MasterCard Deploys Kalixa Acquirer Card Testing

Perpetuating a six-year partnership, MasterCard selected the Kalixa Group to issue a version of its award winning Kalixa Pay prepaid card to every newly accredited acquirer for testing. The card enables live testing of MasterCard acceptance – including online and PayPass transactions – to ensure a simple, seamless and secure integration process for every new acquirer joining the MasterCard network. The Kalixa prepaid card, allows testing in live-mode across any kind of payment acceptance including POS, ATM, stand alone and integrated terminals. Foreign currency transactions, and Chip and PIN authentication capabilities can also be tested using the card. Additionally, the Kalixa card will be used during MasterCard’s Acquirer-End-to-End-Demonstration (AETED) service, delivered by MasterCard accredited service providers to acquirers.

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Logic Group P2PE App PCI Accredited

The Logic Group Payment Service Provider announced its “Solve DataShield” Point to Point Encryption (P2PE) app is the first in the world to be accredited by the Payments Card Industry Security Standards Council. The Logic Group builds on its success in enabling merchants to significantly improve the security across all their channels and continues to drive and influence the payment service industry. PCI P2PE accredited Solve DataShield encrypts cardholder data within the PIN Entry Device’s secure processor before passing it across a merchant’s estate for onward processing of the payment. The application forms part of a simple ‘out of the box’ solution that self-activates as soon as the card device is connected to the merchant’s Point-of-Sale terminal.

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Net Element Turns Up mPayment Technologies Investment

Net Element International electronic commerce and mobile payment processing entered into an investor accreditation agreement to develop new technology with The Skolkovo Foundation, a government funded research and development center in Moscow. This multi-year and multimillion dollar investment allocation by Net Element provides exclusive access to early stage mobile payments and transactional services technology. Net Element will set aside up to $12 million (370 mln Rub) over the next three years with Skolkovo for investment in companies and technologies that meet NETE’s investment criteria and strategic initiatives. The role of The Skolkovo Foundation is to oversee the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center comprising five R&D clusters (IT, Space, Biomed, Energy Efficiency and Nuclear Technology), Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (a new graduate research university established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Skolkovo City. Net Element’s interests are specifically focused on mobile payments and transactional services technology projects.

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Gemalto supplies MTS Russia NFC SIM mTransport

Gemalto digital security is supplying Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) its “UpTeq NFC” high-end SIM cards for a mobile phone-based public transport ticketing solution. Designed and personalized at Gemalto’s Moscow service center, the solution can deliver increased efficiency and responsiveness for the swift deployment of MTS’ NFC program. In conjunction with Zolotaya Korona Russian payment and money transfer system, the ticketing service allows users to pay for journeys on buses and the metro in Novosibirsk, the country’s third-largest city, simply by tapping their mobile phone on an NFC reader. Over 95% of public transport turnstiles and terminals in Novosibirsk are already equipped with NFC readers and the new system is designed to replace the current paper tickets.

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Visa Appoints New President, Global Solutions Lead

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Visa announced the appointment of Ryan McInerney as President to ultimately oversee global client organization, product management and new solutions. To focus on building and bringing to market new products and services to Visa’s issuer, acquirer and merchant clients. McInerney joins Visa from JP Morgan Chase where he was the CEO…

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New Bank Implements EFT Source Card Issuing

EFT Source turnkey card programs and personalization services for ATM and debit cards for financial institutions, announced that Centier Bank launched its patented instant issuance solution, “Card@Once.” Allowing Centier’s customers to walk into a branch and receive a fully functioning, active payment card, “Card@Once” ensures the data is securely transferred from the branch location to EFT Source. Immediately processed and converted into an encrypted print file that is sent back to the branch electronically, “Card@Once” encodes the data and prints the card allowing the customer to walk away with a ready-to-use, active debit card. The cardholder can immediately use the card and self-selected PIN at the onsite ATM, giving them added confidence that the card works on the spot.

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Users Select Kount as Top Fraud/Security Solution

Those who rely on Kount Complete to protect and grow their business chose Kount as the Customer Choice for Fraud/Security Solution at the CNP Expo Awards ceremony on May 22. Built by a leading online merchant to protect itself from the rapidly evolving world of fraud, Kount drastically minimizes the impacts of fraud for every client and partner provides based on the extensive capabilities of its fully integrated solution. When compared to its competition, Kount earns both the business and vote of its customers, earning it the distinction of Customer Choice for Fraud/Security Solution. CNP Expo sessions cover an expansive range of merchant e-commerce and CNP concerns including fraud, chargebacks, recurring billing, PCI compliance, alternative payments, mobile payments and new regulations.

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Net Element Set to Acquire Cloud-Based POS

Net Element International electronic commerce and mobile payment processing entered into a binding term sheet to acquire Aptito, a next generation, cloud-based point of sale platform for restaurants and operate it through TOT Group (“TOT”), its mobile payments and transaction processing holding company. TOT is a multinational mobile payments and transaction processing holding company which provides a unique range of flexible online and offline payment solutions. Clients include wireless carriers, content providers and merchants. TOT delivers comprehensive, end-to-end payment solutions to enable merchants to reliably accept cashless transactions at the point of sale (POS). Aptito is a next-generation, cloud-based payments platform, which brings online consumer experience into offline commerce environments via tablet, mobile and all other cloud-connected devices. Aptito’s Restaurant mPOS solution provides restaurants with tools to increase sales, productivity, and customer loyalty.

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First Data to Market MPayMe mPayments

MPayMe mobile solutions and First Data partnered to offer mobile payment solutions in key markets in Asia Pacific. MPayMe and First Data will work exclusively together in Asia Pacific, and First Data will be the sole distributor and reseller of ZNAP across the region. MPayMe’s ZNAP is a mobile business and payment solution that uses QR codes to offer a secure, flexible, convenient and consistent experience for bill payment, mobile, online, printed advertising and in-store. This alliance will allow consumers to pay bills and buy goods without having to go to a kiosk or convenience store, or logon through a time-consuming online verification process. Consumers can make payments through a combination of credit/debit/prepaid, coupons and loyalty instruments all through one integrated application.

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Fortumo Inks Carrier Billing Partner

mPayments provider Fortumo has signed Global Framework Agreements with leading operator groups Telefónica and Telenor to bring direct carrier billing services to 460 million additional subscribers worldwide. Using the BlueVia Payments API to charge purchases to their mobile operator bill, users in more than 30 countries will now be able to purchase digital goods over the web and on Android, Windows 8 and Windows Phone devices. Fortumo’s in-app purchasing SDK has become developers’ preferred choice for mobile operator billing and in-app purchasing on Android, Windows Phone and online. It is already used by a lot of top developers such as Rovio, Popcap, Gameloft, Digital Chocolate, Vostu, Game Insight, Alawar and many others. Fortumo’s mobile payments platform, including direct billing connectivity to Telefonica and Telenor is available to all developers looking to accept global mobile payments.

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Chase Paymentech Eases PCI Compliance Burden

Chase Paymentech Europe, a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and leading global merchant acquirer and payment processor, launched Dynamic Hosted Payments Page, a technology that helps European online merchants improve security. When merchants submit a payment transaction using the Dynamic Hosted Payments Page, they do not store, process or transmit cardholder payment data. This helps the merchant lower its Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance responsibilities at both the acceptance and storage level. Instead, online shoppers upon checkout are seamlessly taken to a Chase Paymentech secure page for final payment processing. The Orbital Payment Gateway features Customer Profile Management; an Account Updater; “3D Secure” for authentication without merchants handling the card data; and Chase “Safetech” Fraud Tools with real-time analysis through advanced, fraud-fighting technologies.

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BPC Banking Technologies Expands P2P Service Partnership

BPC Banking Technologies Open System e-payment solutions implemented its P2P money transfer service for Alfa-Bank, Russia. Available on ATMs and via Internet Banking, the P2P service delivers card-to-card transfers for MasterCard and Visa cardholders in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Alfa-Bank cardholders may make P2P transfers, via the ATM network, to recipients with cards issued by any CIS bank. For P2P transfers through Alfa-Bank’s internet banking channel, the cardholder may use Visa card issued by Alfa-Bank and MasterCard card issued by any bank of these 7 countries, in both rubles and US dollars. All transactions are secure and comply with MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by VISA.

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