Bank of New Zealand deploys NCR Predictive Services

NCR Corporation announced the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) deployed its “Predictive Services” to predict failures before they occur on bank ATM networks. Designed for self-service technologies such as ATMs and retail self-checkouts, “Predictive Services” allows BNZ to reduce the downtime of its ATMs by a third across its 450-strong ATM fleet. The NCR “Predictive Services” collects more than ten times the typical amount of operational data from the network, including from individual components within each ATM, such as the card reader, receipt printer and cash dispenser. NCR “Predictive Services” is deployed in thousands of self-checkout lanes and ATMs around the world.

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Toronto PCI to Host Dialog on PCI-DSS Compliance

PCI Logic and Vigilant are set to hold a conference May 7th to promote collaborative exchange between US and Canadian organizations struggling to achieve PCI compliance. The conference, organized by PCI Logic and endorsed by the Financial Management Institute of Canada, will be held in downtown Toronto and will feature keynote addresses by Kris Herrin, Chief Technology Officer at Heartland Payment Systems and Nick Galleto, National Leader, Information and Technology Risk Services, Deloitte Canada. This will offer representation from credit card companies, consulting organizations, retailers, financial institutions, and a range of organizations whose business requires them to demonstrate the security of credit card transactions.

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PayByPhone Launches NFC Parking Solution

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Motorists parking in Tunbridge Wells will experience a taste of the future as Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless technology can be used for the first time in the UK to pay for parking. Customers parking in all 15 council car parks now have more choice in how they pay, instead of…

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First Data Releases Consumer Spending Analysis

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data payment processing released its “SpendTrend” analysis for March 2012, compared to March 2011, tracking same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations. It concluded year-over-year dollar volume growth was 8.7% in March, compared to February’s 8.9% growth, driven mainly by…

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Discover Ups Cashback Bonus Rewards

Discover introduced rewarding ways for cardmembers to earn Cashback Bonus this spring, cutting their spending on restaurant and movies purchases. From April 1 through June 30, Discover Cardmembers visiting the online Account Center or calling 1-800-DISCOVER (347-2683), can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1500 in restaurant and movie purchases. Discover Cardmembers also can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $300 in grocery store purchases from May 1 through May 31. After reaching these spending limits, cardmembers will still automatically earn up to 1% Cashback Bonus on all purchases every time they use their cards. Increasing the cardmember rewards experience Discover is offering access to vacation getaway packages; will add Domino’s Pizza, QVC, Under Amour, Aerie and 77 Kids to its list of redemption partners; and added top name brands to its online retail website, ShopDiscover.com.

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Fiserv Sees Big Growth in Enterprise Content Management

Fiserv announced that the company signed 190 new enterprise content management (ECM) clients during 2011. Fiserv has also experienced strong year-over-year growth in this area, adding more than 1,000 new ECM clients during the last five years. In all, more than 3,100 clients use either “Director” or “Nautilus” from Fiserv for enterprise content management. ECM solutions help transform business processes by driving new paperless process and more streamlined workflows. Fiserv solutions serve a wide variety of organizations, from small community banks and credit unions to the largest financial institutions in the world.

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Card Compliant Names CFO/COO

Becky Shulman has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer with Card Compliant to lead Card Compliant’s finance, accounting, operations and investor relations initiatives. Most recently having served as Managing Director and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for LPL Financial, the country’s largest independent broker-dealer, Shulman was also with H&R Block for ten years, serving as Chief Financial Officer from 2007-2010. She holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and currently serves on the Board of Directors of H&R Block Bank.

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USA Technologies Implements Two-Tier Cashless Payment Pricing

USA Technologies wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries announced data from its customer Knowledge Base shows that its “Two-Tier Pricing Program.” Focused on moving the small-ticket industry to cashless payments, USAT’s “Two-Tier” customer base, showed greater sales activity in the two weeks after deployment of the “Two-Tier Pricing Program” than before. The program gives operators of small-ticket, unattended terminals like vending machines the ability to charge two different vend prices”the standard retail price for credit/debit transactions and a lower discounted price for cash purchases”allowing operators to offset the cost of card processing. An extension of USAT’s “ePort Connect” service offering, the “Two-Tier Pricing Program” operators have the ability to adjust prices by account or by machine, utilizing USAT’s over-the-air-update system.

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U.S. Bank Launches Ace Rewards Visa iPhone App

Ace Hardware customers can now apply for an Ace Rewards Visa Credit Card with an iPhone application developed by U.S. Bank. Downloadable at the iTunes store, the new app gives customers the opportunity to apply for and receive immediate credit to start their shopping at participating Ace stores. It also lets customers apply for an Ace Rewards Visa Credit Card, giving qualified cardholders a virtual credit card via their iPhone. They simply hand their iPhone with the virtual card displayed to an Ace Associate at checkout. Cardholders earn Ace Rewards points, receiving up to 5% back at Ace, 2% back on gas and groceries and 1% back everywhere else Visa is accepted. Users earn up to 10% back on quarterly categories and, once 12,500 points are earned, receive a $25 Reward redeemable at participating Ace stores.

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TSYS Inks Extension with Veracity Payment

TSYS has extended its long-term agreement with Veracity Payment Solutions to serve as their full-service payment solutions provider. Veracity will utilize TSYS’ POS solutions and systems to support its full-service payment technology to more than 12,000 businesses nationwide, for which it processes approximately $2 billion in transaction volume annually. Veracity is a merchant acquirer and provider of payment transaction processing services, related software applications and other value-added products to primarily small- and medium-sized merchants. It ultimately devises and delivers emerging payment solutions that have traditionally been available to only larger financial institutions and businesses.

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FIS Deploys Prepaid EMV Cards

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] FIS, the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology, announced its launch of the FIS Travel EMV Card. The EMV chip card is the first-of-its-kind offering, providing consumers with the latest in secure payments technology in a convenient prepaid card. Focusing on the increasing demand for secure, convenient methods of…

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DFC Global Proposed $200mm Senior Convertible Notes

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] DFC Global Corp., a leading international diversified financial services company serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers for over 30 years, today announced that it intends to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, up to $200 million aggregate principal amount of senior convertible notes due 2017 in a private offering.…

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