DataCash is partnering with one of the leading Smart TV app development consultancies, TV App Agency, to deliver Smart TV payment solutions. The partnership will see DataCash integrate its payment gateway into TV App Agency’s ‘TV App Engine’, offering a new way for brands and app developers to accept payments through their applications. Currently developers creating apps for Smart TVs often require a significant amount of investment as there are different types of code and standards for each brand of Smart TV. The ‘TV App Engine’ however provides brands and app developers with a single platform that allows the development of one app that can be generated to work across many different Smart TV brands including Samsung, LG, Phillips, Sony, Panasonic and OperaTV as well as Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox. Through the integration between DataCash’s secure and robust payment gateway with the TV App Engine, brands and developers can increase their return-on-investment as well as create potential new business models.
ROAM of Ingenico partnered Merchant Warehouse to expand the company’s mobile payment acceptance solutions. Merchant Warehouse will leverage ROAM’s secure mobile card readers, associated software and services to provide its merchants and partners with new mpayment solutions. ROAM enables ISOs, acquirers and other resellers to quickly get to market with their own mobile solution without the expense of building one from the ground up. Resellers are able to leverage ROAM’s field-tested design, built-in security features, and cross-device support, while customizing the solution to meet their unique business needs.
Vodafone, Visa and BNZ make buying stuff with your phone a reality with the preview of Vodafone SmartPass, a new mobile payments application that will shrink the contents of Kiwi pockets and handbags. Vodafone SmartPass takes the stress out of shopping, and lets customers make convenient, every day purchases with a simple wave of a smartphone. Using contactless Near Field Communication (NFC) and Visa payWave technology, the app functions as a digital wallet. Once activated, customers can load funds from any bank to the SmartPass account, which can then be used to pay for items at any location with a Visa payWave contactless terminal.
This week Dynamics introduced a whole new experience for fans of diverse artists by enabling them to earn exclusive collections of their work. The collections feature photorealism, mixed media, golf, fantasy, gothic and allegorical acrylic art. Each artist has created new works exclusively for Dynamics ePlate® cardholders, and has taken what a credit card looks like to a whole new level – with each artist’s ePlate® card capturing their artistic signature. The cards are uniquely designed by each artist with their artwork on the front of the card – and in an industry first – they have also designed the magnetic stripe in their style, a stark contrast to the dark stripe we have all grown accustomed to on the back of credit cards. Collectors of these artists and other upcoming artists can now earn artwork with their everyday purchases.
Fidano announces the launch of Flint+ Supported by Fidano, a next-generation mobile payments platform for small mobile businesses that operate outside of typical storefronts. The Flint+ program allows merchant service providers (MSPs), referral sources, credit unions, and community banks to easily offer a leading-edge aggregated mobile payments solution to their merchants and customers through a self-serve customizable channel registration portal. The Flint+ offering is an extension of Flint Mobile’s core application, which enables mobile businesses to accept credit cards by scanning the number instead of relying on additional external card reader hardware.
Fiserv signed a reseller agreement with Social Assurance to extend access to social media marketing and compliance solutions to banks, credit unions and investment advisors. With proposed social media guidance from the FFIEC, as well as myriad regulations governing advertising, financial marketing and employee engagement on social channels, financial institutions and their agents face special considerations when entering into social media. Social Assurance helps financial providers develop and implement strategies to support their marketing and communications goals, while also supporting compliance. The partnership between Social Assurance and Fiserv will bring this depth of expertise as well as social engagement tools to Fiserv clients.
Cardlytics, the leader in Card-Linked Marketing, was recently featured in Celent’s report, “Using Data to Create Value for All Customers: A Case Study of Bank of America’s BankAmeriDeals Program.” It examines Bank of America’s implementation of Cardlytics’ card-linked marketing rewards program to understand what it takes to implement such a program at a large bank, what can be achieved and what lessons can be learned. The report revealed several key differentiators of Cardlytics’ program, including intensive measuring, monitoring, controlling and continuous improvement. Retailers are looking for new ways to deliver targeted marketing offers to consumers, at scale. The Cardlyics advertising platform uses purchase data from approximately 70% of US households to deliver millions of targeted marketing recommendations each month to millions of active buyers.
Western Union announced users of Sprint prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA now have access to Western Union mobile money transfer services. Sprint’s Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers can initiate a Western Union Money Transfer® transaction directly from the Money Center within the Boost Zone and Virgin Zone portals on their mobile phones. Western Union mobile money transfer services available through Boost Zone and Virgin Zone are enabled for select Android®-powered smartphones. Additionally, Virgin Mobile customers with an iPhone® can conduct a Western Union Money Transfer transaction via the mobile-optimized m.wu.com site.
Boost Mobile announced a simple way for users of Boost Mobile Wallet powered by Wipit to turn their checks into instant cash funds, available in their Boost Mobile Wallet Plus accounts. The new service called Quick Check is available through the Boost Mobile Wallet powered by Wipit. The funds are loaded in users’ Boost Mobile Wallet Plus accounts, which are issued by Sutton Bank in association with Wipit. The Boost Mobile Wallet application offers international money transfer by Ria Money Transfer, bill payment, domestic and international prepaid mobile top-up, and money transfer capabilities to other Mobile Wallet accounts, all available through Wipit and its financial services partners. The application is available as a free download at the Google Play Store from a Boost Mobile Android-powered smartphone.
TransCentra billing and payment software and services signed three new customers. These customers all signed contracts for TransCentra’s latest offering, which combines the company’s managed billing and payments processing services in a templated package, built and priced specifically for mid-market customers. TransCentra’s new mid-market customers are in the utility and insurance industries, although the billing and payments solution meets the needs of organizations across any vertical, including healthcare, financial services and automotive. The services give companies a single source option for managing their entire revenue cycle, from billing to remittance. The mid-market offering also handles all supporting correspondence in conjunction with a bill. Critical pieces of communication, such as new customer welcome letters or notifications for late bills, are available in a quick-to-market, templated form for organizations to roll out in as little as 60 days.
Capital Access Network appointed GE Capital Veteran Shiladitya (“Shila”) Ray as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Ray is leading the Finance and Accounting teams at CAN and will play a key role in long-range strategic planning and initiatives, including product expansion, aggressive digital distribution and lending capacity. Ray has spent the past 16 years in various finance leadership roles at GE Capital. Most recently, he was the Global Simplification Leader for GE Treasury. Before his role in Treasury, he was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Operations for GE Capital, Americas. He also served as CFO for several GE businesses, including GE Trailer Fleet Services, GE Global Electronics Solutions and GE Commercial Finance, India.
IPayments Forum (IPF) and the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) jointly announced the formation of the Integrated Payments Alliance, formerly known as the ATM Acquirers Alliance. Cash advocacy will be a central focus of the Integrated Payments framework. ATMIA and the Integrated Payments Alliance will soon publish new best practices forCardless ATM Transactions. The organization is assembling a white paper for the new Alliance which builds a futurological model for the former’s concept of intermodal currency which is soon to dominate the future of payments and money.