MUFG Union Bank has unveiled the launch of its Commercial Card Program designed for corporate clients’ procure-to-pay needs.
A new study has found 49% of retailers have seen their payment costs increase in the past 18 months while 56% expect them to keep rising. Also, 93% of retailers believe consumers want a broader choice of payment tools.
Vancouver-based NuData Security has beefed-up NuDetect with an expanded array of behavioral biometric sensors producing 97% accuracy in verifying a user’s identity. The solution’s improved user interface acts as an “early warning system” that makes high-risk events easily accessible to security teams.
Merchant awareness is not keeping pace with mobile fraud growth, and the support for the mobile channel is not meeting predictions and expectations. In addition, concerns over the implementation around new payment methods such as Apple Pay have risen.
Unisys experts predict the widespread publicity of recent large data breaches at major retailers, U.S. consumers, retailers and financial institutions will not readily embrace the use of chip-embedded credit cards requiring users to enter personal identification numbers when making a transaction.
Fiserv and the University of Connecticut School of Business announced that Fiserv is participating in the university’s Financial Accelerator Program to help educate students and foster innovation. UConn MBA students are now collaborating with area business leaders from Fiserv and two of its clients, the Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock Federal Credit Union, to explore how financial institutions can attract and serve Gen Y consumers using state-of-the-art banking technology. This also introduces UConn MBA students to the DNA™ account processing platform from Fiserv. DNA is a modern, enterprise-wide software platform that is relied upon by hundreds of banks and credit unions, including Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock FCU, for transaction processing, data management and customer relationship management. DNA offers a unique development toolkit – DNAcreator™ – that allows users to create seamlessly integrated applications called DNAapps™ that extend the platform in new and powerful ways. At the conclusion of the Financial Accelerator Program, UConn students will present a business case for creating a new DNAapp that DNA users like Savings Bank of Danbury and Greylock FCU can use to enhance the millennial banking experience.
MasterCard released new standards designed to help employees take full advantage of the benefits of having their paycheck electronically deposited onto payroll cards. The payroll card standards require employers and payroll card providers to offer cardholders greater insight on how to access their pay through educational resources and increased transparency of any fees. Additionally, the standards ensure the employee has a fee-free way to access their pay and check available balances.
HP and First Data electronic commerce and payment processing announced that HP Converged Infrastructure will be the foundation for First Data’s VisionPlus Flex solution, which enables financial institutions to cost-effectively process payment portfolios of up to 10 million accounts. VisionPLUS Flex enables financial institutions to issue and process credit, debit, commercial and prepaid cards, as well as to address closed-end loan account processing on a single platform. Through this collaboration, First Data is now delivering VisionPLUS Flex in an appliance delivery model. With VisionPLUS Flex appliances, financial institutions can also lower the total cost of ownership, offer the ability to process payments in country and transform organizations’ existing IT platforms to support growing enterprise demands.
Tyfone unveiled its Connected Smart Card (CSC™) solution, allowing users to augment passwords and other user ID information used to access sensitive information. Tyfone’s CSC solution uniquely combines centralized data with local, device validation to strengthen and simplify the centralized storing of passwords, credit card numbers and other digital ID credentials, optimally ensuring security to keep passwords, payment and biometric ID information out of the hands of cybercriminals. Tyfone’s CSC solution operates much like the traditional plastic smart card systems already in widespread use, but has a much smaller physical footprint and uniquely has the ability to connect to any mobile device, tablet or PC. Tyfone’s CSC hardware works with all existing software, smart card applets, password schemes and digital certificates, making it the first truly interoperable solution that secures the device, the identity and the transaction, controlling access to ID information in a unique combination of distributed and local (on device) layers.
Pay.On AG is expanding its technical infrastructure to include the ability to now process point-of-sale transactions in addition to e-commerce in an environment that is PCI-DSS-certified, and as such, is compliant with all applicable regulations. Payment service providers worldwide gain easy access to fully-functional, market-tested mobile point-of-sale solutions, and as such, the opportunity to professionally position themselves for the market’s current transition to paying via tablets and smartphones in the POS segment. PAY.ON is providing both the smooth operations that meet all regulatory requirements as well as worldwide transaction processing within the international payment network. In this context, white label solutions are used to guarantee the client’s independence in its communication with the retailers it serves. PAY.ON is already cooperating with countless acquirers and hardware manufacturers for the roll-out.
Visa and NetHope, a consortium of 37 humanitarian organizations, announced the Visa Innovation Grants program to help modernize humanitarian aid payments. Through this, Visa is making available $500,000 in grants to humanitarian and development nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to increase the speed, security and long-term impact of aid through the innovation and adoption of electronic payments. An Expert Advisory Committee of distinguished leaders with public and private sector experience will assist in the review of applications, which includes Nabeeha Mujeeb Kazi, Managing Director, Humanitas Global Development; Nick Maunder, Humanitarian and Development Consultant; Eric Nee, Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review; and Sarah Rotman, Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization is set to present at the 20th annual ATM, Debit and Prepaid Forum October 22-25. Titled “Maximizing Card Program Performance While Minimizing Costs,” there will be a co-presentation given by Alyssa Arredondo, senior marketing manager for Datacard Group; and Donna McVea, card issuance coordinator for First National Bank of Omaha. Datacard Group will also be exhibiting at the show its patented “CardWizard” issuance software and associated hardware.