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

Gemalto to Acquire SafeNet

Gemalto has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the share capital of SafeNet from Vector Capital for US$890 million on a debt free/cash free basis.SafeNet technology protects over 80% of world’s intra-bank fund transfers and its 1,500+ employees, including 550 cryptographic engineers, serve more than 25,000 customers, both corporations and government agencies, in over 100 countries. In 2013, SafeNet recorded revenues of US$337 million and profit from operations of US$35 million and expects revenues of US$370 million and profit from operations of US$51 million for 2014. The purchase price of US$890 million is self-funded with US$440 million from available cash, and US$450 million drawn from existing long-term credit facilities. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in Q4 2014, after approval from the relevant regulatory and antitrust authorities.

National Bank of Abu Dhabi commissions NCR

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi has implemented NCR SelfServ 91, a new hardware platform that will help NBAD transform its branches and extend its retail banking footprint. As the latest in branch banking technology from NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, NCR SelfServ 91 is a modern, sleek, in-branch ATM that can help migrate low-value transactions from the teller line to self-service, freeing branch staff to focus on sales and customer support. When paired with next-generation NCR Interactive Banker software, SelfServ 91 can complete as much as 90 percent of typical teller transactions and connect in-branch employees to server-based software that delivers fast, real-time customer and transaction data to tablet PCs.

Virtual Piggy Offers Business Update

Virtual Piggy commented on its recent business progress, in particular, its Oink digital wallet and its growth to the 1 million-system user mark. The company subsequently plans to increase the size of this base both in the US and internationally across Europe, and to increase engagement levels with the Oink service. The Company is anticipating significant new partnerships, product launches and marketing campaigns to occur throughout August, September and October. Virtual Piggy prides itself on the security, consent and payer identity functionality within the Oink service for efficient ‘family’ purchasing.

Visa Launches New Analysis For Instant Fraud Detection

Visa is helping U.S. fuel retailers prevent credit and debit card fraud at the pump with intelligent analytics that identify higher-risk transactions that may be fraudulent. While global fraud rates across the Visa payment system remain near historic lows, fuel pumps can be targets for criminals because they are often self-service terminals. The Visa Transaction Advisor (VTA) lets merchants use real-time authorization risk scores to identify transactions that could involve lost, stolen or counterfeit cards. Visa analyzes multiple data sets such as past transactions, whether the account has been involved in a data compromise, and nearly 500 other pieces of data to create a risk score. This allows merchants to identify those transactions with a higher risk of fraud and perform further cardholder authentication before gas is pumped.

Mobile Payments Roadmap

Consumers have become increasingly comfortable using their smartphones for bill payments and other financial transactions, and experts predict that mobile devices are well on their way to becoming a primary tool for managing banking relationships. What the future landscape of mobile payments will look like, however, remains unclear – particularly in the area of mobile payments to merchants and retailers.