MiiCard Names New Chairman & Director

miiCard online ID announced Stephen Brannan, former Director of Group Technology at RBS, will serve as Chairman and Tim Bullock, former Managing Director of Personal and Retail Finance at Lloyds TSB Asset Finance, as Non Executive Director. Together, they will drive widespread adoption of the online identity verification service in the financial services industry and beyond. Stephen Brannan has vast experience of banking technology having formerly been Director of Group Technology at RBS and more recently Director of Separation Business Services responsible for executing the division of the RBS portion from ABN AMRO. Tim Bullock is co-founder of New Wave Ventures LLP, with over 33 years of experience in banking and finance.

Over 2.5 Million MasterCard Debit Cards Issued for Social Welfare

More than 2.5 million South African Social Security Agency MasterCard debit cards have been issued to social grant recipients as part of the social grants disbursements tender which was awarded to Cash Paymaster Services (“CPS”) of Net1 UEPS Technologies. SASSA controls and manages the disbursements of 15 million social benefits to 9.2 million beneficiaries, who receive one or more of seven different social security grants on a monthly basis including: The State Old Age Pension, War Veteran Grant, Disability Grant, Child Support Grant, Foster Child Grant, Grant-in-aid and Care Dependency Grant. The biometric functionality of the payment cards identify social grant recipients using unique identifiers such as fingerprints and other personal information, which means that the payment cards cannot be used by any person other than the approved beneficiary to collect his/her grant.

Ingenico 1H/12 Up 23% Y/Y

Ingenico announced its reviewed interim financial statements for the six‐month period ended June 30, 2012. Very strong increase in H1 2012 revenue to €542.3 million, up 23% on a reported basis and 16% on a comparable basis1 Proven ability to consolidate Group margins at a high level while investing in future sources of growth Net…

INSIDE Secure Appoints Executive VP, NFC & Secure Payment

INSIDE Secure semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity appointed Pierre Garnier executive vice president, NFC and Secure Payment division. He will continue driving the NFC business of INSIDE Secure and supervise the introduction of a new range of secure payment semiconductor platforms for the future U.S. EMV market. He was most recently vice president and general manager at Texas Instruments in charge of the worldwide baseband business and worldwide wireless strategic programs.He was also chairman and CEO of Everbee Networks, a company developing systems-on-chips for personal Internet security devices. Before that, Mr. Garnier was general manager of the Alcatel Microelectronics broadband access business, which he founded and turned into a world-leading ADSL chipset maker before it was acquired by STMicroelectronics in 2002.

mopay Expands mPayments Portfolio Internationally

mopay payment solutions for online merchants deployed its large-scale network extension initiative in the Middle East & North African (MENA) region. The company’s approach is backed by superior online growth numbers, the absence of alternative payment methods and a lack of customer confidence in conventional payment methods. mopay’s MENA coverage includes Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are the leading MENA countries in terms of online users and online penetration.

Western Union Markets Prepaid Gold Card

Western Union launched its Gold Prepaid Card with VISA International and UnionBank of the Philippines. This will allow the cardholder to direct Western Union Money Transfer transactions directly onto the card by sending a text message, calling a customer-service hotline, visiting Western Union’s website or visiting a Western Union Agent location. The Western Union Gold Prepaid Card will introduce many Filipinos to the financial mainstream in a nation where, according to the World Bank, just 27 percent of adults over the age of 15 have bank accounts. In addition to remittances, cardholders can load their paychecks, government payments, their own cash and other earnings directly onto the card. It requires no minimum balance and includes a loyalty program.

Eurobank Deploys Mellon Technologies for Contactless Cards

Mellon Technologies IT integrator deployed its large-scale contactless EMV project in conjunction with Eurobank. The first contactless credit cards now available to bank customers, the EMV project allows cardholders to pay for goods of up to EUR25 with no need to enter a PIN or sign the payment slip. The biggest advantage of contactless payments is the transaction speed -by simply holding a contactless-enabled card over a reader, without entering a pin or signing a slip. While a typical card payment needs approximately 12 seconds to conclude, the contactless payment takes less than a second. Mellon Technologies cooperated with Gemalto , which Mellon represented for over 15 years.

UAE Exchange partners UNICEF For Underprivileged Children

UAE Exchange and UNICEF announced their renewed association for the cause of underprivileged children in 2012 to donate USD 100,000 to UNICEF for the cause. The contribution will be sourced from remittance transactions sent through UAE Exchange branches in UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, during the holy month of Ramadan, without levying any extra charge on the customers. UAE Exchange is a remittance and foreign exchange brand with operations across 30 countries, built over 30 years. The organization has been instrumental in aiding those affected in natural disasters and other social issues. UNICEF, with its strong presence in more than 150 countries and territories, is known for its initiatives to bring good health, education and protection to all underprivileged children across the world.

Bank Machine inks ATM deal with Shell UK

Cardtronics announced its United Kingdom subsidiary, Bank Machine, has made Shell U.K. service stations the newest additions to the company’s roster of premier retail locations. By the end of 2012 Bank Machine will install, own and operate more than 600 free-to-use ATMs at Shell U.K. company-owned sites. All Shell U.K. company-owned sites supported by Bank Machine will receive ATMs outfitted in Shell colors, and complete with on-screen marketing and receipt couponing functionality. Upon completion of the ATM installation project, Bank Machine will have consolidated multiple ATM services relationships for Shell U.K. Additionally, all Bank Machine-owned, Shell U.K.-located ATMs will be folded into Allpoint Network and its ATM locator immediately upon installation.

CitizenCard & White Eagle Intro Visa pre-paid/ID card

White Eagle deployed its photo ID, proof of age, combined with VISA Prepaid / e-wallet functionally with CitizenCard Limited. The Visa Prepaid CitizenCard offers a re-loadable prepaid card with chip and PIN security which can also be used for instant card to card payments to anyone else with a CitizenCard. The White Eagle platform allows the users of their card to manage their account 24/7 online, by SMS or IVR. The Visa Prepaid CitizenCard will be highly competitiveetitive as a standalone prepaid card, with the added benefits of being a proof of age and ID card, as well as cardholders being able to receive LEALTA discounts at over 20,000 local and national retailers across the UK.

Visa Showcases ‘Future of Payments’ at 2012 Olympics

Visa announced during the London 2012 Games it will showcase the latest payment innovations, namely payments via mobile phone and chip-enabled payment cards. During the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Visa and its partners are enabling Visa sponsored athletes, trialists, and visitors to experience the new solution. To make purchases, consumers select the Visa icon on the Samsung device and hold the phone to a contactless payment terminal to pay. The application also users to manage their spending by checking account history and balances real time. There are around 37 million Visa payWave-enabled credit, debit and prepaid cards in circulation across Europe. Contactless cards will enable visitors to the London 2012 Games to make “wave and pay” purchases at thousands of retailers. PIN or passcode is not required for purchases below £20 (limits vary by country). By the end of 2012, Visa Europe expects to have more than 50 million Visa payWave cards in circulation in Europe.