Vesdia to Power the HawaiianMiles Program

Hawaiian Airlines and Vesdia have inked a multi-year service agreement to enhance the “HawaiianMiles” frequent flier program. Vesdia will now manage and expand the existing “HawaiianMiles” merchant-funded reward program to offer members greater opportunities to earn “HawaiianMiles” when they purchase everyday goods and services. The Hawaiian Airlines merchant-funded rewards program from Vesdia provides “HawaiianMiles” members with an enhanced online shopping experience and additional mileage earning opportunities through new merchant channels including national catalog retailers and the expansion of local and national brick & mortar merchants located throughout the country.

Springbok Hires a New Marketing Exec

Prepaid Mastercard provider Springbok has hired Ellen Kramer, Founder of NOW what?, as its SVP of Marketing. Kramer’s background consists of leadership positions in powerful marketing organizations such as USA Today, Time Life, Inc. and America Online (AOL), where she initiated, developed and ran AOL’s direct marketing efforts. Kramer will provide that same knowledge and assistance to Springbok Services, and will serve as a powerful resource for Springbok Services customers who want to reduce employee turnover, enhance sales incentive programs or build winning consumer promotions. Springbok Services is PCI certified for card processing.

Gemalto’s Fourth Quarter Revenues Jump 10%

Smart card specialist Gemalto reports that overall fourth quarter revenue rose 10% to $696 million. Revenues for the “Secure Transactions” unit, which includes smart payment cards, rose 4% to $161 million compared to 4Q/06. The Company says the EMV roll-out in emerging markets and renewals in more mature markets continue to generate robust market demand. Steady growth of personalization services and contactless payment activities did offset the disturbance induced early in the quarter by the restructuring program in Western Europe. Overall the segment demonstrated good resilience under a severely constrained operating environment. For complete details on Gemalto’s latest performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

GEMALTO REVENUE HISTORICAL
4Q/06: $631.6 million
1Q/07: $495.9 million
2Q/07: $544.8 million
3Q/07: $588.0 million
4Q/07: $696.0 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

U.S. Bank Pilots PayPass via Nokia

U.S. Bank has teamed with MasterCard and Nokia to pilot a mobile payments program in Spokane. Program participants will receive a “Nokia 6131” NFC phone that will communicate with “PayPass” readers. The ability to initiate secure “Over-The-Air” delivery of the “PayPass” application to the mobile phone is necessary for both effective implementation of the mobile payments pilot program and eventual commercial roll-out. Venyon is providing this secure OTA service which also allows for remote personalization and management of the payment feature. As of November 27th more than 80,000 merchants accept “MasterCard PayPass,” including many in the Spokane area such as Regal Cinemas, McDonalds, Jack in the Box and 7-Eleven.

Arthur Blank & INSIDE Contactless Team

Arthur Blank and INSIDE Contactless have partnered for the deployment of the “L4 2.5G MicroPass” platform, resulting in a peripheral partnership with American Banknote. This will provide the “MicroPass L4 2.5G” for the Arthur Blank , certified by VISA and MasterCard, and subsequent credentials for the contactless bank card platform. INSIDE’s partnership with American Banknote aims to design a global solution for contactless cards using the “MicroPass” contactless payment technology, according to experts. Arthur Blank & Co is capable of producing 1.4 billion cards per year while American Banknote Corporation provides secure documents, services and systems through various product avenues such as as secure plastic cards, phone cards and paper certificates, among others. INSIDE Contactless NFC has been granted over 55 patents and has shipped over 35 million “MicroPass intelligent payment platforms” between 2005 and 2007 while MicroPass is a contactless chip platform designed to meet multi-payment brand and multi-application requirements.

FDC & CADOOZ

First Data will be providing cadooz AG with customer rewards,
incentive solutions and electronic card-based products using ‘controlled
loop’ prepaid card technology. First Data will also provide card processing, procurement, personalization and customer service
for the delivery of incentive programs to make offerings more attractive
to consumers, retailers and organizations. First Data Corp provides
electronic commerce and payment solutions through its operations in 38
countries, 5 million merchant locations and 1,900 card issuers while
cadooz was established in 2000 to provide Germans with gift
certificates, is growing in excess of 50 percent per year and is currently
working with nearly 190 German retailers.

OBERTHUR 4Q/07

Oberthur Technologies reported that revenues for its Card Systems unit grew 7% year-on-year and 11% sequentially to 165.1 million euros. Card Systems delivered over 117 million microprocessor cards in the fourth quarter, compared with 87 million in the last quarter of 2006, or a 35% increase in volume terms. About 26 million payment smart cards were delivered in the fourth quarter, up 11% from 4Q/06. However, conventional card sales were down, largely as a result of migration to
EMV and the spread of contactless technology. Personalization services were up 11.5% from the previous quarter with sustained sales in the U.S. and Europe. Revenue from the payment segment as a whole (chip cards, magnetic stripe cards and personalization services) amounted to 71.7 million euros in the fourth quarter. For complete details on Oberthur’s latest results visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

Oberthur Expands U.S. Card Plants

Oberthur Card Systems has launched a multi-million dollar expansion at its U.S. manufacturing facilities and personalization centers. The company installed two new presses in 2007 for its card manufacturing facilities and will add more presses and finishing equipment over the next 12 months, more than doubling its contactless capabilities. Additional investments will be made in the company’s smart card manufacturing capacity, including contact, dual, and dual-hybrid cards. The company will hire and train new associates to further emphasize customer service, allow for accelerated delivery and reduce time to market of new products. Oberthur also plans to standardize processes at its U.S. plants and increase the number of cards that can be printed on a sheet, which will permit more printing.

Oberthur Card Systems Up 11% from Q3

Oberthur Technologies reported that revenues for its Card Systems unit grew 7% year-on-year and 11% sequentially to $239.9 million. Card Systems delivered over 117 million microprocessor cards in the fourth quarter, compared with 87 million in the last quarter of 2006, or a 35% increase in volume terms. About 26 million payment smart cards were delivered in the fourth quarter, up 11% from 4Q/06. However, conventional card sales were down, largely as a result of migration to EMV and the spread of contactless technology. Personalization services were up 11.5% from the previous quarter with sustained sales in the U.S. and Europe. Revenue from the payment segment as a whole (chip cards, magnetic stripe cards and personalization services) amounted to $104.2 million in the fourth quarter. For complete details on Oberthur’s latest results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

OBERTHUR CARD SYSTEMS SALES
4Q/06: $225.1 million
1Q/07: $165.5 million
2Q/07: $209.5 million
3Q/07: $215.3 million
4Q/07: $239.3 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

[1]: http://www.carddata.com

HORIZONPLUS PAYROLL CARD

EDebitPay and ConveniaLoad have teamed to give EDebitPay prepaid
cardholders more than
10,000 bank loading locations including Wells Fargo, Bank One, U.S. Bank
and Wachovia. According to Forbes.com, approximately $117 billion in
transactions were anticipated to be made in 2007 using prepaid plastic
and this number could soar to $257 billion by the end of 2009. EDebitPay
is a performance-based marketing companies in the online interactive
marketing industry. ConveniaLoad is managed by Western Financial which
provides financial services that include ATMs, merchant processing
solutions, check cashing services and Stored Value Card technology
platforms.

GEMALTO TCZEW

Gemalto has announced its Poland Personalization facility, the “Gemalto
Tczew facility”, has achieved certification from both MasterCard and
VISA payment card organizations. This certification concerns the issuance
of its EMV smart banking cards and allows the company to support bank
customers during the approaching chip-card migration. The “Gemalto
Tczew” expansion into the personalization of banking cards will address
EMV in Poland, is in addition to its existing SIM card personalization
across the country and is among similar Gemalto operations in 40 other
countries. Gemalto provides digital security around the world, had a 2006
annual revenue of EUR1.7 billion, employs nearly 10,000 and will be
issuing the EMV cards in response to the growing Polish market. The
number of credit cards issued in Poland is projected to grow from 4.1
million in 2006 to 11 million in 2010.

Personix Offers Edge-to-Edge Card Printing

Fiserv’s Personix has installed the “Datacard Artista VHD” retransfer color printing module with the “Datacard MX 6000” card issuance system to print edge-to edge debit, credit and prepaid cards. This capability helps financial institutions offer advanced customization for the user to have a one-of-a-kind card by allowing a personal digital photo to be uploaded and printed on the card. Datacard Group provides secure ID and card personalization solutions. Personix is a provider of high-volume laser printing, mailing, electronic document delivery solutions and plastic card manufacturing, personalization and mailing services.