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.

POS Facial Recognition Now Available for Fraud Prevention

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Logic PD engineers and designers addressed this real world challenge and uncovered new insights on how the Internet of Things (IoT) technology can help improve people’s lives during the Logic PD ACME-thon held in late April. The solution, a multi-modal security platform for card purchases, uses NFC authentication combined with camera…

GlobalPlatform qualifies Collis compliance test suites

ULUL is pleased to announce the qualification by GlobalPlatform of two new Collis Compliance Test Suites: GlobalPlatform SE Access Control Card and GlobalPlatform SE Configuration, which further enhances UL’s compliance test suite portfolio. The Collis Compliance Test Suite for GlobalPlatform Secure Element (SE) Configuration implements the official test plan developed for the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program. The test suite ensures the compliance of a Secure Element that implements the GlobalPlatform Card Secure Element Configuration specification which is based on GlobalPlatform Card version 2.2.1 technology. The Collis Compliance Test Suite for GlobalPlatform Secure Element (SE) Access Control Card Configuration implements the official test plan developed for the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program. The test suite ensures the compliance of an ARA-M applet on a Secure Element that implements the GlobalPlatform Access Control specification.

mPayment Readers Drive Cash Down by 10%

Javelin Strategy & Research released 2014 Retail Point of Sale Payment Forecast: The Mobile Payment Square-Effect and Prepaid Card Popularity Drive Cash Down by 10% report which evaluates the forecast changes in the retail POS market, tracking payments mix data from 2012 through the forecast year of 2019. Cash and paper checks dominated consumers’ wallets, with consumers using cash for smaller dollar-value transactions and selecting checks for big-ticket items. This trend has taken a dramatic turn, as consumers increasingly abandoned their traditional paper-based payments for card payments. From 2012 to 2013, cash dropped by 10% of volume of transactions, a total of $86B and is forecasted to drop further over the next six years. Cash is still the most commonly used payment option for in-store purchases, with 65% of all consumers using cash to make a purchase in the past seven days. The report details Javelin’s forecasts for total retail POS payments volume and analyzes share and transaction growth at the POS for credit cards, debit cards, cash, paper checks, prepaid cards, gift cards, and mobile proximity payments.

CashStar CRO to Speak at Card Not Present Expo

CashStar announced that it will join leading specialty retailer Aéropostale to help Card Not Present (CNP) Expo attendees learn about, and successfully navigate, the fastest growing trend in prepaid: the shift to digital and mobile. The CNP Expo provides a meeting place for merchants, banks, processors, anti-fraud software providers, legal experts, alternative payment providers, card networks, and others to learn how to leverage CNP payments in an increasingly multi-channel retail sales environment. CashStar Chief Risk Officer Pete Kledaras will be joined by David Libenson, vice president of financial operations at Aéropostale, and Jim Shanahan, CEO of Prepaidian. The fastest growing trend in prepaid cards is their transition from physical cards to digital and mobile currencies and marketing them for omni-channel use. Industry data shows the under-banked, teens and, increasingly, affluent consumers who don’t want the security risks associated with using a credit card, began using both open- and closed-loop prepaid cards online and on-the-go via smartphones in a big way this past holiday season.

PAR Announces Latest Client to Install POS Terminals

ParTech announced that Fogo de Chão recently installed PAR POS terminals. Fogo de Chão (fo-go-de’e-shoun) is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse with 24 locations in the U.S. and 9 locations in Brazil. Fogo de Chão has selected the PAR EverServ(R) 7000 POS hardware family as the standard POS for all new store openings and replacements or upgrades at existing stores in the U.S. Fogo de Chão initially deployed the EverServ 7000 terminals for its new flagship restaurant in New York, which opened on December 19, 2013. EverServ 7200 terminals are used at the server stations and EverServ 7700 Low Profile terminals are used at the hostess station for seating guests and taking reservations.

InComm Launch Reloadable Prepaid Card mPayments

InComm in conjunction with Peoples Trust launched a prepaid card to be used in the suretap wallet from Rogers that can be topped up with funds for mobile payments. Nearly 20% of all “face-to-face” MasterCard transactions are processed as a PayPass transaction.Mobile payments are all about convenience and speed. For the consumer, that means no cash or cards are required. The Rogers Prepaid MasterCard can be reloaded any time, at the consumer’s convenience, or via auto top-up. Paying for a purchase at a merchant location is faster than any physical card transaction and only requires tapping on a point-of-sale terminal. Up-to-date balance information is available immediately after each purchase. The card is issued through the suretap wallet and can be activated within minutes. The contactless mobile payments technology behind the prepaid card is based on global standards and proven NFC technology, which is fast, safe and secure.

GlobalPlatform launches security task force

GlobalPlatform announced the launch of a Security Task Force, which will define the association’s security philosophy and tailor GlobalPlatform’s Specification offerings for the security ecosystem. The task force has been created in response to the increasing number of secure and trusted services that are being deployed on devices such as smartphones that contain often under-utilized secure chip technology, but need to be protected. The group’s immediate priorities are to develop white papers to communicate GlobalPlatform’s role in the security ecosystem and to host GlobalPlatform security workshops with industry representatives to explore the management of secure and non-secure applications on a mobile device. In order to achieve its goals, the group will also facilitate discussions regarding security requirements for devices incorporating secure chip technology and actively contribute to industry efforts to streamline security certification. The group is currently made up of 42 GlobalPlatform Member companies.

Target 1Q/14 Earnings Struggle, RedCard on EMV Migration

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Target first quarter net earnings of $418 million, with adjusted earnings per share down 13.9%. To improve performance, Target has made changes to the management team and are investing additional resources to drive U.S. traffic and sales, improve Canadian operations and advance ongoing digital transformation. The Company is projecting a 2Q/14…

Fiserv Collaborates on Next-Generation Banking Apps

Fiserv and the University of Connecticut School of Business announced that Fiserv is participating in the university’s Financial Accelerator Program to help educate students and foster innovation. UConn MBA students are now collaborating with area business leaders from Fiserv and two of its clients, the Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock Federal Credit Union, to explore how financial institutions can attract and serve Gen Y consumers using state-of-the-art banking technology. This also introduces UConn MBA students to the DNA™ account processing platform from Fiserv. DNA is a modern, enterprise-wide software platform that is relied upon by hundreds of banks and credit unions, including Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock FCU, for transaction processing, data management and customer relationship management. DNA offers a unique development toolkit – DNAcreator™ – that allows users to create seamlessly integrated applications called DNAapps™ that extend the platform in new and powerful ways. At the conclusion of the Financial Accelerator Program, UConn students will present a business case for creating a new DNAapp that DNA users like Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock FCU can use to enhance the millennial banking experience.