Central Payment Achieves Level 1 DSS Compliance

Central Payment achieved PCI Level 1 accreditation security standard level, to protect payment and transaction processing. This after the Company also announced that it had instituted a standardized sales agent accreditation process, ensuring that all of its sales partners met the highest ethical standards. Central Payment had revenues in excess of $50 million in 2010 and has a growing national customer base of more than 38,000 merchants. With a network of more than 750 sales agents, the Company processes more than $3.4 billion in merchant annualized transactions.

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Semtech Launches 4D controller, Integrates proximity and pressure

The newest members of its 4-D Touch family have been unveiled by Semtech. The SX8654/55/56/57/58 are ultra low-power 4/5-wire resistive touchscreen controllers with integrated proximity sensing and haptics control for driving motors. The feature-rich controllers also come with on-chip ±15kV ESD protection making them ideal solutions for a wide variety of handheld applications such as mobile phone, tablet, DSC, handheld GPS, automotive centre consoles, and POS terminals. Many devices use the proximity of a person’s hand or finger to activate features, such as waking up a system. The SX865X controllers are the first to integrate this proximity capability into a touchscreen controller to provide a single-chip solution for a wide variety of applications such as mobile phone, tablet, DSC, handheld GPS, automotive centre consoles, and POS terminals.

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USAN Achieves PCI 2.0 Certification

USAN multi-channel customer engagement solutions has completed its PCI DSS 2.0 assessment and received a PCI Certification. With this, USAN can provide secure credit card transaction processing, data storage and transmission. To earn the PCI certification, USAN underwent a thorough examination by an independent, PCI-certified auditor. During the audit process, USAN demonstrated that its infrastructure, operations, and processes exceed the highest security standards in the industry.

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FrontStream Payments & Nautical Software Expand Partnership

FrontStream Payments is upgrading the integrating its software offering provided in partnership with Nautical Software Solution, allowing the latter to offer clients secure payment acceptance solutions. Nautical’s TMP software is a comprehensive program that meets the needs of the marina industry. Whether a business owner runs a small privately-owned marina, a large multi-site port, or needs a program to manage a municipal harbor, TMP offers customizable options to meet their needs. TMP comes with billing, accounting, tenant and guest management, a point of sale system, meter usage reporting, reservation management and many other features that help marinas manage their finances, tenants and operations. Nautical will be adding an integrated eCommerce feature that will offer marina customers the added ability to self-pay on their account with a credit or debit card over the web.

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Member Solutions Adds New Group Level Registration

Member Solutions credit card processing and member communication has launched its “Event Manager” group level registration to its online event registration system. The “Event Manager” is used by organizers to market and manage recurring and one-time events such as tournaments, camps, meetings, conferences, and class registrations. The web-based tool is fully integrated with Member Solutions’ PCI-compliant payment processing platform and gives users a simple, single interface to efficiently carry out registration sales, event merchandise transactions, communication, data management, and marketing. With this, its simplicity with new capabilities allow team and group administrators to accept payment from multiple registrants in one centralized location.

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Hypercom UK and Spain Acquired by Spire Payments

KleinPartners Capital acquired Hypercom Spain S.A. and Hypercom UK to launch Spire Payments, for which it has appointed Kazem Aminaee President. The Company will retain all of its Spanish and UK management teams as well as nearly 200 staff and existing premises. The new business has the exclusive sale rights to Hypercom’s range of Optimum and Artema Modular products in the UK and Spain. Spire Payments is an independent supplier of payment solutions and with this development, consolidates its position in the respective markets.

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Advanced Payment Solutions & Moneysupermarket.com Deploy Card Offer

APS and its “Cashplus” prepaid MasterCard launched its exclusive offer with Moneysupermarket.com allowing its visitors to get a Cashplus card without any fees for the first three months. The offer will run from the 2nd to 20th August only and will be available exclusively through Moneysupermarket.com. The waiving of fees will mean consumers can enjoy free purchase and no monthly fee, free ATM withdrawal both domestic and international and free foreign exchange making the “Cashplus” offering more competitive than any of the other currency cards such as FairFX and matching Nationwide’s former (but now suspended) FlexAccount with its free overseas purchases and cash withdrawal policy. Although Cashplus will cost £4.95 at the outset APS will refund this if the customer loads £250 on to it within 31 days of signing up.

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Ingenico appoints New sales director, Northern Europe

Alison Greensmith has been appointed Sales Director, Northern Europe, with Ingenico payment solutions. Most recently with Digital River World Payments as Sales and Marketing Director, EU, Greensmith brings with her more than 20 years’ sales experience to the role. She was also with NatWest, Mastercard and The Logic Group in said capacity. In her new role, Alison will lead the sales team to drive product and service growth across the region, including identifying untapped sales opportunities and new markets.

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UAE Exchange and UNICEF Launch Ramadan Charity

UAE Exchange and UNICEF announced a new partnership to promote the cause of underprivileged children, for which the former will donate to UNICEF AED 0.10 for each remittance transaction conducted through its branches in the United Arab Emirates in August. UAE Exchange has a network of more than 520 direct offices in 24 countries across five continents built over 30 years. UNICEF is present in more than 150 countries and territories, is known for its initiatives to bring good health, education and protection to all underprivileged children across the world.

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Fujitsu Forges 5-year deal to support 1,200 McDonald’s

McDonald’s UK has signed a 5-year deal with Fujitsu for the provision of IT infrastructure support services to the company’s 1,200 restaurants in the UK and Republic of Ireland. This will ensure McDonald’s can deliver the right support capability into restaurants day-to-day, and help the company remain at the forefront of innovating its IT as it moves towards becoming a wider hospitality environment for families. Fujitsu will support the restaurant IT estate, from front of house tills and POS, to drive-thru ordering, restaurant bridge and back office. With this, Fujitsu is to focus on simplification and improved satisfaction; call prevention and reduction; and reduction in onsite engineering visits .

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SoftCom Earns PCI Compliance Certification

SoftCom Cloud Hosting, VPS Hosting and Business Messaging and Collaboration services has earned PCI DSS v2.0 certification for its “myhosting.com,” “mail2web.com” and “SoftCom Business Services” core brands. This certification covers payment information, customer databases, online store processes, payment procedures, and data stored on back-end networks, so customer information will be secure today, tomorrow, and years from now. The robust account security framework approved by the Council for PCI Security Standards requires annual self-assessments and quarterly network intrusion scans conducted by a third party professional services company.

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Discover Index Shows Consumer Confidence Plummeting

The July Discover U.S. Spending Monitor dropped to its lowest level in more than two years- by 11 points since January and 2.4 points since June- to 82.7. Nearing the March 2009 low of 79.5, 62% feel the economy is poor while 59% say economic conditions are worsening, of which 44% feel it in their own wallet. With this, only 45% will have money left over after paying their bills in July while 53% are subsequently cutting back their spending and 45% plan to save and invest less in the month ahead. Lastly, 54% plan to spend less on home improvement purchases, up from 47% in June, while 51% plan to spend less on gym memberships and vacations. On the Spending Monitor, however, this is quite consistent, given July of last year saw an index drop from June’s 86.1 to 83.0, followed by 73.0 in August before a slow rebound in September to 73.8.

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