Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

MOVO Hits Pay Dirt For Free Alternative Banking

MOVO Hits Pay Dirt For Free Alternative Banking

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MOVO has raised an initial $700K to finalize the development of its beta product, scheduled to launch this spring in the US. For MOVO, that means offering a free alternative banking platform with a first-of-its-kind P2P payments app for this neglected market. MOVO accounts are opened and loaded without a bank…

On-Premise IVR w/Cloud-Based PayItByPhone = Future

On-Premise IVR w/Cloud-Based PayItByPhone = Future

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] USAePay has partnered with DemandVoice to offer merchants a Certified Level 1 PCI compliant phone payment method. This partnership will integrate DemandVoice’s premier product, PayItByPhone, which securely collects payments any time, on any phone, and in any language.   DemandVoice is a hosted telephone application provider that brings the power and…

Cardless Access to US Pin4-enabled ATMs Kicks-Off

Cardless Access to US Pin4-enabled ATMs Kicks-Off

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Pin4, the first open cardless cash network in the U.S., has launched its first phase of its nationwide rollout, bringing consumers in New York City, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles cardless access to cash at Pin4-enabled ATMs. Pin4 will continue expansion throughout the year and will have full nationwide access in…

Blur PW Manager for Android Payment Systems to Rule

Blur PW Manager for Android Payment Systems to Rule

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Abine unveiled its new Blur password manager for Android (also available for iOS). Blur is the only password manager in the world that includes privacy protection and a digital wallet for fast, secure virtual (tokenized) e-commerce credit card payments.  The Blur App for Android devices enables anyone to create tough-to-crack passwords,…

Bluefin Payment Systems Inks a Big Deal with WorldNet

Bluefin Payment Systems Inks a Big Deal with WorldNet

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Atlanta-based Bluefin Payment Systems, inked a new partnership with Dublin-based WorldNet. The partnership will further enhance data security for companies using the WorldNet platform with the addition of Bluefin’s Decryptx PCI-Validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution, which enables merchants utilizing the WorldNet gateway to get the security and scope reduction of PCI…

ams and STMicroelectronics Team for NFC Wearables

ams and STMicroelectronics Team for NFC Wearables

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ams and STMicroelectronics say ARM is using the companies’ NFC solution to provide the secure, high-performance NFC and micro controller functionality in its new wearable reference design. The NFC solution developed jointly by ST and ams is comprised of the ST54E from ST, a system-in-package featuring an NFC controller (NFCC) and…

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Giesecke & Devrient Powers Chinese Smart Band JiePay

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Giesecke & Devrient powers the Chinese smart band ‘JiePay’, or smart watches, such as the ‘Swatch Bellamy’, and the connectivity for the ‘Samsung Gear S2’, G&D has now established itself as one of the leading players in the market for smart wearables. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide…

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Zwipe and Fingerprint do the Deed for Biometrics

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Norway-based Zwipe and Sweden-based Fingerprint Cards have inked a strategic partnership. The companies will take a leading role in developing the market around biometric smartcards in the payment industry and carry out joint activities and industry thought leadership.   Zwipe has developed and introduced the World’s first biometric system that fits…

Special Breaking News Mentions in Today’s CardFlash

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Breaking News: MASTERCARD (CU Wallet); ESERVGLOBAL (Djibouti); GSMA (women); and ALLIED (WooCommerce). MASTERCARD – MasterCard and CU Wallet are partnering to deliver a customized digital service to credit unions. CU Wallet will speed the development and deployment of mobile wallets and payment solutions for community financial institutions by offering the MasterPass…

Interac Token Service Provider Hits Prime Time

Interac Token Service Provider Hits Prime Time

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Interac/Acxsys has unveiled enhanced innovative capabilities that are setting the standard for secure debit payments and accelerating the growth of digital payments in Canada. A key development is the Interac Token Service Provider (TSP), which is among the first for a domestic debit network globally. This proprietary token generation and management…

PayCommerce Ankles New Head of European Business

PayCommerce Ankles New Head of European Business

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PayCommerce has ankled Jose Martinez-Benavente as VP, European head of global business development in Europe. This role will not only deepen PayCommerce’s regional customer relationships; but also further strengthen the firm’s European footprint. Mr. Martinez-Benavente is based in Frankfurt, Germany and brings over 20 years experience in the non-cash electronic payments…