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:

payleven Inks Huge Distributor for its Chip & PIN Reader

payleven mobile payment provider is making its Chip & PIN card reader available for anyone to buy off the shelf in Apple retail stores and on the Apple online store. This marks the first time ever that it has been possible to buy a card machine on the high street, lowering the barriers to entry for budding entrepreneurs wanting to start their own retail business. The small gadget links up with an iPhone, iPad or Android device via Bluetooth to make it quick and easy for anyone to start taking card payments from major card providers such as VISA and MasterCard. It can be used anywhere with mobile or Wi-Fi signal, making it perfect for plumbers, gardeners and electricians visiting homes, or markets, pop-up shops or boot sellers regularly on the move.

APR Averages Continue Steady Decline

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Average credit card APRs saw the most change in May since January, dropping .02% to 14.93% after averaging a .04% change over the past year. This offers continued momentum to the ebbing 2013 APR credit card averages. This improvement, as trivial as it may be, follows a relatively lengthy period of…

Heartland Financial Elects New Board Member

Heartland Financial USA announced Duane E. White was elected to the company’s Board of Directors. White is a founding director and investor in Minnesota Bank & Trust, a Heartland subsidiary established in 2008 with current assets of $127 million and a partner at Aveus, a management consulting firm. In his role, Mr. White provides executive level consulting to a variety of firms, focusing on improving performance and enhancing shareholder value with a particular focus on the financial services and health care industries. Prior to joining Aveus, he served as Managing Director at Polihua Holdings LLC, a consulting firm working with companies in the financial services and healthcare industries. Through his position with Polihua Holdings, Mr. White served as a consultant to Total System Services, Inc. (“TSYS”), leading TSYS’s healthcare initiatives, eventually joining the company as President of TSYS’s healthcare division.

Handpoint Launches Chip & PIN mPOS

Handpoint mobile payments launched its new Chip and PIN mPOS system for small, medium and enterprise merchants, making available to any merchant a simple and secure way to accept Chip and PIN card payments with a mobile device. To address the complex security and IT requirements of larger merchants, the Handpoint mPOS can be adopted across multiple mobile platforms using the Handpoint API, while enterprise-level security is delivered by a point-to-point encryption on the Handpoint Chip and PIN card reader. The Handpoint Chip & PIN API enables merchants to easily adopt MPOS across multiple mobile platforms (iOS, Android, PC, WinMobile/WinCE) and integrate MPOS with their existing checkout systems. The API is also supported by an extensive Software Development Kit (SDK), freely available via the Handpoint website, and allows merchants to use their existing checkout systems on mobile devices, saving months of development timme in the process.

MasterCard Deploys Kalixa Acquirer Card Testing

Perpetuating a six-year partnership, MasterCard selected the Kalixa Group to issue a version of its award winning Kalixa Pay prepaid card to every newly accredited acquirer for testing. The card enables live testing of MasterCard acceptance – including online and PayPass transactions – to ensure a simple, seamless and secure integration process for every new acquirer joining the MasterCard network. The Kalixa prepaid card, allows testing in live-mode across any kind of payment acceptance including POS, ATM, stand alone and integrated terminals. Foreign currency transactions, and Chip and PIN authentication capabilities can also be tested using the card. Additionally, the Kalixa card will be used during MasterCard’s Acquirer-End-to-End-Demonstration (AETED) service, delivered by MasterCard accredited service providers to acquirers.

Logic Group P2PE App PCI Accredited

The Logic Group Payment Service Provider announced its “Solve DataShield” Point to Point Encryption (P2PE) app is the first in the world to be accredited by the Payments Card Industry Security Standards Council. The Logic Group builds on its success in enabling merchants to significantly improve the security across all their channels and continues to drive and influence the payment service industry. PCI P2PE accredited Solve DataShield encrypts cardholder data within the PIN Entry Device’s secure processor before passing it across a merchant’s estate for onward processing of the payment. The application forms part of a simple ‘out of the box’ solution that self-activates as soon as the card device is connected to the merchant’s Point-of-Sale terminal.

Net Element Turns Up mPayment Technologies Investment

Net Element International electronic commerce and mobile payment processing entered into an investor accreditation agreement to develop new technology with The Skolkovo Foundation, a government funded research and development center in Moscow. This multi-year and multimillion dollar investment allocation by Net Element provides exclusive access to early stage mobile payments and transactional services technology. Net Element will set aside up to $12 million (370 mln Rub) over the next three years with Skolkovo for investment in companies and technologies that meet NETE’s investment criteria and strategic initiatives. The role of The Skolkovo Foundation is to oversee the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center comprising five R&D clusters (IT, Space, Biomed, Energy Efficiency and Nuclear Technology), Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (a new graduate research university established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Skolkovo City. Net Element’s interests are specifically focused on mobile payments and transactional services technology projects.

Gemalto supplies MTS Russia NFC SIM mTransport

Gemalto digital security is supplying Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) its “UpTeq NFC” high-end SIM cards for a mobile phone-based public transport ticketing solution. Designed and personalized at Gemalto’s Moscow service center, the solution can deliver increased efficiency and responsiveness for the swift deployment of MTS’ NFC program. In conjunction with Zolotaya Korona Russian payment and money transfer system, the ticketing service allows users to pay for journeys on buses and the metro in Novosibirsk, the country’s third-largest city, simply by tapping their mobile phone on an NFC reader. Over 95% of public transport turnstiles and terminals in Novosibirsk are already equipped with NFC readers and the new system is designed to replace the current paper tickets.

Visa Appoints New President, Global Solutions Lead

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa announced the appointment of Ryan McInerney as President to ultimately oversee global client organization, product management and new solutions. To focus on building and bringing to market new products and services to Visa’s issuer, acquirer and merchant clients. McInerney joins Visa from JP Morgan Chase where he was the CEO…

New Bank Implements EFT Source Card Issuing

EFT Source turnkey card programs and personalization services for ATM and debit cards for financial institutions, announced that Centier Bank launched its patented instant issuance solution, “Card@Once.” Allowing Centier’s customers to walk into a branch and receive a fully functioning, active payment card, “Card@Once” ensures the data is securely transferred from the branch location to EFT Source. Immediately processed and converted into an encrypted print file that is sent back to the branch electronically, “Card@Once” encodes the data and prints the card allowing the customer to walk away with a ready-to-use, active debit card. The cardholder can immediately use the card and self-selected PIN at the onsite ATM, giving them added confidence that the card works on the spot.

Users Select Kount as Top Fraud/Security Solution

Those who rely on Kount Complete to protect and grow their business chose Kount as the Customer Choice for Fraud/Security Solution at the CNP Expo Awards ceremony on May 22. Built by a leading online merchant to protect itself from the rapidly evolving world of fraud, Kount drastically minimizes the impacts of fraud for every client and partner provides based on the extensive capabilities of its fully integrated solution. When compared to its competition, Kount earns both the business and vote of its customers, earning it the distinction of Customer Choice for Fraud/Security Solution. CNP Expo sessions cover an expansive range of merchant e-commerce and CNP concerns including fraud, chargebacks, recurring billing, PCI compliance, alternative payments, mobile payments and new regulations.

Net Element Set to Acquire Cloud-Based POS

Net Element International electronic commerce and mobile payment processing entered into a binding term sheet to acquire Aptito, a next generation, cloud-based point of sale platform for restaurants and operate it through TOT Group (“TOT”), its mobile payments and transaction processing holding company. TOT is a multinational mobile payments and transaction processing holding company which provides a unique range of flexible online and offline payment solutions. Clients include wireless carriers, content providers and merchants. TOT delivers comprehensive, end-to-end payment solutions to enable merchants to reliably accept cashless transactions at the point of sale (POS). Aptito is a next-generation, cloud-based payments platform, which brings online consumer experience into offline commerce environments via tablet, mobile and all other cloud-connected devices. Aptito’s Restaurant mPOS solution provides restaurants with tools to increase sales, productivity, and customer loyalty.