MasterCard Opens East African Regional Headquarters

MasterCard Worldwide launched its official East African regional headquarters, bringing the number of MasterCard offices across the African continent to five. The new office will act as MasterCard’s liaison office for customer banks, business associates and consumers in its main markets as well as across the rest of the East African region. This will include a significant emphasis in the areas of card knowledge and skills development, advising on development of card acceptance infrastructure, new products, and developing partnerships with ‘technology enablers,’ as well as retailer education and best acceptance practice. MasterCard has already been active in the Kenyan market working with banks and other business organizations to advise on developing payment solutions.

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Trustwave Simplifies PCI Compliance

Trustwave information security and compliance solutions unveiled the latest version of its cloud-delivered TrustKeeper PCI Manager portal that helps small merchants PCI DSS compliance. TrustKeeper PCI Manager helps merchants, from local shipping stores to franchise restaurants, protect their customers from theft and fraud and avoid fines and penalties. For acquirers, the financial institutions that process merchant card payments, TrustKeeper PCI Manager offers unique insight into their customers’ PCI compliance status and progress. TrustKeeper PCI Manager illustrates actions merchants need to take to become PCI compliant on a new “To Do” List, which is tailored to the needs of the merchant’s payment processing environment, complete with reminders and recommendations.

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Acculynk Appoints Board of Directors Member

Acculynk payments provider with the first software-only service for Internet PIN debit payments added Eduardo Tobon to its Board of Directors. Currently CEO, US Cards and Payments Division, Sovereign Bank, a subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A. Eduardo Tobon’s financial services experience includes payments, merchant acquiring, treasury management, international trade banking, government banking, international cash management, payroll, insurance, and health savings accounts (HSAs). He also serves on the Partnership, Inc. board, on the advisory board for Cambridge College, and as President of the Board with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.

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Green Bay Packers Agree to Roll-Out NCR Technology

NCR Corporation has forged agreements with the Green Bay Packers, for which it will implement the “Quest” venue management solution at Lambeau Field. This will let the Packers increase speed of service and sales per guest throughout the historic venue through credit card programs and other system features. In addition, the system will improve efficiencies across foodservice and retail operations by using a common platform and building a foundation to better manage gift card and loyalty programs for season ticket holders. Approximately 425 wired, wireless and touchscreen point-of-sale terminals are expected to be installed throughout the stadium by the 2012-2013 season.

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Nationwide Payment Partners GETI to Offer No Fee Processing

Nationwide Payment Solutions (NPS) registered Merchant Services Provider (MSP) partnered Global eTelecom (GETI) electronic check processor and gift/loyalty card provider partnered to enhance its “MuniciPAY.” The “MuniciPAY” solution utilizes the GETI Consumer Convenience Fee option to allow the acceptance of electronic check and ACH payments and allows government entities to accept credit and debit card payments by phone, ecommerce, and over the counter at no cost to the municipality.

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Bank of Montreal to Deploy Dovetail Payments Hub

Dovetail payment services hubs announced BMO Financial Group (BMO) signed a contract and started to implement its Payment Services Hub. Dovetail enables organizations to reduce the number of payment platforms they operate, centralize processing of multiple currencies and payment types, increase straight through processing and lower processing costs, and provide better, more holistic real-time information to their clients to help them manage the entire payment process.

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ACI Appoints Payment Industry Pro Head of Operations

ACI Worldwide payment systems appointed Sergey Lukyanov head of its CIS sales and operations. Most recently a 6-year veteran with BPC Group, as deputy CEO for sales and marketing in the region, Lukyanov brings over 20 years’ experience of payment systems working in banks and for software suppliers. He will take a leadership role focused on building and reinforcing relationships with customers, partners and governments in the region, working alongside ACI’s existing team in the region. He also worked as Deputy General Director (Visa and MasterCard projects) for JSC Cardcentre (FC URALSIB), and then at URALSIB Bank.

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Collis Intros Visa mPayment Specification Test Suite

Collis launched its Visa Mobile Payment Specification (VMCPS) Test Suite. Used to perform functional testing of the UICC or Secure Element application based on Visa Mobile Payment Specifications (VMCPS), vendors can use the Collis Suite to perform a pre-certification on their VMCPS payment products. Pre-certification means that the Secure Element application conforms to all requirements in the VMCPS specification, and should not encounter problems during the approval by Visa International. The Collis VMCPS Test Suite shortens the development cycle, allows for pre-certification self-testing and ensures production quality assurance and is part of a larger mobile payment offering.

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Kiwibank Implements Broadridge Reconciliation

Broadridge Financial Solutions announced that Kiwibank will deploy its “PROactive Reconciliation” solution for the automation of reconciliations and investigations. It will support reconciliation requirements across the bank’s cash nostros, POS transactions and its products for ATMs, credit cards, foreign exchange and interbank payments. This will ultimately let Kiwibank reduce operational risk through earlier detection of exceptions and increased efficiency in investigating and resolving outstanding issues while supporting continual growth through the provision of an enterprise reconciliation platform.

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ACG Reports mPayments Report & Usage

The Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) is set to launch its new Mobile Payments Report (MPR), a market research service that provides comprehensive and trended insight covering mobile as a payments device, means to manage finances, marketing channel, and as a method of engaging with consumers. The MPR is an invaluable source of insight that solves multiple issues in a rapidly evolving market place. Unlike other ‘spot’ research it is trended four times a year, can have customised cross-tabulations based on precise subscriber needs, and will evolve as the industry evolves. Through insight and research, it enables subscribers to understand how consumers think, feel, and behave to craft compelling strategy and propositions. The report is to ensure subscribers can monitor best practices and access timely, up-to-date, tracked and trended consumer insight.

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Gemalto Supports Diners Club EMV Migration

Gemalto launched its approved EMV application which will be deployed by Diners Club Spain during 2012. Gemalto is providing Diners Club Spain with consulting and personalization services, in addition to Dynamic Data Authentication (DDA) payment cards that are compliant with the Discover Financial Services D-Payment Application Specification (D-PAS). DDA is a highly secure authentication technology whereby the smart card chip creates a unique signature for each transaction that allows banks to authorize transactions more securely. With the addition of Diners Club, Gemalto now supplies EMV solutions to all international payment associations, providing a complete portfolio of secure payment applications.

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