Bell ID Joins EMV Migration Forum

Bell ID has joined the EMV Migration Forum, independent, cross-industry organisation started by the Smart Card Alliance, to drive and support EMV payments technology in the United States. Bell ID will contribute its extensive knowledge of provisioning and managing the delivery of secure services to end-users via chip-based technologies on plastic cards and in mobile NFC-enabled devices. The launch of the EMV forum provides a central hub for the U.S. payments community to effectively discuss and agree how EMV technology should be implemented across the country. The forum brings together payment systems, banks and financial institutions, product manufacturers and key actors in the NFC ecosystem, to ensure interoperability, security and consumer usability of secure-chip technology.

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Google Wallet Rationalizes Consumer Purchasing

On sites that accept Google Wallet, consumers no longer need to enter their credit or debit card number, billing address or other payment information because it’s already stored in their Google Wallet. Typically, on mobile websites, users need to key in 17-20 fields of information on a small screen while having to click and scroll through multiple pages to provide shipping and billing information. Now they just click the ‘Buy with Google Wallet’ button, log into Google Wallet and click to complete your order. Consumers can also view credit and debit cards, shipping addresses and transaction history conveniently in one place at wallet.google.com/manage and set a default card for future purchases on your Google Wallet account, making future transactions even faster.

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Citi Hungary Makes mBanking Easier

Customers calling CitiPhone from a domestic mobile phone number registered in advance with Citibank will now hear a personalized menu, tailored to the products and selected information most relevant to them. Customers will no longer need to input their 16-digit debit or credit card number or the loan agreement ID number. They simply enter their four-digit telephone PIN code, and the system will immediately recognize and identify them and instantly offer a personalized menu.

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Monet Deploys IBM Cloud mBanking

IBM announced that Monet, one of Pakistan’s leading mobile-commerce providers, has selected a customized IBM cloud-based solution that will enable the company to enhance service efficiency and expand its presence across the country. Launched in 2012, Monet provides banks, mobile network operators and branchless banking agents in Pakistan with a technology platform that offers end-users a simple interface through which they can access a wide range of financial services on their mobile phones. IBM will develop a specialized solution based on IBM SmartCloud technology, to deploy Monet’s mobile banking applications from Fundamo, a leading mobile financial services platform provider ider and an IBM partner.

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Barclays Updates on Audio ATM Progress

Barclays has fulfilled its commitment to the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) ‘Make Money talk’ campaign and over 75% of Barclays cash machines are now audio enabled. Speech output is available on over 3,000 Barclays ATMs through audio jacks so that blind and partially sighted people are able to plug in their earphones to listen to the options being read out to enable them to carry out their transactions. Previously if a blind or partially sighted person wanted to access their money at an ATM, they needed to ask a friend or relative for help or in some cases a passer-by. Make Money Talk was launched by the RNIB in September 2011 calling for banks in the UK to provide ATMs with audio facilities for their blind and partially sighted customers.

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GlobalPlatform claims Hits 100-Member Milestone

GlobalPlatform has reached 100 members and has produced widely adopted specifications for secure-chips, devices and back-end systems. The infrastructure delivers a trusted end-to-end solution, which facilitates the secure and interoperable deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology. The need to deploy services using an agreed infrastructure has become particularly important as markets converge to deliver innovative chip-based services to consumers through mobile devices.

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Ingenico Announces Quick Service Payment Tool

Ingenico payment solutions launched its Next Generation Loyalty solution for retailers and quick-service restaurants to interact with digital consumers via smartphone, website or in-store. Ingenico is changing how retailers interact with today’s digital consumers by making social, local and mobile services a reality and accessible to any retailer globally by using Ingenico’s cloud based technology. Ingenico’s Next Generation platform and smartphone application combines loyalty, gifting, promotion management and secure payments across multi-channel retail environments including web, POS, mobile POS and self-service kiosks. Ingenico developed its Next Generation Loyalty platform to combine secure payments, building on over 30 years of payment expertise to deliver a true multi-channel payment experience for the consumer. This solution supports Ingenico’s offering to help retailers and quick-service restaurants extend their consumer’s shopping experience across multi-channel environments.

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epay Unveils Gift Card Center

epay prepaid and payments processor launch its epay Gift Card Center for retailers. Featuring over two dozen national brands, including a blend of “mall” cards and online/catalog gift cards, retail stores benefit from opportunities for additional sales and solidify their role as a “one-stop-shop.” Gift card issuing merchants benefit from epay’s large national distribution network of over 50,000 retail locations and low cost of entry into the gift card space. The epay Gift Card Center appeals to a wide audience because of its variety of cards, including epay’s Visa® gift card, which can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted; merchant gift cards such as Columbia Sportswear, Overstock.com, Omaha Steaks®, Great Clips, Showcase Cinemas, Regal Entertainment Group, Elektra de Mexico and Coldwater Creek; and content such as epay Dining Deals, an online portal with access to nationwide coupons for both restaurants and grocery.

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