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

Elan, MasterCard Partnership

Elan Financial Services EFT services, processing more than 4 billion transactions annually, signed an agreement with MasterCard® to adopt their U.S. common Debit Application Identifier (AID) specification for the MoneyPass® Network. The MoneyPass Network, by licensing the common AID, will be able to facilitate U.S domestic debit transactions on the network, including contact or contactless, and surcharge-free ATM transactions.

GlobalPlatform NFC Certification

GlobalPlatform and the Global Certification Forum (GCF) independent certification scheme for mobile phones and wireless devices have inked partnership agreements. Allowing the companies to collaborate on the optimization of testing and certification procedures, the partnership will support and accelerate the deployment of secure near field communication (NFC) services. The initial focus of the collaboration will be on mobile NFC handset compliance to reflect that GlobalPlatform’s Secure Element Access Control (SEAC) test suite has been referenced by GSMA’s TS.27 NFC Handset Testbook which is based on 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards.

Travelex, Wincor Nixdorf Processing

Wincor Nixdorf and Travelex will provide payment processing services for its ATMs for at least another seven years, whereby Wincor Nixdorf will continue to provide payment processing for ATMs across much of Europe. Travelex’s existing ATMs in Asia Pacific and North America will migrate onto Wincor Nixdorf’s global platform allowing it to simplify its business. The companies started their relations in 2010 and have also agreed to promote Direct Currency Conversion (DCC) services, a platform that allows ATM users to use the exchange rate offered by Travelex to have the transaction converted into their home currency at the time of cash withdrawal.

Barclays bPay Wristbands

Barclays has unveiled its bPay contactless payment wristband. Designed to ensure quick and secure payments on items up to the value of GBP20, the bPay band can be used in local shops and pubs. It is debuting at a few national sports competitions this upcoming month, including the in the Emirates to Saints take on Arsenal, and participating retailers such as Starbucks, Boots, Subway, McDonald’s, M&S and more.