Tesco Clubcard Gets New Keyfobs

UK-based Tesco is issuing a pack containing a newly redesigned “Clubcard,” which incorporates a magnetic stripe and barcode, but it will also carry two unique and durable keyfobs. ID Data spent 18 months researching and developing the keyfob to ensure it would be the best product of its kind in the marketplace. Keyfobs are manufactured from the advanced material Teslin and utilize a sub-surface bar code which gives the fob an extended life. In addition ID Data has installed a custom-built, three-way matching system for application which adds security and also maximizes the visual impact of the delivered pack. ID Data, who already supplies Tesco’s “Clubcard,” the leading UK retail loyalty scheme, has won in addition a deal worth approximately GBP1 million a year.

ID DATA & TESCO

Tesco is issuing a pack containing a newly redesigned “Clubcard,” which incorporates a magnetic stripe and barcode, but it will also carry two unique and durable keyfobs. ID Data spent 18 months researching and developing the keyfob to ensure it would be the best product of its kind in the marketplace. Keyfobs are manufactured from the advanced material Teslin and utilize a sub-surface bar code which gives the fob an extended life. In addition ID Data has installed a custom-built, three-way matching system for application which adds security and also maximizes the visual impact of the delivered pack.
ID Data, who already supplies Tesco’s “Clubcard,” the leading UK retail
loyalty scheme, has won in addition a deal worth approximately GBP1
million a year.

LaunchPAD Initiative for Implementation of PAD

VeriFone, Mosaic Software and ID Data announced the launch of a major new program aimed at helping card-issuing and acquiring banks maximize their investment in EMV. “LaunchPAD” is an joint agreement to deliver an end-to-end solution for the implementation of “Pre-Authorized Debit,” a new offline payment method that slots into existing EMV infrastructure as an extension to credit and debit. The pre-authorized debit payment method leverages the infrastructure that is already being put in place for EMV, i.e. smart card readers and PIN pads, thereby minimizing further investment for the introduction of a wholly new
payment product.

UK Mobile Operators Seek an Open Mobile Terminal Platform

Mobile operators announced plans to define widely accepted requirements for an
open mobile terminal platform. The founding members of this initiative are mmO2, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SMART Communications, Telefonica
Moviles, TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), T-Mobile and Vodafone. These members have created a new organization based in London called: OMTP Limited.
The OMTP group aims to define those platform requirements necessary for
mobile devices to deliver openly available standardized application interfaces
that will provide customers with a more consistent and improved user
experience across different devices, whilst also enabling individual operators
and manufacturers to customize and differentiate their offering. As a technology neutral organization, all technology vendors will be free
to contribute to and support OMTP requirements and to provide OMTP compliant
products.

T-Mobile’s Mobile Wallet to be Powered by Encorus

Europe’s first cross-border interoperable m-payments system is taking shape. The T-Mobile “Mobile Wallet” system is based on a complete end-to-end solution provided by Encorus, which is majority owned by First Data. T-Mobile’s “Mobile Wallet” is available to T-Mobile customers on t-zones (T-Mobile’s mobile multi media services), enabling them to make simple and secure payments for goods and services from their mobile devices using existing credit or debit cards. The t-zones portfolio of infotainment offers already include a wide range of news, games, sport, music, finance and chat services. Uniquely, Encorus has provided T-Mobile with wallet software, transaction processing and merchant acquiring services. Merchants participating in the t-zones service include Allsports, Aral, ebookers, Germanwings, getgo, OTTO, Orion, TELTIX, and WHSmith to name just a few. At the end of 2003, T-Mobile had 61 million customers in its owned and controlled operations and around 90 million customers including its minority interests and network operations it manages directly owned by Deutsche Telekom.

Royal Bank of Scotland Launches a Top-Up Promotion

Royal Bank of Scotland has launched a new promotion for its top-up service, offering top-up customers who use any of the Bank’s 1,359 cash machines over the next month a chance to win one of six prizes worth GBP150 of mobile phone air time. RBS customers who use the service between May 17th and June 11th will automatically be entered. The top-up service, which has been available since April, is free of charge. The service enables customers with a pre-pay mobile phone on Orange, Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile networks, to “top-up” direct from their bank account. Amounts between GBP10 and GBP50 can be credited to a mobile phone at one time at any RBS cash machine.
There are 34 million UK mobile phone top-up users.

Gemplus, Valista, and Paynet Group Launch Gem-eCash in the Czech Republic

Gemplus International and Valista announced the commercial launch of their “Gem-eCash,” an on-line prepaid solution, to coincide with its first deployment with Paynet Group in the Czech Republic.”Gem-eCash” is a new solution for micro payment purchases over the Internet. By combining a prepaid card with online purchasing power, users can make simple and secure purchases for digital content, such as mp3 music files, videos, games, newspaper articles and horoscopes, etc. Online buyers simply scratch off a panel on the phone card to discover the secret code, which corresponds to their prepaid credit. Valista was recently formed from the merger of Network365 and iPIN.

Datalex’s Internet Booking Engine Adds Bibit Payment Technology

Dublin-based Datalex and Bibit have teamed to integrate Bibit technoology with Datalex’s premier Internet booking engine. Bibit specializes in processing payments originating from multiple sales channels, including Internet, call centers, mobile applications and point-of-sale, over an Internet infrastructure. The company’s multi-lingual, end-to-end payment service adds a proven payment component to Datalex’s already extensive solutions offering. Datalex’s customers include Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Amadeus, American Express, ATA Airlines, Amtrak, Best Western International, California State Automobile Association, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Telekom, Disney Cruise Lines, Emirates Airline, Galileo, GoHop.ie, Japan Travel Bureau, KLM, Korean Airlines, LasVegas.com, Malaysia Airlines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Page & Moy, Siemens UK, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, SNCF, South African Airways, Thomas Cook, Trailfinders, TravelBag, Travelcare, T-Systems, Vail Resorts Inc., Unisys, WEXAS and Worldspan.

Triton Partners with Verizon and Hits 100K Milestone

Triton and Verizon Wireless have signed a deal wherein Verizon Wireless will support a CDMA option on Triton ATMs; separately the Company announced that Cash Point Machines was awarded the 100,000th ATM that recently rolled-off the Triton assembly line. The Verizon Wireless option will be offered on new ATMs, coming from the factory fully configured and tested, and as an upgrade to more than fifty thousand Triton ATMs installed across the United States that are using dial-up phone lines. Verizon Wireless is the nation’s leading provider of wireless communications. Triton is the largest provider of off-premise ATMs and ATM management software in North America and has more than 100,000 installations in over 17 countries worldwide.

Simpay Names Encorus its Processor for M-Payments

Simpay has signed a multi-year transaction processing deal with First Data’s Encorus mobile payments services company. Simpay is a consumer m-payment brand formed by Orange, Telefonica Moviles, T-Mobile, and Vodafone last year, with its commercial launch scheduled for the first quarter of 2005. Simpay brings together consumers, mobile operators and merchants to deliver convenient and accessible m-payments across national borders. Other interested companies include 3, debitel, Elisa (previously Radiolinja), KPN Mobile Group, Mobilkom, O2, Optimus, SFR, TeliaSonera, and TMN. The Founding members of Simpay represent over 280 million wireless subscribers worldwide.

Shell New Zealand Offers e-pay’s Electronic Top-Up Services

Euronet’s e-pay has launched its electronic top-up services at approximately 240 Shell Select convenience store and petrol sites. Vodafone has an agreement with e-pay to enable its customers to purchase prepaid airtime at Shell and other participating retailers. Upon completion this agreement, New Zealanders will have direct access to top-up their Vodafone prepaid mobile phones at more than 600 locations throughout the nation. Shell New Zealand Ltd is the third major oil company to join e-pay’s New Zealand prepaid network. e-pay, a Euronet subsidiary, is the largest electronic payments processor of prepaid mobile airtime top-up services in the U.K. and Australia. The company currently supports top-up purchases for mobile service providers at more than 74,000 POS terminals in approximately 29,000 retail locations.

Q Comm Names Interim President

UT-based Q Comm International, a provider of prepaid transaction processing and electronic POS distribution solutions, has named Terry Kramer as interim president and has promoted Marko Viitanen to Director of Information Technology. Mr. Kramer has been serving as an advisor or board member of several wireless telecommunications companies including 724 Solutions, FiberTower, and Sonim Technologies. Mr. Viitanen worked as a software engineer and quality assurance engineer for NextPage. Q Comm International provides proprietary prepaid transaction processing and information management systems that facilitate electronic recharge or distribution of prepaid products from service providers or their distributors to retail points of sale.