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:

Chunghwa Telecom Deploys Gemalto NFC, Mastercard

Gemalto announced “UpTeq NFC SIM” embedded software and product has been selected by Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) to secure its NFC payment program. CHT is Taiwan’s largest mobile network operator with 10 million subscribers. The initiative, using the SIM as the secure element to safeguard mobile NFC transactions, was approved by the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan. CHT subscribers will be able to use their mobile phone for contactless payments at over 20,000 MasterCard® PayPass™ point of sale readers across Taiwan including supermarkets, department stores and a fleet of taxis. The pilot also supports additional NFC services such as multiple credit and prepaid cards, loyalty cards, coupons, and ticketing.

Datacard Group Strengthens Regional Presence

Datacard Group opened a new office to show continued regional commitment to better serve customers and channel partners. The office, which includes a large customer and demo area and houses a team of local Brazilian experts, will support Datacard Group’s channel partners and customer initiatives in Brazil, as well as offer sales, technical consultancy, services and support of Datacard Group’s solutions for instant issuance, desktop and secure identity systems, and central issuance. Datacard Group’s secure identity and transaction solutions are now used all over the world.

Fiserv ePayment Leader

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Fiserv was recognized as the top online and mobile bill payment processor in a recent report by Aite Group. Fiserv provides comprehensive electronic billing and payment solutions that enable thousands of financial institutions and hundreds of businesses to provide customers the convenience of receiving and paying household bills online or via…

CreditCall Announces New EMV Biz Director

CreditCall expands its US team with the appointment of Richard Roscher as EMV Business Development Director. Bringing with him extensive experience leading technology initiatives, new product implementations and business development within the electronic payments industry, Roscher has been involved in the payments space for over 15 years. He has worked for WorldPay and Chase Paymentech and consulted numerous major brands. His top initiative will be to lead CreditCall’s initiatives to support EMV migration in the US.

Square Appoints Product Engineering Lead

Square has hired Gokul Rajaram, Product Engineering Lead. Here Rajaram will lead software development for Square Register full POS system for businesses. He was most recently the Product Director of Ads at Facebook, where he drove product development and execution for Facebook’s advertising products. Rajaram also co-founded Chai Labs as CEO before the company was acquired by Facebook in August 2010. Earlier in his career, Rajaram was Product Management Director for Google AdSense, where he developed software products for millions of small businesses all around the world. Rajaram earned a Masters in Business Administration from MIT Sloan in 2001, a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

Ingenico names New EVP, HR & Communication

Ingenico appointed Martine Birot EVP Human Resources and Internal Communication. Martine brings 25 years of experience in HR, with international groups such as Solvay, Motorola and Technicolor, based in France, Sweden and China. Martine previously managed the implementation of worldwide HR processes, notably for compensation & benefits and global recruitment. She has also managed the HR activities related to two LBOs. She graduated from the Sorbonne University and the CELSA.

WEX Announces Virtual Payments Solution Client

WEX corporate payment solutions formed an agreement with Calder Conferences & World of Travel to provide the WEX Travel solution. The agreement emphasises WEX’s commitment to service customers across Europe with its virtual payment technology. The WEX Travel solution allows Calder to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and improve security with its pioneering single use virtual card technology. The WEX Travel product provides businesses single use virtual cards for travel bookin; reduced costs and increase efficiency; streamline payment reconciliation; and revenue share on processed payments.

SKYPASS Announces Visa Promotion to Premium Card Members

U.S. Bank and Korean Air, issuers of the SKYPASS Visa card, announced mileage-earning credit card’s premium products with a special incentive of 20,000 Bonus Miles for new cardmembers who are approved for the SKYPASS Visa Signature card or SKYPASS Visa Business card. The SKYPASS Visa card lets members earn miles on all card purchases, and the miles can be combined with SKYPASS flight miles and redeemed for award travel. New cardholders can redeem SKYPASS Bonus Miles for award travel and upgrades on Korean Air and SkyTeam partners. Customers must apply by Aug. 31, 2013, to receive the special offer. The SKYPASS Visa Signature and Business cards charge no foreign transaction fees on card purchases made when traveling abroad, complimentary Korean Air VIP Lounge coupons each year, and Double Miles on Korean Air ticket purchases.

PayPoint Achieves PCI Compliance with Nettitude payment service provider announced Nettitude PCI specialist and Qualified Security Assessor confirmed its PCI Level One compliance status to the PCI Standards Council after the required on-site audits and security testing were finalised last month. was also one of the first suppliers to register its Third Party Agent Status on the Visa Merchant Agent list, an approved list of all merchant agents that provide services involving the storage and management of cardholder data.

Western Union Announces Direct-to-Bank Money Transfers

The Western Union expanded its offering of sending international money transfers from the U.S. and U.K. directly into bank accounts and launched domestic money transfers as business correspondent, allowing users to send money directly into bank accounts in India. Consumers in the U.S. and U.K. can now send direct-to-bank transactions to banks in India online”via the company’s transactional websites and, in the U.S., via its smartphone application”or by visiting thousands of participating Agent locations. Additionally, U.S. and U.K. consumers who have a non-resident bank account in India can use Western Union to send money into these accounts. The service will be available from today at 500 retail locations throughout the country with significant location expansion plans by the end of the year.

MoneyGram Renews Brand Ambassador Contract

MoneyGram renewed its exclusive agreement with Robin Padilla as its brand ambassador. Last year, MoneyGram unveiled its collaboration with the Filipino movie personality during the launch of its “Moneygrado sa MoneyGram” campaign, which targets Filipino senders and receivers around the world. With presence in 198 countries and nearly 10,000 locations in the Philippines, MoneyGram continues to bring families closer through its affordable money transfer services. Receivers can claim their remittances in the Philippines through trusted partner locations, including: Banco De Oro, Cebuana Lhuillier, SM, M Lhuillier, Palawan Pawnshop, Metrobank, RD Pawnshop and Kwartagram, among others.

Elavon Launches iPhone/iPad mPayment App

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Elavon launched its “MobileMerchant” for iPhone and iPad. Recognised as “Best Mobile Payments” by the Merchant Payments Ecosystem Awards 2013, “MobileMerchant” for iPhone and iPad is an innovative, secure and complete payment solution that effectively transforms mobile devices into payment terminals. Businesses are free to accept card payments quickly and securely…