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.

Shazam Deploys MasterCard EMV Debit Solution

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Shazam Network has announced an with MasterCard to provide all members of the Shazam Network with an EMV license for MasterCard products. The intention with this agreement is to provide merchants and issuers routing choice for contact and contactless payments supporting PIN, signature or no cardholder authentication. The Shazam Network…

LendingTree Introduces Personalization Platform

LendingTree launched its personalization platform, providing consumers with completely free credit scores and analysis, access to monthly updates, detailed account insights and proactive, market-based offers to illuminate potential savings opportunities across multiple loan categories. Once a free account is created at LendingTree, users are provided with their current credit score using VantageScore 3.0. Introduced in March of 2013, VantageScore 3.0 is the first credit score model to be built on post-recessionary data, and it has the ability to generate a credit score for 30-35 million more consumers than traditional credit scoring methodologies. The VantageScore model is a tri-bureau credit scoring model that is uniquely able to be deployed at all three national credit reporting companies (CRCs), Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, resulting in more consistent credit scores and less confusion among consumers.

MasterCard Announces EMV Personalization Validation

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UL qualified its Collis EMV Personalization Validation Tool through MasterCard. Professional testing of personalized MasterCard EMV/PayPass cards is essential to ensure global card acceptance. In addition, debit MasterCard cards issued in the U.S. must support the MasterCard AID and the U.S. Maestro AID in order to fulfill unaffiliated network routing requirements…

Iris Analytics Appoints Chairman

Iris Analytics GmbH Promoted its Managing Director to Chairman. Hanns-Michael Hepp will oversee the prevention and control of electronic payment fraud in his new role. He helped established IRIS Analytics GmbH in 2007. Hepp also helped develop IRIS. His first significant involvement in the German banking industry was to establish credit cards as a mass market product in Germany. During his tenure as Head of Banking Sales at GZS Gesellschaft für Zahlungssysteme mbH, the niche product consisting of 230,000 cards issued in 1984 to 4 million cards in 1993, making MasterCard the dominant credit card in Germany. Hepp has published several scientific papers on fraud prevention and risk control, and pioneered the practical use of artificial intelligence techniques to fight payment fraud in real-time. He previously served on the MasterCard International Security Committee between 1993 and 1997.

MoneyGram Announces Canada Post Contract Extension

MoneyGram money transfer and payment services company and Canada Post extended their agreement to provide MoneyGram services at Canada Post locations through 2020. Through this collaboration, MoneyGram will continue to offer fast and convenient money transfer services at more locations in Canada than any other provider. In addition to domestic and international money transfers, MoneyGram also offers bill payment services at Canada Post locations, providing consumers the ability to make payments for necessities such as phone services, home mortgages or automobiles.

TSYS Announces PRIME 4 Contract

TSYS announced it has upgraded to its PRIME 4 card management solution for C. Hoare & Co independent private bank. This will support the bank’s Visa credit and debit card portfolios C. Hoare & Co. is one of the financial institutions across 70 countries that license TSYS PRIME issuer or acquirer solutions. The bank has been a TSYS client since 1992 and upgraded from an earlier version of the platform in order to take advantage of PRIME 4’s future-proof architecture, integrated workflows, increased automation and richer functionality.