BlueSnap Releases BuyNow2

BlueSnap released BuyNow2, the next generation of hosted checkout pages that make it easy for merchants to sell their products in 180 countries, serving up localized pages in 29 languages, with 60 currencies and 110 payment types on any device. Unlike other payment solutions that place the burden of development on merchants, the pre-configured BuyNow2 checkout provides dynamically localized pages, A/B testing capabilities and instant PCI compliance, helping merchants serve customers and easily convert more shoppers to buyers worldwide.

NFC Forum Announces Software Developer Conference

The NFC Forum will hold a special event for software developers on March 21 in from all industries to discover where NFC technology and the “Internet of Things” are headed in 2014. The “Spotlight for Developers” brings together top names in mobile devices, consumer electronics, software, and wireless technology. The event showcases NFC integration in innovative new products, services, vertical markets, and software, leading to valuable new opportunities for developers. Presenters are leading authorities on smartphone platforms, including Android™, Blackberry® 10 OS, and Windows Phone. NFC in Action – a look at how NFC technology is currently improving the lives of consumers — and the bottom lines of businesses — across several industries, such as air travel & transportation, consumer electronics, and health care.

TSYS Increases Investment in Central Payment JV

TSYS announced that it has increased its stake in its Central Payment Joint Venture (CPay) from 60 percent to 75 percent. Central Payment founders Matt and Zach Hyman have committed to lead the company as Co-Managing Directors for an additional three years. Central Payment is a direct merchant acquirer servicing small- to medium-sized merchants through an Independent Sales Agent (ISA) model. Founded in 2005, Central Payment focuses on merchants in the restaurant, personal services and retail sectors. In 2012, Central Payment was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States by Inc. magazine for the fourth consecutive year.

ABnote Partners SimplyTapp on Host Card Emulation

ABnote, a leading global card manufacturer and provider of NFC and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) based solutions, announced it will integrate its existing TSM service with SimplyTapp’s Host Card Emulation (HCE) platform, creating the payment industry’s broadest offering of secure, cloud-based NFC solutions. The combined service will be hosted securely within ABnote’s certified global network of data centers, and will support both standard Secure Element (SE) cloud implementations and token based solutions. This service represents the first of its kind, allowing traditional retailers and financial institutions to compete through innovation with companies such as PayPal and Stripe. The combined HCE offering will be launched on April 1, 2014. The solution represents a two for one solution for financial institutions and retailers’ closed loop, decoupled debit, and open loop p payments. This will allow them to move into a more secure model than magnetic stripe, and at the same time satisfy mobile payment initiatives; all while leveraging existing infrastructure.

U.S. DEBIT CARDS 2013

The U.S. debit card market is slowly rebounding from the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, Walmart-inspired anti-trust litigation and retailer steering to PIN debit, which severely cut debit card processing fees. In 2013, U.S. debit card gross dollar volume (GDV) increased 6.9% as Visa and MasterCard, combined, racked up $2.25 trillion in the U.S. debit card market.

Diebold Announces Latest Client to Upgrade ATMs to Windows 7

Diebold will upgrade First Federal Bank of Louisiana’s Opteva automated teller machines (ATMs) to run on the Windows 7 operating system. The upgrade, along with Diebold’s installation of Agilis 3 software and new Encrypting PIN Pads (EPPs) on the bank’s ATMs, will help the bank comply with the latest PCI PTS version 3.1 security requirements. The bank is migrating all of its ATMs to Windows 7 to comply with PCI requirements for maintaining up-to-date security patches and avoid the need for additional compensating controls or custom XP support. First Federal Bank of Louisiana’s fleet includes 22 Diebold ATMs, most of which feature deposit automation technology for envelope-free check deposits. Diebold will replace two outdated terminals with new Opteva ATMs and update operating systems, software and hardware on the other terminals.

ACI Strengthens UnionPay Payments

ACI Worldwide announced strengthened support for UnionPay with the ACI Interchange. This opens up new markets for financial institutions and processors by enabling support for UnionPay transactions while extending infrastructure options to include IBM System p AIX. UnionPay has issued more than 3.5 billion cards worldwide and it is projected to continue its significant growth. UnionPay cards are accepted in more than 140 countries and its growth presents a significant opportunity for financial institutions and processors facing revenue pressures or wanting to extend their commercial offerings with a growing brand. ACI Interchange already supports incoming and outgoing clearing and settlement processes for transactions underpinned by EMV and magnetic stripe payment cards for the major international schemes; this has now been extended to include UnionPay.

Heartland Commen on College Debit Card Report

Heartland Campus Solutions ECSI, a division of Heartland Payment Systems and a leading provider of solutions for over 2,000 colleges and universities, commented today on the February 2014 U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) report: “COLLEGE DEBIT CARDS: Actions Needed to Address ATM Access, Student Choice, and Transparency.” College debit and prepaid cards allow students to receive tuition refunds from federal student aid and other payments on a card. According to the GAO Report, while college cards can be convenient for students and offer cost savings and efficiencies for schools, concerns exist when it comes to fees, ATM access and neutrality. Among other findings, the GAO reports that some college debit and prepaid card providers charge fees for debit card usage, make it difficult for students to transfer funds to their own bank account, and that some schools receive payments from card providers based on the number of card accounts opened, leading to a call for increased transparency.

American Express Names Top Tech Execs

American Express Company announces two key appointments in its global Technology organization: Brian Saluzzo, as Senior Vice President, Global Infrastructure; and Nik Sathe, as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), both reporting to Marc D. Gordon, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. The appointments were effective in late 2013. In his new role as global head of technology infrastructure, Mr. Saluzzo oversees end-to-end product management, operational support, and infrastructure risk management, including data center, cloud, and end user technologies. He has oversight for vendor management supporting infrastructure, as well as joint oversight of the company’s IT-related supplier sourcing. He is a member of the Technology Executive Team and serves on the company’s Global Management Team. Mr. Saluzzo most recently served at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Technology Infrastructure, leading data strategies for the firm, including big data, storage tiering, infrastructure risk management, mobile/bring-your-own-device and workplace infrastructure design. He began his career at NCR Corporation (then a division of AT&T). He holds dual degrees in computer science and mathematics from the State University of New York’s College at Geneseo, where he remains active on the board of the Geneseo Foundation.

Evolution1 Contributes to ABA Conference for Community Bankers

Evolution1 presence at the ABA National Conference for Community Bankers demonstrates the company’s continued leadership in the banking industry. Brantner will share how banks can drive new sources of income – while reaping the benefits of a new fee-based income revenue stream – through a diversified and expanded product and service offering that includes healthcare payment and healthcare account solutions. Attendees will learn how to add value to their commercial clients through a complete and convenient solution for offering consumer-driven healthcare accounts for their employees. Evolution1 serves financial institutions, third-party administrators, health plans, and software providers across the country, providing healthcare and other reimbursement account services to more than 90,000 employers and more than 10,000,000 consumers.

ID TECH Releases SmartPIN B100

ID TECH is proud to announce the release of their PCI 3.x certified modular PIN entry device, the SmartPIN B100. The SmartPIN B100 is designed for outdoor unattended POS operations such as at ATMs, fuel dispensers, kiosks, vending machines, and other POS systems that accept credit and debit payments. With its robust, waterproof, and vandal preventive structure, merchants and consumers can be confident that SmartPIN B100’s tamper resistant architecture will protect any financial data from being compromised.