The Western Union Company is an American financial services and communications company. Its North American headquarters is in Meridian, Colorado, though the postal designation of nearby Englewood is used in its mailing address. Up until it discontinued the service in 2006, Western Union was the best-known U.S. company in the business of exchanging telegrams.Western Union has several divisions, with products such as person-to-person money transfer, money orders, business payments and commercial services. They offered standard "Cablegrams", as well as more cheerful products such as Candygrams, Dollygrams, and Melodygrams.Western Union, as an industrialized monopoly, dominated the telegraph industry in the late 19th century. It was the first communications empire and set a pattern for American-style communications businesses as they are known today. Wikipedia.
Western Union | Date: 2016-09-14
Techniques described herein relate to analyzing location-based transaction systems, based on data from multiple client devices detected and received via multiple communication networks, and providing customized data to client devices associated with particular locations and/or users of the transaction system. The characteristics of a transaction system and/or specific client locations of the transaction system may be determined, based on data received from multiple client devices. A back-end system may receive data from one or more digital kiosk systems associated with particular locations in a transaction system network, various mobile computing devices of users, and client computers within the transaction system. One or more back-end servers may analyze the data to determine various characteristics of the transaction system and/or characteristics of one or more particular locations in the transaction system network.
Western Union | Date: 2015-12-09
Systems and methods for identifying and mitigating non-compliances include determining an agent location of a money service business for review, obtaining a photograph and geographic coordinates of the agent location, and collecting field data at the agent location through a mobile application. Such information are sent from the mobile application to a central server of a third party vendor for a series of quality checks and stored at the central server. Such information may be used for further corrective action against the agent location reviewed.
Western Union | Date: 2016-10-21
Techniques are disclosed for providing secure transaction functionality embedded into host applications executing on transaction client devices, using an integration framework and user interfaces. A transaction server may be configured to receive initial transaction sender and receiver data from an integrated software component executing within a host software application on a transaction client device. After receiving the initial transaction sender and receiver data from the integrated software component, the transaction server may determine transaction sender and transaction recipient locations, and may select a particular transaction user interface based on the sender and recipient location data. Particular transaction user interface also may be determined based on specific host applications. After determining the particular transaction user interface, the interface may be transmitted to the transaction client device, for example, via a content delivery network.
Western Union | Date: 2016-11-07
According to the invention, a system for providing payments to a point of sale device is disclosed. The system may include a mobile device having a storage medium, an input device, a wireless transmission device, and a processor. The storage medium may include individual authentication information and device authentication information. The input device may be configured to receive an input. The wireless transmission device may be configured to selectively transmit the device authentication information to a nearby point of sale device. The processor may be configured to compare the input with the individual authentication information, and activate the wireless transmission device to transmit the device authentication information if the input is correlated with the individual authentication information.
Western Union | Date: 2016-11-18
Techniques are disclosed for providing secure transaction functionality using a centralized digital gateway configured to process transactions of various types, using different transaction processing entities, within a single processing flow. The digital gateway may implement rules and logic to optimize transaction processing costs. Additionally, transaction authorization, various types of transaction analyses, and transaction processing and dispatch processes may be performed in parallel, as directed by the implemented rules and logic, in order to optimize transaction processing costs and processing speeds. Further, digital gateway may be configured to normalize transaction request data across different transaction types, allowing the transaction request data to be transmitted in a uniform manner to related back-end systems, partner systems, and transaction processors.
Western Union | Date: 2016-01-26
A system and method for facilitating payment for online purchases is disclosed. The system allows consumers/customers who shop online to select, at the time of checkout, direct payment from an account as the payment option. An electronic bill (ebill), independent of any confidential financial information pertaining to the consumer, is automatically displayed and emailed to the consumer. The consumer pays the ebill at their bank the same way they pay their utility bill, which then results in a payment confirmation sent from the bank to the payee. Payment information from the bank is sent to the system to update the purchase transactions. Once the payment information is processed, the consumer and merchant accounts are balanced and both receive automatic notification of the payment.
Western Union | Date: 2015-08-20
Systems and methods for collecting biometrically secured financial form data from a user are described. A user input device may receive biometric data from the user. The user may be presented with a visual medium. The visual medium may contain a plurality of fields for information necessary to conduct a financial transaction. Handwriting data may be received from the user. At least a portion of the handwriting may represent information corresponding to the plurality of fields for information necessary to conduct the financial transaction. At least a portion of the information corresponding to the plurality of fields for information necessary to conduct the financial transaction may be transmitted from the user input device to a computer system.
Western Union | Date: 2016-06-09
Systems and methods for bypassing a print dialog box that indicates a print confirmation, a prompt message, or a page preview, by employing a background print applet. The systems and methods may include detecting a print content to be printed by a printer, identifying one or more features of the print content, and determining one or more print settings based on the identified one or more features. The systems and methods may further include initiating the print content to be printed by the printer based on the determined print settings, whereby initiating the print content includes bypassing the print dialog box.
Western Union | Date: 2016-06-24
This disclosure describes, generally, methods and systems for exchanging alternative currencies. The method includes creating, at an alternative currency platform, a plurality of user accounts and receiving, from a first user in the plurality of user accounts, an alternative currency exchange offer. The alternative currency exchange offer includes one or more offer terms and associated assets. Furthermore, the method includes extending the alternative currency exchange offer from the first user to the second user, in response to receiving acceptance of the offer from the second user, verifying the associated assets of the first user and the second user, and in response to verification of the assets of the first user and second user, providing settlement of the alternative currency exchange offer.
Western Union | Date: 2016-07-05
A method for transferring money may include providing a money transfer instrument having product information and a monetary value associated therewith. The method may also include capturing the product information by a POS terminal in response to the sender purchasing the money transfer instrument. The method may further include generating and issuing a personal identifier to the sender on a receipt printed at the POS terminal. The method may additionally include receiving from the sender money transfer information along with the personal identifier. The method may moreover include generating and transmitting to the sender a money transfer control identifier that is separate from the personal identifier. The method may furthermore include receiving from the recipient the money transfer control identifier to receive transferred money at a money transfer location.