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The blockchain: new innovation driver for banks

30 January 2015

Blockchain technology: although the concept is not widely understood yet, its potential for the financial sector is becoming more apparent every day.

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The future of payments is now… and what’s next

30 January 2015

The digital world has progressively entered our daily life, and it is about to revolutionize the payment market the same way it revolutionized the advertising and media markets.

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A Common Real Time Network for Payments Interoperability?

27 January 2015

Envision a European network of payments, in any format, made anywhere, and processed in real time. Would the surmounting the challenge of this set up outweigh the benefits and cost savings for consumers and businesses?

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How will the key mass-market transaction technology evolve in the coming years?

26 January 2015

Since mobile has become yesterday's news, what will be key retail transaction technology to watch out for? This is the question for every FinTech company in payments as market players jostle for that slice of the pie.

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Advancing payment innovation by banks opening up digitally

26 January 2015

Vincent Brennan will present the Euro Banking Association’s latest opinion paper on the growth of ‘electronic Alternative Payments’ (eAPs). In this vision the banking infrastructure and the eAP world can accelerate by interoperating with the SEPA and cards infrastructures through an interoperable API infrastructure.

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Payments Innovation: riding the wave of FinTech

20 January 2015

FinTech has grown very large over the past years: worldwide more than USD 4 billion (2014 est.) is invested in FinTech startups and to a large extend (>25%) into payment technology companies. The Payment industry has been highly innovative long before FinTech became something.

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Transactions Drive the Need for Identity

13 January 2015

The online world offers business the opportunity to re-engineer business processes, and gain economies of scale through automation and reach. Online Identity, thus far has been resistant to change, with manual backend process being the norm, with highly localised approaches.

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Digital Identity: the mother of all transactions

12 January 2015

Digital Identity services have the potential to radically change the retail and payment landscape. The ongoing digital transformation of society leads to more and more electronic interaction between users and merchants, institutions and governments.

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Next Generation Alternative Retail Payments: Infrastructure Requirements

17 December 2014

The advance of e-/m-commerce has sparked a large number of new and innovative payment initiation methods that cater for all kinds of contexts, which are commonly called electronic Alternative Payments (e-APs).

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Do we need a new EU Network for EU Payments Interoperability?

17 December 2014

Suddenly the payments talk is of EU payments “technical interoperability” frameworks and new networks. The analysis looks at the key issues the EC and ECB need to consider when assessing the impact of their vision for “any payments acceptance” across the EU.

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The Mobile Internet Economy in Europe

17 December 2014

Powered by the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets (and the prospect of new applications, such as “wearables” and machine-to-machine communication)—as well as by vigorous competition between mobile ecosystems—the mobile Internet is having a big and growing economic impact in Europe, as it is elsewhere.

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Online virtual currencies: #cash becoming truly digital?

11 December 2012

Electronic money is not just regular money going online. Virtual currencies have specific monetary attributes and the potential to revolutionize the entire payments infrastructure.

Jon Matonis will present these important differences and new opportunities.
Virtual currency, or digital cash, should replicate the functionality of physical cash in the real world setting, namely it should be a digital bearer instrument. The key questions that will be addressed include:

1. Do we have to lose the privacy attributes of physical cash in the switch to a cashless society?
2. What are the essential requirements for an ideal virtual currency? 
3. How does the cryptocurrency bitcoin fit into this new payments infrastructure?
4. How can consumers and merchants benefit from the adoption of virtual currency? 

Jon Matonis is an e-Money researcher and board director at the Bitcoin Foundation. He will speak at the EPCA Payment Summit on the afternoon of March 21, in the online currencies track. 
Jon also writes a weekly tech column for Forbes Magazine. His career has included senior influential posts at Sumitomo Bank, VISA, VeriSign, and Hushmail.


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