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.

mopay Embarks on New Customer Segment with Latest Contract

mopay payment solutions is providing a new mobile payment option for Germany-based maxdome video-on-demand platform. This offers customers a payment option available for every user who has an active subscription with any mobile carrier in Germany, and the full maxdome content catalogue can be ordered and paid with mopay. New users of the platform who do not want to fully register beforehand are offered the additional option, “pay by SMS,” when choosing a film. Opting for this version simply requires consumers to text a short code to initiate the order and payment process. If successful, the movie starts automatically and is available for 48 hours with unlimited reruns. There is no need to register and share any personal data to use this payment option. The amount will be billed directly to the respective mobile phone account.

ACI 3Q/13 Revenue Up 35% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ACI Worldwide posted 3Q/13 revenue of $216 million, up 35% by $56 million from the year ago figure. Monthly recurring revenue grew to $151 million, up $46 million, and represented 71% of total revenue in the quarter. Excluding Online Resources, recurring revenue grew 9% from Q3 2012.New sales bookings, net of…

Fiserv Appoints Group President

Fiserv announced Byron C. Vielehr has been named group president of its Depository Institution Services group to oversee domestic account processing businesses for banks, thrifts and credit unions. Bringing to the roll more than 25 years of technology and financial services experience, Byron most recently served as President of International and Global Operations for Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) (NYSE: DNB), responsible for all D&B businesses outside of North America and led operations globally. During his tenure at D&B, which began as Chief Information Officer in 2005, Vielehr held a succession of senior executive positions, including leadership of its North American business, Global Risk Management Solutions, and D&B Sales and Marketing Solutions. He holds a master’s degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University.

Fiserv Announces Latest Processing Client

Fiserv announced that SAC Federal Credit Union selected its DNA account processing platform and several surround solutions to accelerate its rapid growth. DNA from Fiserv is the first open, person-centric core banking platform built for collaboration. DNA was completely rewritten using Microsoft’s leading .NET Framework for a state-of-the-art core platform that banks and credit unions can rely on for the long-term. With DNA, SAC FCU benefits from 24/7 real-time processing, robust retail, mortgage and commercial banking capabilities, and a 360 degree view of its retail and business relationships. With the DNAcreator development toolkit, the credit union’s technical staff can create seamlessly integrated, custom core extensions called DNAapps™ that add new functionality, screens and processes to DNA. SAC FCU can sell its DNAapps to other financial institutions as well as purchase those created by others through the DNAappstore – the first collaborative online marketplace for custom core applications.

UL achieves EMVCo Qualification

UL is pleased to announce that EMVCo has qualified the latest versions of the Collis CPA/CCD Level 2 Test Suites which are used to test card products.
The Collis CPA/CCD Level 2 Test Suites are part of the EMVCo test suite portfolio and test whether a card works according to EMVCo standards for CPA (Common Payment Application) and CCD (Common Core Definitions). The benefit of these test suites is that tests can be performed during the development process of a card so that any errors that may come up during certification are discovered during development. The Collis CPA Level 2 Test Suite (version 1.0.i) is designed to test EMV application behavior on CPA cards while the Collis CCD Level 2 Test Suite (version 4.3.b) is aimed at testing the minimum functionality required on a card to run an EMV transaction.

SWACHA Partners Aptys Solutions

SWACHA Services Corporation Electronic Payments Resource partnered Aptys Solutions as a technology provider for their automated clearing house (ACH) modules within PayLOGICS. This offers a common platform to support all aspects of payment processing, such as image exchange, ACH processing, wire processing, payments archive, Federal Reserve messages, least cost routing, in-network exchange (INEX) payment processing and mobile payments. As financial institutions (FIs) continue to face changing industry regulations, Aptys Solutions offers the ability to consolidate payment processing including an end-to-end ACH solution for originating, analyzing, processing, receiving, managing, and monitoring ACH transactions.

SureCloud adds PCI DSS 3.0 Toolset

SureCloud added new features and functionality to its cloud-based GRC platform in readiness for the new PCI DSS 3.0 compliance standard. PCI DSS is the recognised compliance standard governing how credit card data is handled and version 3.0, published on 7 November, tightens up a number of areas that have been responsible for some merchants misinterpreting or potentially manipulating the standard’s real intention. To help merchants migrate easily from version 2.0 to version 3.0, the SureCloud platform has built-in assistance that automates the process in Asset inventory; 3rd party assurance; Penetration test management; and future-proofing for new versions of the PCI DSS.

i-Free Advances mWallet

i-Free has unveiled new functionality in its “Wallet” mobile app, offering a contactless transport card can be loaded on “Wallet”. The same app will also be used to acquire, store and manage discount coupons. Using NFC technology and QR codes, “Wallet” is now officially available for 8 smartphone models from HTC and Philips. i-Free introduced Russia’s first fully functional NFC Wallet app, which comes built into smartphones, in May 2013. The app uses i-Free TSM (Trusted Service Manager) platform, which has been certified by MasterCard. The MasterCard certificate authorizes the remote issuance of Mobile MasterCard PayPass® payment cards to mobile phones anywhere in the world. Today, i-Free TSM platform is the only certified solution of its kind in the CIS, and one of the first in the world.

Payvision Adds JCB on Processing Platform

Payvision Payment Solutions specialized in Global Card Processing for the eCommerce market added JCB Card to its global payment portfolio. As the only international payment card brand based in Japan, JCB has built a strong presence in Asia, while processing secure payment transactions for its expanding network of 24 million merchants worldwide. Chinese Wing Hang Bank adds yet another strong brand to its expanding card portfolio, and through this partnership, Payvision is able to offer its customer-base in Hong Kong and Macau a new secure card payment solution, in order for them to benefit from profitable cross-border ecommerce opportunities between China and Japan. Merchants can now add JCB Card to their payment portfolio when processing through Payvision.

First Data and Discover Announces Merchant Acquiring Agreement

First Data Merchant Solutions direct-to-market merchant acquiring business and Diners Club International announced their merchant acquiring agreement. Allowing First Data Merchant Solutions to accept all cards on the Discover Global Network, including Diners Club and Discover transactions- alongside Visa, MasterCard and American Express- the agreement will be especially important to First Data Merchant Solutions customers in the travel, hospitality and entertainment sectors who service and supply international visitors to the UK. The Discover Global Network is comprised of Discover Card, Diners Club International, BC Global Card, DinaCard and Rupay.

Wincor Nixdorf Posts 3Q/13 Net Sales Up 5% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Wincor Nixdorf completed fiscal 2012/2013 with year-on-year growth of 5% in net sales and a significant increase of 31% in operating profit (EBITA). In total, net sales generated by the supplier of IT solutions for banks and retailers in fiscal 2012/2013 amounted to €2,465 million (prev. year: €2,343 million), while EBITA…