Malauzai Software mobile banking SmartApps received a $6.48 million Round C investment led by Wellington Management Company. Malauzai currently supports more than 260 banks and credit unions, making advanced mobile functionality accessible to small and mid-sized community institutions. Through these institutions, SmartApps are leveraged by more than 300,000 consumers and businesses. The company has pioneered mobile features such as Picture Pay, Debit Card Management, 4-digit pin log-in and quick view of balance and transactions without the need to sign-in.Malauzai will use the investment to continue to grow the organization and expand the functionality of its SmartApps. The company also plans to deploy more resources around marketing and sales efforts to improve market presence.
Javelin Strategy & Research released 2014 Retail Point of Sale Payment Forecast: The Mobile Payment Square-Effect and Prepaid Card Popularity Drive Cash Down by 10% report which evaluates the forecast changes in the retail POS market, tracking payments mix data from 2012 through the forecast year of 2019. Cash and paper checks dominated consumers’ wallets, with consumers using cash for smaller dollar-value transactions and selecting checks for big-ticket items. This trend has taken a dramatic turn, as consumers increasingly abandoned their traditional paper-based payments for card payments. From 2012 to 2013, cash dropped by 10% of volume of transactions, a total of $86B and is forecasted to drop further over the next six years. Cash is still the most commonly used payment option for in-store purchases, with 65% of all consumers using cash to make a purchase in the past seven days. The report details Javelin’s forecasts for total retail POS payments volume and analyzes share and transaction growth at the POS for credit cards, debit cards, cash, paper checks, prepaid cards, gift cards, and mobile proximity payments.
CashStar announced that it will join leading specialty retailer Aéropostale to help Card Not Present (CNP) Expo attendees learn about, and successfully navigate, the fastest growing trend in prepaid: the shift to digital and mobile. The CNP Expo provides a meeting place for merchants, banks, processors, anti-fraud software providers, legal experts, alternative payment providers, card networks, and others to learn how to leverage CNP payments in an increasingly multi-channel retail sales environment. CashStar Chief Risk Officer Pete Kledaras will be joined by David Libenson, vice president of financial operations at Aéropostale, and Jim Shanahan, CEO of Prepaidian. The fastest growing trend in prepaid cards is their transition from physical cards to digital and mobile currencies and marketing them for omni-channel use. Industry data shows the under-banked, teens and, increasingly, affluent consumers who don’t want the security risks associated with using a credit card, began using both open- and closed-loop prepaid cards online and on-the-go via smartphones in a big way this past holiday season.
ParTech announced that Fogo de Chão recently installed PAR POS terminals. Fogo de Chão (fo-go-de’e-shoun) is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse with 24 locations in the U.S. and 9 locations in Brazil. Fogo de Chão has selected the PAR EverServ(R) 7000 POS hardware family as the standard POS for all new store openings and replacements or upgrades at existing stores in the U.S. Fogo de Chão initially deployed the EverServ 7000 terminals for its new flagship restaurant in New York, which opened on December 19, 2013. EverServ 7200 terminals are used at the server stations and EverServ 7700 Low Profile terminals are used at the hostess station for seating guests and taking reservations.
The four major U.S. payment card networks, Visa (VS), MasterCard (MC), American Express (AX) and Discover (DS), produced a 3.2% year-on-year (Y/Y) gain in Spending Per Card (SPC) during the first quarter of 2014 (Q1/14), according to CardData.
Citi launched its Mobile Snapshot, allowing customers to view deposit and credit card balances and recent transactions without having to log into their accounts. This follows a successful beta test conducted with customers over the past three months. Citi banking and credit card customers who choose to enroll in Citi Mobile Snapshot will have instant access to their basic account information. The new feature will help enrolled banking and credit card customers monitor their accounts on-the-go by displaying balances and the 15 most recent transactions without requiring a log-in every time. The introduction of Citi Mobile Snapshot feature is part of the complete redesign of the Citi Mobile app launched earlier this year. The new app, enabled for iPhone® and Android™ devices, provides U.S. banking and credit card customers with new and enhanced mobile account management capabilities.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Logic PD engineers and designers addressed this real world challenge and uncovered new insights on how the Internet of Things (IoT) technology can help improve people’s lives during the Logic PD ACME-thon held in late April. The solution, a multi-modal security platform for card purchases, uses NFC authentication combined with camera…
ULUL is pleased to announce the qualification by GlobalPlatform of two new Collis Compliance Test Suites: GlobalPlatform SE Access Control Card and GlobalPlatform SE Configuration, which further enhances UL’s compliance test suite portfolio. The Collis Compliance Test Suite for GlobalPlatform Secure Element (SE) Configuration implements the official test plan developed for the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program. The test suite ensures the compliance of a Secure Element that implements the GlobalPlatform Card Secure Element Configuration specification which is based on GlobalPlatform Card version 2.2.1 technology. The Collis Compliance Test Suite for GlobalPlatform Secure Element (SE) Access Control Card Configuration implements the official test plan developed for the GlobalPlatform Compliance Program. The test suite ensures the compliance of an ARA-M applet on a Secure Element that implements the GlobalPlatform Access Control specification.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Target first quarter net earnings of $418 million, with adjusted earnings per share down 13.9%. To improve performance, Target has made changes to the management team and are investing additional resources to drive U.S. traffic and sales, improve Canadian operations and advance ongoing digital transformation. The Company is projecting a 2Q/14…
Fiserv and the University of Connecticut School of Business announced that Fiserv is participating in the university’s Financial Accelerator Program to help educate students and foster innovation. UConn MBA students are now collaborating with area business leaders from Fiserv and two of its clients, the Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock Federal Credit Union, to explore how financial institutions can attract and serve Gen Y consumers using state-of-the-art banking technology. This also introduces UConn MBA students to the DNA™ account processing platform from Fiserv. DNA is a modern, enterprise-wide software platform that is relied upon by hundreds of banks and credit unions, including Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock FCU, for transaction processing, data management and customer relationship management. DNA offers a unique development toolkit – DNAcreator™ – that allows users to create seamlessly integrated applications called DNAapps™ that extend the platform in new and powerful ways. At the conclusion of the Financial Accelerator Program, UConn students will present a business case for creating a new DNAapp that DNA users like Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock FCU can use to enhance the millennial banking experience.
American Eagle Credit Union is the first credit union in Missouri to deploy NCR’s new interactive, remote video technology to deliver personal teller services to its members. This offers members live video interaction. The NCR Interactive Teller lets the credit union offer members the benefits of the personal service experience of a branch via a drive-up unit. Interactive Teller acts as a “virtual teller window”, giving members the ability to make transactions as they would inside the branch such as withdrawals, deposits and payments, transfers, and check cashing. The new technology will lower processing costs and provide faster transactions. One service representative can attend to as many four machines at multiple branch locations, enabling the employees at those locations to focus on in-branch member connections.
The FIDO Alliance, an industry consortium revolutionizing online authentication with standards for strong authentication, announced that Visa, the global payments technology company, has joined. With this, Visa been appointed to the Board of Directors. Also, Visa Europe will join the alliance as a sponsor member and will be represented on the board by Visa Inc. FIDO Alliance members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and private, and easier-to-use. FIDO specifications will support a full range of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint, eye and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as further enabling existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), USB Security Tokens, embedded Secure Elements (eSE), Smart Cards, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and NFC.