Usablenet Tops ABI Research mCommerce Ranking

Usablenet has been ranked at the top of the latest Non-NFC Mobile Commerce Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research, while MyBuys and Moovweb claimed the second and third spots. These rankings were determined by the “Vendor Matrix” analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets. Vendors are assessed on the important parameters of “innovation” and “implementation” across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix. ABI Research scrutinized vendors’ physical merchant relationships (merchants who have physical locations); e-commerce merchant relationships (no brick-and-mortar locations); solution scope (does the solution include SMS, mobile Internet, and downloadable applications?); and financial and organizational health.

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Bill.com Launches Mobile Solution

Bill.com paperless bill management and payment for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and CPA firms announced its “Bill.com Mobile” is available to help customers manage day-to-day financial operations through their cell phone. The “Bill.com Mobile” solution allows users to review, approve and make payments anytime and anywhere. It also lets users review digital images of bills from their mobile device, approve them, and schedule payments from any bank account they are authorized to access. They also can easily access all of their Bill.com accounts from a single dashboard.

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CLASS ACTION Accuses VISA, MASTERCARD AND BANKS of Price Fixing

Branch MacMaster and Camp Fiorante Matthews have filed a proposed national class action in the British Columbia Supreme Court against Visa, MasterCard, and several leading banks, alleging the credit card giants and banks have engaged in multi-billion dollar price fixing conspiracies. The conspiracies were allegedly to increase or maintain the fees paid by merchants on every credit card transaction. The filer claims, for example, when a customer pays with a credit card, Visa and MasterCard take a percentage fee, along with the card-issuing bank and the company that processes the payment. That percentage allegedly varied depending on what kind of card is used, while basic cards charge a smaller percentage and premium credit cards that offer points and other rewards cost merchants a much higher fee.

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Gemalto mNFC Payment App Certified by MasterCard

Gemalto digital security has released its UICC-embedded software application compliant with Mobile MasterCard “PayPass M/Chip 4” MasterCard payment specification designed for m-NFC. The software application and the UICC have both successfully achieved the compliance assessment and security testing certification in accordance with MasterCard’s highest chip security requirements. This paves the way for mass commercial rollouts of NFC payment across the world. In the UK, Gemalto is already partnering with a global, first-tier financial institution and a world leading mobile operator, to implement the new MasterCard certified mobile payment application and carry out the solution’s first mass commercial roll out.

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Oberthur Technologies Posts Revenue Up 8.2% Y/Y

Oberthur Technologies secure technologies posted full year 2010 results, with revenue up 8.2% from the year ago figure to EUR978.8M. The EBIT margin accounts for 10.4% in 2010 compared with 9.6% in 2009 and the net result margin is at 6.1% in 2010 compared with 5.4% in 2009. Oberthur Technologies Security Printing division recorded a remarkable increase of 50% of its banknotes activity. In 2010, the overall revenue of this division progressed by more than one third in comparison with 2009. The Identity division also recorded a significant progression notably with the development of its systems offer. Meanwhile, Card Systems revenue was also up in 2010 compared to 2009, with a return to growth in the second half of the year.

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New mApps for O2 by 3V Provide Functionality to Customers

In partnership with 3V Transaction Services Irish Payments Company, O2 Money applications are now available on both the Apple and Android platforms. With this, O2 Money customers can now transfer funds between O2 Money cards in real time irrespective of where either sender or recipient is located. The money transfer system costs EUR1 for any amount transferred up to EUR350, recipients can spend the money on the card in-store or online or to withdraw funds at an ATM. App users also benefit from a dashboard feature providing balance checks and transaction history. Additional functionality includes a Google map feature which provides O2 Money customers with the nearest top-up store location and directions on how to get there. Since its launch, over 15,000 people have signed up to O2 Money. Of these 77% of customers are in the 18-44 age bracket, with 60% of cards purchased by men since launch, while 76% of transactions have been online, with retailers, auction sites and airline sites proving most popular.

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Utiba Americas to Host Central Bank of Ecuador mWallet

Utiba Pte mobile financial transaction software affiliate, Utiba Americas, will oversee RFP process for the Central Bank of Ecuador mobile wallet project. The Central Bank of Ecuador thoroughly researched successful mobile money projects and deployments worldwide, and based upon their investigation, drew up strict technical pre-qualifications for its mobile money program. The Ecuadorian mobile financial services project will provide all inhabitants with a mobile wallet for storing, sending and receiving money. The system will operate throughout the entire country, using cellular service from any one of the three mobile network operators present in Ecuador, and can integrate all financial institutions as they are already connected to the Central Bank of Ecuador.

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GuestLogix Renews Processing Agreements with an American Airline

GuestLogix onboard store technology to the passenger travel industry has forged a multi-year renewal agreement with a large North American Airline, for which its will continue to provide its “OnTouch” technology platform. The platform includes POS handheld devices and secure transaction processing and onboard retail management technology. GuestLogix is a global provider of onboard store technology and merchandising, which helps airlines and other operators create, manage, and control onboard retail environments tailored to their needs and their passengers.

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Ceridian SVS Launches Supermarket Giftcard

Ceridian Stored Value Solutions (SVS) prepaid solutions has joined forces with Eroski retailer to create a gift card program for consumers. The cards, which can hold up to EUR 3000 in value are available throughout Eroski’s 120 hypermarkets with plans to extend the gift card program to the company’s 1000 supermarkets in 2011. Ceridian-owned SVS manages more than five hundred million card products and processes over one billion transactions annually, partnering with top retailers around the world to offer stored value solutions that will effectively drive the behavior that will lead to business success.

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OTI 2010 Performance Makes for Promising 2011

On Track Innovations contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions announced FY/10 total revenues of $53.6 million, $22.2 million up from the previous year figure of $31.4 million. This is a 71% increase in one year. Meanwhile, revenues from transaction fees totaled $4.0 million, a 37% increase compared to $2.9 million last year, while gross margin increased to 54% vs. 47% last year. OTI applications include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking and loyalty programs. Subsequent to this performance, OTI execs are projecting 2011 revenue to grow to $55-$60 million.

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AmEx Launches Prepaid Digital Payment Platform

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] American Express has officially introduced its “Serve” digital payment and commerce platform. Focused on allowing consumers to more effectively spend, send and receive money with services that go beyond the existing global payment networks, “Serve” lets users make purchases and person-to-person (P2P) payments online (serve.com), via mobile phones, and with merchant…

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First National Bank of Omaha Launches Discover Card

First National Bank of Omaha credit card issuer and the Discover Network have launched of the “First National Bank of Omaha Discover” credit card. The two parties signed a multi-year agreement in August 2010 allowing First National Bank of Omaha to issue credit cards on the Discover network. First National Bank is now one of only three US banks with contracts to issue credit cards on all four major card networks. It provides users an introductory rate of 0% on purchases (6 mo) and balance transfers (12 mo); a cash back feature which allow cardholders to earn up to 5% depending on spend; eligibility to participate in the Discover “Everyday Giveaway Promotion”; and access to Discover’s “Cash Over” feature that allows cardholders to get $20-100 cash back at select retailers.

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