Mobile Payment – Mainstream already

MobilePayJapan

If you believe the pundits, mobile payments are years away from being mainstream. But that’s not at all an accurate assessment of the state of the industry. Firstly, a mobile payment can be many things. There are seven primary models for mobile-enabled payments: SMS based transactional payments In-App Payments Direct Mobile Billing Mobile commerce and/or web [...]

Mobile Payments: Leave them to their own devices

As we’ve embarked on our Movenbank project, we’ve had a lot of people express concerns about our choice to be completely cardless and go with NFC and various other P2P solutions. There’s also often raised questions over which handset platform to support, which devices are certified, the lack of real NFC standards, how to enable [...]

US Banks wasting Billions on preventable fraud

The US is enamored with outdated and costly modality that is costing Billions in lost revenue and fraud. While many argue the business case for moving to technology like EMV or NFC is hard to justify, the reality is it is incredibly simple to justify based simply on mathematics around today’s massive cost of fraud. [...]

Extending the mobile payments ecosystem

Today I’ve been in Beetsterzwaag, Opsterland, Netherlands, about 150 kilometers from Amsterdam at an offsite strategic retreat with the ICS (International Card Services) team. Initially part of Bank of America’s presence in the Netherlands, ICS today is an independent subsidiary of ABN Amro NV, but works in the provision of a range of card services [...]

The emerging Mobile Payments and KYC clash

When the commercial internet became popularized in the mid-90s the emergence of e-Commerce quickly led to some amazing new business models, and inevitably the hype of the dot com bubble. While much of the dot com ‘crash’ survived and thrived (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Amazon) there were those that appeared happy to proclaim that the fad [...]

The Rapid Disintermediation of Retail Bankers

The concept that banking is necessary, but banks are not has often been debated. The question of whether technology advances and new business model results in disintermediation is often dismissed as hype. While the Internet is undoubtedly the most significant technological advanced of the modern age, most retail bankers would argue that this only produced [...]

SIBOS – Confusion reigns…

If I was to identify one dominant response from bankers at SIBOS this week it is confusion. Not confusion over the event, where to find sessions, or what they are doing here, but confusion over where the banking sector goes next. The fact is, after time immemorial where banking has essentially remained the same, bankers [...]