eLayaway Launches Spanish Language Site

eLayaway layaway payment processor has launched “eApartado.com,” a Spanish version of its website. Replicating site content, FAQ’s, alerts and the user interface of the English language version, the new application was designed to support multiple languages as well as manage different currencies. The initial launch will support the U.S. Hispanic market and merchants transacting in USD and will eventually be released globally. The ability to manage multi-lingual content on the site is the second new feature announced from the recent beta release of eLayaway 2.0, February 2011. Spanish was chosen as the Company’s first multi-lingual release due to consumer demand.

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Daddy Yankee and Western Union Launch Campaign

The Western Union Company has teamed up with Latin Grammy award-winning recording artist Daddy Yankee today in New York City to launch the “Love in Any Language” national campaign to help consumers express their love to mothers, family, friends and loved ones. This will allow consumers to create and upload their own original music video to express love to mothers, families, friends or loved ones. Once entrants have uploaded their entry, they are encouraged to tell their friends and family to go view their work and to vote. Public voting of the uploaded entries will determine 10 finalists. From the 10 finalists, final judging will be made for one grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and appear at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami, Florida on April 27. The contest entry period runs from Monday, March 21 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 18, 2011. Love in Any Language also allows those who do not wish to enter to post a “shout out” just for fun.

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Zix Corporation Achieves PCI DSS Compliance

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp) email encryption services has been recognized as compliant with PCI DSS, having achieved the highest standard with Level 1 compliance based on DSS version 2.0. Now companies transmitting payment card information to individual customers or other businesses via “ZixPort” can be confident that they are adhering to the financial industry’s highest standards for data privacy and security. Using ZixPort can help senders to comply with financial privacy regulations, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Accretive Solutions is a national consulting firm and a recognized PCI DSS auditor. Accretive Solutions reviewed ZixCorp’s application for compliance and approved ZixCorp’s letter of attestation of compliance assessments for service providers.

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Merchant Warehouse Mobilizes TransPort Platform

Merchant Warehouse merchant accounts and credit card processing solutions has made available “MerchantWARE TransPort” for “TransPort.Mobile” and “TransPort.Web.” With the same versatility as the original TransPort in addition to enhanced functionality and enhanced security features. TransPort is a hosted payment solution which eliminates the need for a PA-DSS audit for point-of-sale (POS) systems, shopping carts, websites and mobile payments. The PA-DSS audit is eliminated by delegating all of the sensitive portions of payment processing to TransPort. As consumers embrace online and mobile shopping experiences in the coming years, merchants will need to provide convenient, secure purchasing options for their customers.

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Monitise Launches Mobile Money Platform

Monitise Mobile Money solutions has launched a mobile payments service with its partners in Nigeria, allowing users to send and receive money from their handsets. They can also make deposits, withdrawals and transfers. Monitise expects to provide its technology to other financial institutions in Nigeria as it does in other markets around the world. Monitise’s pilot has already created 16 full-time jobs for field support staff to assess, vet, recruit and train agents. Funds can be deposited by agents at branches of Monitise’s first Nigerian bank partner, Afribank. Once users have registered, whether by simple self-registration or through an agent, they can access Monitise Mobile Money through an internet browser on their mobile handset.

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Fime Authorized for NFC Forum

Fime NFC solutions has achieved NFC Forum Authorization for its laboratories, allowing it to conduct tests that will confirm a device’s compliance to the NFC Forum’s technical specifications and attain certification from the industry body. In 2010 the NFC Forum – a global association which advances the use of NFC technology – launched a certification program to support industry interoperability and provide device behavior assurances within the marketplace. As an Authorized NFC Forum Laboratory, FIME can now work with device manufacturers to enable them to achieve industry certification for their products, which will allow them to use and display the N-Mark.

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INSIDE Secure Showcases Portfolio at CARTES in Asia 2011

INSIDE Secure semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity will be exhibiting at CARTES in Asia 2011 in Booth 3C24 at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on March 29 to 31. INSIDE will showcase its broad range of semiconductors and integrated solutions for secure transactions and digital identity applications, and will have technical and product experts available in the booth to discuss and demonstrate the versatility of these solutions during the three-day event. INSIDE and several of its partners are preparing a number of demonstrations to underscore INSIDE’s newly expanded array of solutions for secure transactions and e-ID applications. Highlights include INSIDE’s newest contact and contactless smart card processor and smart card reader solutions, the new family of VaultIC turnkey security modules and the new SecuRead system-in-package NFC solution.

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Deposit Automation Market Booming

The world is experiencing a boom in deposit automation in the 46 largest world markets for technology. Record numbers of new automated deposit terminals (ADTs) were deployed in 2008 and 2009 – during the height of the global financial crisis. However, many financial institutions now consider deposit automation the technological advantage they cannot do without, partly due to a strong financial business case and partly because it has a tangible positive impact on the customer experience. These findings, according to Retail Banking Research’s “Deposit Automation and Recycling 2010,” indicate total of 464,000 ADTs had been installed worldwide by the end of 2009, a figure that has increased by 44% since 2007. This phenomenal growth rate significantly outpaced that of non-deposit ATMs, which grew by just 12% during the same period, and has helped sustain the major ATM manufacturers during this difficult period. Additionally, as more banks worldwide roll out automated deposit terminals, the technology is becoming increasingly important, for which RBR expects the number of ADTs worldwide to triple by 2020, to reach 1.4 million.

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Monext Call Center Achieves PCI DSS Certification

Monext has cut the ribbon on its PCI DSS certified call center, only the fifth in Europe. This certification guarantees highly secure handling of the 150 banking institutions who outsource their call centre services (electronic banking services contact centre – issuers and traders) to Monext. This multilingual call centre hosts close to 200 telephone advisors and manages a call volume in excess of 4 million per year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It meets the international requirements of the PCI Council organisation, composed of credit card networks (MasterCard, Amex, VISA, etc.). It aims at issuing standards in order to secure the storage and handling of card issuer data.

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Destiny Solutions Achieves PCI PA-DSS V2.0 Compliance

Destiny Solutions’ “Destiny OneCE” has achieved PCI PA-DSS Version 2.0 compliance. The “Destiny OneCE” platform is designed by Certified Information Security System Professionals (CISSP), software developers and business analysts who are seasoned experts in developing secure software. Campus-wide, Destiny OneCE constantly safeguards valuable data by offering a powerful set of security certifications and standards that are industry respected. In conjunction with the PCI PA-DSS standard, Destiny OneCE is developed to protect against security threats as defined by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP.) Destiny OneCE software dynamically generates and strictly enforces best practices-based business rules and processes, ensuring proper separation of duties, while adhering to organizational structure, rules, roles and security policies.

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G&D Presents at mPayment and Security at CARTES in Asia

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) will be showcasing its latest innovations in mobile security at CARTES in Asia, the international trade show being hosted by Hong Kong from March 29 to 31, 2011. The company’s end-to-end mobile payment solutions include hardware, server software, and related services. The spotlight at the fair will be focused on the topics of NFC Payment and Transit, Secure Online Banking, Online Data Management, White Label Payment, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Networking, and Subscriber Experience Management. G&D’s solutions address the needs not only of banks and mobile network operators but also of public transportation providers, private companies and OEMs, and public authorities and governments. At the exhibition, G&D will be presenting an extensive range of digital security solutions and smart technologies for mobile applications.

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Panini Adds Ultraviolet Scanning for Check Scans

Panini global payments processing technology has added ultraviolet (UV) light scanning capabilities to its “Vision X” check scanning platform. The new UV scanning capability will be available as an optional feature on the Panini Vision X, allowing banks to assess item authenticity during the cheque truncation process. India’s new Cheque Truncation Standards, established by the Reserve Bank of India, include various security features to ensure uniformity across all banks in the country by providing a standard for the examination of checks in an image-based processing environment. A key security feature introduced by the new standards is the inclusion of ultraviolet logos on all paper cheques; bank logos will be printed using UV ink, visible only under UV light. When using the new UV detection feature, the Panini Vision X will scan the front cheque image with UV light, enabling the necessary fraud detection procedures, while simultaneously capturing the greyscale or binary image required for cheque truncation.

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