Heartland Payment Launches Wireless Printing

Heartland Payment Systems’ Campus Solutions introduced its W’PA wireless printing solution. The W’PA solution eliminates an institution’s dependence on equipment purchases/leases, hardware and software licenses and maintenance and server integration fees, while offering its student community enhanced convenience and cutting-edge printing technology. It lets students upload documents for printing wherever Internet service is provided. Printing kiosks can be placed virtually anywhere on campus to meet the needs of the school community ” students are no longer confined to computer labs or libraries. Once registered, students simply visit their preferred W’PA kiosk, log in and select a method of payment to print their documents. Supporting multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, Lenox and Unix), W’PA offers students the option to print their documents in black and white or color, as well as double-sided prints.

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ParTech Integrates VeriFone for POS Software

ParTech enterprise POS software provider has integrated VeriFone’s VeriShield Total Protect into its “EverServ Software” to help make payment card transactions safer for restaurant customers while simplifying and reducing the cost of PCI compliance for restaurant operators. PAR has created a fully integrated and easily supported solution that combines VeriShield Total Protect end-to-end encryption with PAR EverServ QSR 1.4 or later software using PAR’s proprietary electronic payment interface (EPI). PAR’s unique EPI gives operators the flexibility to implement their choice of industry-standard PCI security solutions today and adapt their POS system to support new security capabilities as PCI standards evolve. The EPI simplifies the integration of security solutions and helps operators quickly achieve PCI compliance.

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Zorate Launches Discount iPhone App

Zorate online voucher company has unveiled their “zApp” iPhone application, bringing Discounts on Demand to mobile users who are out on the town looking for deals. The easy to use zApp allows consumers to demand discounts from local businesses and share those deals with Facebook friends. Businesses can alert those same consumers about special coupons, discounts, or deals they are running when one is within a certain mile radius of those businesses. The app includes “zTracker,” making the iPhone a personal shopping assistant that knows the shopper’s needs, then lets the deals find the shopper, “Zooting,” allowing consumers to communicate directly to businesses the discounts they want, when they want them and ‘Redeem & Share,’ allowing customers to realize greater saving simply by ‘sharing’ the info through Facebook.

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PCI SSC Announces Program Highlights for Community Meetings

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced further details on sessions planned for its annual Community Meetings. The PCI SSC Community Meetings are meant to examine the protections afforded by the PCI Security Standards; discuss the challenge and potential of the latest in payment technologies; and provide critical feedback to continue to evolve the standards to address the changing threat climate. The 3-day program will include the latest in breaking forensics, security trends and technology from expert keynote speakers; SSC updates on the global state of PCI and technologies such as: point-to-point encryption, mobile payments, virtualization and tokenization; as well as dedicated sessions providing guidance to those aiding in PCI assessments, including Approved Scanning Vendors (ASV), Qualified Security Assessors (QSA), and Internal Security Assessors (ISA). The program will also include PCI in Practice Case Studies; Creating a Security Lifecycle; and Special Interest Group (SIG) Presentations. Attendees will also have the chance meet and ask questions of representatives from the global card brands, financial institutions and peers from their own industry.

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ATM Group appoints Global Development & Marketing Head

Audrey Lavelle and Adam Slinger join ATM Executive Research to expand the company’s global reach. Audrey Lavelle has taken on the position as Head of Global Development focusing on the growth of ATM Group on an international scale and developing new and existing clients while Adam Slinger takes on a new role within ATM Executive Research as Marketing Manager, with responsibility and emphasis on promoting the overall brand; driving a new level of fresh and sustainable marketing and PR activities.

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Credomatic Launches iPad POS Solution

Credomatic released “ORDYX LITE” Web-based Touchscreen POS Solution-based on the Apple iPad. This offers most of the POS and Order Entry Features inherent in the standard ORDYX POS System offering-however this new release is targeted to break the price barrier for small single terminal restaurants that could not afford a full featured Touchscreen POS system like ORDYX and are still using basic Electronic Cash Registers. It uses a merchant supplied Apple iPad as the Touch POS Terminal with free placement of peripherals including Receipt and optional Remote Printers, Mag Stripe Readers and Cash Drawers. It offers ouchscreen POS and Order Entry; integrated High Speed Credomatic Payment Processing; and Optional Customer Account/Delivery Module.

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Report to the Congress on Government-Administered, General-Use Prepaid Cards

Section 1075 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which amends the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), directs the Board to report annually on the prevalence of use of general-use prepaid cards in federal, state, and local government-administered payment programs and the interchange transaction fees and cardholder fees charged with respect to the use of such general-use prepaid cards. [1] The act requires the Board to begin submitting these annual reports 12 months after the date of enactment. General-use prepaid card programs are used as a method for disbursing funds to individuals and allowing government agencies to make payment in the administration of government benefit, assistance, and other miscellaneous programs. In most instances, general-use prepaid cards replace the issuance of checks or vouchers when funds are not or cannot be disbursed directly to beneficiary accounts at financial institutions. Depository institutions provided cardholder fee information for 70 programs, for which the average 2010 cardholder fee was $9.69 per card, or 0.3 percent of the total amount disbursed to cards. The average automated teller machine (ATM) cash withdrawal fee was 47 cents, or 0.3 percent of the amount withdrawn. The average ATM cash withdrawal fee charged to cardholders, however, was about 20 percent less than the amount paid by card issuers to the ATM operators for these transactions.

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Target Expands m-Coupon Program

With enrollment on the rise, Target is broadening its mobile instant coupon pilot at select locations by scheduling additional deals, reports Mobile Commerce Daily. Registrations for Target’s Text to Get instant mobile coupon program have doubled since this past February, the company reports. Shoppers can enroll through mobile Web, online or by texting the keyword COUPONS to the short code 827438 (Target). The latest pilot will conclude July 29. Target last spring became the first retailer to enable a bar code scanning right from a mobile device at any U.S. location, the site reports.

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Monster Offers mPayment Strategy Validated

Monster Offers mobile solutions company and Daily Deal aggregator announced its mobile payment strategy is perfectly positioned to meet the current needs of the Daily Deal industry. As Daily Deal providers converged at last week’s Deals 3D Conference in San Francisco, creating better mobile experiences and integrating mobile payment solutions prevailed as hot topics as the next phase of business development for the group buying industry. Monster Offers’ ZalaPay mobile payment solution proved to resonate with Daily Deal providers as current payment methods lack tight integration with providers’ sites and distracts users from completing the purchase process, especially from mobile devices. The ZalaPay solution provides a truly integrated “in-app” purchase experience for the user, resulting in significant conversion of sales for the deal publisher. Monster Offers’ mobile financial services include “EZ-Click” Mobile Cashier, Pre-Paid Debit Cards, P2P Mobile Money, Redemption, and Daily Deal Wallet.

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appMobi Enhances Security, Removes Credit Card Databases

appMobi unveiled its secure “cloudKey” authentication technology, and announced cloudKey’s immediate integration into appMobi’s 1Touch “single touch” payment system. 1Touch with cloudKey is ready for use by Web and mobile app developers who seek to offer their users a highly secure and streamlined e-commerce experience. The cloudKey technology takes a fresh approach to secure online commerce in which the user’s credit card information is stored only on the user’s device, never in an online database. The private data are stored using 256 bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) – the same encryption level approved by the NSA, widely regarded as “unbreakable.” The “1Touch” technology offers simple integration with any payment gateway such as PayPal, Authorize.net, and even direct carrier billing. 1Touch has been tested extensively and is compatible with all popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6.0 and later, and Safari. Like most cloud services, 1Touch is billed at a nominal fee per transaction, rather than a percentage of the transaction amount.

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Diebold to Deploy Situational Awareness Platform at World Trade

Diebold is managing the installation, integration and maintenance of a complex security software system for the new World Trade Center (WTC) site in New York City. The comprehensive Situational Awareness Platform Software (SAPS) system will collect, correlate and display information from a wide variety of the WTC site’s critical security systems, as well as provide identity management capabilities. These integration efforts will connect an array of systems to the WTC security command center via a single interface, giving operators unified control and views of the entire WTC site. The systems that Diebold will integrate are interspersed among 11 primary buildings and facilities, including five skyscrapers, the third-largest transportation hub in New York City, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, a retail venue, a performing arts center, a vehicle security center and critical infrastructure facilities.

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