Raet Payroll and Equens partner for SEPA transition

Raet HR and payroll services in the IT industry and payment processor Equens SE partnered to ensure efficient transition to SEPA, piloting a test for the smooth processing of transfer orders in accordance with SEPA standards. This will represent Netherlands companies as ready before the scheduled end dates, for the submission and processing of the new European payment products. Both Raet and Equens have noted that organisations are not developing sufficient activities to ensure that they will be ready in time for the implementation of European payments. This service is characterised by a high level of reliability, speed and efficiency for current payments, only has to submit a single file to Equens and payments are transmitted via one interface and one secure connection.

SelectCore Expands Across the Pond and Beyond

SelectCore prepaid telecom and financial services transaction processor for the unbanked consumer market now has plans to expand to the Middle East market, pursuing transaction processing and licensing partnerships for its proprietary “PrepaidONE POSA” solution and mobile remittance platform. The Company’s expansion efforts will be led by Mohammad Abu-Leil who has accepted the new role as Executive Vice President of International Business Development and will oversee operations in the new Jordan-based offices. He will continue to manage key Distribution accounts in Canada and will be responsible for future expansion into other international markets. SelectCore transaction processing and POS solutions for the prepaid telecom market and financial services sector concentrates on prepaid mobile top-up to stored-value cards for the millions of underbanked and credit-challenged consumers through its retail distribution network across Canada and the United States.

Wincor-Nixdorf to Install 840 Halkbank ATMs

Wincor Nixdorf received an order from Halkbank whereby it will supply and install 840 multifunctional ATMs equipped with cash deposit modules (CDM). Additional features include automated cash deposits and cutting-edge security technology. The full deployment should be complete by the end of 2011 to increase its self-service estate to a total of 2300 systems. In order to relieve bank staff of routine tasks and offer customers 24/7 service, Turkish banks equip their self-service systems with a wide range of additional functions.

Datapipe to Deliver Lotaris Secure Service Delivery

Lotaris has selected Datapipe to provide PCI DSS Level 1 Compliant hosting for its Licensed Mobile Environment (LME). Datapipe has worked with Lotaris to implement a very flexible and scalable, hybrid solution deploying dedicated machines, community and private cloud infrastructure. The Lotaris LME is a technology platform that enables effective distribution and management of licensing in multiple, evolving channels and protects online services and securely enforces licensing terms for these services. Lotaris was able to maximize its investment in a second location by deploying infrastructure into Datapipe’s Hong Kong and San Jose, California sites as active-active-nodes.

Visa Europe Introduces tactile cards for partially-sighted

Visa Europe in conjunction with Oberthur Technologies has developed a new card feature for blind and partially sighted to identify their Visa debit, credit and prepaid cards more easily to improve ease of card use for the nearly 2 million blind or partially sighted in the UK. Card issuers will now have the opportunity to offer a Visa card with a tactile mark – a clear raised varnish key line around the Visa Brand Mark – that enables blind or partially sighted people to distinguish their debit or credit card more easily from other cards in their wallets and aid positioning in payment terminals. With this, card issuers will also be able to introduce other design related elements on the card surface, enhancing the users’ identification of individual cards.

JUNE CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY UP 4% M/M, 1H/11 FILINGS DOWN 6%

June 2011 filings interrupted the downward trend in consumer bankruptcies, having jumped 4% from the May 2011 consumer bankruptcy total of 114,803 filings to 119,768, 5% greater than the year ago figure of 126,270 filings. Chapter 13 filings, meanwhile, also surged slightly 1% from the May figure to 28% in June. However, for the entire first half of the year, U.S. consumer bankruptcy filings painted a different picture, dropping 8% from the year ago figure to 709,303 since January 2011, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), relying on data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center (NBKRC). The ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency.

UniCredit Implements Gemalto M-Payment Contactless Sticker

UniCredit Slovakia implemented Gemalto digital security to provide “Optelio” contactless stickers for its first commercial mobile payment deployment. The first to market with a contactless debit payment service in Slovakia, the UniCredit Group footprint expands to 22 countries and an overall global network embracing approximately 50 markets through over 9,600 branches. The Optelio contactless sticker has achieved MasterCard certification, complements a full set of Gemalto services already available for mobile payment and is a microprocessor-based secure personal device that provides a compatibility solution to enable contactless functionality for handsets that don’t have contactless features built-in. Customers will be able to use the contactless feature on payments under EUR 20, while larger amount transactions will require a PIN code by attaching the sticker to their phone.

Datapipe Sponsors PCI London 2011

Datapipe managed services and infrastructure for IT and cloud computing will sponsor PCI London 2011 forum for sharing strategic, operational and technical knowledge on how best to reduce the risks to cardholder data and meet compliance requirements. Datapipe will address the business challenges and implementation of a secure mobile payment platform, in particular those Lotaris and similar companies faced who are expanding rapidly and require managed IT solutions in the cloud that are elastic and robust enough to grow with business requirements while still meeting compliance requirements. Datapipe worked with Lotaris to implement a hybrid solution deploying dedicated machines, community and private cloud infrastructure.

ProPay Appoints New President, COO

Greg Pesci has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer with ProPay merchant services, payment security, credit card processing, and mobile payment services. Having served as ProPay’s Chief Operating Officer over the past two years, Pesci continued to grow revenues in a down economy and has substantially increased its earnings and initiated key steps in global payment strategy and secure social mobile payments strategy (Social M-Payments)”a new technology that was the First Place Winner of the 2011 ETA Technology Showcase Challenge. He brings to the role more than 12 years’ total experience in the financial institution and payments arena after having served as Associate General Counsel and Senior VP, Product Development for Merrick Bank Corporation and Counsel in the Patent Division for Procter & Gamble.

Chase Sapphire Launches Five-City Golf Experience Program

Chase Card Services announced the Chase Sapphire 2011 Golf Experience Program for Chase Sapphire cardmembers, hosted by champion professional golfer Stewart Cink. Through Chase Ultimate Rewards, Chase Sapphire cardmembers have the opportunity to participate in unique golf experiences with Cink using their credit card rewards points. Cardmember experience packages include a walking clinic with Cink, swing analysis using V1 Golf video technology, advice from professional Callaway golf instructors, rounds of golf at some of America’s most prestigious courses and a chance to challenge Cink in a “closest to pin” contest. They are to take place in Dallas; Philadelphia; Chicago; Atlanta; and Los Angeles. Cink won the British Open (2009), finished in the top three in each of the other three Major championships (The Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship) and notched six wins on the PGA TOUR.

Discover Spending Monitor Locks Brakes, Plummets

Consumer sentiment saw its largest one-month drop ever in June on the Discover U.S. Spending Monitor by 4.4 points to 85.1 from the May figure of 89.5. The daily poll of 8,200 consumers is reflective of the worst recorded since July 2009 and comes after few months of little change in consumer confidence. With this, over 60% of U.S. adults rated the economy as poor- up nearly 4 percentage points from May-while 56% say the economy is getting worse, a jump of nearly 5 percentage points from those who had that view in May and 51% say their personal finances are worsening, up from 48% the previous month. In June, nearly 59% of Americans who are at least 65 years old said the economy is getting worse, compared to just more than 47% of that group who felt that way the month earlier, while more than 56% of this age group say that their personal finances are worsening, up from just less than 52% the month before. The Monitor also reported an increase in the number of consumers who expect to have money left over after paying monthly bills at 47%, compared to 45.7% in May.