Hypercom is now shipping the first handheld PIN entry device to meet the new “Payment Card Industry” security standards established by VISA and MasterCard. The new “P1300 PIN Pad” integrates with all Hypercom card payment terminals and many other electronic cash register systems. Besides “PCI PED” certification, the new device also offers “Triple DES” encryption, “DUKPT” key management and “Message Authentication Code.” The “P1300” also has an alphanumeric LCD screen, large, hard-rubber keys and tamper-proof construction.
Iran’s Management and Planning Organization has requested that all banks issue credit cards. The government also wants state and private banks to expand ATMs and Internet-based transaction systems.
Iran wants its electronic banking system to be fully operational by 2007. Under the plan, up to 12 million cards will be issued by 2010. ATMs will increase to 4,000 and POS locations will rise to 60,000 by 2010. The government also wants all state employees to receive salaries through electronic cards by March 2006.
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Massachusettes-based Pipeline Data posted a 52% gain in revenue during the second quarter to $4.1 million. The rise in revenue was attributed to the full integration of small portfolio acquisitions and strong organic growth. Gross profit for 2Q/05 grew 72% to $1.5 million over the comparable period in 2004. In March, Pipeline Data signed a letter of intent to acquire Florida-based Charge.com. The merger agreement was executed in July for $17 million. Pipeline is required to close the transaction by December 19th of this year. The Company currently provides integrated transaction processing services to 15,000 companies. For complete details on Pipeline’s latest results, visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).(CF Library 3/16/05; 7/20/05)
First Data has hired Robert Murtagh, former Director of Credit Card Operations at ConocoPhillips, as VP/Vertical Market Specialist for the petroleum industry. Previously as Director, Credit Card Operations at ConocoPhillips, Murtagh was responsible for credit policy, fraud prevention, strategic planning and vendor management. First Data Corp.is a provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions for 4.1 million merchant locations, 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers.
Three Sobeys-branded grocery stores, IGA and IGA extra grocery
stores in the province of Quebec, and Lawtons Drug Stores will all
continue as participating “Sponsors” in the Canadian “AIR MILES Reward Program.” Sobey’s signed a multi-year contract renewal with Alliance Data Systems, the program’s owner. Sobeys, an “AIR MILES Sponsor” since 2001, has 81 Sobeys-branded supermarkets across Atlantic Canada’s four provinces. A “Sponsor” since 2004, Lawtons Drug Stores has 60 locations also in Atlantic Canada, while IGA, a “Sponsor” in the program since 1999 has 251 grocery locations throughout Quebec. More than 70 percent of Canadian households actively collect “AIR MILES” reward miles at
more than 100 leading brand-name “Sponsors” representing over 14,000 retail and service locations across Canada.
Marriott and Carlson Hotels have expanded their participation in MasterCard’s hotel folio data program. With this addition, over 40% of corporate hotel transactions will now have folio data available. The enhanced data is available from approximately 8,000 properties in the U.S. and Canada. Other participants in MasterCard’s hotel folio data program include Hilton Hotels and Choice Hotels. MasterCard issuers currently offering hotel folio data to their customers include GE’s Corporate Payments Services unit, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. The program gives corporate customers access to room, tax, meal, telephone, business center fees and other itemized expense details at participating hotels. The transactions are presented back to the corporation electronically and can be reconciled to its monthly invoice.
Massachusettes-based Guardium, a database security specialist, has expanded its “SQL Guard” platform with the introduction of the “SQL Guard PCI Accelerator.” The PCI module delivers specific solutions for key requirements. These include security modules for planning/organizing, tracking/monitoring, ongoing assessment/validation, and monitoring policy violations. Guardium provides database security assessment, access policy control and enforcement, auditing, and regulatory compliance.
New York Community Bank, the fourth largest thrift in the nation, has installed Mosaic’s “Postilion” software (now referred to as “S1 Electronic Payment Management,” powered by “S1 Postilion”) to provide in-house ATM driving and transaction switching and routing for its network of ATMs. The solution is also 3DES and EMV compliant and provides advanced-function ATM driving capability. Detailed reporting as well as automated settlement and reconciliation for all networks and interfaces will be handled by the Postilion Office component of the system. New York Community Bancorp, Inc. has assets of $24.6 billion as of March 31, 2005 and serves its customers through a network of 143 banking offices. S1 Corporation is a global provider of integrated front-office applications.
Comcel has launched IN Switch’s “ePIN Topup” system in Guatemala. The service will also soon be available through Millicom’s operations in Honduras, El Salvador, Paraguay and Bolivia. “ePIN” electronically credits air time on prepaid cell phones, thus eliminating the need to purchase prepaid scratch cards. Air time credit is sold by the retailer by sending an SMS or by accessing a USSD or WAP options menu. The air time credit is applied instantaneously and both the retailer and customer receive a SMS confirmation message. “ePIN” also provides location services, administration and management of the air-time distribution channel, as well as a money transfer service.
Additionally, the “GIFT” service permits credit balance transfer from one customer to another. IN Switch is a private owned company incorporated in Miami.
Desjardins Group reports that credit cards and other loans to
individuals, the personal and commercial segment, saw its annual rate
improve slightly during second quarter. Loans outstanding grew by 7.7% (or $986 million) to reach $13.9 billion as at June 30th. As for loans to businesses and government, they experienced a revival as loans outstanding increased by 2.9% (or $538 million) during the same period, to stand at $19.2 billion as at June 30th. The personal and
commercial segment continued to boast an excellent loan portfolio. Gross
impaired loans outstanding stood at $317 million as of June 30th, down
$149 million or 32.0% compared to the previous year. For complete details on Desjardins Group latest results visit CardData (www.carddata.com).
Virginia-based Online Resources announced it has changed its operating policy for treatment of unclaimed bill payments and will restate its financial results for the 3Q/03 through 2Q/05 period. Under the revised policy, all unclaimed payments will either be returned to client financial institutions or contributed to the appropriate state escheat fund and the company will have no future liability for payment. Online Resources powers Internet financial services for over 700 firms nationwide, serving over three million consumer end-users and processes over $12 billion in payments annually.