Spire Payments appointed Kamran Yazdanjoo Head of Global Product Development. Kamran brings to the role over 25 years’ experience and will be responsible for co-ordinating development activities in Spain, England, Scotland, Hong Kong and Russia, and spearheading the delivery of platforms and applications to support the company’s payment solution strategies. Before joining Spire Payments, Kamran served on the Board of Directors of Cubic Transportation Systems Limited as Director of Open Payments. In this role he led new product innovations and the strategy for open payments including mobile and NFC. Prior to this, Kamran was the Vice President of Global R&D at VeriFone Inc., with responsibility for products and services.
Spire Payments announced today the acquisition of Altius Plus. With a client list including top Romanian Banks such BRD (Group Societe Generale) and BCR (Erste Bank Group) together with Raiffeisen Bank (Romania, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo) and Payzone (Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Poland) as well as having developed EFT and certified HOST solutions for more than 20 international banks and financial organisations worldwide, Altius Plus have significant, proven technical capabilities and an extremely high level of credibility in the sector. Apart from the significant increase in R&D capability to complement Spire’s centres of excellence in Spain, England, Scotland and China, this move will provide a springboard to exploit multiple opportunities the business is forging in Central Eastern European markets and is a perfect fit in Spire’s strategic acquisition programme.
Spire Payments announced the acquisition of Altius Plus, recognised experts in the development of payment applications, terminal management systems, loyalty schemes, ticketing solutions and client server-based architectures within the payments industry. Altius Plus will become Spire Payments Eastern Europe LCC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spire Payments and will play a pivotal role within the business to cement its position as the third largest PoS vendor in Europe. Altius Plus was founded in 2006 by payment industry experts who had accumulated over a decade’s worth of experience working as part of the Hypercom Corporation team in CEE.
Spire Payments announced its role as the sole supplier of mobile Chip & PIN payment devices for the Credit Agricole’s national mPOS project known as Smart TPE. This collaboration is intended to help bring to market a Credit Agricole payment offering that addresses the new expectations and changing behaviour of merchants and consumers who, increasingly armed with smart phones able to access high speed mobile networks, are heavily influenced by the internet and seek to have a similar merchant shopping and payment experience. Smart TPE is an innovative mobile payment solution enabling mobile merchants to complete transactions quickly and in a highly secure environment.
Spire Payments acquired Thyron Payments Systems mobile payments to become the third largest Chip and PIN / PCI SRED MPOS solution. As a wholly owned Spire subsidiary, Thyron is pivotal to the Company’s mobile payment technology strategy. Thyron’s “PosMat Smart” provides the only MPOS solution for the micro merchant truly deployed in the field and compliant with latest Visa recommendation for Mobile Payment applications. The device enables small enterprises such as plumbers, builders, gardeners and mechanics to accept card payments by integrating easily with Smartphones and tablets and is secure due to the PosMate’s® PCI and EMV certification.
KleinPartners Capital acquired Hypercom Spain S.A. and Hypercom UK to launch Spire Payments, for which it has appointed Kazem Aminaee President. The Company will retain all of its Spanish and UK management teams as well as nearly 200 staff and existing premises. The new business has the exclusive sale rights to Hypercom’s range of Optimum and Artema Modular products in the UK and Spain. Spire Payments is an independent supplier of payment solutions and with this development, consolidates its position in the respective markets.
Ariane Systems self-service check-in / check-out kiosk technology for the hospitality industry is set to implement Hypercom “SmartPayments Wynid” integrated payment solution. As the official reseller of the SmartPayments Wynid integrated payment solution to the hospitality industry in France, Ariane now offers an extremely secure universal payment system to maximize security and offer flexibility to hotel chains. Ideal for properties with multiple POS, the “SmartPayments Wynid” solution allows payment to be processed from the check-in/out kiosk itself, from the payment terminal at the front desk or by e-payment, depending on the guestsâ preferences. This not only significantly reduces the cost associated with each transaction for the hotel, but also reduces the risk of errors and decreases the length of each transaction to only a few seconds, providing added convenience to the propertyâs guests.
Ariane Systems, the worldwide leader in self-service check-in / check-out kiosk technology for the hospitality industry, and Hypercom Corporation announce that Hypercomâs SmartPayments Wynid integrated payment solution has been integrated into the Ariane Systems service offering. As the official reseller of the SmartPayments Wynid integrated payment solution to the hospitality industry in France, Ariane now offers an extremely
secure universal payment system to maximize security and offer flexibility to hotel chains. Ideal for properties with multiple points of sale, the SmartPayments Wynid solution allows payment to be processed from the check-in/out kiosk itself, from the payment terminal at the front desk or by e-payment, depending on the guestsâ preferences. This not only significantly reduces the cost associated with each transaction for the hotel, but also reduces the risk of errors and decreases the length of each transaction to only a few seconds, providing added convenience to the propertyâs guests.
The SmartPayments Wynid integrated solution uses an international EMV Level 2 certified kernel and meets the latest requirements for data security (PCI-PED and PCI-DSS). Ariane Systems in France has implemented and supports more than 1,600 points of sale already operating in major hotel chains, such as Pullman, Concorde Hotels & Resorts, Campanile and Balladins.
âAriane Systems’ adoption of our SmartPayments Wynid solution is a splendid endorsement of our innovative technology and represents a boost to our market share in the fast growing European hospitality sector,â said Kazem Aminaee, President and Managing Director, Hypercom Southern EMEA.
Reliable and Cost-Effective
The SmartPayments Wynid integrated solutionâs proven reliability enables efficient and cost-effective management of large volumes of electronic transactions from multiple sites. Since it is integrated into the hotelâs POS system, existing infrastructure and equipment can be utilized. This avoids hardware redundancy and minimizes operational costs. Well-developed management and analysis tools allow users full control of relevant transaction data.
Single Client/Server Architecture for All Points of Sale
The SmartPayments Wynid integrated solution is based on distributed thin-client architecture, linking several points of sale to a single in-store server, which allows a simpler and more efficient interface between the POS and the EFT peripherals. This open architecture, based on market standards, makes it possible to use the latest technology available from all integrated vendors at the property.
Modular and Scalable
This multi-application and multiple merchant solution can be adapted to all single and multiple points of sale at a hotel, including food and beverage, spas, and retail outlets, providing a range of payment applications for bank cards, private label cards, loyalty cards, cheques and electronic folios.
As a leader in self-service check-in/out kiosk technology with more than 1,600 installations at properties around the globe, Ariane leverages an extensive set of deployment and support services, as well as numerous business partner relationships, to develop what are widely considered the best self-service solutions for guest check-in/out in the hotel industry. These solutions incorporate top-tier business-class hardware components, software and warranties designed to minimize downtime and reduce operational support costs, while maximizing the guest experience.
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About Ariane Systems | Ariane Systems is the worldâs leading provider of self check-in / check-out technology solutions for the hospitality industry. Founded in 1998 by Michel Lavandier and Laurent Cardot, Ariane now has over 1,600 installations running at hotel properties in 20 countries. Numerous hotel chains utilize Arianeâs electronic kiosk solutions to streamline the check-in/out process. These include Accor, B&B Hotels, Choice Hotels, Fasthotel, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood Capitalâs Louvre Hotels, among others. With corporate headquarters based in Paris, France, Ariane Systems maintains regional offices in the UK, Germany, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, please visit www.ariane-systems.com : .
About Hypercom : | Global payment technology leader Hypercom Corporation delivers a full suite of high security, end-to-end electronic payment products and services. The company’s solutions address the high security electronic transaction needs of banks and other financial institutions, processors, large scale retailers, smaller merchants, quick service restaurants, and users in the transportation, petroleum, healthcare, prepaid, unattended and many other markets. Hypercom solutions enable businesses in more than 100 countries to securely expand their revenues and profits.
Hypercom is a founding member of the Secure POS Vendor Alliance (SPVA) and is the second largest provider of electronic payment solutions and services in Western Europe and third largest provider globally. Visit www.hypercom.com : .
Hypercom Corporation announced that Paris-based CrÃ©dit Agricole banking group, holding 28% French market share of household accounts and the top bank for businesses, has begun rolling out an estimated 25,000+ Hypercom “Optimum” card payment terminals to merchants. This mass deployment that will continue into 2011 to further expands the Hypercom footprint and represent a significant endorsement by one of the largest banking groups in Europe.
Hypercom is set to deploy its Optimum payment terminals for Credit Agricole volume payments. Holding a 28% French market share of household accounts and the top bank for businesses, Credit Agricole has begun rolling out an estimated 25,000+ Hypercom “Optimum” card payment terminals to merchants. This mass deployment that will continue into 2011 to further expands the Hypercom footprint and represent a significant endorsement in Europe.
Hypercom is commencing product sales to Italy’s card payment sector with the successful certification of its “Optimum T4200” countertop payment terminals by Consorzio Bancomat. Hypercom has also established and certified a secure facility for loading keys and digital certificates, as well as for product maintenance and repair, to provide electronic payment and digital transaction solutions providers compliance with Consorzio Bancomat’s stringent new EMV CB 2 standard. Hypercom’s Optimum T4200 has been widely deployed throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, and is highly rated by customers for its fast and secure IP-based transactions.
System integrators Indra and Telvent will install more than 1,000 Hypercom Artema Modular self-service card payment terminals at 293 Metro de Madrid stations to speed ticketing, to serve nearly 2.5 million commuters per day. Hypercomâs Artema Modular unattended payment terminal has become the product of choice for integrators and operators of self-service systems throughout Europe. At toll roads, parking meters and ticketing machines, Artema Modular provides card payment solution, which has been designed to ensure the highest levels of transaction security.