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

NDB Advisory Announces Firm Expansion on PCI Compliance

PCI compliance mandates for South Carolina merchants and service providers require implementing comprehensive measures, such as developing policies, procedures, while also adhering to PCI mandated best practices. NDB Advisory, with years of experience in assisting companies with compliance mandates, has just launched comprehensive services aimed at assisting South Carolina businesses with the ever-growing PCI provisions. NDB now offers comprehensive PCI DSS services for South Carolina businesses. NDB Advisory, with years of experience in assisting companies with compliance mandates, has just launched comprehensive services aimed at assisting South Carolina businesses with the ever-growing PCI provisions. Services include PCI DSS Readiness Assessments and Gap Analysis findings and Vulnerability scans.

Trustwave Validates OpSource Level 1 PCI DSS Compliance

OpSource, the SaaS delivery experts, has announced Level One compliance with PCI DSS through Trustwave information security and compliance management solutions. Through its Level One PCI DSS compliance validation, OpSource can support any on-line application, regardless of the volume of credit card information stored, processed, or transmitted. This level of compliance validation is required of any service provider supporting customers storing, processing, or transmitting an aggregate of greater than one million transactions or accounts per year. Effectively, OpSource met the 12 requirements in building and maintaining a secure network, protecting cardholder data, maintaining a vulnerability management program and maintaining an information security policy.

Alfa-Bank Deploys BPC mNFC Payments

BPC Banking Technologies Open System e-payment solutions for the global financial industry and Alfa-Bank launched an innovative, contactless payment service based on NFC technology for Russian telecom operator Beeline. This new service, using MasterCard PayPass Mobile, enables customers to quickly and securely pay for purchases with their mobile phone. The new solution is available for use on a wide range of handsets and is currently being pilot-tested for the Bank’s customers. Powered by SmartVista, which underpins the Bank’s entire payment processing operations, this new solution was developed very quickly and is seamlessly integrated for smooth and risk free operation.

Everlink Announces Latest Card Issuance FI Client

Everlink Payment Services announced Cambrian Credit Union – Manitoba’s 3rd largest credit union (by assets) and the 9th largest in Canada (by assets) – has made the move to Everlink’s Central Card Issuance Solution (CCI) effective June 5th, 2013. With the aide of Everlink’s EMV expertise and solutions, Cambrian will be issuing dual interface debit cards over the next 5 years with the launch of the new card product scheduled for the end of 2013. The Everlink CCI solution enables financial institutions to reliably and cost-effectively produce EMV Chip debit cards from a secure central facility, offering distribution options to send the cards directly to the member/customer or to the branch.

Payment Companies Partner on Dual-Purpose Debit/ID Card

Three leading payment technology companies have combined specialties to produce an award-winning payment solution. Praxell, a prepaid card program manager; card marketing and production partner Arroweye Solutions, Inc.; and secure payment and ID solution provider ABnote have combined their capabilities to produce and fulfill an award-winning, first-ever combination municipal identification and banking card. The card program, developed by SF Global for the City of Oakland, California offers a secure identification and banking solution to the unbanked community. Arroweye’s patented digital on-demand technology enables the high level of customization required to produce each individual card, which includes a photo ID and other personal identification information. ABnote manufactures secure cards which are very effective against reproduction and tampering, like the technology used on other ID documents such as a driver’s license and a national ID.

HyperWallet Announces Global Expansion

HyperWallet global payment solutions made available 5 new payment destinations and services. This new payments availability enhances hyperWALLET’s global coverage to now include 59 countries / territories for direct-to-bank account transfers, and 29 supported currencies. Going forward, hyperWALLET plans to further expand its international payment network by adding Thailand, Malaysia, Pacific Islands, Colombia, Chile and Nigeria in the near future.

MasterPass Implements SecureKey Hardware-Based Security

SecureKey Technologies identity and authentication announced its “briidge.net” DNA security software and “briidge.net” Enterprise authentication service have been integrated with “MasterPass,” the new digital commerce platform from MasterCard. SecureKey briidge.net DNA combined with Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel IPT), provides MasterPass wallet holders and merchants with an additional level of hardware-based security to help reduce fraud risk and to help ensure safer, more convenient online payment transactions. Intel IPT helps provide a simple, tamper-resistant method for protecting consumer and business data from threats and fraud. As a feature in all Intel-inspired Ultrabook devices and PCs with the latest Intel Core processors, Intel IPT is a key component in enabling hardware-based two-factor authentication solutions for online websites and business log-ins. The combination of briidge.net DNA and Intel IPT is a result of a collaboration SecureKey established with Intel to enable strong authentication solutions for various vertical market applications.

Setis Software Joins Multos SmartCard Consortium

SETIS, a Sao Paulo Brazil based developer and integrator of software solutions for EMV payment systems, has joined the MULTOS Consortium, a group of international blue chip organisations responsible for the promotion and development of the MULTOS specifications. In joining the Consortium, SETIS will be able to play an active role in the development and expansion of MULTOS, and benefit from the Consortium’s global marketing and networking resources with Members that span the entire secure smart device business.

MasterCard opens industry partner training center

MasterCard announced the launch of a brand new training facility in Kenya to empower the financial services ecosystem with knowledge on various aspects of cashless payments in order to boost acceptance readiness in the region. The training centre, located at MasterCard’s East Africa offices in Eldama Park, off Peponi Road, will be used for training purposes for merchants, retailers and other partners. The facility, which can seat up to 40 people at a time, will be used to host project meetings to enhance awareness of global payments industry best practice in issuance of cards, retail payments and technical aspects of cashless transactions. In addition, the training centre will facilitate workshops to address issues that are important to stakeholders in the payments industry including: the latest MasterCard payment technologies, EMV migration, data security standards, customer service trends and retailer best practices.

Western Union Partners IndusInd Bank

Western Union Business Solutions partnered IndusInd Bank Limited to bring its technology platform for making global business and foreign exchange payments to the doorsteps of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). IndusInd Bank has also signed up two of Western Union’s largest agents, Weizmann Forex Ltd and Paul Merchants Ltd, as referral agents to help market the service in India. The service will launch at select Paul Merchants Ltd. and Weizmann Forex Ltd. Western Union locations in 22 cities across the country and aims to provide doorstep service to clients. Customers will be able to request a visit from a trained representative of Paul Merchants Limited or Weizmann Forex, allowing them to book a cross-border transaction from their home or office. This service will be offered under license by IndusInd Bank and will be particularly valuable for small businesses that currently need to commit resource and travel time to arrange payments for international suppliers.

Panini Expands Cheque & Document Truncation Solutions

Panini global payments technology provider will showcase its comprehensive portfolio of distributed capture solutions for financial institutions, businesses, and merchants at the CIAB Febraban Annual Congress in São Paulo, Brazil. In addition to demonstrating solutions for branch capture, remote deposit capture, point-of-sale capture, and device management, Panini will showcase the two newest capture solutions from its continuous innovation portfolio, Panini Vision neXt™ and Panini mI:Deal™. The Vision neXt is Panini’s new batch capture solution platform, setting new performance standards while delivering robust quality and breakthrough innovations such as an integrated document alignment system. The Panini mI:Deal combines innovation and ease-of-use with “plug & play” connectivity to existing POS systems for maximum functionality and ROI.