PPP Unveils the First Contactless Foil Cards

Following more than one year in development, the industry’s first
full-face foil PVC card certified by Visa for contactless payment
transactions has been introduced. IL-based Perfect Plastic Printing says
its new card enables issuers to provide contactless payment cards with
the same high aesthetic appeal of foil as their traditional cards. The
card is based on INSIDE Contactless’ “MicroPass 4003.” MicroPass 4003
provides support for “Visa payWave,” including “Visa MSD 1.4.2” and
“Visa 2.0.2 Streamline Online qVSDC” standards for global
interoperability. Foil cards have attractive metalized foil applied
across the entire face of the card, offering a mirror-like reflection
unattainable with printing ink alone.

INSIDE AWARD

Frost & Sullivan has awarded Inside Contactless with the 2007 Global
Award for Industry Innovation and Advancement in the field of contactless
technologies. The decision was made citing Inside Contactless’ strong
NFC products and service, advancement of the industry through research,
strategy development and the ability to conceptualize industry activities.
A few of INSIDE contactless’ products include ‘PicoRead’ and ‘MicroRead’
designed to offer integration of contactless chips into devices and meet
international standard protocols. Inside Contactless is a leader of
contactless
payment market with over 20 million chip platforms and more than 12 leading
bank card issuers. The Frost & Sullivan Award for Industry Innovation and
Advancement is awarded annually to industry leaders whom demonstrate
business strategy, technological innovation and research.

ELAN AWARDS

The ICMA announced this year’s winners of its “Elan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence” at the ICMA Expo in Athens. The “Best Gift Card” was won by Perfect Plastic Printing for its “Best Buy Snowman Colorshift” card. PPP also won the “Best Secure Card” for its “Discover Fabric Embedded Card.” The “Best Non-Secure Card” winner was UV Color for its Target card with peppermint with scent and raised ink. The “Technical Achievement” winner was Travel Tags for its Target “Teachers Rule Wood Card.” Travel Tags also won the “Judges Choice” award for this card too. The “Best ID Card” award was won by CPI Card Group for the Police Department of Mexico’s “Policia Preventiva” card. The “People’s Choice” award was won by Jet for its Optimum “Chili’s Mother’s Day Gift Card.” NJ-based ICMA is a non-profit association comprised of plastic card manufacturers, personalizers and related industry participants, with more than 200 members globally.

Card Manufacturing Excellence Awards Issued

The ICMA has announced this year’s winners of its “Elan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence.” The “Best Gift Card” was won by Perfect Plastic Printing for its “Best Buy Snowman Colorshift” card. PPP also won the “Best Secure Card” for its “Discover Fabric Embedded Card.” The “Best Non-Secure Card” winner was UV Color for its Target card with peppermint with scent and raised ink. The “Technical Achievement” winner was Travel Tags for its Target “Teachers Rule Wood Card.” Travel Tags also won the “Judges Choice” award for this card too. The “Best ID Card” award was won by CPI Card Group for the Police Department of Mexico’s “Policia Preventiva” card. The “People’s Choice” award was won by Jet for its Optimum “Chili’s Mother’s Day Gift Card.” NJ-based ICMA is a non-profit association comprised of plastic card manufacturers, personalizers and related industry participants, with more than 200 members globally.

PPP’s Founder Takes on the CEO Position

IL-based Perfect Plastic Printing’s founder, Frank Smoczynski, has taken over as Chairman and CEO. The move comes at the end of a yearlong celebration of forty years in the card manufacturing industry. Frank Smoczynski founded Perfect Plastic Printing in 1965. The family business has grown to nearly 300 employees and now focuses primarily on card manufacturing, ranking fourth worldwide amongst the top payment card manufacturers today.

PPP and AmEx Settle their Clear Card Lawsuit

IL-based Perfect Plastic Printing and American Express have reached a settlement over a clear-card patent issue. As part of the settlement, PPP has assigned all of its domestic and international clear card-related patents to AmEx and has been granted a license under all of the AmEx and PPP patents, now American Express patents. PPP will continue to manufacture clear transaction cards that were the subject of the now settled litigation. AmEx issued the first clear, transparent card, “Blue from American Express,” in Australia on July 24, 2001 and then introduced the first transparent card product in the U.S in 2002 with “Blue.” American Express currently is using the technology for “Blue,” “Blue Cash from American Express” and several other card products. PPP filed its suit in the U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago om January 2004. (CF Library 1/7/04)

PPP Boosts Production Capacity and Workforce

IL-based Perfect Plastic Printing has increased its production capacity by 35%, and has expanded its workforce by 20% to meet the current and projected needs of the credit card industry. Among the enhancements PPP has made to its manufacturing capabilities is the introduction of computer-to-plate technology to speed the front end of the production process. It has also installed a new Heidelberg six-color press that increases capacity by more than a third. Perfect Plastic Printing Corporation has been a pioneer in the printing and manufacturing of credit cards.

Linux Security Appliance Protects Windows-Based ATM Terminals

St. Louis-based JBM Electronics has introduced the Linux-based “Gateway 300” and “Gateway 400” security appliance to protect Windows-based ATM and POS terminals from hackers and viruses. The Linux based Gateway 300 or 400 can now offer IT managers a low cost solution for protecting their most important assets. The hardware based Gateway s provides Virtual Private Network (VPN), 3DES encryption, SSL, Transparent Bridging, In-line Intrusion Protection, Network address translation (NAT), Stateful inspection, and an extremely flexible firewall. JBM Electronics offers 28 years of experience and is the industry leader for ATM/POS connectivity and security solutions. Our flexible networking solutions for mission critical transaction data provides connectivity from any ATM/POS device to any Legacy or IP-based host or transaction switching system.