American Express kicked off its #PassionProject, bringing together experts, how-to advice, personal profiles and a monthly contest to inspire consumers to pursue the projects that are important and meaningful to their lives. The program reflects the findings of the recent American Express LifeTwist study, revealing that Americans now believe success is no longer rooted in a sense of arrival, but defined primarily by the experiences they accumulate, detours they embrace and passions they pursue throughout their lifetime. American Express has been synonymous with success and the successful for much of its 163-year history, and its products and services have changed over time to reflect consumer attitudes towards achievement. The new program, launching on YouTube, shines a light on Members of the #PassionProject through profile and how-to “do-torial” videos of people who are making an impact in large and small ways. Each feature is designed to motivate, educate and inspire consumers to pursue their own passion projects. Individuals who have a specific project in mind can share their passion project and vie for one of ten $2,000 awards, sharing at youtube.com/americanexpress.
NCR announced Dunkin’ Donuts deployed its high-definition “Vitalcast” digital signage solution at locations across the United States. Dunkin’ Donuts will leverage the state-of-the-art digital signage solution to bring its popular food and beverages to life with visually compelling animations and messaging similar to the brand’s iconic advertising. The NCR Vitalcast digital signage has been installed in approximately 400 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants with more than 2,000 restaurants anticipated to transition from static menu boards to digital signage by year-end. This will provide Dunkin Donuts restaurants the opportunity to showcase a wider variety of food and beverages with high resolution product shots and video to enhance the overall guest experience. The digital signage solution will also make it easier and cost effective to update information in real-time, feature new and limited time products, and display nutritional information.
The Western Union Company and the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) announced an alliance to help identify and prevent the sale of counterfeit goods through the IACC Payment Processor Portal Program. A collaborative effort between the IACC and the payment industry, the Payment Processor Portal provides a system for intellectual property rights-holders, such as manufacturers of luxury goods, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products, to report the sale of illegal counterfeit goods. Once the IACC verifies a merchant claim, a third-party monitoring agent alerts affected payment processors, like Western Union, enabling them to take necessary actions. This service will assist Western Union in identifying rogue merchants who sell counterfeit materials and who encourage buyers to send payments using Western Union Money Transfer® services.
Fiserv announced that Navigant Credit Union selected its DNA account processing platform from Open Solutions, now part of Fiserv, to better serve its 62,000 members. DNA from Fiserv is the first open, relationship-centered core banking platform built for global collaboration, offering a 24/7 continuous, real-time platform that employs a relational data model designed around the person, not the transaction, so Navigant staff can securely view complete profiles of their retail and commercial customers by person, product or account. Navigant can easily enhance DNA with solutions from Fiserv, third-party partners and applications developed by other DNA clients. The credit union will have access to the DNAcreator™ development toolkit, which allows the credit union’s technical staff to create and sell custom core extensions called DNAapps™ to other financial institutions via the DNAappstore™ — the first online marketplace for core innovation and collaboration through shared custom applications.
In an effort to further improve P2P payments, Computer Services introduced its Social Payments Instant Network (SPIN), which enables banks to provide customers with more direct P2P payment functionality through the company’s mobile and Internet banking applications. CSI’s SPIN eliminates the delay in availability for the receiver, allowing funds to clear in a matter of minutes. This not only means the consumer receives funds faster, but it also leads to a more satisfied banking customer overall. As a component of CSI’s Internet or mobile banking platform, SPIN’s P2P payments technology requires only the 16-digit, fully encrypted debit card number to send payment to any Visa cardholder, which improves adoption among banking customers looking for a quicker transaction process.
Self-Service Networks introduced the first bundled gift card and automated selling application designed for shopping malls. GiftWise+ delivers Self-Service Networks’ proprietary kiosk; mall-branded, open-loop gift card; credit card payments processing and all required back-end services including funds settlement, reconciliation and regulatory compliance in a single product. In the past, malls contracted with multiple vendors and invested significant staff time away from their core business to administer gift cards. Some shopping centers have eliminated customer service centers due to budget cuts which also eliminated or reduced labor needed to sell gift cards.
Cubic Transportation Systems payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions, announced that the latest version of their Cubic Payment Application (CPA 3.0) has been successfully “Validated According to PA-DSS v2.0” by the PCI Security Standards Council, and is listed as “Acceptable for New Deployments” on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) website. CPA 3.0 is architected to provide optimum performance for securely processing legacy closed-loop payments (such as agency issued transit smartcards) as well as emerging forms of payment including open-loop (bank-issued contactless cards), mobile and EMV payments.
PCI compliance mandates for South Carolina merchants and service providers require implementing comprehensive measures, such as developing policies, procedures, while also adhering to PCI mandated best practices. NDB Advisory, with years of experience in assisting companies with compliance mandates, has just launched comprehensive services aimed at assisting South Carolina businesses with the ever-growing PCI provisions. NDB now offers comprehensive PCI DSS services for South Carolina businesses. NDB Advisory, with years of experience in assisting companies with compliance mandates, has just launched comprehensive services aimed at assisting South Carolina businesses with the ever-growing PCI provisions. Services include PCI DSS Readiness Assessments and Gap Analysis findings and Vulnerability scans.
OpSource, the SaaS delivery experts, has announced Level One compliance with PCI DSS through Trustwave information security and compliance management solutions. Through its Level One PCI DSS compliance validation, OpSource can support any on-line application, regardless of the volume of credit card information stored, processed, or transmitted. This level of compliance validation is required of any service provider supporting customers storing, processing, or transmitting an aggregate of greater than one million transactions or accounts per year. Effectively, OpSource met the 12 requirements in building and maintaining a secure network, protecting cardholder data, maintaining a vulnerability management program and maintaining an information security policy.
Three leading payment technology companies have combined specialties to produce an award-winning payment solution. Praxell, a prepaid card program manager; card marketing and production partner Arroweye Solutions, Inc.; and secure payment and ID solution provider ABnote have combined their capabilities to produce and fulfill an award-winning, first-ever combination municipal identification and banking card. The card program, developed by SF Global for the City of Oakland, California offers a secure identification and banking solution to the unbanked community. Arroweye’s patented digital on-demand technology enables the high level of customization required to produce each individual card, which includes a photo ID and other personal identification information. ABnote manufactures secure cards which are very effective against reproduction and tampering, like the technology used on other ID documents such as a driver’s license and a national ID.
First Data Corporation introduced the next phase of “Pogo>,” a mobile payment solution for the small business and emerging merchant community in the U.S. The “Pogo>” solution is a business-grade solution that enables credit, signature debit and cash acceptance anywhere in the U.S. the merchant has wireless coverage. It allows a merchant to combine a web-enabled smartphone or tablet with a mobile application and secure mobile card reader to create a POS device that leverages First Data’s proven technology, infrastructure and broad distribution channel including relationships with financial institutions and others. According to the Aite Group, 50 percent of merchants claim they would not shift to a non-bank service provider1, suggesting many merchants prefer working with a trusted bank partner for their end-to-end financial needs.
HyperWallet global payment solutions made available 5 new payment destinations and services. This new payments availability enhances hyperWALLET’s global coverage to now include 59 countries / territories for direct-to-bank account transfers, and 29 supported currencies. Going forward, hyperWALLET plans to further expand its international payment network by adding Thailand, Malaysia, Pacific Islands, Colombia, Chile and Nigeria in the near future.