ActivCard has signed an “Entrust Developer Program” agreement to deliver high-performance solutions for usage and management of Entrust digital IDs on a multi-application smart card. ActivCard Trinity will soon provide strong multi-factor authentication to Entrust digital IDs stored on a user’s PC or smart card. A single authentication to Trinity will enable the user to sign-on to the desktop operating system, Entrust Entelligence desktop solutions 6.1, other Entrust Ready applications, the network operating system and many other enterprise applications.
American Express is offering triple “Membership Rewards” points for all airline tickets purchased through RezPort during the first 90 days of paid enrollment. Unlike some newer online travel services, there are no fees for fully automated transactions purchased through RezPort. To encourage small business owners to try out the site, American Express is also introducing an online self-enrollment feature and a 60-day free trial period.
WI-based Marcus Theatres has launched an “Entertainment Gift Card” for consumers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. The stored-value gift cards are available in any amount from $5 to $500 dollars and can be reloaded with additional value. The cards go on sale this week at Marcus Theatres in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio, and at [www.marcustheatres.com].
VISA International Asia Pacific has deployed the Pivotal CRM suite as
part of its “VISA in Touch” initiative. Using Pivotal CRM, VISA is able to
simplify its business processes, improve account management, share
information across VISA offices and track each customer’s unique needs,
product usage and history. VISA has customers across more than 40 countries
in the Asia Pacific region, each customer account is complex, and many have
numerous contact points, geographies and time zones. Pivotal, based in
Vancouver, offers a complete CRM software suite including capabilities in
marketing, sales, service, contact centers, partner management and
interactive selling. More than 1,500 companies around the world use Pivotal
including: CIBC, Centex Homes, HarperCollins Publishers, Hitachi Telecom
Inc., Premera Blue
Cross, Royal Bank of Canada, Southern Company, and Vivendi.
Early next year JCB and Vital Processing Services will partner with
Honolulu-based First Hawaiian Bank to launch a JCB smart card pilot project
in Hawaii. The launch of the JCB smart card pilot in Hawaii will use smart
card terminals manufactured by Hypercom. On October 29 JCB completed its
first live end-to-end smart card transaction with Vital. JCB is the fourth
largest credit card brand in the world with over 42
million card members. JCB Cards are accepted at nearly 10 million merchants
in 189 countries and territories including more than one million in North
and South America.
Las Vegas-based UniCache has selected terminals from Hypercom for its new stored value “Unicard” in Latin America. UniCache will deploy both the Unicard, a stored value magnetic stripe debit card, and it’s ICE card payment terminals.
Experian yesterday announced the formation of Experian Consumer Direct that combines the operations of CreditExpert and ConsumerInfo.com. The business of selling credit data to consumers has become a substantial business over the past twelve months. Equifax confirmed last week that its third quarter “Direct-to-Consumer” revenues increased 106% to $11 million. Experian’s consumer direct business took shape in April with the acquisition of ConsumerInfo.com from Homestore.com, Inc. for $130 million in cash. Since ConsumerInfo.com’s founding in 1995, the company has provided more than 5 million credit reports to U.S. consumers. Its Internet properties, which include CreditMatters.com, FreeCreditReport.com and QSpace.com, receive more than 10 million visitors monthly. ConsumerInfo was the first U.S. company to offer consumers online access to single-bureau credit reports, three-bureau credit reports and lender-style credit scores. The company recently announced that its “CreditCheck Monitoring Service” has reached 1 million members. About three-quarters of ConsumerInfo.com’s revenue is derived from membership subscriptions. For an annual subscription of $79.95, members can access their credit reports as often as desired, monitor their files monthly and receive advice on managing credit and debt levels. ConsumerInfo.com also sells individual credit reports, credit scores and other services at prices ranging from $9.95 to $44.95.
Citibank has introduced an enhanced Internet site for its consumer banking services including credit cards. Citibank.com provides information and access to the breadth and depth of Citibank’s products and services without sacrificing the ease of use that has helped Citibank to consistently earn number one rankings in the industry.
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.
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.
Epson has unveiled a new thermal card printer which provides retailers with a way to print individual pre-paid long distance and cellular cards on inexpensive blank media. The new “M-VT101” is also suitable for customer loyalty and frequent-buyer programs, gift cards, promotional offers, coupons, membership cards, event tickets, and temporary photo ID cards. Printing thermal cards on demand costs approximately two cents per card versus 20-25 cents each for plastic cards. The “M-VT101” has an estimated lifetime of 100,000 printed cards.
Diebold and MICROS Systems have teamed to offer MICROS “Eclipse” POS terminals running either 3700 or 9700 server platforms for the Diebold “CS Gold” system. The multi-purpose campus system developed by Diebold enables colleges and universities to control costs and boost revenues. Faculty and staff can purchase books, buy a meal in the cafeteria, make photocopies, pay for parking and gain entry into the school’s facilities using a single card to debit their individual account. Currently, Diebold Card Systems are employed at more than 400 colleges, universities, and corporate campuses throughout the USA and Canada. MICROS Systems provides enterprise applications for the hospitality industry worldwide. Over 135,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, and leisure and entertainment operations in more than 130 countries.