First Data and SK C&C USA Initiate
Landmark Trusted Service Manager (TSM) Solution
Mobile Commerce Leaders’ State-of-the-Art TSM Paves the Way to Large-Scale mCommerce Enablement of NFC Devices for Issuers, Merchants, Mobile Network Operators and Consumers
NACHA PAYMENTS - AUSTIN, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, and SK C&C USA, a pioneer in mobile commerce technology, today announced the commercial release of a Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solution. The comprehensive First Data TSM solution is now available for enablement of Near Field Communication (NFC) devices for issuers, merchants and mobile network operators (MNOs) looking to quickly prepare consumers for the fast approaching mobile payment reality through the most scalable, cost-effective and secure service available today.
“As more consumers go mobile while managing their busy lives, an increasing number of smartphones equipped with NFC technology are now being deployed across a range of carriers and handsets,” said Dom Morea, SVP and division manager, Advanced Solutions and Innovation at First Data. “We’re nearing a tipping point where connected consumers with access to a range of NFC-enabled devices and mobile wallets will be able to migrate all of the accounts in their leather wallet to their mobile device in order to make payments anytime or exchange value, anywhere.”
Managing 2.7 billion accounts across the widest array of account types and networks, First Data has the time-tested scale, industry relationships and security expertise to enable the broadest payments ecosystem as a strong, neutral provider. SK C&C USA, the technology partner in First Data’s TSM, has been a leading innovator in mobile commerce technology since 2002 through its best-in-industry mobile technology platform.
“In September 2010 we announced our strategic partnership with First Data and the plan to have a state-of-the-art TSM solution available to customers in Q1 of 2011,” said Keith Smith, president and COO SK C&C USA. “We are proud to have met this deadline and enable First Data’s customers to accelerate their mobile commerce initiatives and commercially deploy services to the consumer in 2011; knowing that the First Data TSM comes with a decade of technical development, security and industry expertise.”
To meet their customers’ expectations, NFC device suppliers, MNOs and issuers of secure payment accounts such as financial institutions and merchants will need the ability to deliver and manage these accounts as consumers continue to embrace a mobile lifestyle. The First Data TSM provides the infrastructure, functionality and comprehensive business service to enable over-the-air (OTA) provisioning and management of a variety of accounts to any mobile device for use at a physical point of sale.
Together, First Data and SK C&C USA built the TSM as a service model that enables account issuers such as financial institutions or merchants and MNOs to integrate once and avoid the complexity of costly, many-to-many integrations with little return on investment.
With increasingly complex technologies emerging throughout every industry, the First Data TSM was designed with security as a top priority. Through a secure interface to the service provider, the TSM can access any account and provides robust account lifecycle management. For MNOs, the TSM can securely access MNO systems for functions such as subscriber eligibility management, device management, billing and customer service.
Other key features of the TSM include card application, participant and subscriber management as well as chip data personalization, key management and remote download management.
“Given the huge opportunity for mobile payments, it is imperative that the security and integrity of mobile transactions are provided by companies that know what they are doing. First Data’s reputation, experience and expertise in the payments industry makes them the obvious candidate to take payments to the next level as Trusted Service Manager,” said Nick Holland, senior analyst at Yankee Group.
For more information on the First Data Trusted Service Management capability, please contact your sales representative or visit www.firstdata.com.
About SK C&C USA
SK C&C USA offers a comprehensive suite of mobile commerce products including Trusted Services Manager (TSM), Mobile Wallet platform, and mobile marketing services. With global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, SK C&C USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of SK C&C Co., Ltd., a leading global payments technology provider and systems integration company. SK C&C is a major stockholder of a holding company (SK Holdings) of SK Group, an $80 billion conglomerate. For more information, visit www.skccmcommerce.com.
About First Data
Around the world, every second of every day, First Data makes payment transactions secure, fast and easy for merchants, financial institutions and their customers. First Data leverages its vast product portfolio and expertise to drive customer revenue and profitability. Whether the choice of payment is by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter, First Data takes every opportunity to go beyond the transaction.
Judge Makes Rulings in Debit Card Interchange Lawsuit
WAYZATA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol today denied the government’s motion to dismiss TCF National Bank’s (“TCF”) complaint and took the motion to dismiss the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) as a proper party defendant under advisement. The judge also denied TCF’s motion for a preliminary injunction at this time. The court intends to hold a further hearing immediately following the Federal Reserve Board’s issuance of its final ruling on debit card interchange.
The judge raised concerns as to the constitutionality of the Durbin Amendment’s exemption for banks with assets less than $10 billion under the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. He also commented that the government’s position that a two-tier pricing system for banks above and below $10 billion in assets will eventually result in a single rate to all banks is speculation on the government’s part.
TCF National Bank is a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB), a Wayzata, Minnesota-based national bank holding company with $18.5 billion in total assets. TCF has 442 branches in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona and South Dakota, providing retail and commercial banking services. TCF also conducts commercial leasing and equipment finance business in all 50 states and commercial inventory finance business in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about TCF, please visit www.tcfbank.com.
TCF Financial Corporation, Wayzata
Jason Korstange, 952-745-2755 www.tcfbank.com