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MiFinity and CashtoCode announce payments partnership

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 luglio 2021

CashtoCode, the instant cash payment service for online merchants, and MiFinity, the secure iGaming ewallet, today announced a new global payments partnership. MiFinity users can now top up their iGaming accounts at more than 150,000 physical locations worldwide using the CashtoCode cash deposit network, as well as using CashtoCode’s new online evoucher product.This is the first time that MiFinity customers will be able to make payments with cash, which many customers prefer for privacy, security and self-control reasons. For CashtoCode, the partnership with MiFinity puts its service inside one of the fastest growing iGaming eWallets. Meanwhile, MiFinity chose to partner with CashtoCode for its global reach, with more than 150,000 retail locations across Europe and international markets such as Africa and Australia. Its evoucher solution is also extremely popular in regions where iGaming customers cannot easily make payments such as LATAM and Asia – where they can be redeemed instantly online like any traditional retail voucher code.The two companies are also a good match on important issues such as security. MiFinity is highly regarded in the global iGaming community for secure virtual payment processing, and it set a high bar on security standards when searching for a cash deposit partner. In CashtoCode, it found a service designed to eliminate fraud and money laundering concerns through a unique closed-loop cash payment system. Its cash deposit codes cannot be transferred by users, meaning they are far more secure and lower risk for iGaming operators.“CashtoCode has grown remarkably over the last 12 months, and working now with MiFinity will ensure even more iGaming customers will access our range of cash and online payment services,” said CashtoCode CEO, Jens Bader. “Cash remains the most widely used and widely accepted form of payment around the world, and all leading iGaming operators are considering the best ways of adding cash to their payment portfolios. By working with brands like MiFinity, we hope to become the number one cash deposit method of choice for all operators in the years ahead.”“We wanted to add a cash deposit option for our users and CashtoCode was immediately identified as the best fit for our needs,” said MiFinity CEO Paul Kavanagh. “We are known in the iGaming industry for safe, secure and smart payment services, and it was important that any new payment partner fulfilled the same criteria. The CashtoCode service is proven to be extremely popular and effective, and we see it as a unique value proposition in the market. I’m confident that we can build a successful and sustainable partnership with the team, that will benefit our customers and operators alike.”

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Parkopedia partners with ThinxNet to provide seamless in-car fuelling payments across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 luglio 2021

London, UK / Munich, Germany. Industry-leading connected car solution providers Parkopedia and ThinxNet, have partnered to improve the refuelling experience for drivers, automakers and fuelling stations across Europe, through intelligent connected solutions that enable drivers to pay for their fuel directly through their vehicle head unit.As part of the single API, which powers the ‘pay-at-the-pump’ application of Parkopedia’s payment platform, ThinxNet uses state-of-the-art, cloud-based technology to ensure payments at the fuel pump can be seamlessly completed from inside the vehicle. Drivers are able to refuel quickly, cheaply and safely – negating the need to step away from the vehicle or enter a kiosk to pay. ThinxNet’s solution is currently available at more than 1400 fuelling stations in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, with more to follow in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and the rest of Europe.Parkopedia’s new multi-domain payment platform is an extension of the company’s existing parking payment solution, which is currently in use by various leading global automakers. The latest platform will now also include payments for fuelling, as well as other vehicle-centric services, such as Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and tolls via a single sign-on solution, removing the need for drivers to maintain multiple apps and accounts for their on-the-road payment needs.Parkopedia’s integrated solution manages the full aggregation and payment flow between providers into a single payment platform, working with wider vehicle sensors to enable a seamless and complete digital fuelling experience for the driver.Once a driver is notified that fuel is low, they will be presented with live fuel pricing for comparison and guided to their preferred station. Once on-site, the platform activates the pump, initiates the transaction and safely manages the payment from the vehicle. Discounts and loyalty offers can be applied automatically, as well as the mailing of electronic receipts – delivering a heightened level of connected service to drivers and simplifying management for automakers.Hans Puvogel, COO at Parkopedia, commented: “We are delighted to partner with ThinxNet, and integrate essential pay-at-the-pump fuelling services for drivers into our recently announced payment platform. Our relationships with key connected vehicle service providers are a vital aspect of why we are already the market leader for in-vehicle parking payments. As we expand across further vehicle-centric payment services, we need partners that are aligned with us in delivering exceptional connected services that enhance the journey for drivers.”Sandra Dax, CEO at ThinxNet, added: “The partnership with Parkopedia is a logical next step for us to fulfil our vision of hassle-free, secure and reliable transactions around the car. We are convinced that a seamless in-car experience is a key driver for the adoption of connected services like digital fuelling.”For more details on Parkopedia’s payment platform or to contact the team, please visit: https://business.parkopedia.com/in-car-payment-platform

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Parkopedia partners with ThinxNet to provide seamless in-car fuelling payments across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 luglio 2021

Industry-leading connected car solution providers Parkopedia and ThinxNet, have partnered to improve the refuelling experience for drivers, automakers and fuelling stations across Europe, through intelligent connected solutions that enable drivers to pay for their fuel directly through their vehicle head unit.As part of the single API, which powers the ‘pay-at-the-pump’ application of Parkopedia’s payment platform, ThinxNet uses state-of-the-art, cloud-based technology to ensure payments at the fuel pump can be seamlessly completed from inside the vehicle. Drivers are able to refuel quickly, cheaply and safely – negating the need to step away from the vehicle or enter a kiosk to pay. ThinxNet’s solution is currently available at more than 1400 fuelling stations in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, with more to follow in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and the rest of Europe.Parkopedia’s new multi-domain payment platform is an extension of the company’s existing parking payment solution, which is currently in use by various leading global automakers. The latest platform will now also include payments for fuelling, as well as other vehicle-centric services, such as Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and tolls via a single sign-on solution, removing the need for drivers to maintain multiple apps and accounts for their on-the-road payment needs.Parkopedia’s integrated solution manages the full aggregation and payment flow between providers into a single payment platform, working with wider vehicle sensors to enable a seamless and complete digital fuelling experience for the driver.Once a driver is notified that fuel is low, they will be presented with live fuel pricing for comparison and guided to their preferred station. Once on-site, the platform activates the pump, initiates the transaction and safely manages the payment from the vehicle. Discounts and loyalty offers can be applied automatically, as well as the mailing of electronic receipts – delivering a heightened level of connected service to drivers and simplifying management for automakers.Hans Puvogel, COO at Parkopedia, commented: “We are delighted to partner with ThinxNet, and integrate essential pay-at-the-pump fuelling services for drivers into our recently announced payment platform. Our relationships with key connected vehicle service providers are a vital aspect of why we are already the market leader for in-vehicle parking payments. As we expand across further vehicle-centric payment services, we need partners that are aligned with us in delivering exceptional connected services that enhance the journey for drivers.”Sandra Dax, CEO at ThinxNet, added: “The partnership with Parkopedia is a logical next step for us to fulfil our vision of hassle-free, secure and reliable transactions around the car. We are convinced that a seamless in-car experience is a key driver for the adoption of connected services like digital fuelling.” For more details on Parkopedia’s payment platform or to contact the team, please visit: https://business.parkopedia.com/in-car-payment-platform

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Fibank Provides Its Mastercard Cardholders with the Option to Make Payments Using Their Fitbit Smartwatches

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 luglio 2021

Digital payments offer more security for our money and increase the comfort of our daily lives. Today, in addition to convenience, there is also the health concern to avoid contact with banknotes during a pandemic.Fibank (First Investment Bank) continues to expand the options for its customers to make contactless payments at any time and through various means. After becoming the first bank in the country to offer contactless payments using the Fitbit Pay service, now it is upgrading the offer by also providing customers with the convenience to use for that purpose their Mastercard cards issued by Fibank.Fitbit Pay allows customers to add their debit or credit cards to compatible Fitbit portable devices. Users will then be able to make payments at contactless POS terminals without ever needing to produce their card. To make payments, users need only to add their Fibank cards to the digital Fitbit Wallet. The process is easy, fast and customer-friendly.Fitbit Pay is currently available on Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa family of smartwatches, Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Charge 4 and Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition. By following simple steps in the Fitbit app on Android or iOS, users can quickly add their Mastercard cards issued by Fibank to their Fitbit Wallet. To make payments, consumers simply need to press and hold the left side button until their Mastercard card is seen on their device screen, then hold the device near a payment terminal until a confirmation of payment appears. A protected PIN is chosen by the user during device set-up for an additional level of security. With this partnership Fibank becomes the only bank in the country to offer its customers the full range of mobile payments: ApplePay, GPay, GarminPay and Fitbit.

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Osservatorio Innovative Payments

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 aprile 2020

“Nel 2019 i pagamenti con carta in Italia salgono a 270 miliardi di euro, con una crescita annua del +11%. L’utilizzo è legato sempre più ad acquisti quotidiani come dimostrano la crescita delle transazioni pro capite (83 nel 2019 rispetto alle 71 dell’anno precedente, +17%) e il calo del valore medio di ogni transazione, intorno ai 53,7 € (circa 3 € in meno rispetto al 2018)” dichiara Alessandro Perego Responsabile Scientifico degli Osservatori Digital Innovation del Politecnico di Milano “L’incremento riscontrato, seppure più alto della media europea guardando ai dati 2018 (+16%), non risulta però sufficiente per permettere all’Italia di scalare la classifica continentale e andare oltre la 23° posizione (su 27) nella quale già si trovava, ben lontana dai paesi più performanti come Danimarca, Svezia e Finlandia, che registrano oltre 300 transazioni pro capite all’anno”. Il mercato eCommerce (acquisti da PC, Smartphone o Tablet) in Italia nel 2019 cresce del 15%, raggiungendo quota 30,3 miliardi di euro pagati con carte o wallet. Come avviene ormai da qualche anno, la componente che sta contribuendo maggiormente all’aumento di questi numeri è lo Smartphone: il Mobile Commerce vale ormai il 40% del totale mercato eCommerce (era il 34% nel 2018) ossia 12 miliardi di euro nel 2019, in crescita del 33%. Queste alcune delle evidenze emerse dalla nuova edizione dell’Osservatorio Innovative Payments della School of Management del Politecnico di Milano*, presentato in occasione dell’evento “Innovative Payments: collaborare paga”. Gli Innovative Payments: gli italiani pagano sempre più da Smartphone e WearableGli Innovative Payments in Italia nel 2019 valgono oltre 3,1 miliardi di euro (+109% rispetto al 2018), un totale rappresentato da 4 componenti:I pagamenti attivati da Smartphone (Mobile Payment) in negozio, che raggiungono quota 1,83 miliardi di euro per un totale di 58 milioni di transazioni. Nel giro di 12 mesi il numero di italiani che ha utilizzato questa mobilità è triplicato, raggiungendo i 3 milioni.I pagamenti con Smartphone al di fuori dal punto vendita fisico sfiorano quota 1,24 miliardi di euro (+29%). Tra questi Il pagamento di ricariche telefoniche rimane la componente di maggior peso, con circa 590 milioni di euro, segue il pagamento di servizi legati alla mobilità che supera i 325 milioni di euro (+57%). Infine, cresce anche il pagamento di bollette e bollettini (205 milioni di euro, +33%) grazie, soprattutto, all’introduzione di servizi per il pagamento di importi dovuti alla Pubblica Amministrazione.I pagamenti con Smartwatch e Wearable, che nel 2019 toccano 70 milioni di €: un mercato che sta muovendo ancora i primi passi ma che nei prossimi anni vedrà gli oggetti connessi “indossabili” affiancare lo smartphone nelle abitudini degli italiani.I pagamenti attraverso smart speaker/automobile (Smart Objects Payment) o nei negozi senza cassa (Invisibile Payment), che a livello numerico non contribuiscono alla quantificazione di quest’anno, ma che l’offerta sta testando con diverse soluzioni anche in Italia.
Nel 2019 il numero di terminali POS per l’accettazione dei pagamenti con carta in Italia raggiunge circa 2,17 milioni (in crescita rispetto ai 2,08 dello scorso anno) e nel 90% dei casi sono abilitati all’accettazione del Contactless.Anche gli Smart POS fanno registrare i primi volumi rilevanti: sono oltre 15.000 i terminali installati che transano oltre 1,1 miliardi di euro. Rimangono però ancora da sviluppare pienamente i marketplace di applicazioni a corredo del servizio che possono essere fruite dai commercianti.
Un’ulteriore spinta alla già esistente coopetizione è data dall’entrata in vigore della normativa PSD2, che aprendo l’accesso ai dati finanziari e all’offerta di servizi di pagamento a tutti gli attori in possesso di una determinata licenza ha favorito la collaborazione tra le banche e le aziende appartenenti ai settori più disparati.

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Nexi and ACI Worldwide to Drive Payments Innovation in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 novembre 2019

Nexi, a leading provider of digital payments technology for banks in Italy, and ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a global leader in real-time electronic and banking payment solutions, have joined forces to offer merchant customers of Nexi’s partner banks innovative payment services at the point-of-sale (POS).Nexi, which together with its partner banks manages approximately 1.4 million POS terminals across Italy, will use ACI’s UP Retail Payments solution to enable a VAS (value-added services) Layer Platform on its devices. UP Retail Payments is a complete and customizable end-to-end enterprise payments solution that delivers a first-class digital payments experience.Nexi’s new VAS Layer Platform utilizes ACI’s Universal Payments (UP) Framework to centralize onboarding and distribution of all existing and future VAS services. Merchants will be able to offer their customers innovative services through the POS, such as the processing of company meal vouchers, loyalty points and more.“We are excited to partner with ACI Worldwide because it allows us to provide merchants of our partner banks with a flexible, fast and scalable solution, which can adapt quickly to changing market conditions. Furthermore, ACI provides us with a solid platform on which to build new services,” said Enrico Trovati, director of BU Merchant Services and Solutions, Nexi. “This also allows us to implement a long-term strategy on value-added services for different merchant categories.” “To be competitive, merchants in Italy and throughout Europe must offer their customers innovative payment services to generate new business,” said Gianfranco Botti, vice president, ACI Worldwide. “ACI Worldwide has a long and solid track record in the European merchant payments market and we are pleased to collaborate with Nexi as they set the standard for digital payments in Italy.”

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Western Union Expands Real-Time Global Cross Border Payments to India

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 ottobre 2019

Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, today advanced its leadership in digital payment innovation enabling customers to move money or make payments in real-time in India, one of the world’s fastest growing economy.Western Union became the first money transfer operator to offer cross border remittances via Unified Payments Interface (UPI), a real-time payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation of India under Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines. It allows Western Union customers globally to send money into bank accounts in India simply by using the receivers UPI ID, instead of providing bank account and routing details.The announcement executes upon Western Union’s strategy to expand its services across emerging markets and open new growth areas as the company leverages its core cross-border assets – including global settlement capabilities, network, compliance and technology systems – to enable international cross-border payments in minutes. Western Union cross border remittances via UPI will be available for senders in over 200 countries and territories via Western Union’s retail network in the last quarter of 2019, and progressively thereafter on WU.com and Western Union mobile app commencing with the U.S. and followed by the rest of the world.

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Western Union and Temple University Japan Campus Simplify Tuition Payments

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 giugno 2019

Western Union, a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement, today announced a collaboration with Western Union Business Solutions and Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ) that will enable students to pay tuition and expenses using a simplified payment process, helping assure funds arrive on-time and in-full, without hidden charges.The international payment platform, WU® GlobalPay for Students, provides students the ability to review payment options in advance with a price comparison tool and to lock-in exchange rates for up to 72 hours. Students can pay in their local or preferred currency and transparently track their payment status though the online portal, mobile messages and email.The system utilizes an application programming interface (API) to automatically input student details including student number, name, invoice ID and amount of payment, provided by Temple University to enable a seamless experience.
“We are proud to partner with Temple University, Japan Campus, to integrate an API to the GlobalPay for Students platform,” said Haruhiko Ohashi, country manager for Japan, Western Union Business Solutions. “Without software to install, the system provides a simple path for TUJ to easily manage their international payments.” Temple University Japan Campus is the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan. Founded in Tokyo in 1982, TUJ has developed into an internationally recognized institution offering an extensive range of educational programs. In addition to its core undergraduate program, TUJ offers graduate programs in law, business, and education; an English-language preparation program; continuing education courses; and corporate education classes. TUJ will move its entire operation from its current locations in Minato-ku, scheduled from August 2019, to a newly built-in-process six-story building on Showa Women’s University’s campus in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.

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ACI Worldwide Powers Successful Launch of DuitNow Real-Time Payments in Malaysia

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 gennaio 2019

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, today announced that Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet), the national payments network and central infrastructure provider, has implemented Malaysia’s Real-Time Retail Payments Platform (RPP) using ACI’s UP Real-Time Payments solution. The first service offered to the public under the platform is DuitNow, an instant credit transfer with a national addressing database that links mobile numbers and national ID numbers to account numbers.DuitNow allows bank customers to send money instantly and securely to accounts that are addressed by easily known identifiers, such as mobile phone numbers, identity card or passport numbers, and business registration numbers. The service aims to displace cash with simple and convenient internet and mobile payments, and has the potential to transform Malaysia’s payments ecosystem with immediate 24×7 funds availability.Following the launch of DuitNow, PayNet and ACI are now focused on the progressive introduction of new payments services, including QR Payments as well as Request-to-Pay, e-Mandates and Real-Time Debit, which are expected to transform how businesses collect payments in Malaysia. Corporate customers will also benefit from DuitNow’s extended message payload that allows DuitNow payment messages to carry information needed to complete business transactions.“RPP and DuitNow are the foundation for payments transformation in Malaysia, which is aimed at modernizing the e-Payments ecosystem and driving innovation for the country’s more than 31 million residents. PayNet’s vision goes beyond just Malaysia – we aim to build links across the ASEAN region to enable cross-border instant credits and P2P payments, with an initial focus on our neighbouring countries,” said Peter Schiesser, Group CEO, PayNet.
“ACI’s UP Real-Time Payments provides the flexibility and scalability that PayNet needs to continue making material steps towards greater ASEAN payments integration – streamlining both business and personal financial flows across the region,” added Mr Schiesser.
“ACI is proud to partner with PayNet to address the changing needs of the Malaysian payments ecosystem as it evolves and matures, positioning the country as a regional and global payments leader as the trend from cash-based transactions to cashless societies gathers pace,” said Leslie Choo, Managing Director, Asia, ACI Worldwide. “The launch of DuitNow marks a significant milestone in Malaysia’s real-time transformation – one that has required close collaboration not only between ACI and PayNet, but also with more than a dozen member banks that are bringing these new services to the public.” ACI has an unmatched global customer base of financial institutions and payment service providers using its UP Immediate Payments solution. In the UK, the solution has been used by financial institutions to access the UK Faster Payments scheme since its launch in 2008. Currently more than 50 percent of the scheme’s payments are being processed by ACI solutions. Additionally, ACI has customers using UP Immediate Payments to access Singapore FAST and the Australian NPP (New Payments Platform). ACI is implementing The Clearing House RTP system and Zelle for customers in the US, and serves on the ISO 20022 Real-Time Payments Group and the EPC Instant Payments Technology Group.

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TSYS to Host 2018 Investor Day in New York

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 Maggio 2018

New York May 24, 2018, which will be held at The Pierre New York in Manhattan, from 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. ET. TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced today that M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and chief executive officer of TSYS, and other TSYS executives will discuss the company’s operations and business strategy at the upcoming TSYS Investor Day.A live webcast of the presentations will be available at http://www.tsys.com. To access the webcast, and accompanying slide presentations, please click on the “TSYS Investor Day 2018” link on the home page. The webcast will be archived on the site for 12 months.
TSYS® (NYSE: TSS) is a leading global payments provider, offering seamless, secure and innovative solutions across the payments spectrum — from issuer processing and merchant acquiring to prepaid program management. We succeed because we put people, and their needs, at the heart of every decision. It’s an approach we call ‘People-Centered Payments®’. Our headquarters are located in Columbus, Ga., U.S.A., with approximately 12,000 team members and local offices across 13 countries. TSYS generated revenue of $4.9 billion in 2017, while processing more than 27.8 billion transactions. We are a member of The Civic 50 and were named one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. TSYS is a member of the S&P 500 and routinely posts all important information on its website.

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FIS Connects Three Australian Financial Institutions to Real-time Payments Platform

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 aprile 2018

Continuing its leadership in the global movement toward real-time payments, global financial technology provider FIS™ (NYSE: FIS) announced today that it has leveraged its Open Payment Framework (OPF) to connect three leading Australian financial institutions to the country’s New Payments Platform (NPP).The NPP was cooperatively developed by Australian financial institutions to provide a modern payments infrastructure for the country’s banking system. The platform, which was officially launched in February, enables real-time clearing and settlement 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides Australian businesses and consumers with a fast and versatile payments system for making their everyday payments.A leading provider of payments technology in Australia, FIS has connected three of the country’s leading financial institutions to the NPP infrastructure, allowing millions of customers to begin using and benefiting from the real-time payments services.“The NPP provides a leap forward in modern payments capabilities for Australian consumers and businesses,” said Serena Smith, head of Payments, FIS Global Financial Solutions. “By using our Open Payment Framework, FIS enabled these financial institutions to immediately connect to the NPP platform so they could benefit from the new services on day one. We look forward to helping other Australian banks connect to this leading-edge platform.” FIS is working with financial institutions around the world to modernize their payments platforms and implement real-time payments environments.

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12th Annual Fraud Conference 2018 – Banking and Payments

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 marzo 2018

This conference will provide access to key financial industry strategists and thinkers who will help to provide key insights into the risks associated with the development of new products and services across the world of banking and payments.The key learning points and opportunities will be as follows:A global update on fraud risk, trends, initiatives and challenges. The impact of new technologies, new types of criminal activity and what we can expect to see.
Background briefings around the sector, what different stakeholders in the industry are experiencing, where they are focused and innovations. This covers the banks, processors, support businesses, data analytics, social media, divergent stakeholders and customer perceptions and also the legal and investigatory aspects.
Helping to provide a context to fraud prevention strategy and tactics, comparisons with other countries, markets, across channels and products. Taking into account new technology and changes to behaviour.A great opportunity to connect with and discuss issues with key people across the fraud prevention and risk management industry.The conference will hear from practitioners from the financial services industry will feature along with those who provide key products and services. We will hear from experts in the mobile phone industry as well as those who manage data, develop new products, the cards schemes, international fraud prevention solution providers, law enforcement and legal services plus many others.As always, networking is an essential part of the conference and we allow quality time to enable delegates to maximise the value they gain from attending the conference.Join us in London for this conference and get to grips with the strategic challenges which face the financial world today.

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Two million Danes join the next wave in mobile payments as Danske Bank’s MobilePay teams up with PowaTag

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 Maggio 2015

Danske Bank’sLondon. Denmark is leading the way to a cashless society by planning to scrap obligatory cash payments – and now two out of three smartphone users will be able to enjoy an entirely new way to shop as Danske Bank’s market leading MobilePay app introduces the transformative “buy anywhere” capabilities of acclaimed mobile commerce platform PowaTag.Over two million Danes use MobilePay, the free application from Danske Bank that enables peer to peer (P2P) money transfers and mobile purchases in-store and online. The app is the market leader in the Nordics, with over 12 billion kroner in transactions processed since launch.The PowaTag platform adds a powerful new level of engagement to MobilePay, creating a compelling way for Danske Bank to enable instant purchases through a wide variety of different triggers. More than 1,200 companies have so far partnered with Powa, including L’Oreal USA, The Big Issue Foundation, Best Western and Miinto, and some of the world’s biggest names will be rolling out this year. Due to Powa’s global reach, MobilePay users from New York to Jakarta will be able to make instant PowaTag purchases with participating brands in locations around the world – ideal for the Danes, who are the world’s fourth most well-travelled people.[1] The international mind-set extends to online shopping, with 39 per cent of Danes buying from overseas websites in the last year, and the UK as a favourite location[2]. PowaTag enables shoppers to buy from their favourite brands online in just two taps, skipping long-winded order forms.Mark Wraa-Hansen, Head of the MobilePay division in Danske Bank, says: “The Danish people are incredibly switched on to the huge potential of mobile payments, as demonstrated by the fact that two out of three smart phone users now use our solution. With PowaTag we can over time take MobilePay to the next level with a new set of services. The speed and convenience of PowaTag make it an ideal fit with the services that have made MobilePay so popular.”Dan Wagner, founder and CEO of Powa Technologies, says: “Integrating PowaTag’s singular ability to turn any form of media into an instant point of sale will further cement Danske Bank’s position at the forefront of mobile payments without compromising its decision not to charge customers.”“Instantly engaging with over two million users through one of the world’s most well known retail banks is an important step as we continue to establish PowaTag as a new global standard in commerce. This partnership is a perfect example of the value PowaTag brings to banks, merchants and consumers alike.”Danske Bank is the first of many leading retail banks to integrate PowaTag into its services through Powa’s software development kit (SDK), enabling MobilePay users to instantly utilise Powa’s powerful transaction capabilities using details already saved to the app. The SDK enables companies to easily integrate the full PowaTag platform with their own in-house offerings to create an enhanced, scalable solution that enables banks and merchants to bring its benefits directly to their existing installed user base.

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On Tax Day

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 aprile 2009

President Obama will meet with several working families, just like the ones all across America, who are facing tough choices during this economic crisis.  President Obama will underscore his commitment to a simpler tax code that rewards work and the pursuit of the American dream and supports a future of sustained economic growth that creates good jobs and rising incomes for all Americans.  He will discuss the unprecedented action his Administration has taken to give tax cuts to the Americans who need them, while jump-starting growth and job creation in the process. Many working Americans have lost a job or are fighting to keep their small business open.  Many more are struggling to make payments, to stay in their home, or to pursue a college education.  To help middle-class families get back on their feet and restore some fairness to the tax code, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama signed the Making Work Pay tax credit into law.  As a result, families across the country are seeing more money in their paychecks.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is based on the simple premise: what is good for working families is good for the economy and what is good for the economy is good for working families. Specifically, cutting taxes for working families helps to create jobs because these families are the most likely to spend the money. And staving off a deep recession disproportionately helps working families that would have been most likely to get hurt by the recession.

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Background on Housing Refinance Roundtable

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 aprile 2009

President Obama will host a roundtable discussion this morning in the Roosevelt Room about the impact of historically low interest rates.  Attending the meeting will be a handful of households who have re-financed their homes and benefited from lower mortgage payments, as well as members of President Obama’s economic team. Our Financial Stability Plan will address the key problems at the heart of the current crisis and get our economy back on track.  A critical piece of that effort is Making Home Affordable, a plan to stabilize our housing market and help up to 7 to 9 million Americans reduce their monthly mortgage payments through modifications or refinancing to more affordable levels.As more and more American homeowners face difficulty making their mortgage payments, we are doing everything we can to help them lower their payments to affordable levels.  In many cases, falling home prices and disruptions in credit markets have limited borrowers’ ability to refinance, through no fault of their own. Our new Making Home Affordable refinance program targets those borrowers directly by giving borrowers with mortgages through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac the opportunity to refinance even if their home has lost value. More broadly, together with the Federal Reserve’s actions, our policies have helped to bring down mortgage rates to historic lows, giving millions of Americans the ability to refinance. A typical homeowner can now refinance and save around $2,000 a year.

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