VeriFone Systems announced its “Way2ride” mobile app that allows New York City taxi passengers to get in, tap, and get out the moment their ride is over. The “Way2ride” is available for iOS and Android smartphones, makes the taxi experience faster and easier for New Yorkers and business travelers by enabling riders to pre-load payment information and preferred tip amounts. Once inside the cab, passengers can pay at any time with a tap of their phone. At the end of the trip, riders can simply get out of the taxi and get on with their day. Digital receipts are stored in the app and accessible at Way2ride.com for easy tagging and expensing of business trips. After the New York launch, VeriFone will be expanding Way2ride acceptance throughout its network of more than 70,000 payment-enabled taxis worldwide. Way2ride uses VeriFone’s patented Zoosh sound-based technology to check passengers into their ride, allowing for secure transmission of payment information through the cloud.
The PCI Security Standards Council published PCI Data Security Standard and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) 3.0 Change Highlights as a preview of the new version of the standards coming in November 2013. The changes will help companies make PCI DSS part of their business-as-usual activities by introducing more flexibility, and an increased focus on education, awareness and security as a shared responsibility. The seven-page document is part of the Council’s commitment to provide as much information as possible during the development process and eliminate any perceived surprises for organizations in their PCI security planning. Specifically, the summary will help PCI Participating Organizations and the assessment community as they prepare to review and discuss draft versions of the standards at the 2013 Community Meetings in September and October.
Seamless payment solution for mobile telephones, SEQR, is to be launched for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and will be integrated with Windows Phone Wallet. Seamless was founded in 2001 in Sweden, and now has a presence in around 30 countries. The launch of SEQR on Windows platforms is strategically important in order to consolidate the position of Seamless as the leader for mobile payments. SEQR will be implemented in Microsoft’s app-stores, Windows Store and Windows Phone Store in all Seamless markets in 2013.
PSI-Pay e-wallet and payment card issuer announced its contactless payments with its cards in conjunction with MasterCard’s PayPass functionality. PayPass allows PSI-Pay cardholders to make purchases for under $20.00 by tapping the MasterCard or Maestro-enabled card or device over a reader. MasterCard’s PayPass technology is integrated with layers of protection to help prevent unauthorised purchases and contactless payments can be made via cards, and enabled wristbands and watches. Contactless payments are made using a unique encrypted code to secure data and safeguards are also in place to bill only one in case a user taps their card or device more than once by mistake.
Commerce Bank is offering a Visa Signature Rewards credit card to alumni and friends of Southern Methodist University (SMU). The card offers high reward point values and unlimited earnings, as well as no annual fee. Cardholders are able to redeem points for cash, gift cards, merchandise, or travel. Additional Signature rewards and benefits include 24/7 concierge service, exclusive perks, such as special offers on travel, sports, and entertainment, and the Visa Zero Liability coverage. SMU has a current enrollment of more than 11,000 students and an alumni network of more than 100,000 graduates. The SMU Visa Signature card is accepted anywhere Visa cards are accepted.
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Discover Financial Services introduced Discover Home Equity Loans to bridge the gap between its personal loan and home loan products. Originated by Discover Bank, Discover Home Equity Loans offer homeowners the opportunity to simplify their finances, supporting home improvement projects, paying for major expenses, or consolidating debt into a single, fixed monthly payment. Discover assigns each homeowner to a Personal Banker to guide them through the entire process while giving them options to suit their specific financial needs. Homeowners have the ability to select from four payment terms and lock in at a competitive interest rate. Discover’s growing suite of direct banking products includes credit cards, home loans, private student loans and personal loans, as well as checking, savings and money market accounts.
Harland Financial Solutions has announced six new eBill Presentment & Payment deals for June 2013. eBill Presentment & Payment is Harland Financial Solutions’ electronic bill presentment and payment solution for small- to mid-sized billers. eBill Presentment & Payment will enable these financial institutions to offer their small- to mid-size business customers the ability to transform paper-based bills to smarter, more efficient and environmentally-friendly electronic bills that may be paid via online ACH, debit or credit card transactions.
Fundtech transaction banking solutions announced First Bank has gone live with CASHplus Version 3.8. The turnkey cash management platform enables First Bank to deliver a scalable, flexible and customizable solution to the bank’s corporate customers. CASHplus provides regional and national U.S. banks with greater operational control and lower costs by centralizing and consolidating cash management on a single platform. First Bank implemented CASHplus Version 3.8 to extend new capabilities to the bank’s small business, mid-sized and large corporate customers. Features include multi-layered security, multi-browser support and enhanced entry screen layouts that even further improve usability.
NorsePayments appointed Marnie Keller VP, Sales and Marketing. Bringing a wealth of experience in developing sales, marketing and branding strategies for new and existing financial products, she will help to drive sales of future and current solutions, including its flagship nGate payment processing gateway. Other key product lines are eCommerceShield, which protects merchants from e-commerce fraud with three-layer security, and InstantAccept, a breakthrough in helping merchants sync their payment processing with Quickbooks recordkeeping. Keller also will apply her experience in channel sales, partnership development, brand strategy and marketing communications. She was previously VP, Relationship Management and Channel Development for Quatrro Processing Services (QPS), where she developed the channel sales program and pursued partnerships with technology solution providers for the Risk Management and Fraud division.
Travelex joined MasterCard and Access Prepaid to introduce a new tool for international travelers with the launch of the new Multi-Currency Cash Passport Prepaid MasterCard. The new travel money card is the first of its kind available in the U.S. and can carry up to five foreign currencies simultaneously. The Multi-Currency Cash Passport is sold exclusively at www.travelex.com and more than 200 Travelex stores throughout the U.S, including locations in most major airports, cities and key tourist areas. Money can be seamlessly reloaded to the card online or in Travelex stores as needed (subject to card limits). Funds can also be transferred from one currency to another, particularly beneficial to multi-destination travelers.
Diebold, Incorporated (DBD) and Cash Transactions LLC (CashTrans), a Diebold certified dealer, are helping LGE Community Credit Union transform its branches into efficient environments that combine self-service and personal interactions. The Georgia credit union’s new Roswell-based branch, scheduled to open later this year, will feature four banking stations equipped with customized Opteva automated teller machines (ATMs) and a collaboration area where LGE representatives can interact with members. LGE is working with CashTrans to install Diebold RemoteTeller™ Systems at several branches and allows members to complete teller-like, envelope-free cash and check deposits.