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

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…

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Fiserv’s Account Processing Platform CUnify Leaps

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Fiserv has inked 25 credit unions, with approximately $2.5 billion in assets and 250,000 members collectively to commit to the CUnify account processing platform from Fiserv. Five of these credit unions are new core processing clients of Fiserv, and will be converting to CUnify in 2016. CUnify is a scalable account…

Coin to Enable MasterCard Digital Enablement Service

Coin to Enable MasterCard Digital Enablement Service

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Coin announced a developer program for accelerating the integration of payments into wearables. The program will enable access to the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) to securely digitize MasterCard payment credentials and further reduce the barrier to entry for device manufacturers. The program, compatible with a range of wearables such as…

Visa Token Service Extends to Automobile Manufacturers

Visa Token Service Extends to Automobile Manufacturers

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa says it is making the Visa Token Service available to auto manufacturers, helping to pave the way for easy and secure car-based commerce. To further advance car-based commerce, Visa is also offering a range of related digital payment solutions, including new standards for Bluetooth (BLE) and QR codes that could…

Bunker Wallet Uses Pocket Firewall to Stop Bad Hackers

Bunker Wallet Uses Pocket Firewall to Stop Bad Hackers

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Mutbak, a new company launched by a former hacker and security expert, who recently announced the launch of their first product, a Premium Quality Leather Wallet with RFID Blocking Liners designed to protect the wallet owner’s sensitive information. According to the company, the Bunker uses “Pocket Firewall”, the highest signal and…

Wincor Nixdorf and Mahindra Comviva Hook-Up

Wincor Nixdorf and Mahindra Comviva Hook-Up

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Wincor Nixdorf and Mahindra Comviva have hooked-up to enable seamless transaction experience at the ATM. With advent of this new solution, consumers using mobile wallets powered by Mahindra Comviva’s mobiquity® Wallet will be able to withdraw cash and top up their mobile wallets at the ATM by simply scanning or presenting…

MasterPass Dominates 97% of M-Payment Conversations

MasterPass Dominates 97% of M-Payment Conversations

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Digital wallets including Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay and MasterPass dominated – 97% – of total mobile payments conversations in 2015, centered on product launches, service improvements and how users are evaluating them. In 2015, consumers embraced the increasing choice of digital payments options available to them, moving beyond the…

Visa Checkout Expands Rapidly Across Europe

Visa Checkout Expands Rapidly Across Europe

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa Checkout will now be available to merchants and consumers across France, India, Ireland, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom this year. Visa Checkout brings the security and convenience of the Visa card to the digital world, creating a better way to pay with mobile and connected devices. Visa Checkout is…

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: TIMETRIC (France); LOYLOGIC (loyalty); CSI (Texas); and SAFETYPAY (expansion). TIMETRIC – The ‘The Cards and Payments Industry in France: Emerging Trends and Opportunities to 2019’ Timetric report provides detailed analysis of market trends in France’s cards and payments industry. It provides values and volumes for a number of key…

APTA & NFC Forum Join to Educate Public Transportation

APTA & NFC Forum Join to Educate Public Transportation

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the NFC Forum have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enable the two organizations to jointly educate the industry on Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies supporting the needs of public transportation operators. NFC technology has a broad range of use cases and…