Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Aconite enables NFC

Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager system been interfaced to the Visa Mobile Gateway to enable the first mobile phone application for contactless payments in the Greek market. First Data Hellas selected Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager, which includes an EMV Scripting engine, to enable remote over-the-air management of the settings within the Visa mobile payWave EMV application installed in a custom SIM. Aconite solutions insulate banks and service providers from the complexity of the transition to mobile payments by making it a natural extension of their existing card issuing and management capabilities.

Cards on Demand

Card Cells unveils its latest extension, Card Cells Concierge, developed to help customers easily create custom plastic cards on-demand for gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, business cards and more. Card Cells Concierge provides custom plastic card printing, manufacturing and design for gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, business cards and more.

TSB Hits 2.2mm Card Issue Mark

TSB has rolled out 2.2 million new contactless debit cards increasing the number of TSB customers able to tap and go by almost five times. The Bank has already seen contactless spend rocket in June to nearly six times the amount spent on contactless cards in January and contactless taps by TSB customers also increased fourfold. This is due to more customers having contactless cards but also shows that more people are comfortable with making contactless payments. According to TSB data, the average contactless payment has been consistently between £6 and £7 over the past six months, with many using their contactless cards for smaller purchases.

International Q1 Credit Card GDV

International (excluding the USA) Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) for Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) credit cards rose 6.3% year-on-year (Y/Y) in the first quarter (Q1/14). MC’s growth in international credit cards GDV outpaced VS by 280 basis points (bps), according to CardData. During Q1/14 VS and MC produced $892 billion in international credit card GDV, compared to $968 billion in the prior quarter and $839 billion one-year ago.

Wallaby Financial Announces New SVP, Risk

Wallaby Financial mobile and web-based credit card optimization has named Scott Grimes as its Senior Vice President, Risk and Operations.He will oversee all risk, corporate compliance, data security, and operations for the fast growing financial services company. This newly created role is in response to Wallaby’s emergence as a leader in credit card optimization solutions. Mr. Grimes is a risk management professional with over twenty years experience in fraud, AML and compliance functions. He was previously Vice President, Risk Management at Green Dot Corporation from 2007 to 2013. Prior to joining Green Dot, Mr. Grimes also served in senior executive roles focused on risk and compliance at Target Corporation and Capital One Financial Corporation.

mopay Payment Solutions

mopay announced the signing of a global carrier billing deal with the leading Chinese mobile gaming company Chukong Technologies (“Chukong”). The Beijing-based company has decided to integrate mopay’s Android software development kit (SDK) solution as an essential element in the overall billing module for game developers worldwide. The mopay interface will serve as Chukong’s Android default solution for a consumer that wants to pay for digital goods and services via carrier billing.

Braintree Announces Dynamic SDK

Braintree v.zero SDK foundation for accepting payments is now available with customizable drop-in UI features across platforms, and for the first time enables Pay with PayPal. And though we’re offering so much more in our new v.zero SDK — we’ve made it even easier to integrate. With the new Braintree v.zero SDK, developers can set up payments and be up and running within 15 minutes (or less), while maintaining full control of their user experience. The Braintree v.zero SDK features Pay with PayPal options, a fully optimized Drop-in UI, and is built to stand the test of time – any future feature updates will be simple to add so businesses always have easy access to the best-in-class platform and latest features.

Aconite enables Greek NFC Payment Launch

Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager system been interfaced to the Visa Mobile Gateway to enable remote management of the EMV application at the heart of the Tap n Pay service – the first mobile phone application for contactless payments in the Greek market, introduced by one of Greece’s leading banks together with one of the world’s leading mobile network operators in partnership with Visa Europe and First Data.

BitFury Capital

BitFury Group, the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider, announced it is launching “BitFury Capital”: a seed investment fund. The fund will leverage BitFury’s leading position in bitcoin and cryptocurrency infrastructure to accelerate other parts of the ecosystem through strategic partnerships, and expansion into adjacent business opportunities.

Optimal Payments Partners Oink Payments

Optimal Payments payment solutions and Oink payment technology partnered to offer merchants using the NETBANX® payment gateway an additional payment method for teens and their families to pay and manage their money online, securely and easily. Oink is the only payment technology that helps kids and teens manage their money online and on mobile devices, under parental guidance and control. It allows ecommerce merchants to reach consumers under 21, in a secure, legal and effective manner while remaining compliant with FTC and COPPA regulations.

Ecomdash Integrates with Magento

Ecomdash announced today it is now integrated with the ecommerce platform, Magento. The newest integration makes it easier for Magento customers to manage inventory, sales orders and shipping across multiple marketplaces. Ecomdash automatically syncs sales orders and inventory levels between Magento storefronts and channels including Amazon, eBay and Etsy. The web-based software application gives online sellers a complete view of business operations from a centralized dashboard.