The keynote speakers at CARTES America 2014 will share their deep industry experience and vision for online, mobile and contactless payment, and digital security and authentication solutions at the upcoming conference and exhibition, May 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. The five keynote presenters are Patrick Gauthier, head of emerging payments at PayPal; Ben Milne, CEO and founder of Dwolla; Dominique Piotet, CEO of Rebellion Lab; Steven Singer, CEO of ABnote; and Patty Walters, senior vice president of merchant products at Vantiv. The three-day conference is organized into a series of session tracks, with a roster of more than 80 speakers and more than 50 educational programs and presentations, addressing the key issues and market opportunities across the mobile payment, identification and biometrics, mobile security, near field communications (NFC) and Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) deployment markets. CARTES America 2014 attendees can choose from a one or three day full conference pass or a one or three day event pass.
At the Smart Card Alliance annual conference, the United Nations
Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), explained how it is responding to the
needs of its international travelers with EMV and Wal-Mart, the largest U.S.
company, strongly advocated a move to chip and PIN.
Worldwide nearly one billion EMV cards have been issued and over half of these
are now non-European, due to the
phenomenal growth in the Americas and Asia over the last few years.
EMVCo is focused on preparing contactless and mobile EMV standards, he
reported. In his view, there is an excellent opportunity in the U.S.
market to utilize contactless technology online to improve security.
Wal-Mart is also interested in moving to EMV for security reasons.
Wal-Mart already has 100% of its payment system hardware equipped
to accept EMV chip and PIN, and is finalizing the software programs for
MA-based payment platform provider Aliaswire has received a Notification
of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for
its patent titled âSecure Authentication and Payment System.â The
company holds counterpart issued patents in China, India, Australia,
Singapore and South Africa. With a priority date of July 2001, the
patent has more than 40 claims
covering a broad range of payment transactions such as P2P mobile
payments, mobile funds transfers, and purchases that take place over
wireless devices. The patent claims encompass Aliaswireâs comprehensive
process for initiating payments through various mobile interfaces,
including mobile applications that reside on a device connected to a
telephone network; SMS text messages; or voice commands. In all cases,
payment routing is completed in a payment network which may include ACH,
EFT or credit card. The company expects the patent to be issued within
the next 60 days, and
has filed two additional divisional patents on January 11, 2010, with a
priority date of July 2001.
Mobile and NFC financial services provider Tyfone has been awarded a
patent for its smart card-based electronic wallet technology.
Using time-varying magnetic fields, Tyfoneâs patented technology enables
the use of a memory card as an electronic wallet and/or the ability to
use that memory card for the secure transmission of financial
information. Unlike other software-only technologies that refer to their
as an electronic wallet, Tyfoneâs platform includes a neutral secure
element thereby making it a true electronic container or âwallet.â
This solution allows a TSM to securely manage different consumer credit,
debit, transportation and pre-paid accounts for use in a wide range of
payment and other secure transactions. A key application for Tyfoneâs
newly patented technology is using
“SideTap” to conduct a contactless payment transaction. Using “SideTap”,
consumers purchase goods at point of sale simply by tapping their mobile
device at point of sale.This groundbreaking technology is used in the
“u4ia” (euphoria) Mobile Financial Services platform, which completed
successful beta testing in June of this year.
Societe des Paiements PASS has inked a partnership to issue a MasterCard on February 11th. The new “PASS MasterCard” offers both debit and credit functionality as well as new contactless technology. Cardholders will also have an enhanced insurance package that extends guarantees up to five years for electrical-product purchases. Societe des Paiements PASS, which is Carrefour’s financial services’ subsidiary, will also offer a loyalty program with the new card. Existing Carrefour and PASS advantages include the doubling of some discount benefits for cardholders making at least one monthly purchase in a non-
Carrefour group merchant. The new “PASS MasterCard” is also one of the first in France to offer the MasterCard “PayPass” technology. Carrefour has 11 million customers in its current loyalty program. La Societe des Paiements PASS, which currently offers a Visa card, has 2.8 million cardholders, generating a total of 360 million transactions annually.
San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless and VISA International this week are showcasing the marriage of a mobile phone with a VISA payment solution using the VISA mobile platform. At the CTIA Wireless trade show in Orlando, attendees can use a prototype NFC VISA-enabled phone to purchase a beverage from a vending machine, by simply presenting the payment-enabled handset to the vending machine contactless payment spot. Kyocera will also be demonstrating a simulated purchase of movie tickets directly from a movie poster equipped with NFC technology. Eliminating the need for paper movie tickets, the movie poster transmits a code to the phone after wireless payment, which is then read by another NFC terminal at the entrance to the movie theater. Kyocera is this week also showing-off “MobiTV” streaming television over a WiMAX high-speed connection with Runcom; Wi-Fi-powered music downloads; and Voice-over-IP mobile phone calls over dual-mode CDMA/Wi-Fi connections.
VISA has launched a broad initiative to bring mobile payments to consumers worldwide. The new platform includes technology tools, applications, security standards, and business models to bring together
VISA issuers and mobile operators for market trials to drive
product development and commercialization of mobile payment services.
The initial version of the platform offers solutions for contactless mobile payment, OTA personalization, coupons and direct marketing.
Recent VISA-led market activities leveraging NFC technology include the industry’s first large-scale mobile payment trial at Philips Arena in Atlanta last year. Partners included Atlanta Spirit, Chase, Cingular, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, and ViVOtech. In Malaysia VISA partnered with Maybank, Maxis Communications, Nokia and ViVOtech to pilot a mobile payment program. Other partners VISA has worked with for the new mobile platform include: CASSIS International, Ecrio, Giesecke & Devrient, Venyon, IBM, VeriSign, INSIDE Contactless, and mFormation Technologies.
VISA has launched a broad initiative to bring mobile payments to consumers worldwide. The new platform includes technology tools, applications, security standards, and business models to bring together VISA issuers and mobile operators for market trials to drive product development and commercialization of mobile payment services. The initial version of the platform offers solutions for contactless mobile payment, OTA personalization, coupons and direct marketing. Recent VISA-led market activities leveraging NFC technology include the industry’s first large-scale mobile payment trial at Philips Arena in Atlanta last year. Partners included Atlanta Spirit, Chase, Cingular, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, and ViVOtech. In Malaysia VISA partnered with Maybank, Maxis Communications, Nokia and ViVOtech to pilot a mobile payment program. Other partners VISA has worked with for the new mobile platform include: CASSIS International, Ecrio, Giesecke & Devrient, Venyon, IBM, VeriSign, INSIDE Contactless, and mFormation Technologies.
mFormation Technologies has inked a strategic alliance with VISA International to advance over-the-air solutions for mobile payments. For the payments industry, this ability offers the potential for banks and operators to securely and remotely provision mobile devices with payment applications, and ultimately bring mobile payments programs to commercial scale. mFormation supports top-tier mobile operators around the world, providing a completely integrated mobile device management suite – from initial configuration, to diagnostics and maintenance, to customer experience monitoring and management. mFormation Technologies Inc. is the market leader in mobile device management (MDM) software, offering a complete solution that enables mobile operators to rapidly accelerate their data revenues and reduce support costs.
IDE Contactless has secured euro 9 million ($10.6 million) in a financing
round led by three new top tier investors: Sofinnova, Vertex Venture
Capital (Israel) and VISA International. Prior round investors GIMV,
Vertex Singapore and Siparex have also participated. These top names in
the venture capital world bring strong financial and strategic value to
INSIDE at a critical period in its growth. INSIDE intends to use these
funds for the expansion of its business in the key growth markets for
contactless payments and mobile NFC (near field communication) and
strengthen its management team. INSIDE Contactless is a provider of
semiconductor chips and hardware platforms.
The Smart Card Alliance elected Greg Garback, executive officer, department of finance for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Washington, DC, as its new chair of the Executive Committee overseeing Alliance activities. Garback has represented WMATA at Alliance meetings and events since 1999 and has served on the board of directors since 2002. The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.
New Jersey-based The Smart Card Alliance announced the formation of the new Contactless Payments Council. The Council’s projects will include web briefings, workshops at trade shows and the development of white papers and case studies. The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.