Cubic Launches Bay Area Transportation Card

Clipper card reader technology and decals have been installed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area transportation network and is now set to distribute its smart cards to local commuters. The reloadable Clipper card allows riders to transfer from one transit agency to another by simply touching the card to the Clipper card reader on board each bus or at rail stations for one card to pay for all the rides. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the agency that plans, coordinates and finances transportation projects in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, chose the name Clipper because of its connection with the region’s transportation history. Cubic joined with MTC officials in officially launching the new smart card on June 16 and will be useful on the Muni, BART, AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit, Golden Gate Ferry and Caltrain for about 80% of Bay area transit riders. The Clipper system will eventually extend to 25 transit agencies.

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Bling Nation Expands to Valley National Bank

Valley National Bank is making available mobile payments to its customers thanks to its partnership with Bling Nation mobile payments services. Connecting financial institutions, businesses and consumers through tap-and-pay for purchases at the point of sale, Bling Nation is offering Valley National Bank customers its “BlingTag” microchip sticker that adheres to the back of a mobile phone. Allowing debit transactions directly from their account, the “BlingTag” provides the user a transaction confirmation and account balance by text message with every purchase. The “BlingTag” will provide Valley National Bank customers instant 5% cash back with every Bling transaction up to $100 and does not store any personal information, to avoid any chance of identity theft or fraud.

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GuestMetrics & AmEx Expand Data Application

Shot Spirits has announced GuestMetrics has expanded its relationship with American Expres to further positions GuestMetrics in the market. American Express, as a client, will utilize GuestMetrics to track data such as geotargeted spending habits, consumer spending on AMEX vs. other cards and extremely detailed data tracking such as spending on luxury, party sizes at restaurants vs. other card users, etc…GuestMetrics will now work with American Express to provide data retrieved from AMEX users, for a price, to restaurants, any and all of which, would benefit with such data as it helps them determine who’s spending what and how; allowing the restaurant owners to tailor marketing, service, pricing, etc. in accordance for maximum profitability and competitive edge.

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Convio & PayPal Boost Nonprofit Donations

Convio on-demand constituent engagement solutions and PayPal have signed an agreement to allow nonprofits to quickly and easily implement PayPal to collect donations online. PayPal will be a part of Convio’s integrated services, making it simple for Convio’s 1,300 nonprofits to add PayPal to their site and collect donations. PayPal’s nonprofit services include comprehensive reporting tools and discounted rates for 501 charities. Food For The Poor is the number one international relief and development charity in the United States, feeding 2 million people every day, helping children and the poorest of the poor by providing food, housing, health care, education, water projects, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Jeanie Network Offers Acculynk Internet PIN Debit

Fifth Third Processing Solutions’ Jeanie Network has signed agreements to offer Acculynk’s Internet PIN debit solution, “PaySecure”, to Jeanie participants this year. The Jeanie Network is owned and operated by Fifth Third Processing Solutions. With Acculynk’s PaySecure, online shoppers enter their PIN on a graphical PIN-pad at the merchant checkout, and only need their existing Jeanie debit card and a PIN to complete the transaction. There are no hardware devices, passwords, enrollment, or redirection to another website for payment. PaySecure is designed to provide an extra layer of security for debit card transactions, helping lead to reduced fraud and charge-backs for financial institutions, while offering attractive margins and opportunities for incremental volume.

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AdvanPOS Introduces Hospitality Desktop POS

AdvanPOS POS provider has introduced its “Desktop POS DP-6500.” Designed to help save space, the unique desktop design makes AdvanPOS DP-6500 ideal for the hospitality market.
As its ergonomic design allows easier and faster touch screen operation, it ultimately speeds up counter service time and features modularization design for superior flexibility in modular expandability. The design not only allows easy on-site maintenance but also reserves space for further expandability on Wi-Fi, MSR, IC card reader, fingerprint, and RFID module. A second display with VFD is also available as an option.

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Panini Announces RDC Management Web Seminar

Panini distributed capture is set to host the Aite Group at the WebEx online seminar Tuesday, June 22 at 10:00am EST, with a second session at 2:00pm EST that same day. The webinar will cover key topics related to mitigation of risk in remote capture environments. Banks must adhere to strict regulatory guidelines while preserving and protecting customer data and transactions on remote deposit capture. Technology is a critical component of any RDC solution, and there are many factors that should be considered to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with FFIEC regulatory guidelines, which will be addressed at the webinar.

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UKASH MEXICO

Ukash online-cash payments company has partnered with MIT and Citadel to extend its services into Mexico. A mostly cash-orientated economy, Mexico consumers are unable to make transactions online. Through the Ukash partnership with MIT (Mercadotecnia, Ideas y Tecnología), Ukash vouchers are issued at the POS from nearly 400 convenience stores that provide mobile airtime and other payment services through the popular Compra y Paga brand. Ukash vouchers are available in denominations of 200 and 500 Mexican Peso, obtained by simply exchanging cash for a voucher. Ukash vouchers can also be obtained online through a deal with Citadel, where consumers can visit the Citadel payment page and select a voucher from around 150 to 1,500 Mexican Peso.

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WALMART REWARDS

Walmart Canada Bank, a subsidiary of Wal-Mart Canada, has launched its “Walmart Rewards MasterCard.” Walmart Rewards are earned in dollar equivalents – not points – making it easy for cardholders to know how much they have to redeem. Walmart Rewards can be earned on a cardholder’s everyday spending, from groceries to gas. Cardholders earn 1.25 per cent of their purchases in Walmart Rewards for virtually every dollar spent at Walmart Canada and 1 per cent of their purchases in Walmart Rewards when used virtually anywhere else MasterCard is accepted. There are no limits on how many Walmart Rewards cardholders can earn.

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Encore Selects PAX as Preferred PIN pad Provider

TX-based Encore Payment Systems has tapped PAX Technology as a preferred provider of PCI PTS compliant PIN pads. With this, the “SP20” PIN pad will now be included in the Encore “Clear Advantage Secure Payment System” payment system for small to medium-sized businesses, allowing a variety of different payment processing types. The “SP20 PIN” pad is rugged, provides a privacy shield and easy to use PIN pad. It is PCI 2.x compliant, making it a secure and compliant solution into the year 2017 and easily integrates into existing POS terminals allowing merchants to become compliant with as little change as possible.

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VocaLink enhances Euro Clearing and Settlement Mechanism service

VocaLink international payment transactions has enhanced its Euro Clearing and Settlement Mechanism (CSM) service. Banks and their customers will benefit from greater reach and flexibility in submitting SEPA and non-SEPA payments destined for UK Euro or pound sterling accounts. The service currently provides banks and their customers with greater flexibility in submitting payments via VocaLink’s CSM through four daily settlement cycles with same day delivery of Euro, SEPA and non-SEPA payments through one payment file. This will also enhance end-users’ Straight-Through-Processing rates, even if the UK beneficiary account is in pound sterling, providing banks with a fast, cost-effective and reliable way of achieving reach to all UK Bank Identifier Codes.

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