Discover Reinforces College Football Sponsorship with Fan Poll

Discover will launch a 15-week fan loyalty poll in September that will give die-hard fans a platform to showcase dedication to their favorite college football team. Title sponsor of the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, Discover will survey college football fans to find out which school truly has the most loyal fans in America and release these findings weekly alongside an additional bi-weekly supplement. Beyond title sponsorship of the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, Discover’s commitment to college football includes relationships with ESPN and Notre Dame football on NBC.

VeriFone Intros Developer Portal for mPayment

VeriFone Systems officially kicked off its “SAIL Developer Portal” for application developers, granting access to tools and APIs that enable them to integrate with the SAIL mobile payment platform. The new mobile payment solution provides tools for independent developers to easily integrate instant enrollment with an open platform that enables mobile application developers and technology providers to build their own payment or marketing solutions with VeriFone infrastructure. The SAIL Developer Portal features a SAIL Instant Commerce Toolkit that enables developer plug-and-play access to the components of the SAIL Open Payment platform, including APIs for real time merchant enrollment, payment processing through the secure SAIL payments engine, as well as inventory and data sync capabilities. Developers can use the complete toolkit to develop their own iOS and Android mobile payments solutions, without having to rebuild secure gateway or mobile device driver assets.

jqMobi mJavaScript Framework Sees Web App Deployment on Social Network

jqMobi announced that it is the first mobile JavaScript framework to be used by a major social network in a massive global deployment on tens of millions of iOS and Android mobile devices. jqMobi is the first JavaScript framework that was specifically designed for speed and continuity on both iOS and Android, and other WebKit-based mobile devices. It was originally conceived and created by appMobi and then released as open source in February 2012. Since then, it has attracted tens of thousands of developers who are using it to create mobile Web apps and hybrid native apps.

Compass Plus Releases Payment Fraud White Paper

Compass Plus retail banking software and electronic payments systems to financial institutions released a white paper, “The Rise and Fall of a Fraudulent Transaction,” detailing the evolution of financial services and how financial institutions must deploy multiple layers of protection in order to stay ahead of the fraudsters. It shows how the financial services sector has undergone a transformation in the last 10 years with customers no longer needing to visit their bank – Internet, mobile and self-service kiosks, including ATMs, now provide access to services at all times. Compass Plus outlines the various types of fraud that are prevalent today and the numerous layers of protection that can be used to combat them.

PULSE and Motorola FCU Ink Long-Term Agreement

PULSE debit/ATM network extended and expanded its long-term relationship with Motorola Employees Credit Union (MECU), as MECU’s network provider for PIN debit. This provides MECU’s 39,000 members with access to POS terminals at retail locations across the U.S. through PULSE PAY®, as well as PULSE’s nationwide network of more than 380,000 ATMs. MECU, with 10 branch locations in Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas, has been a PULSE participant since 2007 and chose to expand its relationship with PULSE following a comprehensive review, facilitated by the Illinois Credit Union League Service Corporation, that included a detailed analysis of MECU’s debit program transaction history. The process confirmed that MECU achieves improved debit economics when its PIN debit transactions are routed through PULSE.

Fiserv Names New SVP, Emerging Payments

Ginger Schmeltzer has joined Fiserv as senior VP, Emerging Payments, Digital Payment Solutions to lead the development and execution of enterprise-wide initiatives to facilitate the delivery of new payment services. Initially focusing on the rapidly evolving mobile payments market Schmeltzer comes to Fiserv a seasoned financial industry professional with significant experience spanning both digital channels and payments. She was most recently senior vice president of Digital Channel Management at SunTrust Bank where she oversaw online banking, mobile banking and digital money movement technologies. Here she developed and executed strategies for mobile financial services, person-to-person payments and electronic billing and payment.

Buffalo Investors Conference Announces Participating Companies

The Founding Committee of the Western New York Investors Conference announced the presenting companies for its 2012 conference September 28. They include 19 publicly-traded companies to present their strategies, financial performance and future outlook to institutional investors and analysts from throughout the United States. These companies span a broad range of industries, years in business and market capitalization levels, with many serving customers worldwide. The WNY Investors Conference provides an opportunity for institutional investors and analysts from within and outside the region to discover the diverse investment opportunities in Western and Upstate New York, as well as others from outside the region.

USA Tech Adds Web Services Offering

USA Technologies wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions made available its “QuickConnect” Web service to make it easier for developers and OEMs in the unattended retail and mobile payment acceptance space to interface with USAT’s “ePort Connect” service platform. The “QuickConnect” service give machine manufacturers that desire a turnkey solution for enabling a connection to USAT’s comprehensive ePort Connect service independent of card reading hardware; mobile app developers requiring a turnkey solution for cashless payment services; and developers of unattended devices, such as kiosks, that require an easily deployed cashless option.

Harland Financial Expands Payments Offering

Harland Financial Solutions is expanding its current EFT products and services to include card services and adding a new electronic bill presentment and payment offering, in conjunction with its recently released “DPXPay” P2P product. With this, Vantiv and Harland Financial Solutions’ expanded line of EFT products now includes credit card, ATM and debit processing, merchant services, rewards and fraud prevention. Added servicing capabilities include pre-paid and gift cards, card personalization, debit PIN processing through the Vantiv-owned Jeanie® network, cardholder eServices and more. Harland Financial Solutions has expanded its bill payment capabilities and delivers “Cavion” Bill Pay as part of its Cavion suite of self-service solutions.

Jack Henry Announces New Call Center

Jack Henry & Associates technology solutions and payment processing services introduced its “jhaCall Center” comprehensive telephone support and customer service solution. The solution automatically captures and authenticates customer information using state-of-the-art Computer Telephony Integration technology for a variety of implementation options. The sophisticated jhaCall Center software can be implemented in-house for financial institutions that want to retain responsibility for call center operations but need an intuitive, user-friendly technology platform that provides extensive case management capabilities and full integration with their JHA core processing system. The “jhaCall Center” will ultimately provide a cost-effective solution that expedites and enhances customer service, improves operational efficiencies, and reduces demands on internal staffs.