Monitise & eMerit Partner on Biz mPayments

Monitise mobile banking, payments, and commerce network partnered eMerit Solutions mobile payments provider to develop business mobile payment. eMerit allows businesses a way to process card payments from their customers at the POS with secure Chip+PIN mobile acceptance solutions along with a wide range of additional services that are fully compliant with leading payments network guidelines, making it a compelling proposition for businesses of all sizes, particularly the smaller business market. Monitise’s Enterprise Platform has been developed to deliver bank-grade integrated and scalable Mobile Money solutions that embrace all devices, operators and networks.

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AmEx Settles $85mm in Customer Refunds for U.S. Card Practices

American Express Company has reached settlements with several regulatory agencies to resolve previously disclosed reviews of certain aspects of the company’s U.S. consumer card practices. Similar settlements were reached with several of the company’s subsidiaries, including American Express Centurion Bank; American Express Bank, FSB; and American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. The settlements were…

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TransCard and Business Solutions Extend Prepaid Partnership

TransCard and Business Solutions, an ABA subsidiary, announced a multiple year extension of their partnership. The Community Bank Prepaid Program offers banks the lowest cost/lowest risk new deposit product, in which participants range in size from $60 million to $13 billion in assets. The pace of new signings gives every indication that the launch of prepaid programs by national banks will expand the opportunity to grow the program.

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Citi Deploys Payroll Payment Solutions

Citi is launching its payroll payment solutions, allowing clients to standardize, centralize and automate their payroll payments. They then can access the payroll payment solutions through a range of market-standard and proprietary channels. Citi Transaction Services, a division of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group, offers integrated cash management, trade, and securities and fund services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world.

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Prepaid International Forum Board Appoints New Member

Ramki Yalamanchili has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Prepaid International Forum (PIF), to support its efforts to create new opportunities in the global prepaid market and accelerate the adoption of prepaid services worldwide. PIF is a not-for-profit trade association which represents all parties participating on a commercial basis in the prepaid industry. In working to develop cross-industry guidelines and guiding principles to encourage best practices for profitable and ethical participation in the prepaid economy. Yalamanchili serves retail banks, card program managers and their customers with the tools and services needed to create and manage their own card products liberated from the constraints of the legacy processor model.

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Western Union Launches mMoney Transfer Service

Western Union payment services expanded its “Mobile Money Transfer” allowing customers to send remittances to people in El Salvador who subscribe to Tigo Money mobile money service. Senders can send Western Union Money Transfer® transactions directly to receivers who subscribe to Tigo’s mobile money service for receipt on their mobile phones. Alternatively, for even more flexibility, senders can send Western Union Money Transfer transactions and then receivers can direct the funds into their mobile phones by dialing *555# and following the prompts. After receiving the funds, receivers can use them to top up their mobile phones.

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Citibank Korea Intros Wheelchair-Friendly ATMs

Citibank Korea rolled-out wheelchair-friendly ATMs, supplied by Chungho ComNet. This after Citibank Korea completed the implementation of voice-guided services and screen-expansion services for the visually impaired across all ATMs in 2010. Citibank Korea has now fully complied with the “CD/ATM Standards for Persons with Disabilities” established by the Bank of Korea’s Committee on Financial Information. Wheelchair users can use the machines from both the front and side.

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Gemalto Closes Ericsson PayEx Acquisition

Gemalto digital security acquired Ericsson Internet Payment Exchange communications technology and services for undisclosed terms. IPX has developed one of the leading mobile payment and messaging platforms in the world. IPX connects more than 1,000 customers to over 120 Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). IPX also operates payment platforms as a white label service for various operators. Gemalto is also acquiring Ericsson’s Trusted Service Manager (TSM) activity. IPX will join Gemalto’s Software & Services business line in the Mobile Communications segment.

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GlobalPlatform Boosts Compliance Program, Certifies UICC products

GlobalPlatform has enhanced its compliance program to certify UICC products that meet GlobalPlatform’s contactless services specification. The standardization of this functionality ensures industry-wide consistency in the lifecycle management of contactless applications and how end-users select and activate secure contactless mobile services. The certification of compliant products to this specification demonstrates market agreement on a complex issue and offers reassurance to service providers that applications will perform as intended regardless of the mobile handset being used. Card Specification v2.2 Amendment C – also known as Contactless Services – defines the deployment and lifecycle management of contactless applications, where all necessary information about the contactless protocols is defined at the time of installation.

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Ingenico Appoints Execs with US Bankcard Team

Ingenico expanded its bankcard team with the addition of Rhonda Boardman as VP, Bankcard Sales, Western U.S. Boardman is a senior sales executive with over 20 years of experience in the electronic payments industry gained with TSYS and a global POS manufacturer where she was responsible for driving product and solutions strategies for Point of Service initiatives throughout the organization. Meanwhile, Alan Forgione joined Ingenico as VP, Bankcard Sales, Eastern U.S., bringing with him over 27 years’ experience. Most recently with ACI Worldwide, where he was in charge of sales of frontend, backend and risk management software solutions to acquirers. His other employers include companies, such as United Cash Solutions where he served as President for United Bank Card, and CardSystems. Also, Forgione has served as President of Northeast Acquirers Association for over 10 years.

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