Datacard Group to Host EMV & NFC Adoption Educational Seminar

Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization solutions will be hosting a seminar specifically focused on educating U.S. bank executives on how to easily build EMV technology as well as NFC technology into their card portfolio strategy. The seminar will be led by Datacard Group card issuance EMV technology and NFC with a high-level educational overview on implementation options and infrastructure requirements needed to implement NFC- and EMV- technology into their card programs. The seminar is designed for those who want to know more about the technology ecosystem, as well as anyone responsible for the planning, testing, development or implementation of such programs.

Datacard adds card issuer security features

Datacard Group launched several new software and hardware security enhancements designed to help financial card issuers comply with security audits. The new solutions are all configured for the Datacard MX Series card issuance systems, include a software security patch management service, a full suite of Identity Access Management (IAM) features, and other options to increase physical security. Datacard’s patch validation and management software service tests all relevant security patches from Microsoft before they are deployed to the field. The systems will support security requirements with no interruption or slowing of the card production process. Datacard “MX Series” card issuance systems will now be shipped pre-configured with the recommended security settings, according to the company.

Datacard Security Solutions Launches Security Audit Software

Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization solutions introduced its software and hardware security enhancements to help financial card issuers comply with security audits such as the PCI-DSS. This provides a software security patch management service, a full suite of Identity Access Management (IAM) features, and options to increase physical security for the Datacard “MX Series” card issuance systems. Datacard Group offers patch validation and management”a software service in which Datacard tests all relevant security patches from Microsoft Corporation before they are deployed to the field. Once the new software patches are added to the MX Series systems, the systems will support security requirements with no interruption or slowing of the card production process.

AmEx OPEN to Launch Online Travel Booking

American Express announced the impending launch of a new online travel solution designed for small businesses, powered by Rearden Commerce eCommerce platform company. This will help small firms benefit from best in class corporate negotiated rates for airfare, hotel and car rental provided by American Express Global Business Travel. Business owners will also have access to other features such as reporting capabilities, in-destination services, and the ability to set policy controls for employee business travel spending to control costs. And for the first time, small businesses will be afforded a holistic view of travel spend across their entire organization for company-wide travel expense visibility. With this, American Express OPEN Cardmembers will be able to use Membership Rewards currency when booking through the new portal, while also earning extra rewards points when they choose to purchase using their American Express card.

Dynamics Facilitates US Manufacturing for Next-Generation Payment Devices

Dynamics next-generation payment cards purchased a state-of-the art facility in the Pittsburgh, PA region to serve as its new world headquarters. Dynamics worked closely with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) to purchase the facility, which will house Dynamics’ administrative, engineering, manufacturing, secure payment card personalization, and R&D departments. Dynamics is currently in the process of moving its proprietary high-volume production equipment into the approximately 115,000 square foot facility, of which nearly 100,000 square feet is conditioned “clean room” engineering and manufacturing space.

Dynamics Introduces US Manufacturing and Secure Personalization Facility

Dynamics next-generation payment cards announced its new world headquarters, which will house Dynamics’ administrative, engineering, manufacturing, secure payment card personalization, and R&D departments. Dynamics is currently in the process of moving its proprietary high-volume production equipment into the approximately 115,000 square foot facility, of which nearly 100,000 square feet is conditioned “clean room” engineering and manufacturing space. Dynamics is also securing a portion of the facility so that its next-generation magnetic stripe cards can be personalized under the Visa, MasterCard, and American Express networks for its card issuers.

Thales introduces crypto support for m-payment issuers

Thales information systems and communications security introduced its Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), allowing mobile payment issuers to deliver their mobile payment applications to mobile handsets Over-The-Air (OTA) in a simple, efficient and secure manner. With Money transfers and NFC transactions to reach almost $630bn by 2014, Thales HSMs now provide the ability to create a secure message to personalize a payment application hosted in a GlobalPlatform Secure Element, resident in a mobile phone using a single dedicated cryptographic HSM call, available on its “payShield 9000.”

Kern Schools FCU Implements Datacard Instant Issuance

Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization solutions announced Kern Schools Federal Credit Union has implemented Datacard “CardWizard” software for instant debit card issuance. Members leave the branch with an activated, ready-to-use debit card immediately after opening a new checking account or requesting a replacement card. The credit union recently expanded its use of CardWizard software to all of its seven full-service branch locations “replacing its existing instant card issuance software application due to CardWizard software’s superior functionally, ease-of-use, security features. The Federal Credit Union is also utilizing “Datacard 150i” card personalization system for instant card production and embossing.

JHA Names GM, Payment Processing Solutions

John Postle has been named to GM of its Jack Henry & Associates’ Payment Processing Solutions (PPS) division. PPS encompasses Jack Henry & Associates’ “jhaPassPort” suite of ATM and debit transaction processing services, and the payment processing services added through the company’s October 2009 acquisition of Pemco Technologies. He served the past 10 years as the manager of the “jhaPassPort” business line and was instrumental in the acquisition of Pemco Technologies. Effective July 1, 2011, he began providing executive oversight of the development, quality assurance, support, installation, operations, communications, and education departments that support PPS. In his expanded role, he joined the company’s senior management team that encompasses functionally aligned general managers. He holds a BBA in Finance.

Datacard Group Announces Enhanced Card Delivery

Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization solutions enhanced its “MXD Card Delivery System” and “MXD Mailer Card Delivery System,” allowing card issuers to turn ordinary financial card carriers into multi-faceted promotional mailings. This lets them deliver one-to-one marketing messages, cross-sell products and services, issue coupons and certificates, and encourage immediate card activation. The new system turns blank white paper into personalized, full-color financial card carriers. Customized marketing messages and information”such as card activation steps or expanded terms and conditions”can be printed on-demand. The ability to go from bulk pre-printed paper to customized forms greatly reduces the need for financial card issuers to manage large supplies of pre-printed forms and build larger job sizes, dramatically reducing the operational complexities and cost.

Barnes International receives GlobalPlatform qualification

Barnes International announced qualification of its GlobalPlatform Test Tool to ensure card products are compliant to GlobalPlatform UICC Card Configuration. The development of this new test tool is the result of the strong commitment that Barnes has made to developing tools for the mobile payment sector in general and to GlobalPlatform in particular. Barnes joined GlobalPlatform two years ago specifically to work with GlobalPlatform members as part of the Card Compliance Working Group on the development of UICC test tools. This complements Barnes’ existing payment card Personalisation Validation Test Tools providing rigorous, comprehensive and rapid card validation and quality control testing in a world where mobile and payment are rapidly converging.

Amalgamated Bank Implements FIS Card Processing, Loyalty & Fraud Prevention

Amalgamated Bank of Chicago has signed a five-year agreement for several FIS card processing and fraud protection solutions, enhancing its customer experience as well as its consumer and commercial card processing and fraud prevention capabilities. With this, Amalgamated Bank selected FIS’ “Base2000,” “ScoreCard,” FIS card personalization and fulfillment, FIS “Secured,” “COMPROMISE MANAGER,” Merchant Processing and Fraud Alert Management to ultimately enhance its ability to provide personalized card services and quickly deliver new financial solutions.. The “ScoreCard” card loyalty solution has proven to increase card acquisition, activation and usage of both credit and debit card programs by members.