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

Smart Card Expert to Host EMV Webinars

Prime Factors announces an advanced EMV webinar series that explains the differences between magnetic stripe and EMV issuing and processing and why EMV is much more complex. EMV expert Dave Tushie will explain the differences, and what it means for issuers and acquirers in a series underway May 2nd for those who need more than just a passing knowledge of EMV. A basic understanding of EMV is recommended to gain maximum value from the series. Tushie co-founded UbiQ to pioneer EMV card issuing software. He is one of the industry’s most knowledgeable EMV experts. Dave draws from his years of payment card industry experience, research and product development to help webinar attendees understand the EMV payments environment; How all the individual elements work together; and EMV key management.

HID Global Unveils Instant Financial Issuance Printer

HID Global secure identity solutions launched its “FARGO HDPii” Plus Financial Card Printer/Encoder desktop solution for retransfer printing of financial cards. Featuring the company’s fifth generation of High Definition Printing™ (HDP®) technology, the new HDPii Plus enables the secure, instant issuance of both ISO magnetic swipe and contact/contactless EMV® cards at thousands of branch offices and other distributed locations, saving both time and money for the financial issuer while providing the card holder with a secure card that can be used immediately. HID Global will be demonstrating its new instant financial issuance solution at CARTES America April 23-25.

Microsoft Invites Sipree Start-Up Program

Microsoft invited enterprise payments startup Sipree to join BizSpark One, a program that identifies a small number of high-potential startups in the Microsoft BizSpark program comprised of more than 50,000 companies from over 100 countries around the world. Sipree was founded as an outgrowth of PayPal’s efforts to leverage its global network for the demands of Global 2000 enterprises and governments. Sipree helps companies connect to alternative payment networks by providing a bank-agnostic platform and flexible software that enables novel solutions. Microsoft is working to support current and future products on Windows Azure, its open and flexible cloud platform. Sipree leverages Microsoft’s cloud platform, development tools, and enterprise products such as Dynamics AX, Active Directory, SQL Server 2012 and their datacenter services.

Inspirato with AmEx Launches Business Solutions, Incentives and Rewards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Inspirato with American Express launched ‘Inspirato for Business’ for corporate meetings, incentives and reward travel for businesses looking to drive enthusiasm, increase productivity and renew company spirit. The new solution provides its corporate clients access to more than 130 private Inspirato vacation residences, valued at nearly half a billion dollars –…

DeviceFidelity Awarded NFC Patent

DeviceFidelity NFC and security platform provider obtained a total of 40 patents covering the innovative and streamlined product portfolio that empowers apps utilizing NFC (Near Field Communication) and security technologies. The latest edition to DeviceFidelity’s patent portfolio is Patent #ZL200880107195.2 which is now newly issued in China. The patent enables an NFC based mobile wallet implementation that uses a microSD Secure Element with credentials issued from multiple different enterprises. The growing portfolio is a testament to the company’s growing success in obtaining design wins with large providers in the payment, security, mobile identity and access management space. DeviceFidelity’s extensive portfolio of patents covers the implementation and management of NFC technology, security and unique miniaturization and amplification solutions on a removable module that can be attached to most smartphones. Patents such as “Interfacing transaction cards with host devices” cover the smart technology that allows for smooth integration of NFC microSD products into phones that already have NFC technology built-in.

GoCardless Launches Online Direct Debits Payment

GoCardless payments provider launched a new online Direct Debits payment tool to enable greater numbers of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) around the UK to collect variable one-off and recurring payments by Direct Debit. The GoCardless platform is steadily transforming the payments space by allowing any business or individual to tap into the Direct Debit network. The business has been making such payments available to SMEs since November 2011. It’s services have proved to be hugely popular, with transaction volumes growing by 40% each month since launch. The newly updated service makes Direct Debits even more flexible by allowing such businesses to adjust the monthly amounts customers pay. A wide range of businesses are expected to benefit – including those that rely on regular invoices such as accountancy firms, or subscription based businesses including day nurseries or gyms.

YourCash Partners Evry IT Services

YourCash UK payment technology business offering ATMs and cash management solutions in the UK and Europe is pleased to announce its intentions to enter a new partnership with Evry, a leading Nordic IT-services provider. EVRY is the largest IT Company in Norway and the second largest IT Services company in the Nordic region, providing extensive technology services to Norwegian and Nordic companies, financial institutions, national public sector entities and health authorities. EVRY has developed a range of innovations that have transformed and simplified the way people access services across society including banking and payment services.

MFI Hattha Kaksekar Implements BPC SmartVista

BPC Banking Technologies Open System e-payment solutions for the global financial industry, announces that Hattha Kaksekar Limited has gone live in production with the implementation of SmartVista – BPC’s end to end e-payments solution. Hattha Kaksekar implemented SmartVista to support the company’s business goals – delivering a wide range of products and services to customers across Cambodia, using a number of channels – including ATMs, POS devices and mobile phones. In addition to financial transaction switching for ATM, POS and mobile payments, SmartVista is being used as a fully-fledged card management solution supporting debit and local credit cards, prepaid and virtual cards. Hattha’s customers are now able to perform balance and mini statement inquiries, funds transfer, as well as remittance transactions on ATMs and POS devices. Mobile payment services are now available nationwide.

YourCash Inks Partnership with Evry IT

YourCash payment technology business offering ATMs and cash management solutions inked a new partnership with Evry, a leading Nordic IT-services provider. EVRY is the largest IT Company in Norway and the second largest IT Services company in the Nordic region, providing extensive technology services to Norwegian and Nordic companies, financial institutions, national public sector entities and health authorities. EVRY has developed a range of innovations that have transformed and simplified the way people access services across society including banking and payment services.

ACI Money Transfer Consolidates Solution Readiness

ACI Worldwide payment systems, announced the benchmark results for processing bulk payments on ACI Money Transfer System, offering financial institutions the opportunity to rationalize multiple payment processing systems, each typically with their own hardware, software and support costs, onto a single consolidated solution. This consolidation provides improved operational efficiencies and the potential for significant cost reduction. During the tests, Money Transfer System successfully processed 15 million transactions per hour through end-to-end, real world processing scenarios. It supports RTGS; CHIPS; ACH/SEPA; SWIFT Messaging and UK Faster Payments.

USA Technologies SVP to Speak at NAMA OneShow

USA Technologies, Senior VP, Sales and Business Development, Michael K. Lawlor, will be presenting at two separate sessions at the NAMA OneShow being held in Las Vegas, April 24-26. Titled, Technology’s Impact on the Bottom Line, Lawlor’s first presentation will highlight the benefits of an integrated, comprehensive cashless payment and wireless telemetry platform as a fundamental business tool for driving incremental sales revenue and profit opportunities. Part of his presentation will include highlights from USAT’s 2013 Cashless Knowledge Base that supports the view that total sales and volumes benefit as consumers take advantage of cashless payment options. Lawlor will be joined by Mark McKinney, Senior Business Development Executive for the Isis market launch.