Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Perto & Wincor

Europe’s Wincor Nixdorf is gearing up for more expansive Software business in Brazil. At the same time, it plans to work in cooperation with Perto in the Hardware sector. On the basis of an agreement recently concluded between both parties, the Brazilian company will take on the task of final production of Wincor Nixdorf systems for customers in Brazil.

GTL Card Kiosks

Global Tel*Link has begun to include key-injected credit card scanners in all of its new payment kiosk deployments, as well as to perform quarterly inspections and audits of all payment kiosks. With this move, GTL is emphasizing its commitment to the protection of customer data by complying with and going beyond industry standards for customer data security.

PocketKey

Pocket Systems has unveiled PocketKey, a new system designed to permanently end the problem of e-commerce credit card theft for consumers, merchants and banks. 85% of Americans in wealthier households now consider card theft from a merchant as their biggest crime risk and 27% of Americans have experienced the anxiety and hassle of card theft in the past year. By 2018, losses to banks and merchants from credit card fraud are projected to reach $19 billion.

CashStar Funding

CashStar, the industry-leading provider of prepaid commerce solutions has closed o $15 million in growth capital. FTV Capital led the Series D round, joined by new investor Mosaik Partners and existing investors Passport Capital, Intel Capital, North Hill Ventures and others. This financing brings the total capital raised by CashStar to $50 million and will enable the company to continue investing in product innovation, sales and client success.