Higher One Acheives Validated Oracle Integration

Higher One announced from the floor of the Alliance HEUG conference (booth 706) it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of Higher One Payment Processing with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.0. Higher One provides payment processing to campuses across the country. For institutions, these services can offer assurance that transactions will occur in real-time and within the strictest of security standards, all through a proven integration. To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers. This proven strategy can assure institutions that they can rely on Higher One’s virtually seamless processing of payments made by students and parents, including online, on-campus, international and mobile payments.

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EMVCo Publishes Tokenisation Framework

EMV Payment Tokenisation Specification – Technical Framework v1.0 has been published by EMVCo. The technical document – which will be of interest to all industry participants including merchants, acquirers, card issuers and new payment entrants engaged in the mobile and digital secure payment ecosystem – is designed to allow market implementers to develop interoperable tokenisation solutions. EMVCo, which is collectively owned by American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa, announced that it would expand its scope to lead the payments industry in its work to standardise tokenisation in January 2014. The new specification will help provide the payments community with a consistent, secure and globally interoperable environment to make digital payments when using a mobile handset, tablet, personal computer or other smart device. This will encourage industry efficiencies and security enhancements for digital commerce. The new specification from EMVCo will maintain compatibility with the current payment infrastructure and will be complementary to the existing EMV Chip Specifications to ensure consistency across all payment environments. Moving forward, EMVCo will actively solicit Associate, Subscriber and public feedback to support enhancements and inclusion of additional use cases. The specification framework will evolve with industry input collected to broaden its applicability and relevance to marketplace needs.

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Nets Inks Banks to Extended Contract

A new agreement with the Danish Regional Bankers’ Association (RBF) and The Association of Local Banks, Savings Banks and Cooperative Banks in Denmark (LOPI) through their new umbrella company BOKIS A/S ensures that Nets will continue to handle international payment card services for the approximately 70 member banks until 2018. The agreement was signed and puts in place the framework and structure for future new agreements, thus ensuring expedient and flexible implementation of new services. These include a substantially improved fraud management system which is currently being implemented, and contactless international cards that will be issued on the Danish market during the summer.

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Western Union Expects to Deploy Pension Payment Service

Western Union announced the results of the trial of its Global Existence Transaction service, a new pension payments product that enables identity checks for overseas pensioners. Conducted in partnership with the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA), the trial resulted in savings of five per cent. Pensions administrators in the UK are required to verify the identity of pensioners that live abroad on an annual basis. Western Union Business Solutions’ Existence service helps administrators meet this requirement and enables them to send payments to overseas pensioners, requiring an annual in-person pick up at a local Western Union retail location. The five per cent figure represents the value of funds saved as a percentage of the total value of pensions that were included in the initial trial, which was conducted in 2013.

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Datacard Group Collaborates to Host EMV Seminars

Datacard Group continued its commitment to educate and consult financial institutions on EMV migration. The company, along with its partners – Visco (Cambodia) Joint Stock Co., Ltd in Cambodia and Omega Computer Corporation in Philippines – will conduct two half-day EMV seminars. Ideal for financial institutions that want to learn about the differences between magnetic stripe and EMV smart card technologies and best practices for EMV migration, the first seminar will take place on March 11th, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the second seminar will be on March 13th, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Experts will discuss security concerns such as risk management, verification security, various types of smart cards and personalization options, as well as benefits and considerations during migration planning, implementation and post implementation.

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Ingenico and PayEx Partner on mPOS Payment Solutions

Ingenico completed a deal with PayEx to deliver a fully integrated mobile payment solution in the Nordics. In partnership with PayEx’s POS supplier, OpenSolution Nordic AB, Ingenico’s solution will make mobile, on-the-go payments possible. The solution targets the Nordic retail and transportation sectors, both of which have increasing requirements to complete payments on-the-move, and will increase the range of PayEx terminals in use across the Nordics. The iSMP-based solution turns an iPod® or iPhone® into a Chip & PIN PCI approved mobile payment solution, and enables the seller to receive secure payment on-site to boost cash-flow and deliver a more convenient service to customers.

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First Data Shows Weather Slows Consumer Spending

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data released its January SpendTrend analysis, compared to January 2013, tracking same-store POS data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four million U.S. merchant locations serviced by First Data. Dollar volume growth of 2.5% slowed from December’s 3.4% growth as severe winter…

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First Data Names CEO Chairman

First Data payment technology announced its Board of Directors has named Frank Bisignano chairman in addition to his role as CEO. Bisignano was named chief executive officer for First Data on April 29, 2013. Since then, he has moved to rapidly reposition the company from a traditional processing business to a product and technology solutions provider to merchants and financial institutions. Under Bisignano’s leadership, initiatives to focus on clients, increase operating efficiencies and bring innovation to the fast-paced payments industry have launched successfully. Bisignano also introduced an equity ownership plan that put stock in the hands of nearly all of First Data employees. In addition, under his leadership, the company unveiled the Clover™ Station, a transformational point-of-sale solution for small and medium sized businesses.

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BlueSnap upgrades its BuyNow e-commerce checkout page

BlueSnap upgraded its BuyNow hosted checkout pages enabling merchants to present a flexible, full-featured, PCI-compliant checkout page to shoppers in 180 countries without development expense or the need to commit company resources to meet PCI security standards. The new release features eye path-optimized page design, easy customization, A/B testing, mobile device support, and other enhancements to help merchants close more online sales.Online retailers that use BlueSnap’s hosted checkout pages have full access to all platform functions, including award-winning subscription management, coupon generation, catalog management and full support for both physical and digital goods as well as dynamic localization across 60 currencies, 29 languages and 110 payment methods.

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American Express Support Startups, Research on Financial Inclusion

American Express, at SXSW Interactive Festival, announced several new technology initiatives to promote financial inclusion in the U.S. These include a new program from American Express Ventures to fund startups working toward financial inclusion, the establishment of a Financial Innovation Lab, and sponsorship of a documentary. The documentary will spotlight how technology and new thinking can begin to address the issues facing nearly 70 million Americans1 poorly served or excluded from the mainstream financial system. American Express showcased the trailer for Spent: Looking for Change earlier today at an intimate event at SXSW. The film, set to premiere this summer, follows a handful of hopeful Americans as they navigate their way through an antiquated financial system that can inhibit, rather than help, people’s ability to access, move and manage money as well as save for the future. The film will illustrate the seriousness of this growing problem, but also explore the many solutions emerging through technology, innovation and education.

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ACI Worldwide Presents Executive Payments Summit

ACI Worldwide will be hosting “The Disruption Opportunity: A Game-Changing Perspective on Payments,” an executive payments summit in New York and London on March 12. ACI’s senior payments leaders and other esteemed industry experts will headline this executive summit that explores the opportunity for banks, retailers, billers and processors to leverage payments disruption to get ahead in the marketplace. The summit kicks off with a NASDAQ bell ringing ceremony, followed by a senior-level executive panel that will discuss payments perspectives. Phil Heasley, president and CEO, ACI Worldwide, will present the Disruption Opportunity, and Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, Forbes Magazine and chairman, Forbes Media, will present Payments Transformation and the Global Economy.

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TSYS Transforms Cardholder Experience

TSYS enhanced its online, self-servicing solution, Credit Care, to provide consumer cardholders an improved user experience and issuing banks greater administrative control. The new responsive and user-friendly design empowers TSYS clients and their customers with greater accessibility to account information. Credit Care now features a flexible user interface providing account holders easy and secure access to their accounts from any mobile device, regardless of size. Other enhancements include convenient single sign-on access from host bank websites, which saves cardholders time and eliminates the need for multiple passwords. New product features also include additional account payment options and an administrative console providing issuing banks the ability to manage the account holder experience for their unique brand and business.

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