Datacard Launches Latest Version of its Software

Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization solutions has made available its latest “CardWizard” card issuance software version, 5.3, following extensive research and development. Building on the custom background selection, optimum user interface and reporting functions, enhanced security and multiple language support, “CardWizard 5.3” software integrates Datacard “Affina” smart card software to let issuers build cost-effective smart card development and personalization into their card issuing environments. The “Affina” software is compatible with various card and payment schemes and has been successfully implemented in over 200 central card production environments for EMV-compliant programs.

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YourCash Implements TNS ATM Transaction Delivery

YourCash independent provider of ATM solutions launched their market leading merchant fill proposition into the Netherlands in 2003 to serve the remote customer market. They have secured a number of major contracts with key Dutch supermarket chains, offering GPRS enabled ATMs, and currently have an estate of over 600 ATMs to facilitate northward expansion in the region. For this, TNS is delivering its “TNSLink” secure communications solution for ATMs that helps to maximise ATM uptime and that utilises TNS’ PCI DSS certified backbone network and can be deployed using ADSL, GPRS or a merchant’s existing internet connection. YourCash offers a number of ATM solutions for the retail and services markets in the UK and Netherlands.

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Gemalto and iPass Partner to Offer Global WiFi Hotspots

Gemalto digital security has entered into a Technology Collaboration Agreement with iPass enterprise mobility services to expand benefits of its “Roaming Director,” which gives mobile operators access to a customized global Wi-Fi roaming solution. The “Roaming Director” service solution lets mobile operators dynamically connect subscribers to their preferred 2G and 3G roaming partners. By adding the global Wi-Fi roaming capability to Roaming Director, mobile operators will go to market more quickly with a comprehensive mobility offering that provides their roaming subscribers with greater choices of network connectivity. By utilizing the “iPass Open Mobile” client for smartphones, subscribers can access over 260,000 hotspots.

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SelectCore Update on Iridium MasterCard

After having launched the reloadable “Iridium” MasterCard in 1Q/10, SelectCore is now disclosing its limited sales outlets have generated considerable revenue. Although the proprietary POS technology that facilitates real-time card activation and reloads has been deployed on only 4,000 company-owned VeriFone terminals in the marketplace, the Company sees this as grounds to continue a nation-wide roll-out once it completes its refinancing. SelectCore deployed the “Iridium” MasterCard as part of its strategic growth strategy to diversify into high-margin financial transaction processing, and markets to millions of un-banked and credit challenged consumers who do not have access to traditional financial services offered by the banks.

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PayThru to Launch mpayments Solution

paythru mpayments is set to kick off its mobile payment applications for debt collection; parking; charity; retail; ticketing; gaming; and its own “paythruMONEY” virtual cards, wallets, vouchers and P2P money transfer. Merchants generate more profit with paythru because there is no network revenue share to pay. It also delivers sector leading conversion rates, as paythrus technology makes the payment process virtually frictionless. Consumers can use paythrus service on any mobile phone, on any network and with any bank or credit/debit/prepaid card. Once a consumer has used paythru they can buy from any merchant, anywhere in the world without having to re-enter their card details.

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DeviceFidelity Expands Visa Payment-Supported Smartphones

DeviceFidelity expanded its “In2Pay” microSD technology to support the Blackberry Tour 9630, and Android based Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Fascinate, Mesmerize and Showcase models, allof which recently completed Visa Inc.’s compliance testing process including extensive technical, security and usability tests. The DeviceFidelity “In2Pay” mobile contactless payment solution achieved approval for inclusion in the list of Visa compliant products. The DeviceFidelity “In2Pay” microSD technology is the world’s leading plug and play mobile contactless solution that transforms user-preferred smartphones into interactive mobile payment devices. The “In2Pay” solution features multiple account wallet capability, TSM compatibility for Over the Air provisioning, as well as support for secure personalization and distribution by financial institutions.

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CUsource & ORC to Offer Banking and Bill Pay

Online Resources Corporation online financial services, and CUsource FCU service organization have signed agreements for Internet banking and bill payment services. This holds the more than 20 CUsource credit unions have access to Online Resources’ full suite personal financial management, mobile banking, expedited payments, consumer marketing and call center services. This year, 11 credit unions representing more than 120,000 members will convert to Online Resources’ platform.

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Swanson Health Offers eBillme on CWDirect

Swanson Health Products has added eBillme online payment method, allowing shoppers who prefer cash to credit cards a way to pay securely without releasing any financial information, and is the first to do so on the CWDirectorder management platform. When shoppers choose the option at checkout, their order is confirmed with a bill sent to their e-mail address. Consumers simply pay the bill the same way they pay utilities, loans, insurance, and other bills, either through their online bank account or at one of over 75,000 walk-in locations. Every purchase made using eBillme offers buyer protection features, including satisfaction guarantee, best price, and fraud protection in addition to a cash-back rewards program for shoppers to earn up to 5% cash-back on purchases.

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PCI Sees Savings & Efficiency from Digital Card Production

Driving payment card issuer and overall industry profitability and customer loyalty, moving card production and fulfillment to a digital on-demand platform can only benefit the P&L margin. Digital on-demand technology represents a departure from traditional methods, performing all aspects of card production only when the card is ready to be fulfilled. This “just-in-time” method is the difference between four-eight weeks lead time with pre-purchased stock to a fully customized product in as soon as 24-48 hours. According to Arroweye Solutions, this zero inventory model and design flexibility gives companies the tools to develop a highly customized product to better target market segments.

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SISA to Host PCI DSS Workshop

There will be a PCI DSS Implementation Workshop in Chennai on February 24 & 25, offering hands-on PCI DSS training by experts from SISA. Having conducted more than 100 workshops in 6 countries, SISA trainers are PCI veterans in the field of information security and invite all concerned to be a part of this workshop, which will be composed of interactive lectures, class exercises, case studies and one-on-one discussions with PCI DSS subject matter experts. The course of the workshop includes scoping and detailed discussion of all the requirements of PCI DSS and mapping the same to PA DSS. The course is based on the latest standard PCI DSS Version 2.0, which was released in October 2010.

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RK Hammer Examines What Makes For Excellent Card Sales

There is a wide spread between various agents’ card performance. Regarding the number of new credit card accounts generated per branch, per month and per year there are “Weak Performers,” “Medium Performers” and “Best-in-Class” performers.

The 2010 Weak Performers constitute the bottom 33% of All Agent Bank card programs and are characterized by flat growth in new card accounts for last year, with only 72-84 new accounts per year per Branch (6-7 new accounts per month per Branch); no card sales incentives for the retail branch sales staff; limited new card account/activation performance reporting at the employee/branch level; and emphasis on other branch retail product sales viewed by employers as a higher priority.

Meanwhile, 2010 Medium Performers are the middle 55% of all Agent Bank card programs and are characterized by 3% growth in new card accounts for 2010; open 111-124 new accounts per year per Branch (or 9.2-10.3 new accounts per month); some incentives for branch personnel, but distribution often discretionary by the branch manager; better new card account/activation reporting down to the employee level, not less than quarterly; and a continuing emphasis on new card account sales by branch sales staff.

Finally, the 2010 “Best-in-Class” Performers sit in the top 12% of all Agent Bank card programs and are characterized by a 6% growth in new credit card accounts for last year; see 152-178 or more new accounts per year per Branch (or 12.7-14.8 new accounts per month per Branch); offer a wide variety of cash, gift, and trip incentives, changed regularly; staff-designed and implemented; utilize excellent reporting, monthly, for routine use as a management/training tool with staff; implement continuous training and retraining, not only on its own products/pricing, but on competitors as well; and have a major focus on “aggressive activation” of new card accounts, not just generating new account numbers.

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VeriFone Expands mNFC Solution to Turkey’s Garanti Bank

VeriFone is further expanding globally through its NFC/contactless payment acceptance systems, this time to Turkey. With this, Garanti and Turkish mobile network operator Avea have moved from pilot phase to general commercial availability of its mobile NFC payments using 10,000 Verifone devices. Consumers can purchase and install NFC capable SIM cards that allow them to use their mobile phones for electronic payment at NFC/contactless acceptance devices in merchant locations. VeriFone has more than 150,000 systems implemented throughout Turkey, using its “PINpad 1000SE” for NFC payment. With the new add-on SIM card with antenna from Gemalto and Garanti pre-paid MasterCard PayPass that is loaded in the SIM manufacturing stage, consumers can immediately adapt existing and new mobiles for NFC mobile payments.

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