Kuapay Announces New Advisory Board Member

Kuapay, the secure mobile wallet that aims to enhance the transaction experience among consumers, merchants, and banks, announced the addition of the famed financial economist Myron Scholes to its advisory board where he will serve as chairman. Scholes is a Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, and co-originator of the Black-Scholes options pricing model. Scholes brings more than 40 years of extensive experience in finance and economics to Kuapay. He has lectured and written extensively on financial intermediation, including the evolution of transacting, and has been involved in developing transacting and accounting businesses.

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EE Implements PrePay Solutions for New Service

PrePay Solutions will be facilitating the payment technology for EE’s “Cash on Tap” service, a ground-breaking mobile payments solution. PrePay Solutions will be providing e-Money issuing, BIN sponsorship, and transaction processing services for the Cash on Tap product. This will be supported through a proprietary mobile application service that enables a mobile App and NFC phone to provide an extensive set of payment options. This includes NFC payments through MasterCard PayPass; Online payments via a virtual MasterCard; and Application via mobile App. “Cash on Tap” can pay for goods and services by simply holding their smartphone over a PayPass contactless payment terminal.

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AB Implements ECS electraiTx ATM & Card Payment Offering

ElectraCard Services (ECS) software solutions and processing services for electronic payment systems, announced that AB Bank, the first private sector bank in Bangladesh, has chosen ECS’s electraiTx series – the latest version of the electra payment suite to run their ATM network and process credit and debit cards. ECS has provided AB Bank with their PA-DSS certified electraSWITCH, electraDEBIT and electraCREDIT solutions from the product suite. AB Bank runs a domestic network of 230 ATMs and is looking to rapidly expand their services within the country and expects to double their card users by 2015. They are leveraging ECS solutions to implement a safe, secure and convenient platform for enabling all their payment requirements. The electra iTx series platform is a next generation PA-DSS certified secure transaction platform, built from the ground-up on open standards and industry best-practices to support the service oriented architectures (SOA).

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MoneyGram Partners Banco Espírito Santo

MoneyGram announced that it has signed an agreement with Banco Espírito Santo, one of Portugal’s largest banks, and is now offering its funds transfer services at bank locations across the country. The agreement boosts MoneyGram’s presence in Portugal and brings added convenience to both BES and MoneyGram customers. According to the Portuguese Immigration Observatory, the number of Portuguese immigrants increased to nearly three million, with destinations including Angola, France, Brazil and Switzerland. According to Bank of Portugal’s latest figures, the country received nearly $3 billion and sent nearly more than $500 million in 2012. MoneyGram’s services enable customers in Portugal to send and receive funds both domestically and internationally.

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US Conference Board Continues Marginal Growth

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. was up 0.1% in June to 95.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 % increase in May, and a 0.1 percent decline in April. The LEI six-month growth rate remains steady, suggesting that conditions in the economy remain resilient. Widespread gains in…

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U.S. Bank Adds Square Payment Option

U.S. Bank has added Square to its digital wallet options available to customers via their iOS and Android smartphones. Customers can link their U.S. Bank credit, debit, or prepaid account to the Square application to make purchases from their smartphone. Square wallet can be used at merchant locations that sell with Square. Customers can discover nearby businesses using Square wallet, and pay at the point of sale with their mobile device by simply saying their name. Square’s technology automatically manages the transaction from the customer’s U.S. Bank payment account to the merchant. Transactions are completed without the cashier ever having the customer’s account number and other sensitive data.

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Discover Inks New Debit Program

Old Second National Bank has teamed with Discover to create the Old Second Debit Card powered by Discover® Debit. Old Second customers will receive the new card in 2014, following a pilot program with bank employees. Discover Debit is managed by PULSE, a leading debit/ATM network, and a subsidiary of Discover Financial Services. Old Second, a PULSE network participant for more than 10 years, has approximately 50,000 debit cardholders. The bank provides full-service banking from Chicago-area branches in Cook, Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, DuPage, LaSalle and Will counties in Illinois. By joining with Discover, Old Second will provide its customers with signature debit cards that provide convenient access to manage and spend their funds, along with security features that give them peace of mind.

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ACI Worldwide Recognized as Best-in-Class for Payments

ACI Worldwide announced its ACI Universal Payments Platform enterprise payments solution has been named a ‘Best-in-Class’ solution in Payments Capability in the 2013 Payments Hub report by CEB TowerGroup. Universal Payments Platform’s broad capabilities meant it was rated in each category evaluated in the feature audit of the research. The comprehensive payments hub analysis evaluates nine key technology firms across the industry using 22 attributes defined by CEB TowerGroup. The final report covers market drivers, case studies, spending forecasts, investment priorities and emerging technologies as well as a full-feature audit. ACI’s Universal Payments Platform is noted specifically in the Payments Capability category for delivering “linear scalability, high performance and platform independence for transaction processing.”

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OKI Restructures ATM Supply Chain, Partners Yamato Group

OKI launched a new transportation system that will distribute precision equipment, such as ATM maintenance parts, safely and precisely throughout China. This follows a measure to restructure OKI’s supply chain management (SCM), with the goal of strengthening its ATM business foundations in China. The new system will begin transporting materials in July between OKI’s maintenance parts warehouse in Shenzhen City, Guangdong, and a maintenance site in Hebei. Having set a goal to reduce logistics costs for ATM maintenance parts in China by 30% over the next three years, OKI will expand the new transport system to serve all OKI maintenance sites throughout China and pursue further SCM restructuring. OKI’s cash-recycling ATMs currently account for approximately 50% of this market, the leading market share. With ever-growing numbers of ATMs installed in China and continuing expansion into interior China, OKI needed to ensure a safe, secure, and effective transportation system and provide access to speedy repairs and supply systems for maintenance parts delivered to approximately 220 maintenance sites.

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Secure Electrans Gets Govt Approval on Chip and PIN Service

Secure Electrans payment solutions has received Government support for its Chip&PIN home terminal as a practical way to reduce fraud. Secure Electrans’ HomePay™ Chip&PIN system received support from the UK Government’s Communication Electronics Security Group (‘CESG’) working in partnership with the Europe-wide Open Standard for Security and Certification (‘OSeC’). Secure Electrans has been working closely with both regulatory organisations alongside industry competitors in efforts to raise standards via the implementation of an Evaluation and Certification Framework. This aims to implement a single scheme for security in payment terminals and cards, incorporating recognition of multiple security certification card schemes and banking organisations. HomePay™ operates through the multi-billion pound global and trusted Chip&PIN infrastructure, and has the potential to create a standardised payment processing architecture for online transactions.

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ZTE Makes Available Smartphones and Data Cards

ZTE Corporation network solutions and mobile devices launched a new range of smartphones and data cards in India to provide consumers in the country with a choice of high-performance devices to enhance their mobile experience. ZTE is offering six new smartphones, including the Quad-Core ZTE Grand X, featuring a brilliant 5-inch high-definition screen, in India, partnering with Calyx Telecommunications to make the devices widely available to consumers across the country. In addition, ZTE is introducing four new data cards together with partner Digilife to meet the needs of India consumers for high-speed data access. ZTE, one of the world’s Top 5 mobile handset and smartphone manufacturers, provides consumers around the world a wide choice of innovative and feature-rich devices, ranging from entry level to high-end smartphones, delighting users with thoughtful and intuitive design features that improve their mobile experience.

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