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

VeriFone Partners CardSpring POS Loyalty

CardSpring payments infrastructure startup partnered VeriFone to integrate the CardSpring web service platform with VeriFone’s open interface to its PAYware Connect (PWC) gateway, enabling developers to easily create card-linked services for any POS system interfaced to PWC. The partnership enables retailers and third-party developers to use the CardSpring APIs to easily create card-linked services for POS systems and VeriFone devices without requiring changes to shoppers’ purchase experience or existing store infrastructure. Card-linked applications let retailers turn traditional retail tools like paper coupons, gift cards, loyalty programs, or paper receipts into digital services that consumers can add to their existing credit or debit cards. Retailers can now leverage their existing devices to create digital, personalized relationships with their customers through card-linked services, at a fraction of the cost and complexity of installing new software or hardware.

Alaric Anounces New Fraud, Payment Specialist

Alaric fraud prevention and payments solutions hired John Smith as Fraud and Payments Specialist, who joins the Company from Visa Europe. Following 9 years focused on fraud detection and prevention, Smith will be working alongside the Fractals team at Alaric, promoting the intelligent fraud detection solution. Smith brings 30 years’ experience in the cards and payments industry around the world. He has worked with organisations across the payments spectrum, from card schemes to issuers, acquirers and vendors. He has played a prominent role in the introduction of innovative new products and services in the UK, including the first PIN/debit pilot scheme and the first universal debit card scheme (Switch). As well as Visa, John has worked for various companies including Euronet Worldwide, Global Insight, IFS International, SEMA Group and ACI Worldwide.

FIS Names New Board Member, Reelects Chairman

FIS named 25-year FIS veteran and current President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Gary A. Norcross to its board. Having assumed the role of President and COO on March 30, 2012, Norcross is responsible for the steering and execution of the company’s global business strategy. Prior to his current role, Norcross held several leadership positions within the company and was instrumental in the 2009 acquisition and integration of Metavante Technologies, Inc. He was also instrumental in the acquisition of leading organizations such as Certegy and eFunds and more than 15 other companies, helping to grow FIS to more than 35,000 employees with over $5.8 billion in annual revenue. Norcross is active in the local North Florida community and serves on the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas.

Agilysys Inks Latest POS Client

Agilysys announced that Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas water park selected its “InfoGenesis” POS solution to streamline food and beverage operations and enhance guest service. The park opened Memorial Day weekend. Agilysys “InfoGenesis POS” POS software combines powerful reporting and configuration capabilities in the back office with a fast, intuitive and easy-to-use terminal application. The flexible system is easy to set up, and its scalable architecture enables customers to add workstations without having to build out expensive infrastructure. It also integrates easily with other applications, such as gift card and guest management solutions. The system’s detailed and high-quality reporting capabilities give insight into sales data and guest purchasing trends. Other features include packages and prix fixe menus, signature capture and multi-language capability. InfoGenesis POS is available as an on-premise solution or through a subscription service.

payleven Inks Huge Distributor for its Chip & PIN Reader

payleven mobile payment provider is making its Chip & PIN card reader available for anyone to buy off the shelf in Apple retail stores and on the Apple online store. This marks the first time ever that it has been possible to buy a card machine on the high street, lowering the barriers to entry for budding entrepreneurs wanting to start their own retail business. The small gadget links up with an iPhone, iPad or Android device via Bluetooth to make it quick and easy for anyone to start taking card payments from major card providers such as VISA and MasterCard. It can be used anywhere with mobile or Wi-Fi signal, making it perfect for plumbers, gardeners and electricians visiting homes, or markets, pop-up shops or boot sellers regularly on the move.

NCR Expands Interactive Video Banking Program

Conestoga Bank is expanding its interactive video banking program with NCR Corporation. Available through “uGenius,” which NCR purchased in January 2013, the partnership allows the bank to install two additional personal teller machines (PTMs) into their new Bankwerx at Gateway branch in Wayne, Pa. Conestoga Bank’s PTMs connect bank customers to a live, remote teller via a two-way video/audio conversation over an ATM. The remote tellers have full control of ATM functions, creating an interactive experience in which customers can complete more than 95 percent of typical branch transactions and do them faster – with transaction times typically 33 percent faster than an average teller interaction.

Chase Names CEO of Merchant Services

JPMorgan Chase announced that Mike Passilla has been named chief executive officer of Merchant Services to oversee Chase’s growing payments and merchant services business including Chase Paymentech, Chase’s merchant offers business, as well as Chase’s recently-announced merchant payments initiative. Passilla has been a leader in the field of payments and technology for 23 years and joins Chase from Elavon payments processing, where he most recently served as president and CEO. Meanwhile, Dan Charron was named president of Chase Paymentech, the global payment processing and merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase, and will report to Passilla. Since March, Charron has been the acting head of Chase Paymentech and prior to that served as the head of Client Services.

State of Washington Selects TIO for Payment Network

TIO Networks announced its partnership with the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services and payment processor Paymentus to assist residents in paying State bills anywhere in the country. TIO will provide self-service kiosks and clerk-assisted software at key retail locations in the State, as well as on TIO’s existing network of approximately 57,000 locations throughout the U.S. for customers to make child support payments. Paymentus was built exclusively for the self-service channels (Web, IVR, Recurring), making it cost effective and easier for customers to pay bills. The company specializes in offering solutions for recurring, scheduled and one-time payments with patent-pending, real-time technology.

Discover Bank Provides Jobs for Military Vets

Discover Bank and Delaware’s Congressional Delegation of U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney recognized the first group of employees to join a new Discover work-at-home jobs program for military personnel and their family members at a ceremony today at Dover Air Force Base. Discover’s work-at-home program provides training, resources and job opportunities for new employees seeking careers within the financial services industry. In addition to training, Discover supplies each new employee with the proper equipment and installation support to ensure a successful working environment at home. The new employees’ work will be coordinated out of Discover’s New Castle call center. Recruitment efforts for the new program focus on military personnel and their family members from the Dover Air Force Base and those associated with the base in the surrounding area.

Softgate Systems Partners Pay-O-Matic

Softgate Systems, a leading provider of retail bill payment solutions, and The Pay-O-Matic Corporation, the largest check-casher in New York and Metro area provider of walk-in payment services, announced that the two companies are working together to build an enhanced new payment platform for use with Pay-O-Matic’s independent agents. The new solution will create a fully integrated platform that leverages Softgate’s bill payment processing engine and combines the two companies’ complimentary products like expedited payments, prepaid wireless, international top-ups, and prepaid debit cards. Those using Pay-O-Matic’s current agent software will transition to POMLINK™, a single source solution, powered by Softgate, which will support all their payments needs.

Gemalto supplies MTS Russia NFC SIM mTransport

Gemalto digital security is supplying Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) its “UpTeq NFC” high-end SIM cards for a mobile phone-based public transport ticketing solution. Designed and personalized at Gemalto’s Moscow service center, the solution can deliver increased efficiency and responsiveness for the swift deployment of MTS’ NFC program. In conjunction with Zolotaya Korona Russian payment and money transfer system, the ticketing service allows users to pay for journeys on buses and the metro in Novosibirsk, the country’s third-largest city, simply by tapping their mobile phone on an NFC reader. Over 95% of public transport turnstiles and terminals in Novosibirsk are already equipped with NFC readers and the new system is designed to replace the current paper tickets.

Net Element Turns Up mPayment Technologies Investment

Net Element International electronic commerce and mobile payment processing entered into an investor accreditation agreement to develop new technology with The Skolkovo Foundation, a government funded research and development center in Moscow. This multi-year and multimillion dollar investment allocation by Net Element provides exclusive access to early stage mobile payments and transactional services technology. Net Element will set aside up to $12 million (370 mln Rub) over the next three years with Skolkovo for investment in companies and technologies that meet NETE’s investment criteria and strategic initiatives. The role of The Skolkovo Foundation is to oversee the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center comprising five R&D clusters (IT, Space, Biomed, Energy Efficiency and Nuclear Technology), Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (a new graduate research university established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Skolkovo City. Net Element’s interests are specifically focused on mobile payments and transactional services technology projects.