e-Port Deal

Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. has signed an agreement to implement USA Technologies’ “e-Port” credit card payment services in vending machines throughout the U.S. The deal also offers “e-Port” to all bottlers that produce and/or distribute “Dr Pepper” and “7 Up” products, including some Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottlers. Historical data from hundreds of vending machines across the country using “e-Port” has already shown that the added consumer convenience of vending with the swipe of a credit or debit card has increased vending machine sales revenue by 15-20%, according to USA Technologies. USTT’s networking services offer consumers a variety of options when purchasing products from vending machines, from a credit card, debit card, and smart card, to employee identification numbers (ID), and hotel room key cards. In June, the company announced the number of Kodak vending machines using its “e-Port” card payment technology had grown to 400 nationwide. (CF Library 6/14/02)

IP CALL-CARD

Kabushikigaisha Nityu NetMedia, publisher of the “Chinese Weekly”
newspaper in Japan, is using the iBasis “IP CallCard” hosted platform and
the iBasis network to offer pre-paid calling card services to its more than
15 million subscribers in Japan. This is the company’s first foray into
telecommunications services. KNN is currently marketing pre-paid cards to
residential consumers for calls from Japan to China and plans to expand
into post-paid cards that it will offer to enterprise customers. iBasis “IP
CallCard” gives service providers advanced authentication, authorization,
and accounting features. Real-time billing services provide superior
customer account management, including billing information for postpaid
accounts and administration of pre-paid calling card balances.

CARD DELINQUENCY

South Korea’s credit card delinquency rate increased sharply during the
second quarter. According to the government’s Financial Supervisory
Service, 30+ day delinquency hit 7.9% during 2Q/02 compared to 5.8% one
year ago. The country is one of the fastest growing credit card markets for
both VISA and MasterCard in Asia-Pacific. VISA reported this week that
volume was up 76% at mid-year. There are approximately 54 million VISA and
MasterCards issued in South Korea. The country has a population of 48
million and purchasing power per capita of $13,300. Last year, South
Koreans charged more than $200 billion on VISA and MasterCard. VISA has a
63% market share.

PAYWARE RESOLVE 5.0

Trintech Group announced this week the immediate availability of “PayWare
Resolve IS Version 5.” The new version of Trintech’s dispute resolution
suite includes an improved user interface that enables customers to perform
more flexible searching, initiate bulk operations such as write-offs or
letter generation for selected dispute cases, and export data to external
applications. Other features of the new product include the ability to
customize queues to suit the experience and knowledge of staff. The
essential difference between “PayWare Resolve” and other exception
management systems is its built-in knowledge of domestic, regional and
international chargeback regulations. The chargeback regulations for VISA
and MasterCard/Europay have been encoded into the application so that the
system can recommend the appropriate action and chargeback reason code for
each case, replacing the need to navigate a series of intricate paper
trails and complex and changing regulations.”Resolve IS Version 5″ is Java
based and may be deployed on both Unix and Windows platforms.

Chinese Weekly Calling Cards

Kabushikigaisha Nityu NetMedia, publisher of the “Chinese Weekly” newspaper in Japan, is using the iBasis “IP CallCard” hosted platform and the iBasis network to offer pre-paid calling card services to its more than 15 million subscribers in Japan. iBasis facilitates the prepaid business of its partners and does not compete with them in their own markets. Service providers using IP CallCard as their pre-or post-paid billing platform enjoy rapid service deployment while minimizing risk and upfront expenses.

PRISM SIM

Prism Holdings Ltd. has chosen Atmel’s secure microcontroller silicon
platform for its “aSIMetrix” SIM card. Based on the Atmel “AT90SC” product
family, the Prism “aSIMetrix” SIM card combines the full
spectrum of GSM phase2+ functionality together with a SmartTrust certified
wireless Internet browser), advanced menu and application management
functions, and a full suite of advanced cryptographic plug-ins, all on a
single card. It uniquely caters to secure wireless payment and other mobile
applications with stringent security requirements. Prism Holdings is a
major supplier of GSM solutions to government and commercial organizations
worldwide provides the infrastructure and technology component required to
support the mobile commerce initiative of “TMTOUCH,” the GSM network
operator in Malaysia.

CodePoint ePay

MA-based International Wireless Inc.announced yesterday it is acquiring Global ePay LLC. The company says the deal will broaden the applications for its patented bar code reading software and to facilitate the on-line and wireless electronic payments of fees, fines and taxes to state and local governments as well as utilities. International Wireless says the deal places the company squarely in competition with eONE Global’s, govONE Solutions. International Wireless’ patented “CodePoint” software solution allows mobile phones, PDAs, and emerging wireless devices to read visual symbols such as barcodes and complex matrix codes via integrated digital cameras.

PayWare Resolve 5.0

Trintech Group announced this week the immediate availability of “PayWare Resolve IS Version 5.” The new version of Trintech’s dispute resolution suite includes an improved user interface that enables customers to perform more flexible searching, initiate bulk operations such as write-offs or letter generation for selected dispute cases, and export data to external applications. Other features of the new product include the ability to customize queues to suit the experience and knowledge of staff. The essential difference between “PayWare Resolve” and other exception management systems is its built-in knowledge of domestic, regional and international chargeback regulations. The chargeback regulations for VISA and MasterCard/Europay have been encoded into the application so that the system can recommend the appropriate action and chargeback reason code for each case, replacing the need to navigate a series of intricate paper trails and complex and changing regulations.”Resolve IS Version 5″ is Java based and may be deployed on both Unix and Windows platforms.

FTC Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission said it has reached a settlement with IL-based 1st Financial Solutions, Inc., which allegedly used a nationwide network of telemarketers to sell consumers major credit cards, cards that no one ever received. The settlement requires 1st Financial, three individuals and 10 other companies to post a $1 million bond before engaging in telemarketing. The defendants also are banned from selling credit-related programs, products and services. The complaint, filed in November, alleged that the defendants used telemarketers to offer VISA and MasterCard credit cards to consumers for fees ranging from $99.95 to $219.95. The defendants never provided credit cards or any extension of credit, according to the complaint. Most of the time, consumers received nothing at all. Some received either promotional literature offering things like gasoline discounts and auto club memberships, or an “ATM” debit card – a “stored value card” – that consumers could only use if they deposited money into an account to cover the purchase. (CF Library 11/27/01)

Lavinna L100

Ingenico has signed an agreement with Concord EFS to manufacture the “Lavinna L100”, a proprietary compact hand-held terminal used for Concord’s “IDLogix” identification and age verification service. The Lavinna L100 terminal provides restaurants and retail establishments with the ability to verify a person’s age by swiping the customer’s driver’s license or other ID through the hand-held unit. Additionally, the terminal provides government agencies and commercial concerns with a simple-to-use mobile unit for identification purposes.

CardBASE Smart Partner

Dublin, Ireland-based CardBASE Technologies has been selected for the VISA EU “Smart Partner Program.” CardBASE is targeting card issuing banks who have yet to complete EMV migration by offering them an EMV compliance guarantee with the added benefit of a platform for multi-application card issuance and management.

InfoNow 3Q

Denver-based InfoNow Corporation said yesterday it expects revenues for the third quarter to be approximately $3.1 million, up 11% over the second quarter. InfoNow provides an Enterprise Channel Management solution for serving end-customers more effectively through multiple sales channels and creating visibility into channel activity.