Mobey Forum released its whitepaper, ‘The MPOS Strategy: Shifting the Balance of Power’, which examines the changing market dynamics brought about by disruptive MPOS providers and offers a strategic evaluation framework designed to help banks maintain their position and take advantage of the rapidly evolving MPOS market. The paper examines how MPOS disrupts the established four-party model (cardholder, merchant, acquirer, issuer) and identifies the potential winners and losers in the marketplace. Pushing beyond the traditional MPOS ‘dongle plus smartphone’ concept, the paper addresses issues surrounding interchange models, payment service provider models, networked commerce and the merchant-customer relationship. The paper then investigates how banks and financial institutions are currently reacting to the influx and utilisation of MPOS solutions, before proposing a structure through which banks and other stakeholders can weigh their strategic options, protect their interests and move to take advantage of the wave of change occurring in this complex environment.
Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions announced HUGO BOSS has selected Toshiba for a global deployment of store technology solutions led by TCxWave, a versatile solution unlike any other POS, kiosk or self-service device the market has ever seen, being deployed across its European stores. The United States market deployment includes TCxWave, with an option for Toshiba SurePOS 785, also a premier point-of-sale solution, commencing in September 2013. Developed by award-winning industrial designers, the striking appearance of TCxWave allows retailers to use the technology throughout the store to create a consistent and positive shopping experience. The versatile design and functionality of the TCxWave point of sale, kiosk or self-service unit enables the freedom to use one platform for multiple purposes throughout the store, and the wide-screen format and gesture touch based screen affords investment protection for evolving retail space.
TSYS announced that it supports Paynet, one of Kenya’s leading financial services providers to issuers and acquirers, in its ‘Great Migration to EMV Chip Card’ campaign. Paynet has been a TSYS client since 2004. It licenses PRIME 4, the latest version of the TSYS licensed card and merchant management solution, to manage its Visa card portfolio and provide a full range of outsourced front- and back-office card processing and fraud management services for financial institutions across Kenya and East Africa. Paynet initiated ‘The Great Migration to EMV Chip Card’ campaign to fight card fraud by urging banks and other stakeholders in the region to move toward the higher security EMV Chip debit/credit card standard.
PayPal launched its “Galactic” initiative that addresses the issues to help make universal space payments a reality. PayPal Galactic brings together leaders in the scientific community, including the SETI Institute and Space Tourism Society, to prepare and support the future of space commerce. It will take place June 27 at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Spearheaded by PayPal, working with the SETI Institute, the initiative aims to bring together leaders in the space industry to work on the big questions around the commercialization of space. Questions include what will our standard currency look like in a truly cash-free interplanetary society? How will the banking systems have to adapt? How will risk and fraud management systems need to evolve? And what regulations will we have to conform with?
Chase took top honors in the Keynote Mobile Banking Scorecard for overall mobile web experience in Q1 2013. This is Chase’s third consecutive win in Keynote’s ranking of mobile offerings among the 15 largest U.S. banks. In the latest Keynote Scorecard, Chase ranked #1 in two of four categories – Functionality and Ease of Use – to take the top spot overall. Features include “QuickDeposit” mobile check deposit capability; “QuickPay” person-to-person payment service; and Chase Instant Action Alerts to notify customers of a low balance. The Scorecard measures and ranks the 15 largest retail banks in the United States based on a list of more than 100 criteria in four main categories, developed from user testing and research.
VocaLink is celebrating the five year anniversary of its Faster Payments Service, with 2.5 billion transactions securely processed since its launch in 2008. Against a tough economic backdrop, the service has flourished and real time processing is now the standard time for phone or internet initiated domestic UK payments. The Faster Payments Service is the largest real time payment system in the world that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering direct customer initiation and almost instantaneous transfer of value to the beneficiary. VocaLink processes payments on behalf of the Faster Payments Scheme Limited. The service supports businesses and consumers alike with the ability to make immediate bank transfers.
ACI Worldwide payment systems announced its newest version of ACI “Proactive Risk Manager” payments fraud detection and mitigation solution. This provides financial institutions enhanced behavioral modeling tools and performance testing capabilities designed to strengthen fraud detection accuracy and improve the customer experience. The “Proactive Risk Manager” puts more control in the hands of the fraud manager through flexible configuration tools and a new user interface (UI). It also improves operational efficiencies with a new user interface (UI) designed to reduce the learning curve for new users while making the experience more intuitive for frequent users.
Nedbank launched its “PocketPOS” EMV certified mobile POS solution, allowing businesses to process payment card transactions on a smartphone connected to a secure card reader. It is suitable for any business that wishes to accept card payments securely without access to a fixed data or telephone line or where low frequency of card acceptance does not warrant the higher rental cost of a traditional POS device. PocketPOS is designed to operate where EMV ‘CHIP & PIN’ technology has been mandated, and uses a certified secure card reader and advanced encryption to capture and protect the card data and PIN. The “PocketPOS” solution is available as a small device with a secure PIN pad that requires the merchant to capture an email address into the smartphone application or as an alternative device with the ability to print out a physical receipt, much like in the case of a traditional POS.
TSYS technology is playing its part in an innovative payment solution launched by Visa in India. The Saral Money program provides Indian consumers with access to financial services and electronic payments for the first time by linking Visa accounts to Indian Unique Identification Accounts. As part of this program, TSYS’s technology is used to authenticate account holders by transporting biometric information, such as fingerprints, from the point of sale to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Once the account holder is authenticated using biometric information, the transaction information such as amount of the purchase and merchant type is then submitted to Visa’s network for processing.
MasterCard launches a new competition recognizing the best available mobile shopping applications in nine countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey. Participating countries include Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Russia and Turkey. The MasterCard Mobile Shopping Application Awards will recognise the best mobile applications that allow users to browse and optionally purchase products or services. Applicants will be judged and selected by an independent, international jury of renowned technology experts from the participating countries.
Absa of Barclays is focusing on its payments strategy to make its customers lives easier with plans to launch a mobile payment acceptance service for businesses that works using a mobile phone. Absa entered into an agreement with a local payment innovations company thumbzup, to enable businesses and entrepreneurs on-the-go to accept debit or credit card payments using their smartphones or tablets through a world first, plug-in device called ‘The Absa Payment Pebble.’ Absa is set to provide the Absa Payment Pebble as a value added service to all small business owners and merchants on-the-go with availability scheduled for early 2013. The Absa Payment Pebble is a small card-reader device that plugs into a 3.5mm audio input on any mobile smartphone or tablet and includes a mobile app.
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