Gemalto and NXP Semiconductors have announced their collaboration
for the development of SIM-enabled, Single-Wire-Protocol(SWP) NFC
Solutions. SWP is a specification for a one-wire connection between the
SIM card and the NFC chip in a mobile phone. With this agreement, the
companies aim to define a SIM-based NFC industry standard and
compliancy with telecom operator requirements. The joint solution is
under review for standardization by the European Telecommunications
Standards Institute (ETSI). Gemalto had 2006 annual revenues of 1.7 billion
euro, operations in about 100 countries and over 10,000 employees. NXP is
a semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago and
has 37,000 employees in more than 20 countries. NXP posted sales of EUR
5 billion in 2006.

DCI Promotes a Sales Executive

KS-based bank technology provider DCI has promoted regional sales manager Matthew Court to VP, Sales. As vice president, Court is responsible for the strategic management of a nationwide sales team to handle the sales growth of iCore, the company’s bank processing and management solution. Court joined the company in May 2006 as regional sales manager for Southern California, Utah, Nevada and Texas from Experion Systems, where he served as director of Sales, Western United States. DCI is a provider of full-service bank technology and processing solutions to the financial industry.


PrivatBank has purchased 11,000 Optimum T2100 and M2100 card payment
terminals from the Hypercom Corporation. PrivatBank chose the Optimum
Terminals based on the extensive technical support provided by Servus
Integration (SSI), Hypercom’s distributor. PrivatBank’s servicing network
consists of 2,475 branches throughout Ukraine, has nearly 12 million
accounts and has 12.5 million issued cards. Hypercom solutions furnish
businesses in more than 100 countries with payment products and services.

CrossCheck on eProcessing Network Gateway

CrossCheck, Inc., the nation’s third largest check approval and guarantee service provider, announced that their check guarantee service is now compatible with eProcessing Network’s Payment Gateway. The “ePNPlugIn Financial Software Payments Module for QuickBooks” allows merchants to consolidate their Internet, Mobile and POS transactions using QuickBooks. Merchants can now utilize their current relationship with CrossCheck and approve their check transactions directly within QuickBooks. CrossCheck partners include the nation’s top bank card acquirers which process over 49 percent of the nation’s bankcard volume.

Chase ATMs Dominate Houston & Dallas

Chase and Cardtronics expanded their multiyear branding agreement adding more Chase ATMs in Texas. Chase will add its logo on 423 ATMs located in Walgreens drugstores across Texas. Chase has begun the installations and will complete the effort by the end of this year. When all installations are completed, Chase will have the most ATMs in Houston and Dallas. The additional ATMs expand Chase’s statewide ATM network to 1,263 machines. Chase already had 840 ATMs across the state, including 53 cash machines inside Walgreens stores in Dallas and Austin. The new agreement will increase Chase’s Walgreens locations to 476 stores across Texas. The additional ATMs will expand Chase’s long-standing relationship with Walgreens to more than 1,800 ATMs nationwide.


Qualys and AsiaPay have signed agreements for the distribution of Qualys
PCI DSS network data security requirements and compliance
management solutions. AsiaPay will deploy the solution with its suite of
secure, scalable, function-rich, real-time multi-currency, multi-channel
multi-lingual payment processing technologies on credit and debit cards for
financial institutions and retailers. AsiaPay will also offers fraud
and 3D-Secure technology for a comprehensive payment service. In
addition to distributing “QualysGuard”, AsiaPay will also utilize the
to deliver PCI certification and PCI-related services to its own clients.
QualysGuard security is a widely used on-demand security solution
that performs over 150 million IP audits per year.

FDC’s STARsf Adds Allpoint ATM Access

First Data’s “STAR Network” surcharge-free service has hooked-up with the nation’s largest surcharge-free ATM network. “STARsf” will now offer its financial institutions access to more than 32,000 surcharge-free ATMs through Cardtronic’s “Allpoint Network.” Cardholders of any “STAR” member enrolled in the “STARsf” service receive unlimited surcharge-free access at participating ATMs. First Data has about 5,400 financial institutions on the “STAR Network” for PIN debit card processing, fraud prevention services and ATM terminal driving and monitoring. There are approximately 154 million cards carrying the “STAR” logo. The “STAR Network” provides cardholders access to 315,000 ATMs and 1.7 million retail locations.


The Halifax Bank of Scotland(HBOS) has introduced a student
credit card designed to help younger consumers manage finances.
The card offers students a 17.9% APR, up to 59 days interest free
if there is no balance carry-over, no annual fees, fraud protection,
“Student Current Account” featuring up to GBP2,750 interest free
overdraft until 1 year after graduation and a choice in designs.
Included with the card offer are discounts including a 5GBP at, 10% off at HP Stores and 25% off Lonely Planet


Lloyds TSB Offshore Limited is making it easier for U.S. customers to
open bank accounts in the U.K. with its “borderless banking service.”
The service is designed to eliminate delays for U.S. students, travelers
retirees in the U.K. while providing an account offering USD, euro and
sterling currency. This is in response to recent research showing that it
typically takes 3 months for an American to open a British checking account
citing identity verification. Furthermore, transferring cash to Europe
from the
U.S. can cost $40 per transaction and it can often take six weeks to clear a
check issued in Europe with an American bank. To avoid these
the “borderless banking service” establishes the relationship with U.S.
prior to their European arrival, making identity verification much
easier and
allowing for access to the same banking services available at their
financial institution. In addition, Lloyds is offering new International
customers 3 months fee-free banking.


Dialog Telekom & NDB Bank have introduced eZ Pay mobile commerce
solution in South Asia. The solution allows customers to pay bills and
perform banking transactions from their mobile phone. The eZ Pay solution
facilitates mPayment, mBanking and mTransfer transactions which allows
subscribers to pay for goods and services at eZ Pay merchant outlets, to
deposit or withdraw cash at any authorized eZ Pay Top Up Agent and
to transfer money or conduct remittances to and from family members,
respectively. Dialog Telekom has over 3.5 million subscribers, 60% of the market, and has a Market Capitalization of nearly LKR 191.38 Billion, 23.1% of the Market Capitalization on the Colombo Stock Exchange.