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

Thales Deploys Royalgate mPOS

Thales announced ROYALGATE payment solutions deployed its “payShield 9000” hardware security modules (HSMs) to secure its PAYGATE mobile point of sale (mPOS) solution allowing businesses to easily process secure card payments for magnetic stripe and EMV-compliant contact and contactless payment cards. Micro-merchants, mobile businesses and tradesmen as well as larger business like restaurants, retail sites and event companies have been looking to take advantage of the explosion in card acceptance, leveraging cutting-edge mobile device technology. However, these businesses have lacked an easy-to-use, all-in-one solution that could convert any smartphone or tablet into a secure payment terminal. To solve this challenge ROYALGATE developed the PAYGATE card reader, which connects directly or wirelessly to any smart device and can read any type of card – magnetic stripe, contact chip or contactless chip.

Pay.On Launches Fraud Protection

Pay.OnFraud and chargebacks are a core issue and a significant challenge for acquirers, PSPs and ISOs. The threat is international and ubiquitous. Choosing, integrating and calibrating the right risk management solutions is just as complex. For payment providers, continuously optimising their risk management is essential; however, being able to stay on top of everyday business at the same time is virtually impossible. PAY.ON, leading operator of Web-based, omni-channel payment infrastructure systems, boasts all the necessary expertise thanks to working with leading risk management providers for over ten years. PAY.ON is now integrating this knowledge into the new security product ‘OneClickSafe’ to provide its PSP/ISO and acquirer clients with immediate, maintenance-free, state-of-the-art and secure protection against fraud and chargebacks at the click of a mouse. OneClickSafe has the right safeguard ready for each PSP/ISO and acquirer: In addition to the security barriers automatically included, the ‘Smart’ version offers a global blacklist for every merchant account, a plausibility check by BIN country code (country IP) and a duplicate check in real time. ‘Advanced’ offers all the functions included in the ‘Smart’ version, as well as an anonymous proxy check and a merchants’ account velocity check to identify and combat fraudulent merchant activity.

iSCTouch first for PCI PTS 4.0

Ingenico announced that its latest multimedia touchscreen payment terminal, launched in January 2013 (iSCTouch 480), has been the first to obtain the PCI PTS 4.0 certification, the highest level of security requirement. This certification, granted by the PCI Security Standards Council,focuses on increasing the robustness of devices by requiring compliance to the strongest technical standards for payment security. This certification applies globally.

Isis Launches Alliance Program for Merchants

Isis mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Wireless launched the Isis Alliance Program. The Isis Alliance Program supports merchant technology ecosystem partners with exclusive tools and resources to help them capitalize on the opportunities created by mobile commerce. The Isis Mobile Commerce Platform™ offers merchants the ability to deliver a richer, more personalized relationship with their customers through the Isis Mobile Wallet. It leverages the existing payments infrastructure, which means any merchant with a contactless payment terminal can accept payments via the Isis Mobile Wallet. Leading payment terminal manufacturers and software partners are integrating NFC mpayments and Isis SmartTap capabilities into point-of-sale (POS) offerings to ensure merchants can fully maximize the business opportunities created by mobile commerce.

Merchants Choice Partners Tranzlogic on Data-Analytics

Data analytics and technology firm Tranzlogic is excited to announce a partnership with Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions that will give over 50,000 merchants access to Tranzlogic’s transactional data analytics platform. The agreement provides the ISO partners of Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions the ability to offer advanced customer intelligence technology to their merchant clients that will change the way they do business and drive better decision-making. Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS) is a leading processing and servicing center for both ISOs and merchants alike. Their proprietary platform technology enables larger ISOs to board merchants on multiple platforms, while simultaneously allowing access to a variety of value-added business solutions. Now with Tranzlogic, the merchants, banks, and agents that rely on MCPS will utilize the proprietary technology that transforms transactional data into actionable insight.

Sentenial and KPMG Announce Sepa Partnership

Sentenial and KPMG will be working in partnership to assist organisations with their migration to SEPA, The Single Euro Payments Area and subsequent impacts for payment processes after Feb 1st 2014. As one of the longest-standing providers of SEPA solutions, Sentenial’s Origix platform provides a full suite of payment and direct debit services through either a hosted SaaS (Software as a Service) model which enables rapid on-boarding, or a fully installed end-to-end system at the customer site. Sentenial’s commitment to SEPA as our core business has been unwavering.

Fiserv Apps Finalists in INFORMS Analytics Award

Fiserv, a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced that it has been named a finalist for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, presented by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Other finalists include Ford Motor Company and IBM, with the winner to be announced at the Spring 2014 Analytics Conference in Boston, Mass. Analytics and Business Intelligence Services from Fiserv helps financial institutions harness the power of data in financial systems to improve decision making, manage cost proactively, drive revenue growth and reduce customer attrition.

Boku Buys Direct Carrier Billing Firm

Boku carrier billing and cross-platform mobile payments, announced the acquisition of India’s leader in direct carrier billing, Qubecell. The acquisition of Qubecell provides Boku with direct carrier billing connections with four of the largest carrier networks in India along with a number of key local merchant relationships. This enables Boku’s carrier billing technology to reach more than 75% of the country’s mobile subscribers, roughly 550 million users. The acquisition also makes Boku the largest provider of direct carrier billing in India, and greatly expands Boku’s footprint in Asia and the Middle East. The acquisition provides Boku merchant partners with direct access to the large and growing market of online consumers in India.

Spire to Furnish Bluetooth mPOS Bevices to Credit Agricole

Spire Payments announced its role as the sole supplier of mobile Chip & PIN payment devices for the Credit Agricole’s national mPOS project known as Smart TPE. This collaboration is intended to help bring to market a Credit Agricole payment offering that addresses the new expectations and changing behaviour of merchants and consumers who, increasingly armed with smart phones able to access high speed mobile networks, are heavily influenced by the internet and seek to have a similar merchant shopping and payment experience. Smart TPE is an innovative mobile payment solution enabling mobile merchants to complete transactions quickly and in a highly secure environment.

Consumers Mount Up Debt as Unemployment Improves

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the total outstanding revolving US consumer credit up 5.25% in September from last year to an adjusted $846B from 842.5B, and total nonfarm payroll employment up 148,000 in September, revolving credit outstanding is down by 8.8%. With total credit flow up 9.3% from the year ago figures, outstanding consumer credit…

Clear2Pay Acquirer Test Suite validated by OSCar Consortium

Clear2Pay’s “OSCar Acquirer Test Suite” has been validated in application of the certification process defined by the Open Standard for Cards (OSCar) Consortium. The certification process was executed by PayCert on behalf of the OSCar Consortium. OSCar is the international initiative that aims to facilitate and speed up the implementation of the SEPA Cards Standards in the point-of-sale terminal-to-acquirer domain, based on SEPA FAST and EPAS. More specifically, the consortium’s main objectives are to ensure that point-of-sale devices and acquirer systems work together seamlessly. Clear2Pay’s Oscar Acquirer Test Solution enables acquiring banks in the SEPA zone to verify whether their implementations are conform to the functional SEPA standards.

State of Credit Report

As the nation emerges from the recession, which groups of Americans are faring the best when it comes to credit and debt and who is faring the worst? Experian’s Fourth Annual State of Credit study shows that Millennials are facing the biggest challenges when it comes to credit and how they are managing their debt. With the lowest number of bankcards (1.57) of all of the generations and a low total debt of $2,682 on those cards compared with other generations, one would assume that they are managing their debt wisely, but with high utilization1 as compared to their individual credit card limits, average debt2 of $23,332 and high incidences of late payments, it seems this generation is not entering this phase of life with positive credit behavior, which attributes to their low average credit score of 628.