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

Telefónica Deploying OT’s MultiSIM for O2

Oberthur Technologies announced massive deliveries of OT’s MultiSIM for O2 in Germany. OT developed the MultiSIM form factor and adjusted it according to Telefónica Germany requirements. From now on, O2customers do not need to worry anymore, as their new SIM card will fit into any mobile phone. If they want to change from one form factor to another, they do not need to ask their operator for a new SIM card, but can just deplug their MultiSIM. The introduction of OT’s MultiSIM by Telefónica Germany is in line with the issuing of SIM-Plugs instead of ID-sized card bodies which allows the recycling of plastics and marks another step toward environmental sustainability.

HyperWallet launches direct-to-bank money transfers

hyperWALLET launched payment services to India, providing corporations with a fast, low-cost method of making payments via direct-to-bank money transfers in local currency. hyperWALLET has facilitated corporations to make fully-compliant, low-cost electronic payments to Indian bank accounts in INR currency, typically within 1-2 business days.With the addition of payments to India, hyperWALLET continues to enhance their global payment platform and expand their global payments footprint. hyperWALLET’s payment platform enables companies and individuals to receive and manage their funds using a variety of options including online e-wallets, bank deposit, prepaid cards, cash pickup, via mobile phone and more.

Visa / MasterCard Debit Card PDV

Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) debit card activity edged up in the first quarter, as Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) on U.S.-issued debit cards increased 7.0% year-on-year (Y/Y), according to CardData. In the first quarter of 2014 (1Q/2014), VS’ U.S. debit card GDV was up 6.4% Y/Y to $408 billion, while MC’s U.S. debit card GDV increased 9.0% Y/Y in 1Q/2014 to $174 billion. MasterCard debit cards have been growing above 9% Y/Y for the past four quarters.

JUSP Teams with Nokia

JUSP announced it is teaming with Nokia as the first provider of a chip-and-pin mPOS solution to the Nokia Lumia smartphone. JUSP’s solution also works with Windows-based PCs as well as smartphones and tablets running Windows, iOS and Android making it an all-encompassing mPOS solution for both micro merchants and small- and medium-sized retail outlets. JUSP’s mPOS device and operating system flexibility, along with the chip-and-pin security and the all-inclusive pricing launched recently by JUSP, makes it extremely easy, convenient and secure for retailers of all sizes to charge customers using whatever means they choose.

Jusp to Provide mPOS Nokia Smartphone Support

JUSP chip-and-pin mPOS solution for smartphones and tablets is teaming with Nokia as the first provider of a chip-and-pin mPOS solution to the Nokia Lumia smartphone. JUSP’s solution also works with Windows-based PCs as well as smartphones and tablets running Windows, iOS and Android making it an all-encompassing mPOS solution for both micro merchants and small- and medium-sized retail outlets. JUSP’s mPOS device and operating system flexibility, along with the chip-and-pin security and the all-inclusive pricing launched recently by JUSP, makes it extremely easy, convenient and secure for retailers of all sizes to charge customers using whatever means they choose. JUSP’s mPOS connects through a computer’s USB or audio jack or any mobile device’s audio jack and, because JUSP is ‘bank agnostic,’ there are no bank accounts to change or any other banking requirements or approvals necessary. With its Windows-based solution, JUSP can connect shop owners data to Microsoft-based back-end accounting systems, billing and Excel spreadsheets.

Fiserv Helps Transition to EMV Standard

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Fiserv is helping its clients transition to EMV cards with an integrated, compliant and cost effective path to EMV-enabled debit and credit card issuance. With this unsurpassed experience and expertise Fiserv can guide clients through every step of the migration process “from analyzing their payment card portfolios to optimizing penetration, activation…

Giesecke & Devrient Offers U.S. Debit EMV Solution

Giesecke & Devrient secure payment products and solutions developed and deployed an EMV solution that allows a debit card to meet Durbin Amendment requirements while supporting bank, merchant and consumer needs. As an active member of the Smart Card Alliance’s EMV Migration Forum (EMF), G&D was an integral force in these discussions. Following the EMF’s recommended solution and leveraging decades of experience in developing highly secure payment products, G&D’s EMV debit card products and services offer the most advanced payment deployment, providing extensive functionality to support all of the latest specifications from the major payment brands. A chip embedded in a card serves to provide a higher level of security when compared to present-day magnetic stripe only cards, protecting cardholder data and information stored on the chip. Unlike static magnetic stripe cards, chip cards contain an operating system and support dynamic authentication. Every transaction requires new values produced by the chip to be delivered. Utilizing chip card technology will be seamless to the customer, though they will now be able to execute EMV transactions using a debit card.

FIS ships turnkey risk management suite

FIS banking and payments technology, consulting and outsourcing solutions, continues to provide companies innovative and robust solutions to mitigate risks across their organizations. In response to increasing regulatory demands to enhance enterprise risk management and regulatory compliance, FIS offers Early Risk Manager to financial institutions. Early Risk Manager is a turnkey, secure, cloud-based, next generation solution specifically tailored for financial institutions with a risk dashboard, pre-populated library of risks, risk scenarios, controls, risk assessment templates, metrics, key risk indicators (KRIs), key performance indicators (KPIs), issue management tools, compliance monitoring and testing, third party risk management and more.

Square Offers Digital Receipt As Merchant Feedback Channel

Square introduced Square Feedback, which prompts customers to send feedback on their experience directly to the business owner through their digital receipt. Sellers can also respond directly to customers, resolve issues one on one, and protect their reputation. Customers who make purchases from a Square seller can choose to receive their receipt via email or text. With the tap of a button, a customer can answer the question “How was your experience?,” give details, and decide whether to start a conversation with the business. Square sellers receive an email alert when a customer leaves a comment and can respond directly via the Square Dashboard to ask follow-up questions and correct mistakes or misunderstandings. Sellers can manage customer feedback in their Square Dashboard and check it from anywhere in real time.

ACI Announces Latest Online Banking, mBanking FI Client

Maps Credit Union has selected ACI’s integrated online banking platform to power its online banking, mobile banking and bill payment services. Advanced online banking and mobile solutions are critical to driving customer loyalty, building market share and creating new revenue opportunities, which is why Maps selected ACI’s integrated online banking platform for credit unions, ACI Architect Banking. A single end-to-end solution, Architect Banking gives financial institutions like Maps the control, choice and the flexibility to quickly respond to ever-changing consumer and business financial needs. By also leveraging ACI’s bill payment services, Maps benefits from an industry-leading payment offering and a rich heritage of payment services that deliver reliable and accurate bill pay, seamlessly integrated within Architect Banking. ACI’s Electronic Biller Directory technology maximizes payment accuracy for both Maps and its members, resulting in faster payment delivery and minimizing the risk of payment errors.