self- and assisted-service through three NCR APTRA Interactive Teller ATMs and additional (non-video teller) NCR SelfServ ATMs. The Technology Village office in Duluth will not only serve current and new members with Interactive Teller, but it also will bring Commercial, Mortgage and Consumer services to that area. Lake State is a $184 million institution and the new Duluth office opening mid-August of this year will be its sixth full service office. APTRA Interactive Teller is the only ATM-based technology that not only lets people talk to a live remote teller, but also gives the teller remote control over the machine to conduct transactions. APTRA Interactive Teller can conduct approximately 95 percent of typical teller transactions.

Rite Aid Deploys Payment Alliance International ATM Program

Payment Alliance International (PAI) electronic payment processing solutions has been selected by Rite Aid Corporation to provide turnkey ATM services for approximately 1,500 Rite Aid locations in the western and southern United States. This new consumer-facing program will provide convenient access to cash for Rite Aid customers across the country. As one of the largest ATM networks in the United States, PAI provides ATM services for over 60,000 retail locations nationwide. The Rite Aid program will offer state-of-the-art, EMV-ready, ATM equipment; domestic and international transaction processing; and distinctive branding opportunities for financial institutions.

GE Capital to Provide Phillips 66 Private Label Credit Card Program

GE Capital Retail Bank signed a multi-year agreement with Phillips 66 energy manufacturing to provide private label credit card programs for consumer and commercial customers nationwide. GE Capital Retail Finance will manage the Phillips 66 relationship and service the account, which includes a private label credit card for consumers and a branded business revolving charge card for commercial customers. The branded consumer credit card program, which includes the Phillips 66 Personal Card, Conoco Personal Card and 76 Personal Card, will provide consumer cardholders with benefits and convenience, as well as the opportunity to earn rewards for qualifying fuel purchases made at any of the 8,000 independently owned Phillips 66, Conoco, 76 and Phillips 66 General Aviation locations nationwide.

Consumer Confidence in mShopping On the Up

A new survey carried out by Parcel2Go has suggested that consumers are becoming increasingly confident about buying products and services using mobile phones and tablets. More than 100 people responded to the snap poll run through the Bolton-based parcel delivery specialist’s Twitter account, with 68 per cent saying they had used a mobile device such as a smartphone or an iPad to make a purchase over the internet. Perhaps unsurprisingly, major online marketplaces including eBay and Amazon were cited by a significant number of people. Just under a third of respondents said they had not made online purchases using a mobile for concerns of security and giving out payment details over a mobile connection.

MoneyGram Expands Presence in Latest Acquisition

MoneyGram has acquired Latino Services funds transfer agent, to increase the number of MoneyGram-owned locations. The move brings MoneyGram closer to its consumers in an effort to meet customers’ evolving funds transfer needs. Prior to the acquisition, MoneyGram operated stores in Miami, Florida, and New York City, New York. The purchase of former non-exclusive agent Latino Services, which sends remittances from the U.S. to Mexico and Latin America, will result in 10 new company-operated stores serving Atlanta customers. The acquisition provides an opportunity for the company to test new strategies in an important market.

Spending Monitor Up 4 Points in June

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor rose 4 points to 96.3 in June, its highest point in 2013, following a substantial increase in consumer confidence about the economy. Consumers rated both the economy and their personal finances as more positive in June, and also indicated intentions to spend more over the next…

MoneyGram Renews Brand Ambassador Contract

MoneyGram renewed its exclusive agreement with Robin Padilla as its brand ambassador. Last year, MoneyGram unveiled its collaboration with the Filipino movie personality during the launch of its “Moneygrado sa MoneyGram” campaign, which targets Filipino senders and receivers around the world. With presence in 198 countries and nearly 10,000 locations in the Philippines, MoneyGram continues to bring families closer through its affordable money transfer services. Receivers can claim their remittances in the Philippines through trusted partner locations, including: Banco De Oro, Cebuana Lhuillier, SM, M Lhuillier, Palawan Pawnshop, Metrobank, RD Pawnshop and Kwartagram, among others.