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NACHA Launches Afinis Interoperability Standards for Financial Services
September 5, 2018

Afinis is a membership-based standards organization that brings together diverse collaborators – through innovative and agile processes – to develop implementable, interoperable, and portable standards across operating environments and platforms. Afinis furthers the work of NACHA’s Payments Innovation Alliance Application Programming Interface (API) Standardization Industry Group (ASIG) to now advance API standardization efforts across the financial services ecosystem through formal governance, and includes the work of Interactive Financial eXchange Forum (IFX). Afinis provides a community for thought leadership on the shared goals of expanding efficiency, surety, safety and interoperability within the financial services industry. 

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API Standardization Industry Group Launches Online Community to Support Adoption of Standardized APIs
August 9, 2018

NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association's API Standardization Industry Group (ASIG) formally launched its open, online community - www.asig.org - to support development and adoption of standardized APIs for financial services in the U.S. and globally. The online community is a self-service platform in which financial services stakeholders and developers can access information, tools and resources, and test the standardized APIs. Developed in collaboration with Accenture and Apigee, the online community will serve as a single resource to help advance API standardization across the financial services ecosystem.

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Business Payments Directory Association to Partner with Discover Financial Services to Provide Blockchain Platform for its B2B Directory 
August 1, 2018

The Business Payments Directory Association (BPDA) today announced that it will be partnering with Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) to develop a proof of concept platform for its B2B Directory built on blockchain technology. BPDA’s B2B Directory will serve as the industry’s standardized, searchable database of electronic payments information for business transactions. To support the robust capabilities of the Directory, the platform will leverage open source technologies, blockchain/distributed ledger technology and standardized Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) developed by the API Standardization Industry Group. 

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IFX Forum Releases Latest Paper 
July 24, 2018

IFX Forum released its latest publication from IFX Forum: RESTful Implementation of IFX Demonstration Design Review. The latest paper details IFX Forum’s analysis of adapting the IFX Standard to a RESTful API model. Given the evolution of the financial services marketplace and the shift towards Open Banking, PSD2 directives, JSON data representations and RESTful APIs, IFX Forum performed an assessment of how well the IFX Standard would adapt to this changing environment. Based on its assessment, the IFX Standard and the IFX Message Framework are readily adaptable to REST design concepts.

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NACHA’s API Standardization Industry Group Furthers Progress on Standardized API Development Efforts

April 4, 2018

NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association® and the Payments Innovation Alliance today released a Meeting Summary Report from the latest meeting of the API Standardization Industry Group. The API Standardization Industry Group, formally created in the spring of 2017, is working to further efforts to standardize the use of APIs in the U.S. financial services industry. In support of that effort, the Group met Feb. 28 at Google’s YouTube Campus in San Francisco to further progress on the initial API development efforts that were identified in the fall of 2017. 

The main goal of the latest meeting was to showcase progress on API use case efforts and confirm prioritization and refine requirements of the APIs. Announced late last year, the Group prioritized API: Account Validation, API: Get Account Balance/API: Get Account History, API: Get Bank Contact Information, API: Interoperability, and API: Transaction Status as the first five APIs for development. During the February meeting, the Group further prioritized API development efforts, agreeing to API: Account Validation and API: Get Bank Contact Information as the first two of five to be released to the industry in second quarter of 2018, and agreeing to the initial requirements for both APIs. 

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paymentsNZ: Update to the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
March 29, 2018

paymentsnz's CEO Steve Wiggins recently formally updated the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Hon Kris Faafoi on the significant progress the industry has made in advancing our Payments Direction strategic initiatives, our engagement efforts, and the role of Payments NZ in facilitating discussion to improve the transparency of merchant service and interchange fees. 

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