Armed w/Expanded Funding InstaReM Heads to Europe and the U.S.

A Singapore-headquartered cross-border payments company has exploded on the payments scene. InstaReM has received a $13 million investment led by GSR Ventures, with participation from SBI-FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund, Vertex Ventures, Fullerton Financial Holdings, and Global Founders Capital. To date, InstaReM has raised over US$18 million in the last 18 months. InstaReM will…

SMS Hijack Attacks Raising Concerns Sending One-Time SMS Passcodes

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s recommendation to deprecate SMS one-time passcodes as a second factor of authentication takes a big leap forward with the help of Payfone. Payfone’s Instant Authentication for Mobile solution thwarts SMS Hijack and SMS-forwarding attacks. The company’s proprietary technology prevents these types of attacks by replacing easy-to-intercept OTPs…

CardLess Cardtronics ATMs to Pop Up Everywhere in the US Over Next 2 Years

FIS Cardless Cash, which reduces the risk of card skimming, will be deployed on Cardtronics ATMs nationwide is a 24-month roll-out. The deployment for mobile users by Cardtronics, the world’s largest ATM owner/operator, will not require hardware upgrades. FIS Cardless Cash, which leverages the FIS Mobile Banking app, enables banking customers to withdraw funds from…

Unbankable Cannabis Industry Looks to Bitcoins & Hydroponics for Growth

The ongoing roadblock for legal marijuana enterprises has been a lack of banking options, which forces these businesses to conduct cash transactions. Therefore, the cannabis industry has identified bitcoin digital currency as an ideal solution to the numerous challenges of the ‘unbankable’ marijuana industry and is creating a proprietary bitcoin payment solution that can be…

NFC Wearables Key Driver in Global PoS Payments Accessories Vertical

The latest trend gaining momentum in the payments market is NFC in smart devices and PoS systems. The global PoS accessories market is witnessing a major shift in technology with the increasing adoption of NFC in wearable devices, such as smartwatches, smart wristbands, and smartphones. Till 2011, the contactless payment option was available for NFC-enabled…

Processors Not Fintech Startups Most Likely to Disrupt the Payments Industry

While all new technologies will be important to their business in the next two years, the majority of CFOs say they are most concerned with mobile payments and mobile capabilities to manage and approve payments (55%), with blockchain a close second (54%), followed by cloud payments (48%) and data mining (46%). Despite the buzz around…

Bankers Behind the Eight Ball on Formal Payments Strategy

Nearly nine of 10 bankers admit their bank does not have a formal payments strategy. Of those, only 46% have plans to develop a formal payments strategy. Furthermore, 36% of respondents characterize their bank’s approach to payments strategy as “fast follower,” while 54% said their bank takes a “wait and see” approach. Only 3% consider…

Fully-Integrated, Linux-based Portable mPOS Platform Taken to a Higher Level

Verifone has launched two new portable and mPOS products: Verifone V240m & Verifone e285. Both devices are commerce-enabled and certified with the highest level of global security, PCI 5.0. This important certification, granted by the PCI Security Standards Council, ensures strong device protection for cardholder payment data and ensures the strongest possible protection in a…