Gemalto, Banco Itaú and TIM Launch NFC Pilot Program

Gemalto digital security announced its UpTeq NFC SIM and AllynisTrusted Services Management (TSM) platform are at the core of Brazil’s first mobile NFC payment program. TIM Brasil, a mobile operator with 70 million subscribers, and Banco Itaú, one of the world’s largest banks, are using Gemalto’s technology to transform smartphones into convenient mobile payment solutions that enable secure, on-the-go transactions by simply waving the handset close to a contactless payment terminal. Gemalto’s TSM platform will enable the secure integration and management of NFC services across the country. Gemalto’s NFC SIM cards and TSM platform greatly simplify and speed up secure mobile transactions, keeping sensitive account data private while providing a value added service that increases customer satisfaction and loyalty for brands and banks.

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Oxygen8 Expands mPayment Service Globally

Oxygen8 Group, provider of integrated mobile solutions, announced the global expansion of its “Bridge” mobile money transfer hub. Connecting even more Mobile Network Operators and Remittance Organizations to mobile wallet markets around the world, the rollout marks the beginning of a significant investment in 2013 that will drive the company further into the innovative mobile payments space. It is also compatible with all M-wallet systems and supports integration with money sending and receiving organisations other than mobile operators, such as Payment Service Providers (PSPs), cash-in or cash-out agents and financial institutions such as banks.

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Conference Board Economic Index Continues Momentum

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. was up 0.2% in January to 94.1 after a 0.5% gain in December and a flat November. Indicating a slow but continued expansion in economic activity, this growth was also thanks to improvements in housing permits and financial components helped boost…

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Western Union Certifies Ericsson mWallet Platform

Western Union Company global payment services certified the Ericsson Wallet Platform, allowing Ericsson to offer its operator customers the ability to include Western Union® Mobile Money Transfers in their financial services portfolios. The Ericsson M-Commerce services portfolio is designed to unlock the potential of the mobile wallet, fast-track mobile operators’ time to market for deploying mobile financial services, and support the rapid adoption of m-commerce by their subscribers.

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Katahdin Trust Deploys Fiserv Platform

Katahdin Trust Company has chosen the Fiserv Premier bank platform, as well as a comprehensive selection of additional solutions from Fiserv. Fiserv allows Katahdin Trust Company to effectively compete with larger banks in its market by quickly bringing innovative products and services to its customers. One such product, Mobile Source Capture(TM) from Fiserv, turns a smartphone into a deposit-making device, enabling consumers and small businesses to safely and securely deposit checks from any location. Technology provided includes business online banking, wire services and check capture to make business banking easier and expand beyond the bank’s traditional geographic footprint. The institution will also deploy Fiserv “Popmoney” for person-to-person payments, “CheckFree RXP” for bill payments, “Mobiliti” for mobile banking, “Business Online” and “Retail Online” for online banking, “Branch Source Capture,” “Merchant Source Capture” for check capture and “WireXchange” for wire transfers, along with a host of other services.

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TSYS Acquires NetSpend for $1.4B

TSYS payment solutions and NetSpend general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid debit cards signed a definitive agreements by which TSYS will acquire NetSpend for $1.4 billion, cash. TSYS expects the transaction to be accretive to GAAP EPS for the first 12 month period following closing, excluding one-time acquisition related fees and expenses. NetSpend’s extensive distribution network provides consumers the ability to purchase prepaid debit cards at more than 62,000 distributing merchant locations, such as retailers, check cashers, convenience stores, grocers, insurance providers, tax preparers and many others. NetSpend currently serves more than 2.4 million accounts of which 46% are direct deposit.

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Michael Waltrip Racing Teams CardStar on Mobile App

Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) has teamed up with CardStar from Constant Contact to give key sponsors and NASCAR partners an easy way to reward loyal fans through the CardStar app. MWR has a perfect opportunity to reach fans with targeted content and promotions through their smartphone. Race fans can become an MWR Insider anytime by downloading the CardStar app and the MWR Insider Card. The card gets them access to MWR merchandise and exclusive offers from partners and sponsors, like Aaron’s, 5-Hour ENERGY, and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, right from their phone. The program will also drive foot traffic through geo-fencing capabilities that push special offers directly to the phones of consumers who are near participating local businesses. CardStar’s free mobile loyalty application is available on all major mobile platforms. CardStar has more than 3 million active users, and with users in all 50 U.S. states and 173 countries worldwide.

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EnStream to Enable SecureKey Authentication Technology

SecureKey Technologies completed an agreement with EnStream to enable SecureKey authentication technology on mobile phones. SecureKey recently launched its SecureKey “Concierge” authentication service for the Government of Canada that enables Canadians to use their bank authentication credentials to obtain access to online government services like pension, tax and benefits. This promotes the interoperability of security credentials as SecureKey allows consumers and businesses to securely access online services and affect online payments simply using their mobile devices for enhanced NFC security and authentication.

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Telekom Deutschland Implements Atos Worldline Payment

Atos Worldline hi-tech transactional services signed a framework agreement with Telekom Deutschland for the development, setup and operation of the new “Pay-At-Match” system. This new cashless and cardless system permits secure and convenient payments by enabling customers to use their fingerprint and a personal identification number (PIN). The decisive factor was primarily Atos Worldline technological background and know-how gathered of 40 years. Telekom Deutschland can now benefit from this wealth of experience in implementing innovative, efficient and secure payment systems. By speeding up payment processing, this secure and convenient biometric authentication method reduces waiting times at the cash desk and thus leads to greater customer satisfaction.

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Bank Asya Deploys Diebold ATMs

Diebold is delivering the advanced functionality and efficiency of its Opteva automated teller machines (ATMs) and Agilis 3 software to Bank Asya. Diebold installed 161 advanced-function ATMs, including 146 Opteva 760 and Opteva 720 ATMs and 15 Opteva 868 cash recycling terminals. Bank Asya is partnering with Diebold to provide consumers with additional self-service options and a consistent experience at the self-service channel. Diebold’s cash recycling deposit automation modules offer flexible migration options and help transform self-service deposits into a more teller-like interaction”enabling a higher-quality transaction for optimum consumer experience. All of the ATMs will be equipped with Diebold’s Agilis 3 software, which provide seamless integration of solutions and services in both multi-channel and multi-vendor environments.

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Average Card Rates Demonstrate Atypical Stagnation

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Average credit card APRs did not experienced the typical post-holiday season plummet from January to February, holding at a steady 14.96% February average. Slightly higher than the 14.91% average measured the year ago period, the average credit card APR has settled just below 15%. This after a nearly 0.50% jump in…

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Visa to Showcase mPayments at mWorld Congress in Spain

Visa, in collaboration with mobile operators is set to demonstrate at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Spain. Visa’s product showcase will provide attendees the NFC Mobile Payment Experience, for which it partnered with Telefonica, La Caixa and the GSMA to provide select Mobile World Congress attendees with a hands-on mobile payments experience. Also Visa and GSMA will release a new five-country study, “Unlocking the Potential: Women and Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets,” offering insights on how mobile financial services can better support the complex financial lives of women at the base of the pyramid.

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