The NFC Forum announced the publication of the “NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel.” The new, comprehensive reference guide is available at no charge from the NFC Forum’s website. Potential uses of NFC technology for air travel that save time for passengers and streamline operations for airlines and other businesses include: NFC use for secure provision, storage, and reading of boarding passes on mobile devices; NFC on a mobile device to enable “tap-and-go” access to elite lounges; Airlines and airports using NFC to provide (and cancel) access to secured areas to staff via their mobile devices; NFC tags coded and embedded in luggage tags to quickly access baggage information and better track bags’ progress; Travelers tapping their NFC-enabled devices to enter a parking garage, pay at exit, or store parking details for later reference; NFC’s well-established payment applications for purchases in airport shops, and even on board the aircraft.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor fell 3.8 points in October to 87.9, as consumer confidence in the economy and their personal finances slid to two-year lows. The decline in confidence correlates with a drop in discretionary spending intentions in most categories surveyed. The Monitor is a 6-year-old daily poll tracking economic…
American Express welcomes Emirates Skywards to the industry-leading Membership Rewards program, letting members transfer points into the Emirates Skywards program and redeem Skywards Miles for travel on one of the world’s leading airlines. To celebrate the relationship, American Express and Emirates will offer a limited time transfer bonus. Eligible Card Members in the U.S, U.K and France who transfer points to Emirates Skywards between November 8 and 21 will receive a 25% bonus. During this promotion, eligible Card Members can transfer as few as 60,000 Membership Rewards points to Emirates Skywards and book an Economy Class return ticket on Emirates between JFK and Dubai.*Reward flights are available to over 136 destinations on the Emirates network.
Fiserv named Byron C. Vielehr group president of its Depository Institution Services group to oversee the Company account processing businesses, which serve banks, thrifts and credit unions. Bringing more than 25 years of technology and financial services experience to Fiserv, he most recently served as President of International and Global Operations for Dun & Bradstreet as Chief Information Officer in 2005 and then in leadership of its North American business, Global Risk Management Solutions, and D&B Sales and Marketing Solutions. Vielehr holds a master’s degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University.
With the “credit union movement” offering service to members of individual credit unions nationwide. CO-OP ATM, managed on behalf of 3,500 client credit unions by CO-OP Financial Services, is a network of 30,000 ATMs across the country. members (customers) of participating credit unions to access their accounts without incurring a surcharge fee. At 30,000 ATMs, the credit union network is larger than the biggest dedicated bank network. These ATMs can not only be found on the premises of credit union branches, but in thousands of retail locations such as 7-Eleven, Walgreens and Costco. Credit union members can easily find out if their credit union belongs to CO-OP ATM by visiting www.allco-op.org. Or, if they have a debit card from their institution, they can simply turn over the card, and they will more than likely discover the red triangle logo of the network.
The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards, published version 3.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). Available now on the PCI SSC website, version 3.0 becomes effective on 01 January 2014. Version 2.0 will remain active until 31 December 2014 to ensure adequate time for organizations to make the transition. Changes are made to the standards every three years, based on feedback from the Council’s global constituents per the PCI DSS and PA-DSS development lifecycle and in response to market needs. Proposed changes for version 3.0 were shared publicly in August, and Participating Organizations and assessors had the opportunity to discuss the draft standards at the 2013 Community Meetings prior to final publication.
Oberthur Technologies made available its ID-One PIV for eSE solution. The ID-One PIV for eSE solution is designed for government agencies and large companies, offers the same security level currently available with cards on desktops or laptops but in a mobile phone or tablet integrating an embedded Secure Element (eSE). This breakthrough technology makes the citizens’ data more secure and is the core of any corporation or government security policy. It is already well-known by the Department of Defence of the United States and is today recognized by the whole industry as a state-of-the-art security technology that will allow governments and corporations to protect their valuable data. Oberthur Technologies’ ID-One PIV for eSE solution is a software suite combining a JavaCard™ applet loaded into the embedded Secure Element (eSE) and an Android application. It enables end-users’ biometric identification to open doors, sign and encrypt emails or use PIV features for a secure cloud access. This product is an answer to organizations which use PKI2 cards for physical and/or logical access control but which do not know how to properly manage mobility of their employees.
Bluefin Payment Systems and Medtask practice management solutions for the medical industry partnered on integrated payment processing within the Medtask practice management platform. Bluefin’s payment platform, PayConex, features credit/debit/ACH processing with security features such as transparent redirect, tokenization, and point-to-point encryption (P2PE). Merchants can accept payments through the PayConex virtual terminal, at point of sale, online using the company’s hosted payment page, or through a mobile phone or tablet. Medtask has established a reputation as an all-in-one practice management solution, designed to let doctors focus on their patients. Medtask provides cloud-based services they provide including scheduling, billing, reporting, e-Eligibility, e-Remittance (ERA), and Electronic Health Records (EHR). Medtask customers have the luxury of being able to manage their practice from any computer, at any time.
USA Technologies, a leader of wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, congratulates customer, Cromer Food Services, who recently earned second place for their use of wireless technology, including USAT’s ePorts® and ePort Connect® service, as part of the 2013 Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards.
Mako Networks and Sprint teamed to add the Mako System to Sprint’s portfolio of solutions for retailers and distributed enterprises. U.S. customers can now purchase Mako’s solution integrated with Sprint’s wireless service to connect, protect, control and secure their data and payment transactions. The Mako System creates simple, secure PCI DSS compliant networks for distributed enterprises (multisite businesses), such as retail chains or franchises. With an easy-to-use cloud-based Central Management System (CMS), Mako allows administrators to manage the network connections at thousands of sites through a single Web interface, without jeopardizing their networks’ PCI-compliant status. The solution also includes built-in Wi-Fi and Mako Guardian content filtering and reporting, in addition to an array of other value-added features, including extensive 24×7 monitoring and alerts to help maintain network security.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard posted 3Q/13 net income of $879 million, up 14% from the year-ago period and a net revenue of $2.2 billion, a 16% increase since the year ago period. Processed transactions were up 16%, to 10 billion while cross-border volumes were up 19%. Worldwide purchase volume during the quarter grew 14%…