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

MoneyGram and Ukash Partner on eRemittance

MoneyGram and Ukash partnered to let Ukash customers send domestic and international money transfers from the Ukash website and receive the funds at any of MoneyGram’s 327,000 agent locations worldwide or through MoneyGram’s account deposit channels. The agreement, which was announced earlier this year, now makes it easy for UK customers who prefer the security of not providing their credit or debit card information online to send money to friends and family using a Ukash code and MoneyGram’s robust global agent network. Using a Ukash code, up to £200 can be sent online at www.ukash.com for collection at any of MoneyGram’s 327,000 outlets in nearly 200 countries around the world, either as cash or direct to a bank account or e-wallet.

Agricultural Bank of China Deploys NCR ATMs

NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, announced that it has won a volume order from Agricultural Bank of China (“ABC”) for more than 1,500 NCR SelfServ ATMs, which includes NCR SelfServ 22 and SelfServ 25 models. NCR has out-competed other providers in this bid, securing the largest share of order from ABC and further consolidating its leadership position in the cash-dispenser ATM machine market in China. These newly purchased ATMs will be deployed by ABC in 18 provinces across China during the third and fourth quarters. All NCR SelfServ ATM models shipped to ABC will be equipped with the latest NCR safe, which is designed to offer increased physical security levels with thicker walls and tougher composite steel and concrete construction.

MasterCard joins Better Than Cash Alliance

MasterCard announced it is joining the Better Than Cash Alliance. MasterCard’s commitment comes at the one-year anniversary mark for the Better Than Cash Alliance, which works with governments, the development community and the private sector to digitize their cash payments to people in emerging economies. The initiative for electronic payments was founded last year by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, USAID, U.N. Capital Development Fund and Visa Inc. Shifting away from cash provides a pathway to greater financial inclusion for the 2.5 billion adults currently without access to formal financial services, and has measurable benefits for governments, development organizations and private sector payers including significant cost savings, transparency, security and economic growth. In the one year since its launch, the Better Than Cash Alliance has made significant progress, including securing 14 commitments from governments and development organizations to digitize their payments.

Ingenico POS Terminals FreedomPay Compatible

Ingenico and FreedomPay platform and payment processing provider announced their partnership and the certific ation of the innovative Telium2 series point-of-sale (POS) payment devices. The integration extends to Ingenico’s retail base application (RBA) and its innovative hardware, including iSC250 Signature Capture terminal and iPP350 & iPP320 PIN Pad devices. The newly supported Ingenico RBA software-powered devices will accept magnetic stripe and EMV chip-card payments, as well as NFC-based transactions, enabling tap-and-go mobile payments. Ingenico devices will be integrated and connect to the FreedomPay Commerce Platform(, a cloud-based smart technology gateway, that supports true point-to-point encryption (P2PE), instantly reducing merchants’ scope for PCI DSS compliance.

Deutsche Bank Up Payment Transparency

Deutsche Bank expanded its Guaranteed Plus product suite with its “Guaranteed US Plus” USD clearing. Designed to provide end-to-end pricing transparency for individual USD payments flowing into the United States (US), the “Guaranteed US Plus” solution enhances pricing transparency for The Guaranteed Plus product suite – a range of USD and EUR payments services – allows Deutsche Bank’s clients and their customers to benefit from enhanced pricing transparency and payment principal preservation. It allows financial institutions to direct individual payments originating outside the US to the local mass payments network, which ensures next day value with control over deductions and financial institutions worldwide to achieve end-to-end pricing transparency and improve fee and deduction management.

New Windows 8 Payment App on the Market

SunGard, Thomson Reuters, Temenos and FreedomPay are announcing new apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 that will help financial services companies across the world grow their businesses with mobile experiences for employees and customers. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices continue Microsoft’s long history of providing the security, manageability and compliance that financial services companies rely on. As financial services go mobile, the importance of access control, data security and computing power become even more important. App builders for the financial services industry recognize the power of the Windows 8 platform on mobile devices as essential to providing the solutions that their customers demand. Windows 8 enables new critical business mobility and productivity scenarios that meet the rigorous IT standards for security, manageability and support required in today’s financial services industry. FreedomPay mobile payment and incentive developed the FreedomPay Commerce Platform, available first on Windows Phone 8, which allows consumers to use the platform as a mobile wallet to pay at local stores and get exclusive mobile incentives. Payment cards, offers and loyalty cards are secured in the SEEK digital wallet, which simplifies the consumer’s payment experience.

YSPay & Accenture Partner on mPayments Solution

YSPay deployed its mpayments solution, developed in conjunction with Accenture, allowing its customers to process payments with any type of mobile phone. YSPay’s mpayments solution uses phone numbers to process payments – merchants type phone numbers to initiate payment processing and consumers receive a text confirming the payment will be sent. Accenture leveraged the Accenture Mobility platform to help YSPay rapidly launch and scale its mobile payments solution. YSPay is using the Accenture Mobility platform to connect with banks via China Union Pay – China’s bank card association – and with existing YSPay merchants who have point-of-sale machines in place, as well as with additional merchants, such as call centers and mobile top-up service providers. The Accenture Mobility platform allows clients to launch and scale vertical mobile offerings quickly on a variable cost, transaction model basis. This platform is fully equipped with features including published Web services and application programming interfaces (APIs), meaning that YSPay has the capability to integrate the platform with external systems and add new applications and services at any time.

LevelUp Launches mPayment SDK

LevelUp launched the LevelUp Software Development Kit (SDK), which will enable developers to easily integrate mobile payments into their own applications. The LevelUp SDK is part of LevelUp’s ongoing strategy to create an open platform for mobile payments, with easy access for merchants, consumers, and developers. For the non-technical folks out there, an SDK is basically a nicely packaged set of tools that lets developers build on a specific platform, or integrate some desirable functionality built by somebody else. SDKs can be really broad, enabling the creation of entirely new apps (like Apple’s iOS SDK), or much more specific, letting developers integrate existing functionality into their own apps (like Facebook’s social SDK). LevelUp’s SDK is more like Facebook’s than Apple’s. Developers can now add mobile payment-specific functionality to their new or existing applications.

Fiserv Appoints New SVP, Biller Solutions

Fiserv announced Robert R. Craig as its Senior VP, Biller Solutions. Here he will oversee strategic direction and day-to-day management of biller products and solutions from Fiserv, as well as business development, marketing and account management. He has extensive experience and is a respected leader in the billing and payments industry. Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of eDeposit Corporation, which provides prepaid financial services for consumers, merchants and businesses. Previously, he spent five years at Online Resources (ORCC), now ACI, as executive vice president and general manager of the eCommerce Services division, growing the company’s biller business by triple digits during his tenure. With a background rooted in the payments industry, Craig has also held leadership positions at First Data, REMITCO, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lafayette College.

Diners Club and Worldline Ink Merchant Acquiring

Diners Club International, Ltd., owned by Discover Financial Services and Worldline, Atos subsidiary for e-payment services, announced a new relationship that will allow the acceptance of Discover and Diners Club cards by merchants using Worldline electronic payment services in Belgium. Worldline will add acceptance of Discover Network and Diners Club International’s cards – which are already accepted in more than 185 countries worldwide – as a standard to its payment processing services portfolio, starting in 2014.

MoneyGram Expands Poste Italiane Agreement

MoneyGram signed an agreement with Poste Italiane, whereby it will continue to offer services to consumers at convenient locations close to where they live and work. Poste Italiane (Italian Post Office) is the largest and most diverse infrastructure in logistic and technology solutions in Italy. It provides postal, financial, insurance and mobile telephony solutions to individuals, private corporations and public authorities. With its extensive network in the nation, Poste Italiane serves around 37 million clients throughout Italy. There are now more than 9000 Poste Italiane offices available for money transfer service with MoneyGram. MoneyGram’s growth strategy includes aligning with postal operators to provide consumers with convenient access to reliable money transfer services in easily accessible locations.

Visa payWave Transactions Average 1mm+/Monthly

Singapore is currently the fastest growing country in the world for Visa payWave thanks to increased consumer and retailer acceptance with the addition of new merchants in the “everyday” segment, such as cafes, cinemas, fast food chains, pharmacies and convenience stories, as well as increased consumer acceptance. Contactless payment momentum has been greatly supported by major supermarket chains in Singapore and this has increased Visa payWave acceptance across the island. Cold Storage, Market Place, Giant and, most recently, NTUC FairPrice have also adopted Visa payWave as a payment option. There are now more than 1.5 million Visa payWave cards2 issued in Singapore, an increase of half a million cards since the beginning of the year. Locally, cardholders can choose from 17 Visa payWave cards issued by national banks.