Ceridian Prepaid Joins Polish Gift Card Association

Ceridian Prepaid has joined the Polish Gift Card Association. With this, the Company will facilitate the goals of the Polish Gift Card, which includes raising awareness and knowledge of market developments and activities associated with the idea of gift cards and vouchers. It communicates directly with both consumers and businesses and promotes the benefits associated with gift card use. The Association, whose members include both Polish and international gift card issuers and other companies, will work closely with SVS and its other members to facilitate the exchange of information, experiences and ideas.

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Metro Bank Implements Temenos m-banking

Temenos banking software announced Metro Bank will implement Temenos’ “ARC Mobile” mobile banking. Metro Bank’s business model is underpinned by a ‘convenience with quality’ ethos, which pledges to deliver the ultimate customer experience through exceptional service delivery. The bank will deploy ARC Mobile towards the end of the year. In developed banking markets, the increase in smart phone adoption coupled with today’s technology savvy consumer is driving the need for banks to offer superior mobile banking services. Metro Bank can deliver a larger set of convenient products and services including alerts, interactive enquiries and payments, enabling customers to access the bank via a secure mobile channel whenever and however they choose.

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Most Brits to use mobile money by 2015

The majority of Britons will be using their mobile phone to manage their bank accounts, pay bills and make purchases within the next three years as those using their mobile for financial matters has doubled in two years to almost 10% of the population. This number will exceed 50% in the next few years as banks and retailers deliver new services. This, according to research commissioned by Monitise, also shows a major factor will also be the emergence of ‘tap-and-go’ payments usingNFC , plus an increase in the range of Mobile Money services. Also, 57% have used mobile banking more frequently in the past year than they did in the previous year; 68% find banking on the handset easier than over the internet; and 70% of mobile bankers are very keen to use their mobile to buy things.

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MasterCard and APS Financial extend pre-paid partnership

MasterCard and prepaid card issuer APS Financial Limited have extended their successful brand partnership by signing a new five-year deal to continue collaboration to drive prepaid market growth in Europe. APS was prepaid card company to achieved direct membership to MasterCard in the UK back in 2007. As an exclusive issuer of MasterCard-branded cards this partnership has grown and strengthened thanks is great part to APS growing among the ranks of the UKs leading providers of payment solutions and prepaid cards.

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Travelex Makes Chip and PIN foreign currency cash card Available online

Travelex non-bank foreign exchange currency provider is making it easier for international travelers to purchase its “Cash Passport” with chip and PIN technology through its website. This gives consumers the convenience of choosing either home delivery or a new in-store pick-up option at more than 100 convenient US Travelex locations. Customers purchasing “Cash Passport” online can take advantage of Travelex’s Online “Price Promise,” honoring a lower published price on complete online foreign currency orders. If a customer locates a lower price on another website that was offered on the same business day as their purchase at www.us.travelex.com, they can contact a Travelex foreign exchange specialist within 14 days to receive the difference between the prices. The “Cash Passport” card can be loaded or reloaded in Euro or British Pound Sterling and was designed to meet the growing consumer demand for currency cards that are technologically compatible with overseas merchants that now utilize chip-based transactions.

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InfoVista Launches Self-Service Management App

InfoVista launched its “Vista360 2.0” award-winning self-service performance management Web 2.0 application. Giving flexible and simplified management of operational and customer reporting for service providers and enterprises, the “Vista360” update lets users in network and IT service operations centers pinpoint, analyze and collaborate in real time on network performance and service quality degradation, gain a high-level perspective of network utilization and return on investment, and improve operational troubleshooting on the entire service chain. Vista360 2.0 promotes collaboration both inside and outside of the NOC by enabling one-click sharing of any dashboard as well as access to the underlying performance information through external web-based applications.

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ACI Worldwide & TCS Introduce Payment JV

ACI Worldwide payment systems has signed a teaming agreement with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) IT services, consulting and business solutions. This will leverage the TCS Centre of Excellence in Payments to deliver financial institutions and processors with the best combination of payments products and services to meet their specific needs. ACI Worldwide provides payments solutions for 15 Indian financial institutions, providing functions such as authentication, authorization, routing, settlement, device driving, merchant acquiring and fraud detection. This gives organizations the option of working with a service provider when deploying payment systems from ACI Worldwide.

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Heartland CIO Elected to PCI SSC Board

Steve Elefant, chief information officer at Heartland Payment Systems, has been elected to the 2011-2013 PCI Security Standards Council Board of Advisors to join its 21 current members. He will help determine strategic and technical guidance as the Council continually develops security standards and seeks to raise awareness and compliance with its guidance. He is well received as an industry leader in payment card security, having pioneered Heartland’s ” E3″ end-to-end encryption technology to encrypt sensitive data from the moment of card swipe to and through Heartland’s network. Elefant was also recently named one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2011 and is also involved with various other groups and coalitions, including the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Infragard Electronic Crimes Task Force, the Payments Processor Information Sharing Council (PPISC) and the Secure Remote Payment Council (SRPC).

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XPIENT Integrates First Data POS Software

XPIENT Solutions has integrated the First Data “TransArmor” solution into its POS software. Combing tokenization and encryption technologies to protect cardholder data at every stage of the transaction, “TransArmor” protects consumer payment card data from the moment it enters the merchant environment, and replaces card numbers with a token number that preserves the value of card data for merchant business operations but removes all value to fraudsters. Over 125,000 merchants process transactions on “TransArmor” payment security service, which will impact the 93,000 XPIENT terminals installed in over 25,000 restaurants.

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Square Announces New iPad, iPhone, and Android Apps

Square announced new features for its iPad POS through its “Register” app for iPad. The app streamlines checkout, tracks sales, and makes it easy for businesses to communicate with customers on their mobile phones. The company also introduced “Card Case” for iPhone and Android users to explore local businesses; view menus; track and store digital receipts; and open digital tabs to make instant, effortless purchases. Square “Register” replaces cash registers with a full featured, touch-enabled POS and checkout solution. Meanwhile, “Card Case” on the Square app for iPhone and Android lets customers access Directory and Menus, and open Tabs at their favorite merchants, making purchasing instant.

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WJ Onahan School Wins Discover $25K School Giveaway

Discover announced that the WJ Onahan School won its $25,000 School Giveaway contest for having received the most votes out of more than 2,900 schools nominated. This after Discover gave its Facebook fans the opportunity to nominate their favorite public school (K-12) for a chance to win $25,000. Each fan could cast one vote each day throughout the contest period. The Onahan School received the most votes, winning $25,000 to use on books, supplies, technology and other much-needed items. Discover’s School Giveaway contest is an extension of its year-long “Everyday Giveaway” sweepstakes program.

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