On Track Innovations Ltd. announced this morning its OTI WAVE technology has been certified for inclusion in Visa’s Compliant Products List. The OTI WAVE is an NFC add-on for smartphones, tablets and PCs. The OTI WAVE is the industry’s first audio jack plug-in NFC payment solution and the only one to receive certification from major payment companies including Visa and MasterCard. Based on OTI’s patented NFC technology, the compact OTI WAVE is device agnostic, easily plugging into any smartphone, tablet or PC. Users pay with their device while enjoying real-time benefits from loyalty programs and other incentives as delivered by the corresponding application. It opens up a whole new world of mobile device applications, while alleviating the burden of a wallet full of credit cards.
Gemalto is enabling United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) members around the globe to quickly and securely obtain their new Europay-MasterCard-VISA (EMV1) cards. Through a worldwide network of service centers, Gemalto’s Allynis Global Issuance services works seamlessly to issue EMV cards from regional centers that are located closest to the cardholder. Previously, UNFCU’s cards had been deployed from just one location in North America. Gemalto, having already delivered more than one billion EMV payment cards to clients worldwide, is making the card issuance service easier and more efficient for UNFCU and all its globally located cardholders.
Phongsavanh Bank Limited (PSVB), a major and the first private Lao commercial bank in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos), and JCB International (JCBI) today announced that PSVB has launched the first JCB credit card in Laos. PSVB now issues JCB credit card to the Lao people who can enjoy JCB’s global merchant network with over 24 million locations globally. Laos is the 3rd country in the Mekong region for JCBI to issue JCB cards following Thailand and Vietnam.
Pay.on web-based payment infrastructure systems and Kount SaaS provider of innovative fraud and chargeback prevention solutions agreed on a strategic cooperation. PAY.ON is also integrating the services of the Kount Complete platform and fraud control technology Kount SMB into its infrastructure platforms, thus making solutions from Kount available to all clients around the world – from PSPs and ISOs to acquirers and other financial institutions. At the same time, PAY.ON and Kount are combining their global distribution network to promote the mutual expansion of their client base. Kount offers its customers highly efficient solutions to tackle both sources of loss. In this context, PAY.ON is taking strategic action to further expand its existing fraud management system.
First Atlantic Commerce (FAC) and Bookeo announced their integration. FAC is a Bermuda-based, feature-rich payment gateway that was established in 1998 to deliver customized and flexible online credit and debit card processing to international corporations across the globe. The company also provides card storage functionality and risk mitigation solutions to its merchants. Bookeo is a software tool that allows businesses and institutions to take online reservations 24/7 from their Facebook and web page, directly from their clients’ mobile device, laptop or computer. Ideal for all businesses that need to schedule their appointments, Bookeo is easy to set up, has no software to install, and supports 25 languages.
Ingenico is bringing together its European business (“Europe-Sepa”) and its Transactions business under the management of Pierre-Antoine Vacheron, EVP Sepa to build a leading payment service provider in Europe. Over the last twelve months, the Group has accelerated the implementation of its Transaction Services strategy, focusing on the combination of off-line (Axis, easycash) and on-line processing. Ogone has continued to grow significantly within the Transaction business unit, building on the common DNA shared by the various transactions activities within the region. With the integration of Ogone now well under way, Peter de Caluwe has decided to start a new professional project outside the group.
Polaris Financial Technology LTD iGTB division announced the launch of its NACH-ready India Payments solution. The solution is compliant with major payments systems in the country including National Automated Clearing House (NACH), Next-Generation Real Time Gross Settlement (NG-RTGS) and National Electronic Funds Transfer System (NEFT). With the emergence of NACH, a high rate of adoption is foreseen making it imperative for banks to have a strategic roadmap for the adoption of NACH. This would include product innovation, operational reconstructs and cutting edge technology adoption. NACH-ready India Payments solution contains NACH Mandate Manager, Transaction Processor for NACH, NG-RTGS, NEFT and APBS along with other standard features such as cross-border transactions and host-to-host connectivity. It is a web-based solution to facilitate inter-bank, high volume electronic transactions that are repetitive and periodic in nature. It facilitates centralized mandate management, direct debits and bulk payments processing.
Gemalto digital security is enabling United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) members around the globe to quickly and securely obtain their new Europay-MasterCard-VISA (EMV1) cards. Through a worldwide network of service centers, Gemalto’s Allynis Global Issuance services works seamlessly to issue EMV cards from regional centers that are located closest to the cardholder. Previously, UNFCU’s cards had been deployed from just one location in North America. Gemalto, having already delivered more than one billion EMV payment cards to clients worldwide, is making the card issuance service easier and more efficient for UNFCU and all its globally located cardholders. UNFCU became the first financial institution in the United States to introduce an EMV credit card. Since adopting EMV, UNFCU has seen lower fraud on its VISA(R) Elite and VISA Azure2 credit card portfolios when transactions are authorized by EMV Chip and PIN capable merchants.
Swish Payments mcommerce appointed Stephen Grech CFO to oversee the overall business strategy and direction for Swish, as the mPOS provider continues the global expansion of their white label mobile commerce solution. Stephen Grech has more than 23 years of experience in the financial services sector, with a specialisation in the card business, payments and e-commerce. In the last 10 years, Grech has specialised in project management and the establishment of new operations within these sectors. He also holds a master’s degree, specialising in e-Commerce from the University of Kent (UK) and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Credit quality continues to improve quarter-to quarter and year-to-year and it appears the bank credit card charge-off plague is quickly subsiding. Tighter underwriting, manageable credit limits, departure of bad credits, not to mention the improving economy, have all contributed to taking charge-offs to historic lows for most U.S. issuers. Charge-offs among the nation’s largest bank credit card issuers fell, on average, by 62 basis points in 2013, to 3.25% at year’s end. After peaking at 10.79% in Q2/2010, charge-offs have returned to levels not seen since 2006 in the U.S.. Discounting the seasonal first quarter contraction in average credit card loans, charge-offs have declined for 14 consecutive quarters.
Capital Bankcard of New York announced today a significant move towards a secure mobile payment with the unveiling of Genius™ Customer Engagement Platform™. Genius enables merchants, agents, and partners to take advantage of the increasing disruption, uncertainty and complexity with payment solutions today and turn these conditions into a competitive advantage that helps their business grow rather than be threatened and hurt by it.
Oberthur Technologies announced the release of the fastest MasterCard dual interface payment card on the market. Chrysalis Fly v3.0 reaches unprecedented contactless performances. Oberthur Technologies’ Chrysalis Fly v3.0 is the first card significantly converging between payment and public transport ecosystems. OT offers banks new revenue streams by promoting the usage of their MasterCard payment instruments for Open Payment in transit network. This innovative usage will bring additional value to cardholders’ payment cards.