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

BBPOS WisePOS

BBPOS is set to unveil its new WisePOS, an Android smartphone cum mPOS device in just a few weeks. Achieving flexibility and seamless integration into back-end systems, WisePOS demonstrates its uniqueness by combing a smartphone and mPOS features. It provides superior flexibility for merchants to use the Android platform to develop custom applications and services to reduce complexity and optimize their business.

VMware NSX

San Francisco-based Mellanox Technologies unveiled the availability of hyper converged platforms for enterprise private clouds and telecom service providers. The reference platforms utilize VMware vSphere 6’s advanced features, including VMware Virtual SAN 6’s all-flash, and the VMware NSX network virtualization platform, connected over Mellanox’s 40Gb/s Ethernet inbox driver with DPDK support running over SwitchX switches, ConnectX-3 Pro Network Interface Cards (NICs), and LinkX cables.

Gemalto Q2/15

Gemalto reported second quarter total revenue soared 35.3% to €813 million, compared to €813 million in the prior quarter and €601 million in the year ago quarter. For the first six months of the year, revenue growth in Payment jumped 22%, Machine-to-Machine increased 23%, and Government Programs rose 17%, at constant exchange rates, largely exceeds lower SIM products and related services revenue.