PULSE Extends ATM Agreement with Busey Bank

PULSE debit/ATM network and Busey Bank, a premier provider of financial services, have extended their affiliation through a long-term agreement that includes PIN POS debit and ATM services. This expanded agreement with PULSE ensures that Busey customers will continue to enjoy the convenience of paying at retail POS terminals across the U.S. through PULSE PAY, and have access to a nationwide network of more than 380,000 ATMs.

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MasterCard and Optimal Payments Partner

Optimal Payments online payment provider signed a five year deal with MasterCard International Incorporated to drive prepaid market growth, focused around the Net+ Prepaid MasterCard program. This after Optimal Payments Limited was to become an issuer of prepaid cards including, which will allow Optimal Payments to more quickly grow the Net+ program and actively pursue additional commercial opportunities. The Net+ card offers cardholders a powerful tool to transfer money and spend anywhere MasterCard is accepted.

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MasterCard Names New VP, Acceptance Development

MasterCard Worldwide has appointed Glen Mahatlani VP, Acceptance Development for South Africa. He will be responsible for growing acceptance of MasterCard products, enabling acceptance at point of sale and ATMs. He is also tasked with driving the adoption and acceptance of new technologies and payment innovations such as mobile and contactless payment platforms. Additional responsibilities include developing alliances with acquiring banks, nurturing relationships with merchants and industry bodies and driving merchant education initiatives within the South African market. Mahatlani holds an Honours degree in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Limpopo.

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NCR Combines Self-Service and mPayments for Restaurant Goers

NCR Corporation launched its “Mobile Pay” solution, allowing restaurant patrons with a smartphone to browse their bill, re-order menu items and alert their server. Designed for restaurants that use NCR Aloha point-of-sale (POS) technology, “Mobile Pay” allows cloud-based credit card processing on mobile devices. The NCR “Mobile Pay” encrypts and securely accepts credit card information with password protection and allows patrons to “favorite” an item, re-order items, alert a server, provide feedback or get an emailed receipt, all integrated with social media just the way mobile users expect.

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Pep Boys to Distribute PayAnywhere mPOS Solution

PayAnywhere mobile POS announced Pep Boys will be merchandising its credit card reader for mobile devices in its retail stores nationwide. The PayAnywhere reader allows Pep Boys customers to process credit and debit transactions right from their mobile device, anytime, anywhere. By selling the PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader in its stores and online, Pep Boys is providing independent contractors and repair shops with an important and powerful payments tool shown to boost revenue and increase customer satisfaction. PayAnywhere offers a professional-grade mobile point of sale solution that works with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry devices.

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Economic Confidence Grows Y/Y, Down M/M

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor was down 2.7 points to 95.4 in November from 98.1 in October, demonstrating lower consumer confidence, although they indicated intentions to spend more in December during the holiday season. Meanwhile, those rating the U.S. economy as good or excellent stayed at 18%, up 10 percentage points…

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Better ATM Services to dispense Discover pre-paid gift cards

Better ATM has become the world’s first provider of the “myGIFT card” ATM-issued multibrand prepaid card, an ATM-dispensed myGIFT One Card Many Choices Discover Prepaid Card allows consumers to shop at premier, nationally recognized restaurant and retail stores including Macy’s, Lowe’s, Outback Steakhouse, and Bonefish Grill. Cards are redeemable to buy goods and services at specific merchants that accept Discover cards. Technology-enabled ATMs, supplied and run by Express Teller Services for Banner Federal Credit Union, will now include a menu screen option offering consumers the opportunity to purchase the myGIFT One Card Many Choices Discover Prepaid Card in addition to selecting cash and other banking service options.

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INSIDE Secure Expands Global Sales Organizations

INSIDE Secure announced BP Electronica, Electrocomponentes, Tritech and ISMOsys have been named to represent its product offerings in four top regional economies. Targeting business opportunities in Mexico, Argentina, Israel and Turkey, respectively, these latest additions to INSIDE’s global sales network will enable the company to more easily provide customers with local design and engineering support and easy access to its broad portfolio of security solutions as businesses and governments in these countries increasingly rely on technology to protect against fraud, the growing threat of cyber attacks and the loss of privacy, among other issues. The four representative firms will sell and support INSIDE Secure’s complete product line.

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U.S. Bank Partners Mitek on mPhoto Bill Pay

U.S. Bank and Mitek Systems mobile imaging software solutions provider, a pioneer of Mobile Deposit technology, forged a strategic mobile technology partnership to offer Mitek’s Mobile Photo Bill Pay product to U.S. Bank customers. Mobile Photo Bill Pay will allow U.S. Bank customers to set up bill payments by simply snapping a picture of their paper bill using their camera-enabled smartphone or tablet. The new feature eliminates the need to manually enter biller and payment information, and allows the customer to make bill payments directly from their mobile device.

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USA Technologies Facilitates 100% Cashless Vending Partnership

USA Technologies and The Pepi Companies completed Pepi’s transition to 100% cashless. The first full-service food and beverage vending company that offers cashless on all its vending equipment, Pepi utilizes USAT’s “ePort” cashless payment technology and comprehensive ePort Connect service for its vending machine base. Pepi and USAT began working on a plan to roll out a cashless solution to Pepi’s vending machine base over the course of a five-year period. The company elected to accelerate that time table, offering 100 percent cashless solution for the remainder of the machine base by the end of 2012.

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Aconite Member of SCA US EMV Migration Forum

Aconite card payment and mobile management is now part of the Smart Card Alliance’s EMV Migration Forum. This independent, cross-industry body was created by the Smart Card Alliance to promote the efficient, timely and effective migration to EMV-enabled cards, devices and terminals in the United States. Aconite has embarked on a major expansion of its activities in the US in order to bring its proven EMV migration solutions to card issuing banks, credit unions and third-party processors. With a background of assisting card issuers around the world make the transition to EMV cards, Aconite is able to offer US customers a compelling mix of easy-to-deploy EMV software, years of experience in the implementation of EMV programs and an in-depth understanding of the world of smart cards and EMV payments.

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