ZingCheckout launched its “Social Listing Pages” on its software platform, creating social media enabled web pages for users of its software. These pages are designed to consolidate all of a merchant’s online social links- such as Yelp and Patch- into a single location that will help the merchant rank higher on search engines like Google. ZingCheckout.com web based POS offers merchants a quick and simple solution for their POS needs and offers a digital receipt feature that includes social media links to sites such as FaceBook and Twitter. The “Social Listing Pages” solution automatically builds social media site for merchants, with every receipt providing an effective social media marketing tool.
NJ-based Sun National Bank,is offering White Sky’s “ID Vault” online
theft protection software to its banking customers at no cost. ID Vault
protects users from the growing
threats when they bank, shop and invest online. “ID Vault” provides
single-click, secure sign-on to financial sites,
eliminating exposure to online fraud through its end-to-end, continuous
protection, regardless of whether or not the anti-virus software or
browser is able to identify a threat. ID Vault stores all account user
names and passwords in a highly
encrypted, secure software vault on the PC. This data is accessible only
via a user-defined PIN, which is authenticated by White Sky servers,
providing true two-factor authentication. ID Vault automates the sign-in
procedure, protecting consumers from Trojan, keylogging, screen scraping
and other attacks. White Skyâs proprietary ID Vault Trusted Network
a âwhite listâ of over 8,000 trusted and verified financial and
e-commerce web sites. When consumers open a site using ID Vault, they
cannot be redirected, nor have credentials submitted to fraudulent
sites. The “ID Vault Free Edition” will allow Sun
National Bank customers to store and protect up to five online accounts
and one credit card account at no cost.
A new website, www.bringbackourmallgiftcards.com has been launched for consumers to register their protests with the MLA and the Nova Scotia government and request that regulations be revised to allow gift cards to continue being sold by shopping centres in Nova Scotia. New regulations in the province, which came into effect on February 1, 2010, effectively eliminate the current shopping centre gift cards from the Nova Scotia marketplace. The gift card program offered at shopping centres before the regulations were applied charged no upfront fees and had no expiry date. The program only began to collect a small fee of $2.50 per month, 15 months after the card had been activated. 96% of all funds on mall gift cards were redeemed prior to the 15 months. For these consumers no fees where ever charged.
Prepaid card provider TransCard has tapped Brad Townsend, previously
with Advanced Interactive Systems, as CFO.
Townsend has twenty years of professional experience in a variety of
financial and accounting roles and considerable experience related to
Defense and federal agencies with extensive experience guiding the M&A
process for large and small organizations as both buyer and seller. He
has effectively managed GAAP, SOX compliance and corporate finance
functions on a global basis, and has led efforts in structuring G&A that
support both organic and acquisition expansion for fast-growth
companies. Townsend holds a BBA in Corporate Finance from the
University of Georgia
and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Emory University. TransCard
handles $1.4 billion in electronic transactions annually. Its products
include pay cards, financial institution stored-value processing, gift
reward cards, fleet services and retail program management.
The Payment Card Industry Security Vendor Alliance has twelve new members that include ADTRAN, AirMagnet, Compliance Security Partners, Compuware, Control Path, Envision Inc., GSI Hosting, Ounce Labs, Patrick Townsend & Associates, Tripwire, Unified Compliance Framework, and Visonys AG. PCI SVA members, all with strong experience in delivering PCI compliance solutions to thousands of customers, will leverage their combined knowledge to support the objectives of the PCI Security Standards Council. PCI SVA’s founding members are ConfigureSoft, Inc., Cyber-Ark, Inc., Modulo Security, Proginet, Inc., Protegrity USA, Inc., Reflex Security and Safe-Net, Inc. The PCI SVA was formed in January 2007 to work with the retail and payment card industries to develop an efficient and cost-effective way to achieve compliance with the PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).
San Francisco-based Pay By Touch has hired Bill Townsend, formerly with Lycos, GeoCities, NewsAlert, as EVP, office of the CEO. Townsend’s 20 years of diverse business experience span education, media, and technology. Prior to joining Pay By Touch, Townsend was a partner and managing director of Interminds, LLC, a management-consulting firm that assists companies with strategic planning, troubleshooting, consumer adoption, incubation, and pre-IPO guidance. He also served as chief marketing officer of Cyber Operations, a technology research and development firm conducting military and government initiatives, and vice president and director of marketing for Ketchum, a global Top 20 advertising agency, where he ran global new business. Pay By Touch is the global leader of biometric authentication, personalized rewards, and payment solutions.
Patrick Townsend & Associates has released Alliance AuthExpress, a new IBM AS/400 and iSeries application that provides an affordable, scalable, and manageable platform for the authorization of credit and debit cards, gift and stored value cards, and for the verification of checks. AuthExpress allows your organization to start out with a small volume of transactions and grow to a large volume without changing your authorization software.
U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems and Wright Express have signed a deal with NPC and NBS to market fleet card processing to non-fuel retailers, enabling Voyager and Wright Express fleet cardholders a broader range of acceptance and access to additional products and services. National Processing, Inc. began processing for the petroleum industry over 30 years ago and has remained a major player in the industry. National Bankcard Services provides integrated transaction processing solutions through a variety of point of sale systems for petroleum/convenience store chains and national retail chains. The Voyager card, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, is accepted at over 165,000 retail locations in all 50 states. ME-based Wright Express offers a variety of fleet card programs with cards accepted at over 150,000 fuel and service locations nationwide.
O2Micro International Limited, a leading supplier of innovative power management and security ICs to mobile computer and communications manufacturers, announced that OZ773 will be available in select Compaq Presario Desktop PC configurations beginning in early Spring.
The OZ773 adds an industry standard EMV compliant, low cost smart card reader to Compaq’s desktop computer keyboard.
The OZ773, the first in the patent pending E-Guardian family of products, combines a standard USB HUB with smart card reader functionality, eliminating the need for an external smart card reader. The OZ773 provides PC users with the ability to transact secure e-commerce transactions on the Internet using their desktop computer keyboard and a financial smart card. It is fully compliant with the Microsoft (MSFT) PC/SC specification and is EMV Level 1 certified. EMV certification is a requirement for a smart card reader when used with the new financial smart cards issued by American Express, Visa, and Citibank (MasterCard).
“We are delighted to have Compaq Computer as our first customer to incorporate this technology into their Smart Credit Card Internet Keyboard,” said Sterling Du, O2Micro’s Chairman and CEO.
“Compaq strives to bring our customers the very latest technologies to make the PC an easy-to-use, yet powerful tool that facilitates secure and convenient Internet purchasing, instant, secure Internet log-on and off, quick and easy access to Web sites and email by storing links, management of unique passwords and login information for favorite Internet sites, and other online convenience utilities,” said Will Townsend, senior manager of Consumer Desktop Product Marketing in Compaq’s Access Business Group. “Our use of the OZ773 allows Compaq the ability to offer such flexibility to our customers, so we’re very pleased to be partnered with O2Micro.”
The OZ773 is fully compliant with the Microsoft (MSFT) PC/SC specification and is EMV Level 1 certified. It is also compatible to the IEEE 7816 specifications and standard transmission protocols including T = 1, T = 0.
Founded in March 1995, O2Micro designs, develops and markets innovative power management and security components for mobile communication, computer, information appliance, and LCD products. Products include AudioDJ(R), SmartCardBus(R) for secure on line e-commerce, LCD Backlight Inverters and Battery Management IC’s. O2Micro maintains an extensive portfolio of intellectual property with 378 patent claims granted, and over 710 more pending. The company maintains offices worldwide. Additional company and product information can be found on the company website at [www.o2micro.com].
NCR announced Monday it is augmenting the power of its data-warehousing and professional consultancy services through an agreement with Quadstone, the Scottish-based developer of ‘Decisionhouse’, a fully-scalable suite of tools for integrated data access, visualization, and predictive modeling. ‘Decisionhouse’ is an integral part of the NCR propensity modeling offer. Propensity modeling enables banks to accurately predict customer behavior in a number of key business areas – for example, who is likely to buy a certain service or product, who might be thinking of moving to a rival bank, or who shows risks of defaulting on a credit card or loan payment.