Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Izyi Payments Startup Raises $1.4mm

iyzi Payments announce that they received Series A investment of 1.4 million US dollars. iyzi Payments will use the investment to accelerate the company’s growth in Turkey. iyzi Payments was founded in 2012 with the vision of becoming the leading payment service provider in Turkey. iyzi Payments launched its first product iyzico in April 2013, bringing a completely new and easy approach to implementing card payments for eCommerce companies. With iyzico merchants can host their payment solution themselves and still be PCI-compliant. To customize the payment process, a library of ready-made widgets is available, which can be adapted to the merchant’s own specifications in a fully flexible manner. With iyzico, iyzipayments is taking cutting edge solutions similar to Stripe to the booming Turkish eCommerce market.

BPC Banking Names Director of Sales

BPC Banking Technologies Open System payment solutions announced Brian Hadaway as the Director of Sales. Brian has held management and executive sales positions within the banking and financial services industry, and has extensive experience in enterprise payment systems and processing environments. He spent over 13 years in a management role at North Dallas Bank &Trust in Dallas, TX. Before joining BPC, Brian served as senior account manager at Mosaic Software, S1 and ACI Worldwide.

ROAM mPOS Announces Facility Expansion

ROAM, an Ingenico mobile commerce platform provider, expanded its Boston headquarters, from 12,000 to 20,000 square feet, in order to accommodate its rapidly growing team. The firm doubled in size over the past year and currently employs 100+ professionals, with plans to hire an additional 50 employees by the end of 2013, primarily for engineering roles. For a full list of open positions, visit http://www.roamdata.com/careers. ROAM’s business has grown swiftly due to ramping worldwide demand for mobile POS solutions, which provide consumers with convenience and merchants with incremental revenue.

Infinite Peripherals Aids Retailer iPad Adoption

Leading mobile point-of-sale (POS) device provider Infinite Peripherals, Inc. (IPC) introduced the Infinea Tab 4 for the iPad with Apple Lightning connector to support retailer mobile POS adoption. The latest MFi-certified device from IPC – which already has more than 250,000 mobile POS devices in use nationwide – is compatible with the Apple iPad 4. With tablet POS adoption rates increasing among retailers of all sizes, the Infinea Tab 4 presents an improved design and even faster scanning capabilities that are in demand to deliver the Apple-inspired in-store customer experience and improved inventory management. The Infinea Tab 4 with Lightning connector adds a 1D or 2D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader to an Apple iPad 4 so retail associates can conduct customer checkout from anywhere in the store, eliminating consumer wait times in line. With optional Bluetooth® and RFID readers, the new Infinea Tab 4 completes transactions even faster with a more streamlined handheld unit.

ASI/Restaurant Manager POS Appoints Director, Software Development

Action Systems Restaurant Manager POS software for the foodservice industry, announced the appointment of Brian Ellery as Director of Software Development. In this role, Ellery is responsible for supervising three independent development teams that focus, respectively, on restaurant Point-of-Sale software, mobile business applications, and cloud services. Ellery brings over 20 years of experience to his new role, including proven abilities in new software development, propelling technical and business organizations to new levels, software and IT roadmap development, mobile application development management, and multi-national team management.

TransCard Launches Gift Card Kiosks

TransCard launched its RUBY Gift Card kiosk, a self-service kiosk offered to shopping mall operators for a low lease cost of $100 per month. The RUBY Gift Card kiosk allows mall shoppers to purchase a gift card to the shopping facility without the help of a customer service mall employee. The shopper simply enters the denomination they wish to load onto the gift card and they’re done. TransCard purchased HQ Gift Cards in November 2012 and has actively been looking for ways to combine processing, program management, and technology to mall operators around the country.

MoneyGram Renews Nix Financial Partnership

MoneyGram renewed its contract with Nix Financial, which offers consumer loans, prepaid debit and credit cards, bill payment and check cashing to financial education. Nix will continue to exclusively provide MoneyGram money transfer services and money orders to its customers. Nix Financial customers regularly depend on MoneyGram’s services to securely send and receive funds from Latin America as well as locally. With the agreement, customers can continue to quickly send or receive funds at any Nix location to recipients across the globe.

Discover Cardmembers Earn 5% Cashback on Gas

Discover is making it easier for cardmembers to earn extra rewards at the pump. Now through Sept. 30, 2013, Discover cardmembers can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1,500 in purchases at gas stations. Cardmembers can earn 5% Cashback Bonus by simply signing up for 5% online at discover.com, or by calling 1-800-DISCOVER (347-2683). After making $1,500 in gas station purchases, Discover cardmembers still automatically earn their standard Cashback Bonus on all other purchases. Additionally, as the 2013-2014 school year quickly approaches, Discover cardmembers also can enjoy extra savings on back-to-school purchases made through ShopDiscover, the exclusive online shopping portal featuring more than 200 top retailers. From July 18 to Sept. 4, 2013, Discover is leveraging its relationships with nearly 40 merchant partners to increase Cashback Bonus savings to help families save more on items such as clothing, shoes and school supplies.

Diebold Inks Argenta as Latest Client

Diebold is now supporting Argenta’s entire self-service network of more than 200 “Opteva” ATMs. Argenta’s specifications included the renewal of embedded software on its ATMs, the transition of the bank’s systems to support an Internet Protocol-based (IP) network and monitoring support for the entire network. One of the most important requirements was to ensure the OLTB (On Line To the Bank) protocol exchange between terminals and servers, which is specific to Belgium and allows real time updates of transactions. Diebold’s Belgian management center will provide Argenta with outsourced network monitoring. This service includes maintaining up-to-date anti-virus software on Argenta’s terminals using ATM Endpoint Protection by Symantec™ and confirming all programs have the latest security patches using Diebold’s software deployment service.

Visa To Further Expands V.Me eWallet

Visa announced plans to launch its V.me digital wallet service, making it easier for consumers to shop online. This will offer consumers a simple and secure way to pay online by entering a single username and password, eliminating the hassle of entering personal details across multiple merchant websites. It will allow consumers to securely store their existing Visa and other payment cards; store and use multiple shipping addresses; set transaction alerts for Visa cards based on spending thresholds and other criteria; and, over time, opt-in to additional features.

Payleven Partners, Expands Chip & PIN Card Reader

Payleven mobile card payments has expanded its offering and will offer the Chip & PIN card reader to all Austrian retailers and merchants. The payleven solution is targeted towards small and medium sized enterprises, who want a way to accept card payments. It is easy, economical, mobile and most importantly, secure. With payleven, not only merchants, but also private individuals can accept card payments. Once the card reader has been purchased, merchants will only be charged 2.75% per transaction. There is no need for a stationary internet connection which makes the device truly mobile. Furthermore, because the customer is required to enter their PIN, the payment is secure. The transmission process is similar to the one on a traditional POS- terminal.