• Introducing the SB 650M: a MICR-Capable, Full-Page Check and Document Scanner

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    Earlier this week at the RDC Summit in Las Vegas, we unveiled the Digital Check SB 650M – a new, portable desktop scanner designed to handle anything a business environment can throw at it, from checks and money orders to ID cards, full-page documents, and anything else in between. The SB 650M has a lot...

  • Another Day, Another Data Breach: Protecting Yourself Without Being Paranoid

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    Like many of you, I was one of the unfortunate 56 million Americans whose credit card information was exposed in the Home Depot data breach that was uncovered this month. After numerous near-misses and checking through old statements, the uncomfortable truth has finally been driven home: If you still use your credit card or debit...

  • Digital Check President and His Family Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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    In recognition and remembrance of company founder Thomas P. Anderson Sr., who passed away in 1990 from complications related to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Digital Check President Tom Anderson Jr., along with sons Matt and Fitz, and grandson Wells, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Digital Check has made a contribution to the fight against...

  • Cheque Capture Overseas – Starting Later, Starting Better

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    Many countries are building on lessons learned by those who adopted before them Photo by Grand Parc under Creative Commons 2.0 license We were in the UK last week, talking to some of our friends and partners there about Britain’s upcoming switch to electronic cheque clearing (the proper way to spell it just about everywhere...

  • EMV is Coming – But How Long Before Magstripe Really Goes Away?

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    Despite splashy headlines, the transition will take several years – and protecting old-style transactions will remain as important as ever Photo by Cheon Fong Liew under Creative Commons 2.0 license It’s now been almost a year since the spark that finally got EMV started in the United States – the Target data breach of 2013....

  • Cheque Truncation Comes to Britain

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    Last month, the UK’s Cheque and Credit Clearing Company ”” which manages the cheque clearing system in most of Britain ”” held its annual event in London, the Cheque User Forum 2014 (see video below). But this time, as our friends and partners in Britain tell us, things were a little different from usual, given...

  • Payroll Cards: Prepaid Cards Enter Rich but Untapped Market

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    New Card by Brink’s Could Give Unbanked More Options Prepaid cards have taken over a big chunk of the B2C payments market, rising from relative obscurity a decade ago to over 9 billion transactions in 2013 – that’s 7 percent of all payments made in the United States. Today, when a company gives you a...

  • Why ‘Intrinsic Value’ Won’t Make or Break Bitcoin

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    Will cryptocurrencies follow the path of baseball cards, or gold bullion? Virtual currencies have taken a lot of heat for their lack of “intrinsic value” ”” and the fact that you can’t physically touch a Bitcoin or a Dogecoin probably doesn’t help to allay that criticism. But does a currency’s real worth come from any...

  • Thermal Vs. Ink Receipt Printers: How to Save Money and Look Good Doing It

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    Most of our work with banks focuses on scanning checks and swiping cards, but today let’s take a moment to focus on another, equally important part of the teller transaction process: printing receipts. A receipt printer is a pretty utilitarian device, and most people ”” bankers and retailers alike ”” look at it as something...

  • Ultraviolet Payment Security: The Digital Age Gives New Life to Old Techniques

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    Published on the Brinks Blog A funny thing happened to checks when the world moved to automated scanning: All the visual security features started going away. Most printed anti-fraud elements either don’t play nice with scanners or disappear when converted to images, so banks started stripping down their checks to more image-friendly designs. But fraud...

  • Ultraviolet Scanning Becomes Affordable

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    Introduction of CheXpress CX30-UV could be a big boost to overseas deposits In case you missed it, May 21 was the global unveiling of the world’s first low-cost ultraviolet check scanner, the CheXpress CX30-UV. It mostly passed under the radar in the U.S. (most banks here don’t employ UV security yet), but for international markets,...

  • Fundtech’s Insights Gala Was a Different (and Patriotic) Experience

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    Memorial Day was this past weekend, and I thought this would be a good time to give a belated thank-you to Fundtech, who last week put on one of the more memorable nights of entertainment I’ve experienced on the trade show circuit. During last week’s Insights 2014 conference in San Diego, I and about 200...

  • Understanding UV Security: How and Why It’s Used on Payment Documents

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    Why don’t we have UV in the United States? It’s not big in the U.S., but globally, dozens of countries require ultraviolet security features to be printed on checks, money orders, payment coupons and all sorts of other financial documents. The reason, as with all security features, is to prevent fraud, which UV does in...

  • Could You Spot a Fake Check From its Image?

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    How Signature Verification and Other Tools Can Help Guard Banks Against Fraud It’s a question we get all the time: With electronic check clearing, if an image is presented for deposit or clearing, but you don’t have the original paper check, how can you tell if it’s fake or altered? In a great technological irony,...

  • Fun with Google Analytics: Tracking the Windows XP Apocalypse

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    As a hardware manufacturer, we’ve been paying a lot of attention to the Windows XP phaseout, which which became official earlier this month when Microsoft announced the end of support for the operating system. Since our regular customer and partner reminders began about six months ago, we’ve been tabulating the OS and browser configurations of...