M3 Technology & Transtech Deploy Cash Access Kiosks

M3 Technology gaming information and casino management systems have launched the “M3T Cash Access Kiosk” integrating an Evolis “Dualys Kiosk” card printer. This will allow casino clients to offer quick access to cash to customers through such avenues as ATM, credit card, check cashing, bill breaking, and ticket redemption. This is in addition to the “M3T Vault” real-time cash management system. In partnership with TransTech Systems ID badging, M3T can offer the Evolis “Dualys Kiosk” for plastic card personalization and let patrons enroll in the casino player’s club. This printing can also issue gift or promotional cards.

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PaymentOne & BilltoMobile Expand mBilling

PaymentOne has partnered with BilltoMobile to offer its merchants and customers advanced security compared to premium SMS through the BilltoMobile Direct Mobile Billing (DMB) payment service. Directly connected into the carrier billing system, BilltoMobile has processed over $4 Billion in mobile billing transactions. PaymentOne was founded in 2000 and also has processed more than $4 Billion in retail charges for virtual goods and subscription services on carrier bills while its “AnyPhone” Network reaches 3 billion consumer bills in more than 70 countries.

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Dialog Semiconductor to Acquire SiTel

Dialog Semiconductor has acquired SiTel Semiconductor short-range wireless, digital cordless and VoIP technology for something to the tune of $84.5 million. This will add short-range wireless connectivity and VoIP to Dialog’s existing technology portfolio; major global customers in the portable device market; and expands Dialog’s addressable market targeting high growth wireless personal portable devices to over 100 million. SiTel’s industry-leading products are found in a broad range of personal portable applications including digital cordless phones, professional wireless headsets, gaming and portable medical devices. SiTel’s VoIP technology is increasingly used by leading manufacturers of enterprise and residential VoIP connectivity products.

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Ukash Expands to Argentina & Brazil

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Ukash prepaid vouchers, supporting online shopping, is expanding to Argentina and Brazi. This will allow consumers in these respective countries to purchase vouchers from shops listed on Ukash’s website in increments of $20, $50 and $100. Valid for 12 months, the Ukash vouchers have unique 19-digit codes consumers- whom choose not…

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Visa Commends Task Force on Financial Literacy

Visa congratulated the Task Force on Financial Literacy for the release of its final report and its thoughtful and practical recommendations on the development of a national strategy on financial literacy in Canada. Visa will help the force implement its recommendations to continue improving financial literacy for Canadians. Visa was also a participant in the Task Force’s consultation process, having provided a written submission to share best practices based on our global experience. Visa supports the expansion and retention of basic financial skills through its “Choices & Decisions” in-class student and teacher program and its “Practical Money Skills” an online resource on practical financial advice.

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iSmartCheck Encourages eCheck Payment Options

iSmartCheck electronic transaction processor and provider of alternative payment solutions listed the Top 5 reasons for adding electronic checks to an ecommerce website. These include customer familiarity; faster fund clearing; fewer chargebacks; lower fees; and the check-writing consumer does not have to leave the site or sign up at a third party site unlike many other payment brands. iSmartCheck electronic check processor provides merchants and businesses an alternative to paper checks, ACH and expensive credit card interchange fees.

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4INFO Advances mAudience Ad Targeting

4INFO mobile media enhanced its mobile ad targeting through data partnerships to allow advertisers using its “AdHaven” platform to target mobile advertising by audience shopping behaviors. Its New data partnerships deliver targeting capabilities to effectively reach audiences across the 4INFO network of publishers providing a reach of over 70 million unique users and lets users measure effectiveness. The 4INFO targeting capabilities is designed to improve the consumer experience and ensures value for the advertiser by maximizing the capabilities of mobile as a medium.

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Mobio ID Releases Report on QR Code Use

Mobio Identity Systems international mobile payments and marketing released “The Naked Facts” comprehensive report on QR code adoption and use in North America. Covering 2H/10, during which time there was a 1200 % increase in QR code scanning across the continent, the report examines the importance of Generation X and the female demographic and the important role Facebook and Twitter have played in QR code adoption.

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Small Business Owner Optimism Improves

In keeping with the improving economy, falling consumer credit debt and bankruptcies leveling off, small business owners are maintaining their confidence. Showing increasing optimism for the second consecutive quarter, the Index score rose another 16 points this quarter, lifting out of negative territory to reach 12 on the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey, which gained 40 points since July 2010.

Also, this was the largest two-quarter gain in optimism recorded since August 2003. Always a strong indication of how well the economy’s doing, small business owners expect improvements in their financial situation, revenues, jobs and access to credit over the next 12 months, with 54% expecting an increase of a lot or a little, up from 44% in 4Q/10.

Specifically, 65% of small business owners expect their companies’ financial situation to be somewhat or very good, up from 59 percent in 4Q/10; 23% expect their employee headcount to increase a little or a lot, up from 18% in 4Q/10; and 36% expect credit to be somewhat or very difficult to obtain, down from 42% in 4Q/10.

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Prepaid accounts for 40% of New Payment Products

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Prepaid accounts make up 40% of new payment products developed by Network International over the last three years. Projected to top $188 billon by 2012, this reflects a growing shift toward trusting plastic payments in the Mid East region throughout the Muslim community. Also, Ujrah traditional-use credit cards are gaining speed…

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