GAO RFID Asset Tracking Intros POS Reader

GAO RFID Asset Tracking launched its advanced high frequency RFID reader writer, an ideal solution for integration into POS systems where multiple tag reads for long sequences of items are required such as jewellery applications, laundry management and document tracking. This compact RFID interrogator, model 233004, operates at 13.56 MHz and is certified for CE and FCC. It is compliant with ISO 15693 standard for vicinity transponders and is capable of reading multiple tags simultaneously from a maximum distance of up to 30 cm. The smart reader/writer communicates with a computer via an RS232 interface for data exchange and offers 3 LEDs for efficient status indication.

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Chase to add 800 ATMs with ampm in 5 Western States

Chase is expanding its nationwide network of ATMs with approximately 800 locations in ARCO-branded ampm locations in California as well as Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Nevada. About 75% of the expansion will be in California, bringing the total number of Chase ATMs in California to nearly 4,000. The new Chase ATMs began arriving in participating ampm stores in late November, and most will be installed by the end of March 2012.

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Bomgar Lends Bon-Ton POS Remote Support

The Bon-Ton switched to Bomgar remote support solutions to provide reliable, secure remote IT support for its associates and POS systems. The IT support team at Bon-Ton needed to eliminate the hit-and-miss support that stunted productivity of their technicians. With 15,000 devices to support, 10,000 of which are POS systems, Bon-Ton needed a solution to securely support a multitude of devices in remote locations.

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SCL Prepaid/FX PCI DSS Level 1 Certified

SCL independent prepaid and foreign exchange point of sale systems provider, has achieved PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider certification. Now retailers, banks, shopping malls, bureau de change and travel agencies can access a fully approved PCI compliant system to manage the activation and sale of their prepaid, gift and travel money cards as well as foreign exchange services. SCL was assessed by independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Blackfoot UK.

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GlobalPlatform Extends Compliance

GlobalPlatform has extended its compliance program to validate that a secure product meets the requirements outlined in the new GlobalPlatform Basic Financial Configuration. This technical advancement has been progressed by GlobalPlatform to meet industry demand for a qualification process, which confirms that a financial card product operates within the payment landscape as defined by GlobalPlatform Card Specification and expected by the industry. This will qualify financial products to promote market consistency and ensure long-term compatibility.

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GREENPATH Releases Holiday Shopping Guidance

The National Retail Federation (NRF) released its 2011 Black Friday shopping survey results, wherein 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites over the shopping weekend, up from 212 million last year, with total spending reaching an estimated $52.4 billion. GreenPath reminds shoppers to consider to PLAN and think before using credit; stick to a shopping list; and to remember we can’t have everything we want.

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Golomt Bank Deploys BPC for ATM Network

BPC Banking Technologies Open System e-payment solutions for the global financial industry won a contract to supply a new ATM network management solution with Golomt Bank. With the highest number of card merchants and the widest card acceptance in the payments card sector, the Bank has a 60% market share of card transactions. Golomt Bank tapped BPC’s “SmartATM” solution to manage its ATM network across the country. The Bank has achieved its leadership position by setting new standards in the local financial services industry, using new technologies and pioneering innovative, cost effective ways of expanding business and creating new products to benefit customers. The new solution will allow Golomt Bank to significantly improve its ability to service and monitor its terminal networks.

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FleetCor Acquires Fuel Card Company for $304mm

FleetCor Technologies fuel cards and specialized payment products acquired AllStar Business Solutions Limited (“AllStar”) from The Arval Group (“Arval”) for £194 million (approximately $304 million). AllStar’s fuel cards permit fleet operators to provide their company drivers with a payment card to fuel their vehicles securely without having the need to pay with cash or personal credit cards. AllStar has approximately 40 thousand customers and about one million cardholders, serving business clients directly and strategic partners like Arval leasing who in turn serve their customers.

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MediaMath Transactions Through the Roof

MediaMath announced the number of transactions it handles in the Asia Pacific region has increased to more than six billion impressions a day, having expanded its footprint worldwide to more than 20 billion daily impressions. MediaMath’s business received a boost with the recent opening of its data center in Hong Kong. The company processes impressions at more than 350 queries per second. MediaMath now operates a total of six data centers worldwide in North Bergen, N.J.; Chicago; Palo Alto, Calif.; Zurich; Paris; and Hong Kong. In conjunction, MediaMath is also partnering with Tokyo-based CyberAgent, offering their TerminalOne online media buying platform to their clients to optimize the effectiveness and cost of their digital branding and direct response campaigns.

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Visa certifies Entersect Card Authentication

Visa has certified Entersect’s second factor transaction authentication solution, allowing issuers to authenticate online card purchases. The Entersect software prevents both “Man in the Middle” fraudster attacks on online banking and effectively prevents fraudulent credit card transactions, using the user’s mobile phone as a 2nd factor to authenticate the transaction. Once a card purchase is sent through to the bank, the message containing the transaction details are relayed instantly to the customer’s mobile device. The customer can then choose to either “Accept”, or “Reject” the purchase.

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Consumers To Spend GBP47B on Xmas 2011

Figures from Barclays predict GBP46.9 billion will be spent during December, GBP17,540 per second for a 4% increase from December 2010. Consumers will hit the high street and use their debit cards for the bulk of their shopping, with a record £28.6 billion expected to be spent on cards during December. Supermarket tills will be ringing the most with them likely to pocket GBP6 billion and GBP1.5 billion is predicted to be spent at petrol stations and GBP849 million at department stores. Meanwhile, GBP18.3 billion is expected to be withdrawn from the UK’s ATMs and banks throughout December.

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