Tuesday, 23 August 2011

VocaLink Announces A Phased Withdrawal of its SEPA Services

VocaLink has announced it is realigning its global business strategy as a result of strong demand for its unique immediate payments expertise. At the same time, VocaLink will make a phased withdrawal of its Euro CSM and SEPA value added services.

Marion King, Chief Executive Officer at VocaLink said, 'Whilst SEPA has been a positive development for Europe, volumes remain comparatively low. As a result, we have decided to realign our global products to reflect our customers' current priorities around immediate payments. VocaLink is committed to providing robust and innovative payments services that meets market demand and the commercial needs of our customers.'

Following a strategic review of the global payments market, VocaLink has created a Global Transaction Services team to deliver the innovations required by today's evolving payments industry.

Under the leadership of Marc Terry, Managing Director of Global Transaction Services at VocaLink, the team will deliver a wide range of services to global customers and partners through its unique immediate payments expertise and leading presence in clearing and switching.

Commenting on the new division, Marc Terry at VocaLink said, 'We have conducted extensive international research into the payments needs of our customers as well as the typical consumer which we will be sharing at this year's Sibos conference. Overall, there is a widespread desire to move towards immediate payments".

Clear2Pay's EMV Level 1 Contactless Card Test Solution Qualified by EMVCo

Clear2Pay today announces that EMVCo, the EMV standards body owned by American Express, JCB, MasterCard and Visa, has qualified its Integri EMV Contactless Card Type Approval Level 1 Test Suite, Version 1.0.4. The test tool is the only solution available on the market for the validation of conformity to the EMVCo specifications. The tool is used by accredited test laboratories.

To simplify implementations and enhance global interoperability of Contactless Cards, EMVCo defined a set of Level 1 test cases. Prior to commercial roll-out, contactless payment cards require official certification proving conformity to these EMVCo specifications. The Integri Test Solution for EMVCo Type Approval is now available as an off-the-shelf tool for the contactless card industry's pre-certification and debugging needs. The Test Suite contains fully prepared reference test scenarios as defined by EMVCo.

Marie Costers, Head of the Test Tools Competence Centre at Clear2Pay, comments: "Contactless payments are becoming a reality and test solutions play a crucial role enabling the essential global interoperability. We feel honoured being acknowledged by one of the most important standardization bodies as a reference provider for contactless test technology."

Streamline Helps to Get SMEs Back on Track

In the aftermath of the recent riots Streamline took immediate action to help customers who contacted us to get back on their feet. Today, Streamline has announced a further series of measures that aim to ease the pain for those SMEs impacted by the recent riots.

Streamline has made a number of commitments that will see the payment processor supplying merchants with replacement terminals free of charge and waiving monthly fees, in an attempt to ease the pain for SMEs and help its customers to get back on track.

Ron Kalifa, Chief Executive Officer of WorldPay - parent company to Streamline, comments: "Our SME customers are of paramount importance to us. We wanted to introduce some immediate and very tangible measures that would assist those affected by the riots in re-building their businesses, helping them to return to normal trading over the coming months.

"We hope that these measures will help to relieve some of the financial burden on our customers at such a difficult time and help those businesses worst affected to get back on track."

PaymentOne Surpasses $5 Billion Milestone in Carrier Billed Micropayments

PaymentOne, the pioneer in frictionless payment and carrier billing solutions, announces the company surpassed $5 billion in micro-payment transactions and incremental revenue generation for its digital clients. PaymentOne enables publishers, application developers and digital merchants such as AOL, Blizzard Entertainment and Gaia Online to sell more virtual goods, online and mobile services, and recurring digital subscriptions to consumers around the world.

PaymentOne's simple and secure "click and confirm" process places charges on the buyer's existing mobile phone, fixed-line or broadband service bills without requiring any disclosure of credit card or sensitive financial information.

PaymentOne's continuous innovation has led to a series of key patents for mobile payments, a simple user experience using a phone number as the basic key, and its secure "fraud-proof" payer authentication processes. The company's groundbreaking AnyPhone solution is the industry's first and only multi-mode carrier billing payments service, automatically detecting the best and least cost way to bill the consumer from virtually any connected device using mobile, fixed-line or broadband bills.

"Previously, merchants and publishers were not able to reach the many consumers that could not or would not transact with traditional credit cards online," said Brad Singer, executive vice president of PaymentOne. "Our vision of enabling all consumers to participate in the digital economy still drives the company today. For the more than 5 billion global consumers with a mobile device, fixed-line or broadband connection, PaymentOne says 'put your wallet away' and use your phone number to pay."

BPC Banking Technologies Strengthens its MEA Team

BPC Banking Technologies, the leading provider of Open System e-payment solutions for the global financial industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Abdulhameed Rajab as Business Development Manager, Middle East. He will be responsible for driving the company's business in Saudi Arabia, which is largest target market in the Middle East in terms of size of banks and spend on IT, as well as other countries in the Middle East.

Abdulhameed has over 24 years experience in the banking and cards industries including consultancy and IT in the Middle East. He joins BPC from ACI Worldwide Inc. where he was Business Manager, Middle East for 11 years.

"We are delighted to welcome Abdulhameed to BPC, he brings a wealth of experience in the Middle Eastern financial services industry says Daryl Berg, MD BPC Banking Technologies, MEA.

Smart Card Alliance to Host Webinar on Smart Health ID Cards

One of the most pressing questions in healthcare today: how do we correctly identify patients and ensure that they are who they say they are? A September webinar from the Smart Card Alliance Healthcare Council will address this question, and outline the use of smart card-based patient IDs as a solution.

It will focus on smart health ID cards for patients, with speakers reviewing the key challenges with patient identity management and authentication today, and discussing how patient ID cards and smart card technology can address the critical issues.

"Accurate identification and authentication of patients is a real problem for hospitals, payers and providers," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "Webinar speakers will discuss and outline real use cases of how smart patient IDs can significantly improve administrative efficiency, revenue collection, legislative compliance and patient quality of care."

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org

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