CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Stephanie Stowers, Senior Vice President, Customer Service of Shift4.
GlobalPlatform, has qualified Fime’s ‘Global’ test tool, validating its ability to evaluate the functionality of secure elements (SEs) to support payment, telecom and identity applications. The tool is available for SE providers, mobile network operators (MNOs), and handset manufacturers, to purchase for pre-certification development testing, and as part of FIME’s laboratory testing service portfolio. GlobalPlatform test libraries have been added, including the Common Implementation Configuration, Secure Element Access Control and Secure Element Configuration. Additionally, the tool is qualified to confirm SE compliance to specifications outlined by the payment systems, with further libraries to be confirmed in the coming months.
Universal Studios and American Express announced an expanded multi-year agreement that brings the strength of Universal’s theme parks and filmed entertainment together with its brand to create exclusive consumer benefits and experiences. Also allowing AmEx to acquire new Card Members directly through Universal theme parks and websites, this expanded partnership presents new and innovative marketing opportunities for both companies. The partnership will now include marketing opportunities that leverage Universal Pictures’ retail partners, consumer licensing and digital media platforms on a global basis. The partnership will continue to set the stage for ongoing offers and promotions for anyone holding an American Express Card, ranging from discounts at the theme parks to special once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experiences.
Fime transaction provider announced its radio frequency (RF) test bench has been officially approved by the NFC Forum, a global association that advances the use of near field communication (NFC) technology. The tool validation process and approval brings official recognition that the FIME RF test bench meets the requirements defined in the NFC Forum specifications, making the tool eligible for testing devices for conformance to the functional requirements outlined by the NFC Forum.The FIME RF test bench evaluates the analog compliance of smart devices, such as mobile handsets and tablets, ensuring product compliance to the NFC Forum Analog Technical Specification. Successful product evaluation through compliance testing and NFC Forum certification allows a device manufacturer to use and display the NFC Forum Certification Mark. It is now available to mobile handset and device manufacturers at FIME’s network of global laboratories, spanning America, Asia and Europe.
MasterCard appointed Ron Garrow Chief Human Resources Officer and member of its Executive Committee, effective April 1. Garrow joined MasterCard in March 2010 as Group Head, Global Talent Acquisition Management and Development. Then he was named Group Executive of Global Human Resources Plans and Programs, which included oversight of Rewards, Workforce Programs, Employee Relations and Human Resources Services and Solutions. Garrow held various Human Resources leadership positions at Bank of America over a six-year period, culminating in the position of Chief Learning Officer. He also spent 19 years at Wachovia in various Human Resources roles focused on training, leadership and executive development.
FimeFime mobile devices and chip-based applications, has extended its GlobalPlatform test services to verify that a UICC product meets the functional requirements outlined in GlobalPlatform’s Contactless Services Specification. UICC products that achieve this certification will guarantee that a mobile contactless application performs in a consistent and industry agreed manner, regardless of the mobile handset which hosts them. FIME has been approved by GlobalPlatform to provide test tool and laboratory services which confirm that a UICC product meets the functional requirements outlined in GlobalPlatform Card Specification v2.2 Amendment C, also known as Contactless Services.
MasterCard and Sonoma State University forged a long-term relationship in support of the performing arts in which MasterCard will become the title sponsor of the annual MasterCard Performance Series. It will also support the building of an outdoor pavilion for music and dance at the Green Music Center, adjoining the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. Sonoma State University and MasterCard will also offer a student internship program in the field of entertainment and sponsorship management and offer financial literacy programs and tools for the university’s students.
Stephanie El Rhomri, New Services Marketing Manager at GlobalPlatform qualified laboratory and secure chip test tool provider FIME, has been appointed as the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) Compliance Work Group Chair for industry association GlobalPlatform. The TEE is a secure area that resides in the main processor of a mobile device, such as a smart phone, and ensures that sensitive data is stored, processed and protected in a trusted environment. It will offer greater security to the screen and keyboard of a mobile device, protecting against attacks and offering the secure storage of sensitive information.
American Express, National Trust for Historic Preservation to Award $3 Million in Grants to Historic Places in New York City This spring, New York City will make history to save history. American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that New York City will be this year’s location for Partners in Preservation,…
U.S. financial institutions have reported issuing an estimated one million Visa-branded, EMV chip-enabled cards as of December 31, 2011. This following August 2011 plans to accelerate mobile innovation and the adoption of EMV contact and contactless chip technology in the U.S. The growing adoption of chip technology in the U.S. has been facilitated by Visa’s flexible approach to cardholder verification. Subsequent to this development, Visa is introducing its “Visa Chip Services” suite of solutions to help issuers implement programs using EMV chip technology, including NFC-based mobile payments. It help issuers adopt the latest payment technologies efficiently and with minimal infrastructure investment.
Gemalto implemented “Fime” GlobalPlatform testing service provider to validate its UICC NFC 2.0 product. Allowing it to achieve GlobalPlatform qualification status, “FIME” has been entrusted by Gemalto to provide the expertise required to independently evaluate its product. Gemalto is the first smart card player to successfully align its product with the functional requirements outlined by GlobalPlatform to manage applications on UICC technology. GlobalPlatform, the international organisation which standardises the management of applications on secure chip technology, launched its compliance programme earlier this year.
Visa announced Google received a worldwide license to Visa “payWave” NFC-based payment technology, allowing users to conduct payments by waving their mobile phone in front of a payment terminal. This is the latest effort by Visa and Google to simplify the consumer shopping experience by enabling them to make mobile payments using their mobile phones. This includes Visa’s own digital wallet announced earlier this year which is designed to provide consumers with “click-to-buy” payment functionality and access to their Visa and non-Visa accounts using a personal computer or smart phone, to make purchases online and at retail locations.