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

Panasonic puts NFC in the aircraft cabin

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) is introducing EMV-compliant Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology in its in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. Industry observers had recently predicted on-board NFC applications were years away, but Panasonic will be launching the technology with airlines in the summer of 2015. Passengers and crew will be able to use NFC-enabled smart phones and cards in-flight for high value transactions and purchases; synchronization of personal data to create just-for-me experiences; recognition of a passenger’s Frequent Flyer status via NFC card or phone, giving access to benefits or promotions, such as free Wi-Fi for Gold members; and pairing of NFC-enabled devices with the embedded IFEC system, allowing airlines to push information to passengers during their flight.

NCR Silver POS Gets Bronze Stevie Award

NCR Silver received a Bronze Stevie Award for “Best Business-to-Business Product” of the year during the 12th Annual American Business Awards Sept. 12, 2014. The American Business Awards is the nation’s premier business awards program. A record number of nominations were received in 2014 with more than 3,300 organizations vying for the top spot. NCR Silver was among those honored at the New Product & Tech awards ceremony. Also at the ceremony, NCR Silver won a “People’s Choice Best Business-to-Business Product” of the year. The nationwide public vote was conducted over the summer, with the highest number of votes determining the winners in various product categories. This year, more than 57,000 votes were cast.

LCH.Clearnet Deploys Calypso Collateral Management

Calypso cross-asset front-to-back technology solutions for financial markets, announced LCH.Clearnet Ltd and LLC have completed the project to introduce the Calypso Collateral Management solution to their Collateral and Liquidity Management (CaLM) offering. With this development, LCH.Clearnet is able to deliver further processing efficiencies with automated, real-time Collateral Management operations. The Calypso Collateral Management solution delivers Automated real-time management, consolidated view of Member collateral assets facilitating a streamlined margin call process and Full support for cash management. In implementing Calypso, LCH.Clearnet has replaced a vendor package in the front office and an in-house legacy platform in the back office.