MasterCard + SFX Entertainment

MasterCard and SFX Entertainment today announced a multi-year global partnership that will bring innovative technology solutions to the SFX platform and further strengthen MasterCard’s commitment to being an experiential brand in music and entertainment. MasterCard will simplify the way hundreds of millions of electronic dance music (EDM) fans worldwide can access SFX events, engage with content and connect with their community. SFX Entertainment, Inc. is the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused exclusively on electronic music culture and other world-class festivals.

ADS & BJ’s

Big changes in the works for the BJ’s MasterCard as Alliance Data Systems takes the helm by the end of this year. The BJ’s card portfolio will transition to MasterCard and can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted across the globe. In the spring of 2015, the entire BJ’s credit portfolio will be converted to chip-enabled MasterCard credit cards.

MasterCard to Power Event Platform

MasterCard and SFX Entertainment announced a multi-year global partnership to further strengthen MasterCard’s commitment to being an experiential brand in music and entertainment. MasterCard will simplify the way hundreds of millions of electronic dance music (EDM) fans worldwide can access SFX events, engage with content and connect with their community. Through its Priceless platform, MasterCard will also create surprise and delight experiences for fans, starting this fall. SFX will leverage MasterCard’s innovative technologies for its digital and physical platforms including ticketing, retail, live events and social networking, pioneering a new model for enterprise-wide partnerships. MasterCard becomes the exclusive financial services sponsor for all of SFX’s platforms.

U.S. Q2 GDV

MasterCard takes the lead in the second quarter for U.S. gross dollar volume with a 9.2% year-on-year gain, compared to Visa’s 9.1%, American Express’ 6.0% gain and Discover 6.0% gain. Based on U.S. GDV, VS and MC tied the four networks in Y/Y gains in market share for the U.S., gaining 10 basis points (bps) Y/Y. AX was flat Y/Y and DS decreased by 10 bps.

Diebold Appoints EVP, Software

Diebold announced Alan Kerr has been named executive vice president, software. An experienced software and field operations leader, Kerr will build the strategy for the company’s global software organization. With more than 25 years of senior-level experience, he has held senior leadership positions with several IT software and services leaders. An experienced change management leader, he successfully restructured the sales operations and helped deliver revenue in excess of $3 billion.

Sphonic Appoints go to Exec to Assume Reigns

Sphonic announced Tom Sullivan has joined the company launch their products into the “Americas” market. Tom Sullivan comes with a wealth of experience within the digital payments & fraud prevention industry, having spent the last twelve years at Expedia Inc. as Senior Director, Global Risk & Payments. In parrallel, Tom has been the Chairman of Merchant Risk Council, driving the organisation’s impressive growth over the last 10 years. Tom joins Sphonic Americas, to replicate Sphonic’s successes in Europe in providing innovative solutions for risk management and customer acceptance to a range of digital clients.

Allpay Announces Latest Prepaid Partnership

Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) has teamed allpay on the e+ Citizen card.The new card – which combines the functionality of its existing smartcard, used by more than 80,000 people – was launched last month in a limited trial with a further planned roll out to follow. The solution, which is unique within the market place, can also be made available to other local authorities looking to provide similar schemes for their residents.In addition to being used for services such as retail discounts, leisure and library, the new functionality allows the council to load social care funds onto the card for residents wishing to use this new, secure and convenient way of managing their personal budget payments. Residents wishing to use this service for their personal budget must first fill out a form providing the council with their financial details.

Datacard Group Named Smartcard Leader

Datacard has been positioned by ABI Research as one of the top leaders in their 2014 competitive assessment for Government and Healthcare ID: Smart Card and Legacy Credentials .This vendor matrix represents ABI Research’s ranking of the leading smart card and legacy credential vendors active within the government, healthcare and citizen ID ecosystem. The vendors were assessed on implementation and innovation – including global reach, breadth of services offered, multi-application capabilities and support of market convergence, level of security, e-government services, among others.Datacard Group was ranked as a leader due to the high assessment rating it received for its extensive distribution channels and global reach, its market share of e-government ID implementations around the world, and continued commitment to offer innovative technologies to the government sector. To-date, Datacard Group is implemented in 18 of the 20 largest e-government programs and has over 400 government projects around the world. Additionally, roughly 165,000 passports, 10 million credentials, and 5 million smart cards are issued daily using the company’s solutions.