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

FIS Launches Cloud-based Core Banking

FIS announced the launch of its first cloud-based, real-time core banking utility for mid-tier banks in Central and Eastern Europe.The service, hosted by Krajowa Izba Rozliczeniowa S.A. (KIR), the Polish payment processor and central clearing house for the country’s banking sector, will drive cost savings – without compromising functionality – by enabling banks to run their core banking products on a hosted version of FIS Profile. It will provide access to established product libraries, dramatically cutting the time required to launch new products to the market; provide a holistic view of the customer’s banking relationship; leverage a real-time banking system that is better matched to today’s consumer needs for seamless integration to new digital channels; and deliver one of the lowest total costs of ownership in the industry.

First Data Integrates with Bing Offers Card-Linked

First Data “OfferWise” solution has been integrated with Microsoft’s Bing Offers Card-Linked, which consolidates local deals from a number of deal providers. OfferWise is an open platform that enables retailers to electronically attach offers to any consumer payment card or mobile wallet to allow streamlined and automatic redemption of the offer at the POS. Merchants will now have frictionless redemption of an “offer” or “deal” at checkout without the consumer having to use a paper coupon, voucher or promotion code on their mobile device. Other benefits include no need to change the POS system, no additional effort required to train staff in handling redemptions, and no need to wait for payments from deal promoters.

Acculynk Reports PaySecure Gateway Support

Acculynk announces support of its PaySecure International authentication solution by major gateways outside the US, including industry leader CCAvenue and other prominent gateways in the Indian e-commerce market. As India’s biggest payment gateway, CCAvenue is among the first payment gateways to process RuPay debit cards. Customers will now be able to use RuPay Debit Cards to make purchases securely and conveniently on thousands of merchants’ websites powered by CCAvenue.

Allied Payment Network to Showcase Picture Pay

Allied Payment Network announced Steve Paradine, senior vice president of Sales, will present Picture Pay at the Access Softek Annual Client Conference on Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m. PDT at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina in Berkeley, Calif. Paradine will showcase Allied’s mobile photo bill pay solution to more than 350 of Access Softek’s bank and credit union customers. Access Softek is a Berkeley, Calif.-based mobile banking software provider. The company’s first client conference will feature an intensive two-day series of panels, sessions and roundtable discussions focused on best practices in mobile banking.

Ceridian Announces Separate Payments Businesses

Ceridian completed the legal separation of its Human Capital Management (HCM) and Payments businesses through a series of transactions that result in the Payments business being operated as Comdata Inc. (“Comdata”), and the HCM business being operated as Ceridian HCM Holding. Stuart C. Harvey, Jr. will serve as Chairman of the Board for both Comdata and Ceridian HCM, as well as remaining as the Chief Executive Officer of Comdata. Majority owners and financial partners, funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and Fidelity National Financial, Inc. remain the same for both Comdata and Ceridian HCM. The award-winning Dayforce HCM cloud solution had approximately 750 live clients as of June 30, 2013. Dayforce HCM is a single application for payroll, benefits, time, scheduling and human resources.

City National Bank to Launch FIS Cardless ATM Access

FIS and City National Bank signed an agreement to pilot FIS Cardless Cash Access at City National ATMs. City National plans to introduce this emerging technology to clients in its three largest markets early next year, continuing FIS’ successful rollout of this solution at banks and ATMs in key locations across the United States. The solution enables consumers to interact with the ATM from the privacy and security of their mobile devices, stage a transaction before stepping up to the ATM and then receive an eReceipt for the transaction on their devices, eliminating paper receipts. FIS Cardless Cash Access securely authenticates a user on his or her smartphone. Then, the consumer selects the account and amount of the withdrawal right on the phone. When at the ATM, the consumer scans a QR code on the ATM screen and, within seconds, the cash is dispensed and an eReceipt is sent to the phone.

Braintree Deploys Venmo Touch in New Market

Braintree global payment platform online and mobile purchasing is bringing one touch mobile commerce to UK merchants and consumers. American Express will support the UK launch of Venmo Touch as Braintree’s exclusive marketing partner with targeted Cardmember communications including newsletters, social media and digital banner ads. Venmo Touch allows consumers to save their payment details in one app and check out across its powerful network of apps in one touch. With expanded availability of Venmo Touch, Braintree’s UK merchants”including LivingSocial, HotelTonight, Drivr, Bizzby and YPlan”as well as financial partners such as American Express, can now build the ease and simplicity of one touch commerce into their mobile experiences.

Swift signs MoU with EDTA on Promo

SWIFT securities institutions and corporate customers in 212 countries and territories signed an MoU with Electronic Transactions Development Agency (“ETDA”) of Thailand to promote the adoption and use of ISO 20022 among the financial industry in Thailand and ASEAN. Both SWIFT and ETDA recognise the increased use of technology in the financial markets of Thailand and ASEAN and the role that technology plays as a tool for economic empowerment. As the ASEAN Economic Community moves toward regional economic integration in 2015, it requires the broader financial market to share a comprehensive set of open market message standards and a highly secure and standardised platform of communication. The ISO 20022 standard is founded on international best practices for domestic and cross border transactions in payments, securities and trade related payment transactions. ISO 20022 adoption is viewed as a key driver to enable the successful integration and continued growth of financial markets in Thailand and ASEAN.

Ebbing Card Rates Commence

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Average credit card APRs dropped .01% in August to 14.95% after averaging a .04% change over the past year. This continues momentum to the ebbing 2013 APR credit card averages, but wasn’t quite gain back the positive momentum gained over the preceding few months. This also follows a relatively lengthy period…

Multos International Deploys Discover EMV App

Multos International announces the launch of the new Discover D-PAS Dual-Interface application available for EMV migration on Discover, PULSE and Diners Club International networks. This latest application by Multos International complies with the new D-PAS contactless specification from Discover, and is certified across the latest range of MULTOS “step/one” and MULTOS product families for SDA, DDA and Dual-Interface (SC4, MC4 and ML4 platforms) applications. This opens up a new world of payment options for Discover cardholders, especially for use cases where speed of transaction is important such as transport.

Proxama to Develop ISIS NFC mCommerce Solution

Proxama NFC mobile wallet and NFC mobile engagement technology is set to work with Isis mcommerce JV, forged through AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, on the Isis Mobile Wallet app for NFC devices through BlackBerry 10OS. Proxama’s technology platform is proven in supporting consumer engagement, loyalty and secure contactless payments through NFC. Proxama has worked with leading brands such as EAT, KFC, EE, and Barclaycard on NFC initiatives to support consumer engagement and mobile wallets.

Sprint Launches mNFC Platform

Sprint announced the availability of Pinsight Touch open platform for securely storing and accessing credentials on a mobile device. Pinsight Touch offers a direct path for credential issuers to enable their own branded applications with NFC and to share secured access to those credentials with other trusted applications, creating opportunities for increased distribution and wallet share. Sprint has joined forces with Sequent, leveraging their technology platform to make it easy for application developers to add NFC functionality into the branded mobile applications consumers already use. To further support growing the value of issuer and merchant mobile applications, Sprint has tied-in Pinsight Media+, which incorporates a suite of media tools into the Pinsight Touch program which can assist issuers and merchants in driving the discoverability of their mobile applications and maximizing customer acquisition.