The value of global payments via mobile devices is expected to reach around $507 billion this year, a rise of nearly 40% year-on-year. A recent report from Hampshire-based Juniper Research says the opportunity for contactless mobile payments has been bolstered by contactless infrastructure deployments, with the majority of POS (Point of Sale) terminals now shipping with contactless.
American Express this morning announced it will add free personal financial management tools to American Express Serve1 and Bluebird starting this summer. These tools help customers monitor their spending by automatically sorting transactions into categories such as bills, food, fun, shopping and transportation so they can easily track where their money is going. When customers log in to their Serve and Bluebird accounts, they will also be able to create budgets, set spending limits and alerts, as well as set and track financial goals.
MasterCard and Lembaga Tabung Haji today unveiled the innovative Tabung Haji Debit-i MasterCard that will allow Malaysian Muslims to use it not only for their pilgrimage in Makkah and Madinah but also for everyday convenience. The launch of the Shariah-compliant card was proudly officiated by the Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
Bank of America Merchant Services, the No. 1-rated electronic payments processor in the United States1, announced today the creation of the company’s new Canadian merchant services operation. Based in Toronto, the organization will provide a full suite of products and services – ranging from payments and commerce to security and advice — to both existing domestic U.S. customers currently doing business in Canada, and new Canadian market customers. The new Canadian subsidiary already has relationships with all major Canadian credit and debit card processing networks.
PayCube has been building core payment processing platforms for the retail-payments community and participated in various custom software development projects for its customers beyond traditional core payment backend systems. PayCube has participated in the design, development and support of mobile payments by extending core enterprise payment, loyalty and promotion stacks to the mobile channel. PayCube has built cross platform apps using frameworks such as PhoneGap, Sencha Touch, JQuery mobile, jQT etc. that are based on HTML5 user interface systems for mobile payments development for its customers. Projects include extending core gateway and card acquiring / processing capability on mobile phones (Android, Apple and Windows) and cross linking loyalty and real-time promotions and couponing capabilities. Some of the feature sets supported by the apps developed by PayCube include LBS (Location based services), user credentials wrapped as QR code, integration with encrypted card readers using audio jack, communicating with 3rd party integrated POS systems like MICROS.
FIS banking and payments technology, its NYCE® Payments Network and MasterCard announced a licensing agreement that will make MasterCard’s EMV debit solution available to all NYCE participants. EMV chip card adoption is a common goal of the U.S. payments industry, designed to increase card transaction security and decrease card-based fraud. This agreement provides all NYCE Network participants with an EMV license with respect to MasterCard products and continues the advancement toward a secure payment environment. This agreement permits FIS to offer a MasterCard-NYCE solution to all NYCE participants, bringing full EMV deployment across the U.S. another step closer.
Following a successful entry into the Nigerian market with contactless mobile payments, Bangalore based iKaaz is now ready to offer its popular NFC and bluetooth powered cloud based payments platform to consumers in Kenya. Announcing a strategic alliance with Family Bank, one of Kenya’s leading banks, iKaaz along with its local partner EDGE financial systems will bring the revolutionary Tap & Pay solution to Family Bank’s customers. Family Bank customers can now expect to move faster through checkout at retail stores as well as be able to use the same payment tags to pay at transportation check points.