NCR APTRA Interactive Video ATM

North Shore Bank is the first financial institution in Wisconsin to serve customers with video teller ATMs, the bank and NCR Corporation announced today. The technology, in place at North Shore Bank’s newest branch, allows for extended service hours – a 30 percent increase over former banking hours – and a friendly and efficient customer experience. APTRA Interactive Teller and it is the only ATM-based technology that not only lets people talk to a live remote teller, but also gives the teller remote control over the machine to conduct transactions.

Oink Payments Service Implements WorldPay US Payment Platform

Virtual Piggy safe youth payments technology, Oink, announced that it has teamed with WorldPay US to increase its strategic 2014 merchant acquisition plans within the teen market. The WorldPay payment processing platform is used for in-person credit and debit transactions, online and mobile payments. Oink’s relationship with WorldPay will bring the safe youth payments technology to the WorldPay merchant network and facilitate integrations into teen focused retail websites and shops. Oink is the only COPPA-compliant payment technology designed to allow retailers and game publishers to reach under 21 consumers in a safe, legal and effective manner.

CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY FEES TREND SOFTENS, AS PREDICTED

R.K. Hammer, in this 3rd of their annual series of year-end card industry reports, indicates that the card business saw a fee income decrease of $2.6 billion in 2013, compared to 2012; $79.9 billion vs. $82.5 billion a year earlier. New regulations and legislation continues to have an impact. Post-recession card fees have been fairly flat for the past five years, according to R.K. Hammer…

GlobalPlatform Names Fresh Board of Directors

GlobalPlatform announced its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2014*, following annual elections for six of the eleven Board seats. Individual members to serve as Board Officers for a one-year term have also been confirmed, as well as the appointment of a new Mobile Task Force Chair. Marc Kekicheff – Senior Business Leader of Chip Innovation at Visa Inc. retains his position as Chairman. Uwe Wittig – Group Vice-President within the Mobile Security Business Unit at Giesecke & Devrient continues as GlobalPlatform Vice-Chairman; and Yves Moulart – Director of Development and Innovation within STMicroelectronics’ Secure MCUs Division, Integrated Secure Solutions, is again confirmed as GlobalPlatform’s Secretary / Treasurer. First-year members to serve a two-year term include Yves Moulart, Simon Moore, Solutions Architect – ARM, Rémi de Fouchier, Vice-President, Marketing Communication – Gemalto, Arnaud du Chéné, Vice President, Head of Product Quality within Global Chip & Contactless Solutions – MasterCard Worldwide and Sebastian Hans, Senior Standardization Manager – Oracle. Additionally, Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer at Trustonic was elected to serve a one-year term.

American Express 4Q EPS Rises

American Express Company reported 4Q net income of $1.3 billion, up from $637 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per share rose to $1.21, from $0.56 a year ago. Excluding expenses associated with the merchant litigation settlement agreement announced in late December, fourth-quarter adjusted net income was $1.3 billion, or $1.25 per share. U.S. Card Services reported 4Q net income of $864 million, up from $423 million while International Card Services reported 4Q net income of $103 million, up 8 percent from $95 million a year ago. Total revenues net of interest expense increased 8% for U.S. Card Services and 2% for International Card Services.

TSYS Announces Authorization Controls

TSYS announced plans today to release TSYS Authorization ControlsSM ” a new product that enables credit and debit cardholders to turn their account “on” or “off” from any user interface. This innovative product can be integrated with existing mobile and other online customer service tools, and will help financial institutions empower their consumers to manage their own account preferences, reduce fraud and build customer loyalty. According to the recent TSYS 2013 Consumer Payment Choice Study, more than half of consumers stated they would be “Interested” in using their phone to temporarily allow or block transactions on their card.

NRF Asks Appeals Court to Uphold Lower Swipe Fee Cap

The National Retail Federation today asked an appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that the Federal Reserve set its cap on debit card swipe fees far higher than intended by Congress and that the cap needs to be recalculated at a lower level. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hold a hearing in Washington this morning on the Fed’s challenge of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s July ruling that the 21-cent cap that took effect in 2011 was too high. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by NRF and other groups.

Wallaby Certified by PCI

Wallaby announced its official certification by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council, making Wallaby the first and only credit card optimization solution to receive PCI certification. The certification reflects Wallaby’s full compliance with PCI standards for the security of cardholder data. The report commended Wallaby for its effective implementation of information security policies and processes.

Acculynk Seeks PIN-Based Patent

Acculynk announced that the European Patent Office granted Acculynk patent protection for the company’s propriety process for PIN based authentication over the Internet. The patent protects the mechanisms and processes behind Acculynk’s innovative PaySecure® product, a software-only service that allows consumers to pay for online purchases with their debit card and bank-issued PIN. Acculynk is the only global payment gateway that brings e-Commerce merchants PIN authenticated payments for debit or credit cards across some of the largest markets in the world. Currently the PaySecure solution is supported in 3 of the 5 largest PIN debit markets: USA, India and China. Globally Acculynk supports over two billion bank issued cards in its network.

First Professional Sports Team to Accept Bitcoin

The Sacramento Kings announced they will become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin, a popular online currency. The bitcoin purchases will be processed through BitPay. Since purchasing the Kings earlier this year, majority team owner Vivek Ranadivé has directed a business philosophy coined “NBA 3.0,” which focuses on investments in technology, globalization and deep community partnerships. The BitPay relationship marks another manifestation of the 3.0 philosophy in Sacramento.

Computop Launches Updated Payment Platform

Computop PSP made available its Computop Paygate 6.0. This latest version of the company’s multichannel global payment platform offers new features and functionality that make it even easier and faster for merchants to conduct business both domestically and internationally, and is fully SEPA enabled in preparation for the pan-European payment harmonization initiative due to go live in February and August 2014. The release of Computop Paygate 6.0 extends yet further the choice of international and domestic alternative payment and processing methods available to support consumer preferences. Paygate 6.0 sees Computop significantly extend its local market presence in a number of key global territories.