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

Secure Electrans Hybrid Payment Device EMV Accredited

Secure Electrans announced the latest certification of the unique and revolutionary HomePay Chip&PIN device that combines small retailer mobile payment acceptance and secure online Chip&PIN payments. This latest development of the Secure Electrans HomePay 130 range employs a state of the art “Dynamic Kernel” that is able to switch transparently between taking and making payments. The device that enables the user, for example a taxi driver or plumber, to buy goods online securely with Chip&PIN and then take the device with them to their work or use on the move to accept payments. The certification, undertaken by the leading financial industry security evaluation body UL, confirmed that this latest Secure Electrans HomePay™ device meets the rigorous specification of EMVCo.

Allus Global BPO Now PCI Certified

Allus achieved PCI-DSS certification as part of its efforts to focus on minimizing the risk of fraud and ensures that adequate controls of all elements that can process, store or transmit credit card information are in place. Trustwave, a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) in Colombia authorized by the PCI Council, conducted the certification process. This work began in July and for 7 months the necessary adjustments were made to comply with all the controls required by the PCI standard.

PAI Announces ATM Branding Deal

Payment Alliance International retail ATM solutions announced signed an agreement to brand 22 ATMs located at Rite Aid stores in Kern County, Calif. PAI will own and operate the ATMs, which will be outfitted with Kern Schools’ branding. Kern Schools’ members will have surcharge-free access to cash at these new ATM locations. PAI operates one of the largest ATM networks in the United States, with equipment at more than 60,000 retail locations across the country. As part of the network, the company provides ATM services for approximately 1,500 Rite Aid locations nationwide.

Ingenico Announces Broadband Tower tie-up

Ingenico announced a partner agreement with Lyudia subsidiary of Broadband Tower. Within the framework of this agreement, Broadband Tower Corporation, through its new payment division, will benefit from latest generation of payment solutions to offer to the demanding Japanese market. Ingenico and Lyudia Inc. will provide the full range of services, from software development, to certification, logistics, maintenance and support. Ingenico will bring to the Japanese market its strong leadership experience in retail industry with a secure and powerful range of payment solutions.

oti Extends MediSmart Implementation Thanks to 200,000 SMART Card Order

oti PetroSmart received a follow-on order from Smart Applications International Ltd. (SMART) for 200,000 MediSmart cards. The MediSmart solution is an information management and claims submission system that incorporates contactless smart card and biometric technologies. oti’s MediSmart cards validate the identity of a patient by using fingerprint biometric technology, which cuts down on fraud and impersonation. MediSmart benefits medical administrators, hospitals, clinics, medical service providers and patients by offering fast and secure access to medical information, transaction generation, claims and expense management, and reporting tools. SMART continues building its presence in the African healthcare sector. MediSmart has recently been enhanced to support electronic switching of claims, improving the efficiency of claims delivery and the quality of data delivered to customers.

MASTERCARD Q4 & 2013

MasterCard has racked up more than $4 trillion in global gross payments card volume during 2013. MasterCard reported net revenue for Q4/2013 was $2.1 billion, a 12% increase versus the same period in 2012. Also, a 14% increase in gross dollar volume (GDV), on a local currency basis, to $1.1 trillion; an increase in cross-border volumes of 18%; and an increase in processed transactions of 13%, to 10.4 billion for Q4.

TransFirst Teams With GeeBo

TransFirst has teamed up with the GeeBo app, a secure, cashless mobile shopping solution designed to protect the credit card information of customers. The GeeBo app is a secure, end-to-end payment processing solution that allows convenient, cashless shopping for consumers directly from their smartphone or mobile device. Through the Quick Check feature on the app, a customer logs into their account and enters the merchant’s Quick Check store number. The user-friendly wallet service enables shoppers to pay for goods and services without swiping, faxing or handing over their credit card at the point of sale. The secure GeeBo app securely stores payment credit card information so there is never a need to carry cash or to show a payment card to a participating merchant. Customers can shop knowing that their personal information is protected and secure.

Heartland Names Chief Branding Officer

Heartland payment processor hired branding and strategic marketing expert, Michael McMillan, as chief branding officer to lead branding and marketing initiatives to drive business objectives and build brand preference and equity for Heartland products and services. For 20 years, McMillan was chief executive officer of McMillan Associates, a visual communications firm he founded in 1984. More recently, he has toured globally as an inspirational speaker and was president of McMillan Media, where he focused on thought leadership and consulting engagements on the topics of creative thinking, innovation and making positive change. McMillan’s clients have spanned Fortune 100 corporations, small entrepreneurs, sports and music legends, and non-profit organizations and institutions.

Citi Cardholders Get to Turn Points into Instant Statement Credits, Charity

Citi ThankYou Rewards members have two new ways to use their Citi ThankYou Points for an account credit to cover a recent purchase, or to make a donation to charity. With ThankYou Select and Credit, available ThankYou Points can be used to cover purchases in certain categories made with an eligible consumer Citi credit card that participates in ThankYou Rewards. ThankYou members can also use their available points to make a donation to a wide variety of charitable organizations on www.thankyou.com/pointworthy. ThankYou members can use their points to receive a statement credit to cover those eligible purchases made during their current credit card billing cycle on Citi Account Online. Donate with Points is a new ThankYou Rewards feature that lets ThankYou members use their available ThankYou Points to make a donation to a wide variety of charitable organizations.

mCards Cloud Payments

New Media Insight Group, Inc. announced the Company has launched its mCard Cloud Payments solution in the United States. mCard Cloud Payments allow merchants to accept payments from a consumer’s mobile, mCard wallet on any wireless or Internet connected device. Consumers click “send payment” and the merchant clicks “accept” on their iPod Touch, iPhone, Android, iPad, Tablet, Mac, PC or Laptop. mCard Cloud Payments allow retailers to accept payments from anywhere in their store. A restaurant server could accept the payment at the diner’s table or a clothes vendor or salon could accept a payment in any department in their store.

Servebase Announces New Name

Servebase will now be legally known as PXP. With significant investment over the last three years the organisation is now primed for growth and scalability, which will assist customers in achieving their own business objectives. Therefore, it is logical that in moving into the next phase a new company name was required to reflect the new values, culture, uniqueness and offerings to the payments market. The new name PXP was born out of a simple equation of the core components that are central to what the business is all about: people multiplied by platform, delivers intelligent payment solutions that allow customers to gain strategic advantage for their businesses.