Alfa Insurance Implements Kony Mobile App

Alfa Insurance has chosen Kony to launch the newest version of its Alfa2GoTM mobile app, offering customers the option of paying bills, filing claims and accessing policy information on their iPhone and Android smartphones. Alfa insurance and financial service providers currently has more than $25 billion in force, and Alfa’s property and casualty companies service more than 1 million policies. Customers who register their policies with MyAlfa can now access policy information or view their auto insurance identification cards through a secure connection on their handheld devices.

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UAE Exchange Cross-Border Mobile Top-ups Overseas

Customers can now top-up the mobile phones of their relatives back home with “Ezetop” and reload their cashU card, the online money payment card from any of the seven branches of Qatar – UAE Exchange. The brand’s tie-up with Ezetop enables customers to top-up the mobile phones of their friends and family, back in their home countries, instantly. The tie-up with cashU empowers customers to reload and activate their online payment facility from any of the seven branches across the country.

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MasterCard appoints New Division President

MasterCard Worldwide has appointed Philip Panaino Division President for South Africa. This follows the recently announced restructuring of the Middle East and Africa (MEA) business to comprise three divisions including Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Sub Sahara Africa and South Africa – a change that enabled MasterCard to get closer to its customer banks, merchants and consumers in the markets. He will be responsible for the overall performance of MasterCard in South Africa. He will provide strategic direction for the overall business ensuring that MasterCard continues to provide simple and secure electronic payment solutions to customers and cardholders across South Africa. Panaino joins MasterCard from Smartec Technologies payments service and technology organisation that provides 24-hour payment, pre-payment and ATM solutions as COO.

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SESAR JU to Attend World ATM Congress 2013

The Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) will attend World ATM Congress in 2013 to develop a modernised air traffic management system for Europe. The participation of SESAR is representative of the quality of the participants already lined up for World ATM Congress 2013. In addition to SESAR, other world-class organizations have made exclusive commitments to exhibit at World ATM Congress including AENA, The Boeing Company, Eurocontrol, ENAV S.p.A., Harris Corporation, Indra, Lockheed Martin, Metron Aviation, NATS UK, Saab-Sensis, and Thales.

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Siberia Implements Solar-Powered ATMs

The Siberian region of Tuva recently welcomed its first solar ATM, powered by 16 solar batteries affixed to the top. The ATM will provide banking services to members of a major archaeological expedition working on-site in Tuva, and will travel with the expedition along its planned path. Solar energy has been used in Tuva for years, due to high electricity costs and a decentralized power supply that affects about 30 percent of the territory.

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VKB-Bank Deploys Gemalto Online Banking Services

VKB-Bank in Austria is deploying Gemalto’s “Ezio Edge Optic” strong authentication solution to secure its eBanking services. Gemalto’s optical smart card reader offers VKB’s online customers security and requires no software to install. The “Ezio” solution leverages the security of smart debit cards to authorize eBanking transactions and is compliant with the latest banking standards and allows users to take it with them wherever they go. The device is simply placed in front of the screen and the securely encoded transaction data needed for verification and transaction signature generation that are displayed on the screen are instantly read.

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Merchants Settle with Visa, Mastercard & Issuing Banks

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Berger & Montague announced an historic $7.25 billion settlement on behalf of a class of approximately seven million merchants in the United States with payment card networks Visa and MasterCard and with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Capital One card-issuing banks. Berger & Montague, P.C. was appointed…

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MasterCard Business Provides Network Purchasing Power

Business owners can now visit a single website to streamline business operations and enhance productivity with the MasterCard Business Network. The MasterCard Business Network is powered by Rearden Commerce’s Deem commerce platform to furnish a personalized and highly-relevant purchasing experience to enable small and middle-market business owners to better manage their cash flow and expenses. It features integrated modules that expand purchasing power to save money on business supplies, simplify and improve T&E planning and streamline expense management to give these business owners a competitive edge. The modules focus on Purchase; Travel and Dining; and Expense.

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Heartland Appoints President, Network Solutions

Heartland Payment Systems appointed Ian M. Drysdale president, network solutions to oversee Heartland’s growth in retail, petroleum and ecommerce markets. He was most recently with WorldPay over the preceding five years as senior VP, product and industry relations. Prior to that, Mr. Drysdale held several executive positions of increasing responsibility during 12 years with First Data Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political studies with a minor in business administration from Bishop’s University (Canada) and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

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Clear2Pay and Fime partner on US EMV Migration

Clear2Pay next generation payment solutions and FIME consulting and market integration testing services for smart devices and secure chip-based applications extended their partnership to support US financial institutions and processors with a swift and reliable migration to the EMV standard. Globally, a significant number of countries have already adopted the technology and many more are in different stages of their migration. With the recent American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa EMV mandates and timelines, the United States’ EMV migration project now looks certain.

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NCR Launches SMB Solution

The Small & Medium Business (SMB) segment is increasingly gaining prominence among tech companies such as NCR Corporation. As numerous SMBs are still using back-dated and time-consuming systems for payment, sales tracking and inventory management, records maintenance and key data review, NCR was quick to target this opportunity with its NCR Silver product. As a point-of-sale (POS) software platform, Silver provides easy-to-use and cost-effective cloud-based solutions that enable small business owners and entrepreneurs to manage their payments effectively and helps them to better manage their POS solution. The business platform runs with equal ease on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Discover Card Accepted at Neiman Marcus

Discover announced its cards are now accepted at Neiman Marcus luxury retailer and Bergdorf Goodman stores in Manhattan, giving cardmembers Cashback Bonus on all purchases made at these stores. Neiman Marcus became a Discover Cashback Bonus partner allowing Discover cardmembers to redeem their cash rewards for Neiman Marcus gift cards that could be used in-store, at NeimanMarcus.com, Last Call, Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp and Horchow.

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