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

First Data Announces Bin e-payment Offering

First Data has dramatically expanded its presence in Brazil with the launch of Bin acquiring solution. It has already begun its operations with MasterCard for credit, debit and installment payments, anticipation of credit receivables and other services. The Bin launch is the result of the operational agreement announced last January between First Data Brazil and Bancoob, the banking arm of Sicoob, the largest credit union cooperative system in the country. As part of this agreement, Bancoob is the formal acquirer that is responsible for provisioning the card scheme licenses and managing settlement of payments to merchants. Merchants will benefit from information-rich statements, an easy-to-use portal, a simplified financial reconciliation process and robust fraud monitoring. In addition to providing standard POS terminal options for capturing electronic payments, the Bin solution also features transaction capture via EFT, POSEFT and e-commerce.

NCR Announces ATM Security Software Client

NCR nnounced announced ING-DiBa private consumer bank with over eight installed NCR Solidcore Suite for APTRA security software. Each of ING’s 1,300 ATMs has been equipped with this comprehensive protection that prohibits the introduction of unauthorized code on ATMs and protects them from insider attacks. NCR Solidcore Suite for APTRA proactively allows only authorized code to run, rather than reacting to known attacks as they arise. Specifically, Solidcore Suite for APTRA automatically creates and updates the inventory of authorized code and protects the system’s memory so that this code cannot be modified, deleted or hijacked – the process in which malicious code replaces authorised code with itself.

PSI-Pay Appoints New Board Member

PSI-Pay account and card-based payment solutions companies, is proud to announce that Craig James has joined the board of Directors.Craig is a highly Experienced FCA (FSA)/E-Money and PrePaid Compliance/Regulatory and Anti Money Laundering specialist. He has held Controlled Functions 1, 2, 10 and 11 for both UK and International Financial Services companies. Having overseen the compliance / MLRO functions of organisations such as Firepay (Optimal Payments) and Paysafecard he brings considerable business experience and knowledge, along with a full understanding of balancing risk management, regulation and performance. Craig’s experience within the regulatory and risk management environment will ensure that PSI-Pay are ‘ahead of the game’ with the proposed new EU regulations, particularly as they expand into other EU territories

ANZ iLaunches Digital Card PIN Service

ANZ Internet Banking and ANZ goMoney customers are now able to set their card PIN numbers for personal Visa Debit, EFTPOS and credit cards online. Tis is among other upgrades ANZ offers which now allow customers to set their 4-digit card PIN for personal Visa Debit, EFTPOS and credit cards online and through the ANZ goMoney app; the option to turn off their paper credit card statements via Internet Banking; to receive a notification via text or email when their next statement is available, showing how much to pay and when and making automatic payments between the customer’s own accounts and to payees an even easier process through Internet Banking.

DISH Accepts Bitcoin

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] DISH® accepted its first bitcoin payment today as the payment option is now available for all DISH customers through mydish.com. Today’s inaugural bitcoin transaction follows DISH’s recent announcement that DISH customers could pay their monthly bill with bitcoin starting in the third quarter. Austin and Beccy Craig, the stars of a…

SmartMetric embeds Cortex processor into fingerprint-activated card

SmartMetric added a Cortex processor to its biometric controlled credit, debit and identity cards allowing for faster fingerprint processing as well as the power to undertake a whole range of added processing functions.SmartMetric is moving forward with marketing its biometric card solution for the payments card industry with financial institutions looking at a better way to protect against card fraud. The company is targeting to complete 50 million cards over the next 12 to 18 months. SmartMetric is also preparing to release a fingerprint identification and access control card that will extend biometric security in a credit card sized device.

Draft Day

Global Payments Inc. participated in today’s “Draft Day” at the newly-opened Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School in Midtown Atlanta. Global Payments Inc. is one of the largest worldwide providers of payment solutions for merchants, value added resellers, enterprise software providers, financial institutions, government agencies, multi-national corporations and independent sales organizations located throughout North America, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Evertec Announces New Board Member

EVERTEC announced Ms. Olga Botero will be joining the Company’s Board of Directors as an independent director and member of the Board of Director’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Botero brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in IT leadership roles in the financial service, telecom and technology sectors both in Colombia and abroad. She has board experience and strong institutional ties to the software, distribution/retail and financial services communities in Colombia.

Heartland Acquires Leaf mPOS

Heartland payment processor and a leading provider of merchant business solutions acquired Leaf mobile POS for undisclosed terms. Through the acquisition, Heartland demonstrates its ongoing commitment to providing the support and resources needed to execute on the companies’ shared vision of delivering an open and flexible POS platform that makes it easier to run and grow a small business. Leaf will continue to be payments agnostic, working with the majority of domestic payments processors, and continue to build distribution relationships with industry-leading sales organization and partners. Leaf will operate as a separate business unit of Heartland, continuing its mission to help small businesses manage operations through an open and flexible technology platform that can best fit their needs.