Houston-based Commerciant reports that VA-based HVAC specialist Cropp-Metcalfe has started deploying its wireless payment “Mobilescape 3000” system on its entire truck fleet. Mobilescape 3000 is the most complete wireless credit card processing solution available, providing hardware, software, integration services, wireless service, transaction processing, and 24×7 customer support and maintenance. Commerciant, LP provides wireless, handheld payment processing technology.
Mars Electronics International has integrated its bill acceptor technology into an electronic scale that measures body fat and body composition. The “BodySpex” kiosk utilizes bioelectric impedance analysis technology to assure a high level of accuracy, and feature an MEI bill acceptor to collect cash payments to begin each use. Simple-to-follow touch-screen instructions and audio prompts guide users through their test. The kiosks can also be configured to display ad screens and play video, enabling local merchants and national advertisers to reach a specialized market niche.
Payment Processing has partnered with Aldelo Systems (f/k/a NextPOS) to offer Aldelo customers high speed Internet credit card processing. Utilizing the PPI PayMover for Restaurants secure online gateway, restaurateurs receive state-of-the-art technology and the fastest transaction times available. PPI PayMover for Restaurants features include payments, integration, security, communication,compliance, and 24/7/365 live merchant support. Payment Processing provides integrated payment processing solutions. Aldelo Systems provides POS software solutions for the hospitality industry.
The first contactless credit payment program using near field technology is set to pilot in Amsterdam this fall. JCB, CCV Holland, Gemplus, KPN, Nokia, PaySquare, Philips and ViVOtech have all teamed for the test using an NFC-enabled mobile phone, according to CardFlash International. Selected cardholders will be supplied with a Nokia mobile phone equipped with Philips’ NFC chips, loaded with the JCB payment application. In the first stage of the pilot, JCB will be targeting approximately 100 cardholders located in Amsterdam and merchants in and around the city’s World Trade Center. NFC operates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range, over a distance of typically a few centimeters and combines the functions of a contactless reader, a contactless card and peer-to-peer functionality on a single chip.
TransUnion has introduced a new service that helps credit unions and small to mid-sized banks measure the fluctuating level of risk within their portfolios. TransUnion “Express Portfolio Review” selects up to two of five credit risk scores that are built into the offering, including the new “VantageScore.” Customers can then run a query weekly, monthly, quarterly or on an ad-hoc basis to see how the aggregate portfolio scores are changing over time, as well as monitor individual accounts that may require action. “Express Portfolio Review” results are delivered exclusively through TransUnion’s Web environment, called “TransUnion Desktop,” within 48 hours.
The first contactless credit payment program using near field technology is set to pilot in Amsterdam this fall. JCB, CCV Holland, Gemplus, KPN, Nokia, PaySquare, Philips and ViVOtech have all teamed for the test using an NFC-enabled mobile phone. Selected cardholders will be supplied with a Nokia mobile phone equipped with Philips’ NFC chips, loaded with the JCB payment application. In the first stage of the pilot, JCB will be targeting approximately 100 cardholders located in Amsterdam and merchants in and around the city’s World Trade Center. NFC operates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range, over a distance of typically a few centimeters and combines the functions of a contactless reader, a contactless card and peer-to-peer functionality on a single chip.
Homestead Technologies has integrated Intuit’s “QuickBooks Merchant Service for Web Stores” with its “Storefront” ecommerce solution for small business. This integration enables business owners to accept credit card payments online with a QuickBooks Merchant Service account and synchronize this data along with key business data from the Web store directly with QuickBooks. Homestead Storefront helps small business owners get up and running fast, by providing a powerful and affordable ecommerce solution that allows them to build, manage and host their own websites.
California-based Obopay reports it will enable a new phone payment option for online retailers and “BREW” mobile application providers to allow consumers to initiate purchases from their mobile phones with a simple touch of the keypad. The Obopay BREW extension will consist of both a dynamic and static offering. The dynamic offering allows BREW developers to integrate a module within their application and back-end infrastructure without any additional development work. Obopay developed the first complete mobile payment service in the U.S.
Moneris Solutions has launched a gift card program via Ernex, its loyalty and stored-value division. The Small Business Gift Card Program provides merchants with new merchandise in the form of a point of purchase product, offers ease of use, a revenue “lift” that encourages customers to spend more than the initial value of the card, captive money that can only be used by the issuing business and offers flexibilty to the customer.
Hypercom has appointed EFTPOS as the distributor for its point-of-sale
terminals and peripherals in South Africa and Africa in general. The
relationship gives Hypercom a strong regional partner to support new and
underserved channels in the technologically advanced South African market,
as well as to expand Hypercom’s footprint to nearby countries with less
mature electronic card payment systems. Hypercom already has a
significant customer base among retailers, banks, restaurants, hotels and
service professionals in South Africa. EFTPOS will build on that base, as
well as pursue additional opportunities. Hypercom’s portfolio supports
all of those scenarios with products from stand-alone single terminals to
large multilane fully integrated systems. Hypercom products are also
compliant with the global EMV standard for chip-based debit and credit
cards as well as the PCI standard for hardware and software security.
Intuit reported that 50,000 small business retailers now use the “QuickBooks Point of Sale” management system. Since its introduction in 2001, the software has seen an average year-over-year growth of 30%. The “QuickBooks Point of Sale” system sells for $799 and up and is available as stand-alone software or with a complete set of retail hardware including a receipt printer, bar code scanner, credit card reader and cash drawer. The software and hardware can be used alone or together with QuickBooks financial software. The new version 5.0 offers increased simplicity and flexibility along with new inventory and gift card features.
The KBC Group will deploy new NCR “Personas M Series” ATMs. NCR has been selected as the sole ATM supplier to the bank and is now starting to deliver the NCR “Personas M Series 76.” These units enable the bank to quickly and easily introduce image-based, intelligent cash deposit transaction capability, in lieu of envelope deposit. Some of the new machines are also equipped with cash recycling functionality, popular in certain markets, which accepts, validates, sorts and stores deposited cash. The deposited cash can then be re-used and dispensed to subsequent customers who wish to withdraw cash from the ATM.