Tuesday, 29 March 2011

American Express Released Serve(SM) Platform

American Express has unveiled Serve(SM) - a digital payment and commerce platform that gives consumers a new way to spend, send and receive money with services that go beyond the existing global payment networks.

With Serve, consumers can make purchases and person-to-person (P2P) payments online (serve.com), via mobile phones, and at millions of merchants who accept American Express cards. Serve unifies multiple payment options into a single account that can be funded from a bank account, debit, credit or charge card, or by receiving money from another Serve account.

Serve is an easy-to-use, digital alternative aimed at consumers who currently rely on cash, check and debit card. Serve accounts can be accessed via Serve Apple iOS and Android applications, at Serve.com and through Facebook. Through Serve, American Express aims to expand into new segments of the market that do not rely on traditional charge and credit cards to manage their day-to-day finances.

Apple to Show World The Future of iOS & Mac OS X

To quote Mr. Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing: "At this year's five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including exciting demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple's advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers". Apple's 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 6 to10 in San Francisco, USA.

Apple believes its live demonstration at the WWDC will help all Mac developers explore the latest advancements and capabilities of iOS Lion mobile operating systems. The attendees will also get to experience and learn how to improve their applications functionality, performance and design.

As per the Company statement, developers can bring in their code to the Apple labs and work with over 1000 Apple engineers to enhance their skills and get guidance from them.

At the conference, Apple will also give out design awards to the best of iPad, iPhone and Mac apps designers.

Telefonica, Microsoft to Create Revolutionary Mobile-Phone Apps

Telefonica SA, Europe's second-largest phone company, and Microsoft Corp. have teamed up to offer their customers new type of applications for mobile phones, personal computers and TV. Microsoft will use Telefonica's new BlueVia developer platform to offer such services.

Telefonica's BlueVia software kit offers developer tools such as Microsoft's .Net Framework, Silverlight and Visual Studio 2010. The kit also includes Windows Azure for creating internet-scale applications, saving developers' infrastructure investment cost.

HID Global Introduces New Secure Web Portal

Yesterday, HID Global announced it has extended the benefits of its HID Identity on Demand services to include a secure web portal (http://www.hidglobal.com/iod-services) that enables customers and channel partners to monitor and manage all aspects of card personalisation projects, from design and ordering through data transmission, high-quality multi-colour printing, programming and on-time delivery anywhere in the world.

According to Dennis Caulley, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives with HID Global, "Implementing a large badging project as part of a technology upgrade or a rebranding effort can be difficult and requires substantial resources, rock-solid security, and IT and logistical support. The same goes for managing ongoing badge issuance across many locations and multiple access control systems. The HID Identity on Demand card services portal provides a simple and secure way for customers to upload and communicate data, photos and other information to our service bureau, while reducing the cost and complexity associated with maintaining and operating a corporate-wide badging infrastructure".

HID Global's Identity on Demand services provide the scale and resources to handle large-volume orders with tight deadlines that would otherwise be difficult for an individual company or integrator to accommodate on its own. With the addition of the new secure web portal, HID Global's Identity on Demand services further simplify project management while giving customers easier access to HID's expertise and broad offering of contactless card technologies.

MasterCard Unveils New Five-Year Plan for Contactless Payments Worldwide

MasterCard has announced a new five-year plan that will change the way payments are made in Australia and across the world at large. According to MasterCard, the new merchants should get accustomed with the contactless terminals by October 2012.

Yesterday, we published the Wall Street Journal news of how Google has joined hands with MasterCard and Citigroup to provide NFC mobile payments on Android smartphones.

MasterCard will use the PayPass technology to let users make payments by waving their credit card over an electronic reader to purchase items under $100.

To-date, 88 million PayPass cards are used around the world, with 5.3 million active cards in Australia. Over 35,000 merchants, including Eleven, McDonald's a JB Hi-Fi, are accepting payments via the PayPass technology.

Figures revealed by the divisional president Eddie Grobler showed between June and December 2010 there has been a rise of over 235% in PayPass transactions in Australia.

MasterCard believes to facilitate contactless PayPass by October 2012 in taxis, newsagents, bookstores, convenience stores, supermarkets, service stations, etc. The plan further states that by April 2014, all existing MasterCard must be PayPass enabled and all existing users must be able to accept PayPass payments.

PrePay Solutions to Speak at Leading Industry Conference

PrePay Solutions will be taking an active role in The Gift Card, Gift Voucher and Reloadable Card Summit to be held on March 30 in Lancaster, London, the United Kingdom.

Managing director Gilles Coccoli, one of the world's most influential experts on prepaid card developments, will be a key speaker in a panel titled "Innovation in Mobile Payments and its Effects on the Future of Prepaid and Gift Cards". Gilles will draw on PrePay Solutions' work in this sector as well as his many years of experience in the prepaid card industry. PrePay Solutions is also one of the sponsors of the Summit.

The Gift Card, Gift Voucher and Reloadable Card Summit will provide everybody with an interest in re-loadable prepaid cards, gift cards, vouchers and stored value solutions with the very latest market news and updates as well as insights for the future. There will be a raft of leading experts on hand to share their knowledge over a series of seminars, presentations and discussions.

The summit is a joint initiative between The UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKGCVA) and Prepaid Expo Europe to create the UK and Europe's most comprehensive industry conference.

For more information on The Gift Card, Gift Voucher and Reloadable Card Summit 2011 and details on how to book, please visit www.ukgcva.co.uk or www.iirusa.com/giftcardsummit.

Multicard Offers NFC Payments Services to Rabobank

Multicard introduces NFC-based payment system into Rabobank's MiniTix mobile wallet service. NFC stickers is put into the mobile phones of Rabobank employees (Rabobank is a leading Netherlands-based bank) to make contactless payments in canteens and cafeterias throughout the bank's country offices. To complete payments, the employees just need to waive their mobile phones over the contactless readers kept in the bank's offices. Presently, Rabobank is signing-up new merchants, schools, cafes and sports venues to join in the program.

Multicard will also offer Rabobank applications for transferring of money, top-up money and cheque balances to the MiniTix mobile wallet. MiniTix acts as a virtual wallet allowing bank employees to make payments and hold funds of up to euro 150.

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