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:

Datacard Group Announces Second-Generation Vision Verification Module for Central Card Issuance Programs

Datacard Group announced a second-generation Datacard MX Series Vision Verification Module to automatically ensure proper card stock is loaded prior to card issuance as well as verify printed elements after personalization is complete. This technology complements the numerous checks and balances already in place as the card passes through the personalization process. The enhanced Vision Verification Module utilizes a high-resolution camera installed in the module to capture an image of the card stock in order to locate and verify unique identifiers. Streamlined software increases image processing speed and gives operators the ability to set granular threshold limits to drive accurate downstream personalization activities.

ACI Wordwide Deploys ePay Property Tax Collection

ACI Worldwide electronic payment and banking systems announced Maricopa County (AZ) is utilizing its electronic payment solution to make it convenient for residents to pay their property taxes. ACI’s flexible bill pay technology provides residents the option of paying taxes online via debit card, credit card, electronic check or at POS stations at the County Treasurer’s office. With the County’s delinquent property tax due date approaching (on May 1), residents have a fast, easy and secure way to pay. Bill payments that can be made through ACI’s Official Payments website include the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 23 state governments, the District of Columbia, more than 3,000 local municipalities and counties across all 50 states, 350 colleges and universities, and 450 utility companies.

Salin Bank Joins Alliance One ATM Network

Salin Bank partnered Alliance One ATM Network and is now part of a nationwide group offering surcharge-free ATM access to their cardholders. Salin Bank’s 23 ATMs will join more than 850 Indiana-based ATMs within the network. Alliance One is a selective surcharge-free ATM group comprised of financial institutions that have joined together to provide their cardholders access to a nationwide alliance of surcharge free ATMs. Salin Bank’s customers will have the opportunity to avoid the foreign surcharges – usually $3 or more per transaction – that are often assessed when a cardholder uses an ATM owned by another financial institution.

Payment Alliance International Partners with Ventura County Credit Union to Brand ATMs at Select Rite Aid Stores

Payment Alliance International (PAI) retail ATM solutions and Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) signed an agreement to brand 23 ATMs at California Rite Aid stores. PAI will own and operate the ATMs reflecting VCCU’s branding, giving Ventura County Credit Union members surcharge-free access to cash at these Rite Aid locations beginning late April 2014. PAI operates one of the largest ATM networks in the United States, with ATMs at more than 60,000 retail locations across the country. As part of the network, PAI provides ATM services for approximately 1,500 Rite Aid locations nationwide.


GA-based TSYS, which provides services to more than half of the top 20 international banks, will likely post total revenues for the first quarter between $461 million and $539 million. During the first quarter TSYS inked deals with Commerce Bank, Virgin Money, Vietnam Eximbank, and Navy FCU. The Company also enhanced its Credit Care product and plans to release Authorization Controls, a new product. Additionally, TSYS raised its stake in CPay.

USA Technologies Announces Record Connections for Fiscal 3Q/14

USA Technologies achieved a record approximately 22,000 new connections to its “one-stop” ePort Connect® service for approximately 20,000 net connections in its fiscal 3Q/14. As of March 31, total connections to USAT’s ePort Connect service totaled approximately 244,000. This is double that of the third quarter of last fiscal year. The Company will continue working with existing customers and the many vending operators who are now recognizing that cashless is a competitive necessity in today’s environment.

Wave Crest Group Selected by Advanced Cash

Wave Crest Group Limited, a multi-currency digital payments platform that offers full-service, global solutions, has been selected by Advanced Cash to provide customers with a new payout option: a prepaid MasterCard program.
Around the world, customers use the Advanced Cash payment services platform to perform a multitude of financial transaction types. Freelancers, business owners, and affiliate program managers can pay partners, and receive payments, all through a single account.

NCR Announces Latest Telecom & Technology Client

NCR Corporation and CradlePoint cloud-managed 3G/4G networking solutions for distributed enterprises signed an agreement that provides CradlePoint customers with expanded field service and support globally. NCR, through its Telecom & Technology line of business, will provide on-site installation, hardware maintenance and remote monitoring services that support CradlePoint’s cloud managed networking solutions.CradlePoint’s existing and new enterprise customers with geographically dispersed locations will significantly benefit from access to the more than 13,000 NCR badged service professionals and managed service centers globally.

MasterCard Launches Priceless Campaign In Russia

MasterCard announced the launch of Doing Good in One Touch Is Priceless campaign. As a result, at least 30 million rubles (about $1MM USD) will be donated by MasterCard to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). The funds will support Russian and international oncological research aimed at developing new methods of cancer treatment. Everyone will be able to contribute to the campaign simply by making everyday purchases with innovative contactless MasterCard PayPass® technology at points of sale throughout the country.

FIS Expands Consumer Lending Offering through Acquisition of CMSI

FIS announced the acquisition of CMSI consumer loan origination software and services for undisclosed transaction terms. CMSI is a leading provider of consumer loan origination and portfolio management software to a broad spectrum of financial institutions within the U.S. and Canada ranging from community-based institutions to large, international lenders.