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.

Bluepoint Updates Remote Deposit

Bluepoint Solutions launched its “QwikDeposit Pro” mRDC solution to improve usability with a redesigned user interface. Allowing financial institutions to speed adoption and attract business accounts, the solution gives merchants the power to easily deposit checks from an office location at any time of day using a multi-check scanner and Internet connection. The “QwikDeposit Pro” solution provides added convenience and security to business account holders, enabling faster availability of funds and eliminating physical transportation of checks, as well as applying sophisticated multi-factor authentication to deposit activity. It is also designed specifically to meet the needs of community financial institutions and to help in their efforts of building market share among small businesses.

AOC Solutions Enhances Payment Platform

AOC Solutions commercial payments technology and services provider to corporate and federal clients enhanced its “EnCompass” platform, allowing customers to easily and securely access and manage all their commercial card payments and accounts payable (A/P) processes on any mobile device. The “EnCompass,” AOC Solutions’ commercial payments platform PCI-compliant technology allows users to automate and manage their organization’s accounts payable functions, commercial payments, purchase, fleet, travel and entertainment card programs in one place. To use the new mobile feature, users simply enter their EnCompass website address into the browser of a smartphone, tablet or other web-enabled mobile device and log in using the same credentials as they would on a standard, desktop version of EnCompass.

POS Terminal Numbers Continue Strong Growth

Traditional POS devices continued to expand 3.9% in North America and 4.6% around the globe in 2012. With growth expected to continue at 3.6% worldwide for 2013, according to IHL Group research firm’s POS Vendor Shipments Database, the Asia/Pacific region led all regions in terms of growth, but even the economic challenges of most of the EMEA region did not completely squash growth, which came in at over 2% year over year. Additional findings show Microsoft operating systems run on over 87% of the POS terminals shipped and HP is now the second largest supplier of POS Systems worldwide, rising from the #20 position just 10 years ago. Meanwhile, the value of the North American POS Market topped $7.8 Billion for the first time in 2012.

Credit Card Chargeoffs Improve 22% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. credit card ABS chargeoffs rebounded in December after 6 months of declines while delinquencies continued decline, according to Fitch Ratings. Payments 60+ Day Delinquent dropped 10 basis points (bps) after coming to a halt for the last three months, down 1.63% to a new historical low, pushing late stage delinquencies…

Oberthur Technologies Expands NFC Solution

Oberthur Technologies has been selected by Advanced Info Service telecom operator to provide “MIFARE DESFire” secure, contactless technology embedded in an NFC SIM card. The NFC SIM card with embedded MIFARE DESFire™ technology, DragonFly, is being launched for the first time in Asia with AIS, and will enable a mobile phone to be used as an e-purse to pay for public transportation and goods in Bangkok. Service users can also directly top-up credit on their SIM card and check both their balance and transaction history using their mobile phones. This new generation of NFC SIM card, boasts increased speed, security and convenience as well as best-in-class certifications and an integrated anti-virus. The dragonFly also allows rich applications to be embarked on the SIM.

Monitise Triples Transaction Values

Monitise mobile banking, payments and commerce networks tripled the value of payments and transfers over its technology platform, live transactions and registered users in the last year, reaching an all-time high for the company in each category. The value of payments and transfers initiated via the Monitise Enterprise Platform is now more than $31bn on an annualized basis, compared with $10bn a year ago. The global Mobile Money business is handling 2bn transactions on an annualized basis, compared with 0.48bn in February 2012, underpinned by registered customers climbing to 20m from 6m in January 2012. North America is a significant market for Monitise with 10m direct registered end users. Monitise’s expertise in customizing mobile applications across a broad range of phone models and operating systems enables Visa to virtualize its existing accounts on mobile phones and offer Visa account holders globally a new array of payment types., Visa’s new wallet service for example, has been designed to take the friction out of commerce and is supported by Monitise.

Oberthur and Smart Catch Provide NFC Deployments

Oberthur Technologies security and identification solutions is now collaborating with Smart Catch International digital security service provider to offer its Trusted Service Management (TSM) services with mobile operators. Oberthur Technologies’ complete NFC offer including TSM, NFC SIM cards, mobile applications and more, already boasts several years of extensive research, development, trials and commercial launches. The NFC solutions are already deployed in over 20 countries worldwide with over 30 TSM references. Building on this expertise, Oberthur Technologies will assist Smart Catch International in delivering complete TSM functionalities to Taiwanese mobile operators and services providers, for secure deployment and management of NFC services.

MasterCard Deploys New Digital Payment Platform

MasterCard launched its “MasterPass” ‘future of digital payments,’ offering consumers a digital service to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced shopping experiences. An expansion of “PayPass Wallet Services,” “MasterPass was announced Spring of 2012 and offers checkout services to provide merchants a consistent way to accept electronic payments regardless of where the consumer may be. For in-store scenarios either at the register or in the aisle, MasterPass will support the use of NFC, QR codes, tags and mobile devices used at points of sale. It provides shoppers a simple check-out process by eliminating the need to enter detailed shipping and card information with every purchase. Consumers can securely store card information, address books and more in a secure cloud, hosted by an entity they trust.

PSCU, MasterCard Team Offer Payment Option

PSCU will offer the Mastercard “MasterPass” digital payment service to the CUSO’s nearly 700 Member-Owner credit unions, allowing shoppers to more conveniently and securely perform transactions during checkout. The “MasterPass” provides online shoppers a simple check-out process by eliminating the need to enter detailed shipping and card information with every purchase. PSCU’s future implementation phases of MasterPass may allow consumers to go beyond plastic and use an enabled device for in-store purchase transactions. Lake Trust Credit Union (Lansing, MI) has joined PSCU as a participant in testing the new digital solution.

mFoundry and MasterCard Implement Digital Wallet

mFoundry and MasterCard partnered to make MasterPass connected wallets available to mFoundry’s nearly 900 bank customers. The integration with mFoundry’s mobile banking solutions allows millions of consumers to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced shopping experiences that are as simple as a click, tap or touch – online, in-store or anywhere. mFoundry will create a digital wallet service using the MasterPass APIs to provide its customers with a MasterPass-connected wallet as part of its mobile banking platform and deliver a truly integrated mobile banking and payment solutions.

TSYS Inks Full-Service Processing Agreement

TSYS signed a long-term payments agreement with MLS Direct Network for undisclosed terms. Through its Merchant Services segment, TSYS will provide full-service payment processing services, in addition to chargeback processing, technical support, and risk management services. In 2012, MLS Direct processed $3.6 billion in credit card processing through its provider networks.

SmartStream Envisions Single Back Office Solution

SmartStream Technologies launched their latest reconciliations solution developed in response to continued customer demand to cut operational costs and duplication of feeds – with the long term view of having a single platform for back office operations. This allows for better control over each entity and the ability to confidently report to all business lines. The new SmartStream offering avoids the need for multiple systems, multiple licences and the training of employees on different systems. Regulations arising from Dodd-Frank and EMIR, place new demands for regular and in some cases, daily reconciliations of these complex instruments. SmartStream’s customers can now roll-out an industry standard model for OTC Derivatives in the fastest time available today.