Trub and Sequent Offer OTA NFC Card Provisioning

Sequent Software and Trüb AG announced to have entered a technology partnership in which Trüb will use Sequent’s mobile payments platform to provide over-the-air provisioning and lifecycle-management services for EMV-compliant bank cards, customer loyalty cards, access cards and transit cards on secure elements used in NFC mobile devices. For example, using the Trüb SP-TSM service, bank card issuers and other service providers can instantly provision their cards into customers’ NFC mobile devices like Samsung Galaxy S4 operating on the Swisscom network. Using Sequent’s platform, the Trüb SP-TSM service offers a secure, over-the-air (OTA) channel for a broad set of card issuers to provision and manage the lifecycle of credit, prepaid, loyalty, reward, access, transit and other cards on the secure elements of mobile devices.

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JCB Partners Caixa on National Expansion

JCB International and Caixa Economica Federal (“CAIXA”) signed an agreement for the issuing of JCB cards in Brazil. Starting with credit cards for a total of 5 million accounts in the next 3 years, CAIXA plans to add debit and prepaid JCB brand cards in the near future. JCB is a global payment brand with over 24 million merchants and 80 million cardmembers around the world. In Brazil, with a partnership with Cielo, Brazil’s largest credit card acquirer, JCB card is now accepted at all of the more than 1.2 million Cielo merchants, representing almost every credit card accepting merchant in Brazil.

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Swift Publishes Whitepaper on African Payments

SWIFT published a white paper, “Africa Payments: Insights into African transaction flows. Based on analysis of SWIFT traffic, it offers unique insights into transaction flows between African countries, and between Africa and other regions. The paper identifies environmental factors that may drive change in cross-border transaction flows, which could reshape pan-African banking, lead to shifts in currency usage and create opportunities for multi-currency clearing in Africa. SWIFT data highlights that ‘financial’ flows do not reflect ‘commercial’ flows, demonstrating a disconnect between payment routes and the movement of goods and services, particularly between Africa and Asia. This means that, while Asia Pacific countries are the fastest growing trading partners for most African countries, representing 22% of all commercial flows from Africa, only 5% of financial flows are sent directly to banks in the Asia Pacific region.

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DataCash Partners TV App Agency

DataCash is partnering with one of the leading Smart TV app development consultancies, TV App Agency, to deliver Smart TV payment solutions. The partnership will see DataCash integrate its payment gateway into TV App Agency’s ‘TV App Engine’, offering a new way for brands and app developers to accept payments through their applications. Currently developers creating apps for Smart TVs often require a significant amount of investment as there are different types of code and standards for each brand of Smart TV. The ‘TV App Engine’ however provides brands and app developers with a single platform that allows the development of one app that can be generated to work across many different Smart TV brands including Samsung, LG, Phillips, Sony, Panasonic and OperaTV as well as Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox. Through the integration between DataCash’s secure and robust payment gateway with the TV App Engine, brands and developers can increase their return-on-investment as well as create potential new business models.

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ROAM Partners Merchant Warehouse

ROAM of Ingenico partnered Merchant Warehouse to expand the company’s mobile payment acceptance solutions. Merchant Warehouse will leverage ROAM’s secure mobile card readers, associated software and services to provide its merchants and partners with new mpayment solutions. ROAM enables ISOs, acquirers and other resellers to quickly get to market with their own mobile solution without the expense of building one from the ground up. Resellers are able to leverage ROAM’s field-tested design, built-in security features, and cross-device support, while customizing the solution to meet their unique business needs.

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Vodafone Expands NFC Footprint

Vodafone, Visa and BNZ make buying stuff with your phone a reality with the preview of Vodafone SmartPass, a new mobile payments application that will shrink the contents of Kiwi pockets and handbags. Vodafone SmartPass takes the stress out of shopping, and lets customers make convenient, every day purchases with a simple wave of a smartphone. Using contactless Near Field Communication (NFC) and Visa payWave technology, the app functions as a digital wallet. Once activated, customers can load funds from any bank to the SmartPass account, which can then be used to pay for items at any location with a Visa payWave contactless terminal.

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Dynamics Launches Exclusive Artwork Gallery

This week Dynamics introduced a whole new experience for fans of diverse artists by enabling them to earn exclusive collections of their work. The collections feature photorealism, mixed media, golf, fantasy, gothic and allegorical acrylic art. Each artist has created new works exclusively for Dynamics ePlate® cardholders, and has taken what a credit card looks like to a whole new level – with each artist’s ePlate® card capturing their artistic signature. The cards are uniquely designed by each artist with their artwork on the front of the card – and in an industry first – they have also designed the magnetic stripe in their style, a stark contrast to the dark stripe we have all grown accustomed to on the back of credit cards. Collectors of these artists and other upcoming artists can now earn artwork with their everyday purchases.

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SBC Bank Signs JCB Card Issuance MOU

Singapore Banking Corporation Ltd. (SBC Bank), a leading commercial bank in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB, the only global payment brand based in Japan, announce that SBC has started JCB merchant acquiring operations in the Cambodia market and has signed a memorandum of understanding for JCB card issuing. SBC Bank will phase in JCB card acceptance at all SBC Bank merchants in Cambodia by the end of 2013 and plans to issue JCB card in the near future. The strong economic growth of the Cambodia market is creating more potential for card issuing business. SBC Bank and JCBI are preparing to launch JCB card issuance in the next few years.

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CIMB Bank Intros mMoney Transfer

CIMB Bank announced the launch of the Kwik Account, the first account in Malaysia that can be opened online without visiting a bank branch, and is instantly activated upon successful application. It also introduced Kwik Money Transfer, a new feature on its market leading internet banking platform, CIMB Clicks, that gives all CIMB Bank savings and current account holders the capability to send money to anyone’s Malaysian mobile numbers or email addresses instead of account numbers. The Kwik Account is accessible via CIMB Clicks and CIMB Clicks Mobile App on Apple and Android mobile devices. Customers can also easily transfer money into this account online or at any CIMB Bank cash deposit machines.

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Globus Expands NCR Self-Checkout Deployment

Globus is making NCR self-checkout more widely available, enhancing shopper experiences and streamlining business operations. The hypermarket chain plans installations in its new markets in Krasnogorsk and Tver as well as in the chain’s existing store in Klimovsk. Globus customers have quickly embraced self-checkout. For instance, in Globus’ Vladimir store, about 15,000 customers a week are using self-checkout technology. Shoppers are migrating to self-checkout because it helps save time by scanning, bagging and paying for goods themselves. The user-friendly interface guides shoppers through each step of the self-checkout process by visual and verbal prompts.

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BRAC Bank to Accept JCB cards

JCB International, the international subsidiary of JCB, the only global payment brand based in Japan announced that BRAC Bank Limited (BRAC Bank), a leading commercial bank in Bangladesh, starts JCB merchant acquiring operations in Bangladesh based on a license agreement. With this agreement, JCB cards will be accepted at over 3,400 BRAC Bank merchants throughout Bangladesh by the end of October 2013. JCB has been planning to expand its existing merchant network in the region in order to meet the demands of JCB cardmembers visiting Bangladesh mainly for business purpose.

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