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

Other News: VISA; ACI; MASTERCARD; and CHASE (P2P)

In Other News: NXT-ID (DreamTrips); INTELLICHECK (funding); REVEL (Vantiv); and CAUSE (exec). VISA Visa is now a member of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), says ASOP Global’s Executive Director, Libby Baney and Martin Elliott, global head of brand protection for Visa. ACI – ACI Worldwide and PT Indopay Merchant Services (Indopay), a…

The Logic Group First Global P2PE v2 Certified

The Logic Group First Global P2PE v2 Certified

Omni-channel Managed Payment Services provider, The Logic Group,reports its Solve DataShield Payments Solution is the first in the world to receive global accreditation from the PCI Council for Point-to-Point Encryption Version 2 (P2PE v2).   The key benefit of P2PE v2 is its modularity.  Merchants using this solution will not only gain the established benefits…

FICO Acquires QuadMetrics and Launches Enterprise Security Score

FICO Acquires QuadMetrics and Launches Enterprise Security Score

FICO has acquired QuadMetrics to complement its FICO Falcon Cybersecurity Analytics threat detection solution. FICO also says it is developing a FICO Enterprise Security Score, which will rank an organization’s level of cybersecurity risk. QuadMetrics is a cyber risk security scoring company from Ann Arbor, Michigan. QuadMetrics leverages predictive analytics to monitor signals from open…

Ads Promoting Apple Pay at Checkout Produce Results

Ads Promoting Apple Pay at Checkout Produce Results

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] New research discovered smartphone users shown digital advertising at point-of-sale are more apt to pull out their iPhone to make a purchase, and even spend more during the transaction. USA Technologies (USAT) tested whether targeted point-of-sale advertising of Apple Pay acceptance would increase usage of mobile payments by consumers. Initial findings…

Visa Accelerates the U.S. EMV Migration

Visa Accelerates the U.S. EMV Migration

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa is adding more gas to the pipeline to accelerate EMV chip migration for U.S. merchants. Visa has streamlined its testing requirements, amended and simplified the terminal certification process, and committed to investing further resources and technical expertise in a manner that can reduce timeframes by as much as 50%. Visa…

OT Powers NFC Payments via the Swatch Bellamy Watch

OT Powers NFC Payments via the Swatch Bellamy Watch

Oberthur Technologies (OT) has buddied with Swatch to provide contactless payment to customers in Switzerland via the Swatch Bellamy watch. OT’s FlyBuySE (Secure Element) is fully integrated within Swatch Bellamy watches and provides a high level of security while enabling seamless payments and transactions. OT’s latest portfolio covers a broad range of payment networks and…

Credit Card Usage in Canada to Hover at 1.6% CAGR

Credit Card Usage in Canada to Hover at 1.6% CAGR

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Purchase dollar volume (PDV) in Canada for Visa and MasterCard has been plummeting over the past five quarters, however card issuance in the first quarter (1Q/16) for both networks remained in double-digits year-on-year (YOY). The P&S Market Research’s “Canada Cards and Payments Market – Size, Share, Development, Growth and Forecast to…