TNS Hires New SVP/GM of Payments Division, Asia Pacific Region

Payment service provider TNS has hired John Banfield, previously with American Express, as SVP/GM of its Payments Division, Asia Pacific Region.
Banfield has more than 20 years of experience with a list of achievements in Merchant Services, B2B, Risk Management and Strategic Implementation. Before joining TNS, he worked at American Express where he was formerly a Regional Vice President of its International Division, and was instrumental in the company’s developments. TNS is a global provider of payment solutions, connecting merchants and retailers to the world’s leading banks, acquirers and processors to enable secure, efficient and cost-effective delivery and processing of payments.

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CASH USERS

Research published by Santander reveals that 51% all Britons travelled
abroad in 2009 – and that 52% of these used cash for
the majority of their purchases with 20% using credit cards and 15% using debit
cards. Only 5% of traveler’s use traveler’s checks.
The research also reveals that the average spending money while abroad
is GBP207 per person per week. And, that almost half of British travellers
(47%) withdraw three quarters of their weekly spend (GBP147) using an ATM
machine whilst they were abroad.

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PYMNTS.com Evaluates Mobile Payments

PYMNTS.com evaluates mobile payments in the “Mobile Platform Wars briefing room”.
In the report, Fiserv believes it starts with consumers seeing the value proposition of mobile payments and believing in its security. Monitise Americas says that mobile at the physical point of sale depends upon the maturity of the PoS and payments infrastructure in each market. Mocapay says the launch of the smartphone and ensuing consumer adoption will tip the mobile wallet concept sooner than we think. And CHARGE Anywhere thinks merchants will benefit the most and will give mobile payments the nudge it needs to tip. PYMNTS.com is a joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway’s Business Wire and Market Platform Dynamics.

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INSIDE MicroPass 4006 Paybefore Winner

INSIDE Contactless has announced its MicroPass 4006 contactless platform is at the heart of
U.S. Bank’s PayID Card, this year’s Paybefore Award winner for Most
Innovative Prepaid Program. U.S. Bank is the first card issuer in the United States to use a single
card for traditional magnetic stripe purchases, contactless payment
transactions and to gain access to secure facilities. The MicroPass 4006
platform embedded in the cards contains both open standard contactless
payment applications, which allows for contactless payment at the point
of sale, and the HID iCLASS application, which allows for contactless
access to secure facilities. A unique bridge between the open standard
payments ecosystem and the community of HID iClass-enabled systems
deployed globally, the MicroPass 4006 is the only contactless solution
available that makes it possible to combine ID and physical/logical
access control applications with contactless payment capabilities.
Since 2001, INSIDE has been the exclusive supplier of chips to HID for
iCLASS credentials, establishing INSIDE as the number-one global
provider of 13.56-MHz contactless chips for physical access control.

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Hyper9 has Entered into a Partnership with DNM Technology

TX-based virtualization management solution provider Hyper9 has entered
into a joint partnership with DNM Technology to become the official
reseller of Hyper9’s “Virtual Environment Optimization” solution.
Hyper9 VEO combines usability and dashboard features with in-depth analytics and reporting to help users find and reclaim virtual resources. The solution delivers instant insight into virtual environments, thereby eliminating manual assessment and reporting efforts. Additionally, organizations can use Hyper9 monitoring and alerts to establish best practices around how their virtual infrastructure should perform, and how to proactively maintain those activities over time. Hyper9 collaborates with virtualization administrators as well as systems and virtualization management experts to develop a new breed of virtualization management products that leverages Internet technologies like search, collaboration and social networking.

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MoSys & ROHM Enter into an Agreement to License 1T-SRAM

CA-based MoSys has entered into an agreement with electronic provider ROHM to license MoSys’ “1T-SRAM” embedded memory technology. The
technology license agreement will enable ROHM to design and manufacture ICs utilizing 1T-SRAM in ROHM’s fabrication facilities. Current and future generations of advanced SoCs (System-on-Chip) require significantly higher densities of embedded memory. MoSys’ patented 1T-SRAM IP, which has the advantage of enabling designs with 3 times the density in the same area as alternative solutions, high speed, low latency random access and superior reliability, provides a very
compelling solution for advanced SoC designs. MoSys’ patented 1T-SRAM® and 1T-Flash® memory technologies offer a combination of high density, low
power consumption, high speed and low cost advantages that are unmatched by other available memory technologies for a variety of networking,
computing, storage and consumer/graphics applications.

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OXFORD & ECOM

Oxford Investments Holdings has entered into a shared-revenue and
collaborative agreement with Florida-based ECOM Financial Corp. ECOM will provide
prepaid reloadable payment cards under a major credit card brand to
support the Oxford TPS electronic payments platform. Oxford will provide
sales and marketing for the venture. Oxford TPS creates customized
solutions enabling corporations to efficiently and cost-effectively
reduce their reliance on check-based payments and funds remittance
infrastructures through a combination of powerful, secure card and
mobile payments applications. Oxford is targeting opportunities within the rapidly growing prepaid
card and mobile payments markets. Oxford Investments Holdings offers a range of electronic
payments processing products, including the Oxford E-Wallet for credit
card processing, customized pre-paid and re-loadable card programs,
mobile payments solutions, and merchant services to the E-commerce
industry. Oxford, through its partner, Koho Group, has established
relationships in the Chinese financial and electronic payments industries.

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HID Global Recognized for Secure Contactless Technology

Secure identity provider HID Global has been recognized for its iCLASS contactless smartcard technology. The PayID card pilot program recently won the 2010 Paybefore Award for Most Innovative Program, included HID Global’s iCLASS application. PayID uses a single, all-purpose card to provide contactless physical access to secure U.S. Bank facilities, along with contactless payments and traditional magnetic stripe purchases. HID provided the iCLASS access control
technology for the contactless cards, readers and project support to U.S. Bank as part of their program. The HID iCLASS enabled PayID card
contains contactless smart card chip technology from INSIDE Contactless and CPI Card Group managed the production of the cards for the program.

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AmEx Introduces Customer Loyalty Program

American Express is working to help their partners and merchants grow customer loyalty with LoyaltyEdge. LoyaltyEdge works to create, implement, and/or enhance their customer loyalty programs in order to help attract and retain customers to drive incremental business growth. LoyaltyEdge provides end-to-end services in a one-stop-shop, from designing the rewards program to providing the redemption options and fulfillment to analyzing redemption patterns and behaviors to help inform future marketing strategies. LoyaltyEdge will work with business partners to understand their loyalty program needs and objectives, and identify which offerings best meet those objectives. Then, leveraging American Express’ vast network of partners, capabilities, and unique customer insights, LoyaltyEdge will provide an individually tailored “plug and play” solution for business partners. In turn, business partners will be able to increase customer engagement and satisfaction, while reducing loyalty program costs. Companies interested in LoyaltyEdge services should email loyaltyedge@aexp.com for additional information.

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Oxford & Ecom Ink Prepaid Card Agreements

Oxford Investments Holdings has entered into a shared-revenue and
collaborative agreement with Florida-based ECOM Financial Corp. ECOM will provide
prepaid reloadable payment cards under a major credit card brand to
support the Oxford TPS electronic payments platform. Oxford will provide
sales and marketing for the venture. Oxford TPS creates customized
solutions enabling corporations to efficiently and cost-effectively
reduce their reliance on check-based payments and funds remittance
infrastructures through a combination of powerful, secure card and
mobile payments applications. Oxford is targeting opportunities within the rapidly growing prepaid
card and mobile payments markets. Oxford Investments Holdings offers a range of electronic
payments processing products, including the Oxford E-Wallet for credit
card processing, customized pre-paid and re-loadable card programs,
mobile payments solutions, and merchant services to the E-commerce
industry. Oxford, through its partner, Koho Group, has established
relationships in the Chinese financial and electronic payments industries.

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DIGITAL ECONOMY & E-PAYMENTS

Research and Markets has
announced the addition of the “Australia – Digital Economy – E-Payment”
report to their offering. Micro-payment utilising e-banking has been discussed for more than 25
years. PayPal has established itself as the most advanced e-payment system
outside the banks. Off-deck payment systems, using mobile phones,
constitute another fast-growing market, as do calling cards. But the
real breakthrough will only happen when the large financial institutions
decide to become more serious about e-payments. Research and Markets is a source for
international market research and market data, holding ‘000’s of major
research publications from most of the leading publishers, consultants
and analysts and provide the latest data on international and
regional markets, key industries, the top companies, new products and
the latest trends. They are a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ for market research reports and industry
newsletters from specialist research firms and niche market analysts.

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OKI Data Americas Launches the “OKI proColor Series”

OKI Data Americas has launched the “OKI proColor Series” line of products for color-critical applications in graphic arts and production environments. The innovative OKI proColor Series includes the “pro810 Series”, an affordable complement to costly AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) plotters, delivering fast, professional-quality color proofs; the “pro910”, the entry-point of the high-quality, short run color market is possible with the pro910 tabloid/A3 digital color printer; the “pro930 tabloid/A3 printer” that delivers exceptional color output and consistently accurate color matching every time, with PANTONE calibration, embedded EFI Fiery and SmartRIP technology for fast, automated color workflow; the “pro900DP digital envelope color press” revolutionizes short-run, on-demand print jobs, with the ability to produce variable data on a wide range of media, including full-color envelopes; and the “pro510DW digital color web press”, with which customers can achieve fast, continuous web printing at up to 30 feet/minute, handling a 2,500 foot roll of stock.

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