ThingMagic RFID technology announced its 10th anniversary with a celebration of its achievements and by gathering predictions from several industry leaders about the next 10 years of RFID and the impact it will have on business and society. Its readers using Intel’s XScale family of network processors to deliver RFID readers that would be inexpensive to make in large volumes. The company introduced embedded reader module accessories and new API to support rapid development of RFID solutions and a quicker path to ROI for its customers. And this year, the company announced the Mercury6e, the worldâs smallest, greater than 1 Watt, four-port embedded RFID module, delivering market-leading performance and significant time-to-market advantages to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value added resellers (VARs), and solution providers.
Global Axcess self-service kiosk solutions has completed its deployment of new DVD kiosks with the major grocery chain (âGroceryâ), that Global Axcess signed a three-year contract with to initially install 323 DVD kiosk locations. To date, more than 300 new DVD kiosks have been deployed with the grocery chain and are renting DVDs to customers. Across the Global Axcess system, the Company now has approximately 340 DVD kiosks deployed. Global Axcess Corp was founded in 2001 and currently owns, manages or operates more than 4,900 ATMs and other self-service kiosks in its national network spanning 43 states.
Keynote Competitive Research has released its smartphone mobile commerce index, the “Mobile Commerce Index.” Offering a weekly performance ranking of leading and up-and-coming US retail mobile Web sites being accessed using popular wireless device profiles, including the Apple iPhone, it underscores the critical issue of mobile site performance and establishes performance benchmarks across a representative sampling of mobile Web sites. The Index shows the average response times and success rates for downloading the homepage of selected mobile commerce sites on popular smartphones using Keynote’s commercially available mobile performance monitoring solution, Mobile Application Perspective. The response times and success rates are then combined to provide an overall score. The m-commerce sites that appear in the Index were selected to provide a benchmark for companies to compare their mobile site performance against a representative sampling of e-retailers.
The CRE Secureb PCI-validated payment acceptance service is now fully integrated with First Data Global Gateway. This secure payment solution feature the HTML Clone design, redirecting online consumers to a PCI-compliant, hosted payment page that mirrors the brand and design of a merchantâs trusted website. Since visually consumers feel like they never leave the merchantâs site, online merchants are able to maintain greater levels of branding continuity for their customers when processing âcard not presentâ transactions. This empowers First Data Global Gateway merchants to better protect the investment in their websiteâs design, reduce abandoned carts and maintain potentially expensive PCI compliance.
DeviceFidelity secure mobile payments has released its “In2Pay iCaisse4” plug and play mobile payment solution for contactless-enabled merchants worldwide. A specially designed protective case that enables iPhone 4 for use to make payments at DeviceFidelity’s “In2Pay” mobile payment solution, “In2Pay iCaisse4” has gained global recognition as a plug and play solution for simple wave-and-go payments at hundreds of thousands of merchants worldwide. The “In2Pay iCaisse4” provides protection against handset damage by shielding all surfaces of the iPhone 4 except the screen and has a microSD slot that is designed to accept the In2Pay microSD secure contactless device, issued by a financial institution or wireless carrier as a credit, debit, prepaid or a multiple account digital wallet. It allows users to wave their iPhone 4 to pay at thousands of merchants that accept contactless payments worldwide.
nFinanSe launched its $3 Reloadable Prepaid Discover Cards at Fredâs Hometown Discount Stores regional chain of variety stores located in the Southeast and Midwest United States. nFinanSeâs Reloadable Prepaid Discover Card sells for just $3 at retail stores; has a low $2.95 monthly maintenance fee for an unlimited number of purchase transactions; and allows cardholders to load additional funds or âtop upâ for only $2.95. The Company also offers FREE direct deposit of payroll, FREE 24/7/365 live agent customer service in English and Spanish and FREE cell phone text message alerts with purchase and balance information after each transaction.
Visa announced commuters in New York and Los Angeles can use their payment cards for bus, subway and train fares. As part of Visaâs long-term strategy of extending the speed, security and convenience of Visa acceptance to new locations, in New York, riders can pay using Visa “payWave”-enabled cards and mobile phones, while commuters in Los Angeles can use their Visa prepaid card to ride the LA metro system. In driving acceptance at the mass transit fare gate, Visa is providing riders with a better way to pay by eliminating the time-consuming step of searching for cash to buy a ticket while minimizing cash handling costs for transit operators. The pilot program in New York uses the “payWave” technology based on a small electronic chip embedded in a mobile phone or payment card that communicates securely with contactless readers at the fare gate and on the bus while the program in Los Angeles is exclusive to Visa and started September 15, 2010 and is a system wide commercial implementation available to all riders of the LA Metro system with the TAP “ReadyCARD.”
Flint Telecom Group, a Telecoms Technology and Services Organization, announces completion of a Letter of Intent to acquire 100% of a U.S. based International Prepaid Debit Card Company. Expected to close within the next 30 days, the acquisition will allow Flint Telecom to supply Americans who have lost their credit standing and provide them a debit card without the need of a bank account. It will also allow corporations and small companies the ability to display their company logo on debit cards for employee expense accounts. These are a few of the many marketing opportunities available to Flint Telecom following this addition.
Mobifusion mobile value-added services provider and strategic partner for media companies has launched its “CardReader,” giving users a new set of tools to create and browse cards right from their mobile phone. Mobifusionâs “CardReader” features View Cards in Browse Mode or Close View; Simple Tap flips; the Share Feature; the Save Option; and Keyword Search. The “CardReader” is ideal for a variety of Deck Cards including but not limited to: Educational Quotes; GRE/PMP Study Tips; Technology Quotes; Exercise/Yoga Decks; Household Tips and Tricks Cards; Health Tips; Cooking Tips; Author’s Quotes; Photo Galleries; BrainQuest Cards; Kids Learning Cards and Sports Facts.
Fifth Third Processing Solutions has acquired certain assets Springbok Services in connection with the latter’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, including the Springbok reloadable prepaid card processing platform. Developer of full-service, multi-touch prepaid solutions, Springbok employees on processing platform development will also be joining Fifth Third Processing Solutions, allowing the transaction acquirer to immediately expand its processing capabilities to include Visa and MasterCard branded gift cards, general purpose reloadable cards, payroll cards and loyalty programs to further complement its industry-leading debit card and credit card authorization, settlement and back office processing services. Fifth Third Processing Solutions processes 33 billion transactions and over $315 billion in sales volume annually.
CardinalCommerce enabler of payment brands has released its Universal PIN Debit Solution, leveraging its “Cardinal Centinel Universal Merchant Platform”
to enable the online PIN Debit payment option for Internet merchants and their customers. The Cardinal solution upon which UPDS is based has already been
implemented at thousands of Internet and mobile commerce merchants. For merchants, PIN Debit is practically fraud-free and it is a consumer friendly
payment option, contributing to a better way to do business online, for which gateways and service providers there is minimal change and no
disintermediation. For the Debit Networks, it provides a new service for their Issuer clients. It is an extension of Cardinal’s proven technology and
intellectual property. Cardinal’s UPDS will enable an online PIN Debit transaction to easily flow through a merchant’s existing order management systems,
gateways and processors.
Venue merchant retailer has renewed its contract with the eLayaway layaway payment processor to continue use of the payment processing system. Venue is a privately-held online merchant and direct retailer of brand-name consumer products that conducts business and sells its products to the public via its popular Venue.com website to allow online merchants to offer an opportunity to affordably provide a layaway payment option to their customers. This allows the merchants to expand market share while reducing the administrative requirements of traditional layaway.