MC Prepaid Exec

MasterCard appointed Michael Fiore group executive Global Prepaid Solutions. A ten year veteran with the company, he will lead the ongoing development and execution of the company’s global prepaid strategies. These programs provide individuals, organizations and governments with tools that create more efficient, easier ways to receive, hold and activate money. Fiore replaces Ron Hynes, who recently left MasterCard to pursue a new opportunity. Most recently with Mastercard, Mike led the company’s cross-border remittance, person-to-person payment and disbursement strategies and was instrumental in the acquisition of Orbiscom.

Stingray III POS

Panasonic unveiled the new modular “Stingray III” POS workstation. An enterprise-grade POS device compatible with a variety of Microsoft Windows operating systems, it features an all-in-one flexible, modular design for the retail, quick service restaurant (QSR) and hospitality industries. Flexibility and Modularity: The Stingray III’s versatile design features interchangeable touchscreens and allows easy customization to meet individual retailer requirements with unlimited mounting options. The increased modularity of the Stingray III also makes servicing and replacing parts a simpler process, allowing the workstation to be easily maintained, reducing total cost of ownership and increasing ROI.


First Data and UL payment security and compliance partnered to help U.S. merchants expedite their EMV card acceptance. This partnership is focused on giving large and mid-size merchants with integrated POS systems a one-stop EMV migration and certification solution for all major payment networks. Combining UL’s accredited testing tools and centralized certification management platforms streamlines EMV migration by combining training, test tools and testing services, while eliminating the inefficiencies found in the current process of certifying to multiple end-points and certification authorities.

SCA Council Chairs

The Smart Card Alliance Payments, Mobile and NFC, and Transportation Councils made significant headway in 2014, educating the industry on the security benefits of smart card technology for a wide variety of payment applications and use cases.The Payments Council focuses on facilitating the adoption of chip-enabled payments and payment applications in the U.S. and works closely with the EMV Migration Forum to educate stakeholders on the security benefits of EMV chip technology. The Mobile and NFC Council activities help to accelerate the practical use of NFC applications such as payments, loyalty and marketing. In 2014, the council put forward workshops, white papers and other educational industry resources to discuss and promote common mobile and NFC standards and best practices.