Mecenat card users who are enrolled in university, college or vocational university can now connect the their card to the SEQR-app. The new collaboration leads to new business opportunities for both SEQR and Mecenat.
BPC Banking Technologies announced Saigon Hanoi Bank (SHB) acquired HabuBank to now operates a network of 250 branches, 250 ATMs and over 500 POS-terminals. The migration of HabuBank’s payment channels and cards to SmartVista was subsequently completed in only three months entirely by SHB staff. The Bank has subsequently launched a number of new initiatives powered by SmartVista, including more POS services as part of SHB’s merchant program.
MasterCard launched the eID pilot program. In the pilot phase, the Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will issue MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million Nigerians. This initiative is the largest rollout of a biometric-based verification card with an electronic payment solution in the country and the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa. The eID card forms a key component of the Nigerian Identity Management System, deployed by NIMC as part of its mandate to create, maintain and operate the country’s first central National Identity Database and provide proof of identity to Nigerians 16 years and older. The eID card will provide millions of Nigerians with the security, convenience and reliability of electronic payments. NIMC is working with several government agencies to integrate and harmonize all identity databases including the Driver’s License, Voter Registration, Health Insurance, Tax, SIM and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) into a single, shared services platform.
The Contis Group launches Seasons’ Visa prepaid debit travel card, digital account and mobile app to make taking and spending money abroad much easier. Holiday money loaded onto the Seasons online account is held in sterling and the currency is converted as each transaction is made, using highly competitive FX rates. Seasons challenges the travel money market status quo, removing the need to convert pounds before travelling abroad and providing customers with a cost effective and innovative mobile product that is both simple and intuitive. Seasons makes the planning and monitoring of holiday funds easy. Holidaymakers can manage their money on the move via the Seasons mobile app and online account, tracking their transactions and total spend in real time and in pounds.
Emerging Markets Payments announced the official opening of its new office in the UAE. This will strengthen EMP’s presence in the UAE as well as supporting its expansion across the entire Arab Gulf Area. EMP operates across all links in the electronic payments chain and currently serves 130 banks and 30,000 retailers across 49 countries in MEA. In addition to serving as EMP’s processing hub for the region, the Dubai operation will also house the company’s International Disaster Recovery (IDR) site. The IDR site is a state-of-the-art facility which will ensure that EMP’s customers will enjoy the highest levels of service availability.
Sipay Plus has obtained the official registration of Visa Europe as Visa Merchant Agent, which means a significant step in the company strategy to provide added value and the highest security in payment services. Being part of the VISA Merchant Agent list means a continuous evaluation process from VISA Europe and Sipay Plus, to always offer the maximum level of security protection even developing the latest and most innovative payment technologies. The registration has been obtained during August 2014 after complying with all the necessary requirements, as well as the joint, coordinated and continuous work between Sipay and VISA Europe. For this, besides of providing the systems scan evidences, which must be positive, it is indispensable to comply with the PCI DSS normative, certification which Sipay Plus obtained in 2014 in its last version 3.0 level 1, which is nowadays the most demanding security normative in payment worldwide.
Virtual Affairs software has developed functionality that enables customers to transfer money to someone’s Facebook account or mobile number, without having to know the bank account number. The Dutch online bank Knab has planned to launch Knab Social, and new functionality in their app, in September.Virtual Affairs has launched software to make social payments possible. This way they bring back the social aspect of a financial transaction. Knab is the first bank that is going to use Virtual Affairs’ software.The functionality Knab is using to provide social payments is part of Virtual Affairs’ product BankingRight. A product that enables banks to offer innovative banking solutions to their customers.
Discover’s Payment Services dollar volume was $50.9 billion for the second quarter of 2014, up 3% from the prior year. PULSE transaction dollar volume was up 4% year-over-year.
Visa acquired a license that will enable us to integrate TrialPay technology into the Visa platform. TrialPay will be joining the Visa team as full time employees to help accelerate the development of a loyalty and offers platform. Eight years ago, TrialPay pioneered the concept of transactional advertising-placing relevant offers around online transactions, and using transactional data to show the most relevant offers and ads to consumers. To date, half a billion consumers have used TrialPay, generating hundreds of millions of new transactions for merchants big and small. The engaging TrialPay technology is the engine that served up the offers and ultimately led to these transactions. Visa invested in TrialPay three years ago and has helped TrialPay grow. TrialPay itself will remain independent, with no interruption to any of its services.
Discover receives top ranking in a major consumer study. Among many factors: Discover is the first major credit card issuer to provide free FICO Scores directly to its cardholders on their monthly statements.
Feds looking again at Green Dot MoneyPak product that criminals have used to fleece thousands of consumers nationwide. The product shutdown is scheduled for early next year but consumer scams abound.
Visa cites its Google experience to help Latin American (LAC) companies to rethink their commercial card strategies and bring them up to snuff in 2014 and beyond. The Visa roundtable survey clearly showed that many LAC companies do not have a mandate for their commercial credit card.