Consumer Banking Confidence Sinks Quickly

More than 70% of consumers are confident in the financial strength of
their primary personal bank. In contrast, only 44% of consumers are
confident in the financial strength of banks in general. The Financial
Services Practice of Morpace also found that the high level of
confidence in consumers’ primary banks — and the lack of confidence in
banks in general — was measured during a survey conducted September 9th
to 16th, the week leading up to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and
the rescue of AIG.


Citi Absorbs Wachovia in Another Failure

While not FDIC seized like WaMu, Wachovia sold its retail bank, corporate and investment bank and wealth management businesses to Citi. Despite the window dressing, this is the second major U.S. bank failure in less than a week. Citi agreed to pay $2.1 billion to Wachovia and assume its senior and subordinated debt. At this time, there are no changes to Wachovia’s board of directors and two Wachovia directors will join Citigroup’s board. Wachovia will remain headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Wachovia says that during recent weeks, the financial landscape has changed significantly and presented unprecedented challenges.


CashEdge Deploys GoldenGate Live Standby

GoldenGate Software Inc., a leading
provider of high availability and real-time data integration solutions,
announced that CashEdge Inc., the leading provider of online
financial applications to banks, credit unions, brokerage and wealth
management firms, has deployed the GoldenGate Live Standby solution for
disaster tolerance in a proactive approach to keeping mission critical
applications operating during planned and unplanned outages, while
successfully meeting customer service level agreements (SLA).

Software as a Service (SaaS) provider CashEdge specializes in online
account opening and funding, funds transfer and data aggregation
solutions for banks, credit unions, and wealth management firms.
CashEdge provides applications to over 600 financial institutions. The
company’s money movement applications process nearly $1 billion each
week in funds transfers and also manages a large amount of sensitive
customer data. By implementing GoldenGate’s software solution, CashEdge
has ensured that its customers’ data is highly available and in the
event of a failure or outage at the primary system, end-users can be
redirected to the backup system, which is immediately ready and
available to support users.

“With our software supporting such a high level of critical
transactional information, it is crucial that CashEdge is prepared in
the event of an outage or disaster,” said Burak Yenier, senior director
of operations for CashEdge. “With the GoldenGate solution, we are able
to replicate transactional data in near real-time from our Oracle 10g
RAC database into a secondary live standby system. We can now
confidently guarantee our customers the reliability and availability
they need. With our newfound confidence, we’re looking to deploy
GoldenGate solutions for other projects throughout the organization.”

After implementing the GoldenGate Live Standby solution, CashEdge
decided to take advantage of the fresh data it now has available in the
secondary system, for reporting and analytics. Utilizing a custom
developed extract, transform and load (ETL) process, CashEdge moves the
data provided by GoldenGate Software from the live standby system into a
data warehouse for reporting via Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise
Edition (OBI EE) dashboards. Reporting off the warehouse allows CashEdge
to perform business intelligence without putting a strain on the
production system.

“CashEdge is a great example of an organization that selects GoldenGate
for a particular pain point and quickly begins to expand its use based
on the flexibility of the product,” said Sami Akbay, vice president of
product management and marketing for GoldenGate. “The ability of the
GoldenGate products to work seamlessly across multiple implementations
and environments is unique and provides tremendous flexibility for IT
operations, as well as strategic advantage for our customers business.”

About GoldenGate Software

GoldenGate Software Inc. is a leading provider of high availability and
real-time data integration solutions for improving the availability,
accessibility and performance of critical data across heterogeneous
enterprise IT environments. More than 400 customers worldwide, including
Visa, Bank of America, US Bank, UBS, Sabre Holdings, DIRECTV, Comcast,
Federated Investors, Mayo Foundation and, standardize on
GoldenGate solutions for real-time access to real-time information. The
company broadens its global market reach through relationships with ACI
Worldwide, Amdocs, Cerner, Fujitsu, GE Healthcare, HP, IBM, Ingres,
Microsoft, Oracle, Teradata and others. For more information, visit



SCM Microsystems’ “eHealth200 BCS”
terminal has been approved by the German healthcare organization gematik
overseeing the implementation of Germany’s eHealth card
program. The “eHealth200 BCS” terminal adheres to the “eHealth BCS”
specifications of the gematik,
which stipulate that the terminals must comply to the strict security
requirements of the BSI. Not only must the devices work in the initial,
offline environment within each healthcare facility, but they also must
be firmware upgradable to operate within the planned “telematiks”
structure that will eventually link all healthcare providers in Germany
within a common network. This is a critical component of Germany’s
electronic health card program, as additional and extended applications
will be dissiminated to healthcare providers through the tekematiks
network. SCM’s “eHealth200 BCS” terminal can be used throughout all
stages of implementation of the electronic health card for 82 million
German citizens.



On-board retail system provider GuestLogix has entered into
an agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines Catering Company to deploy
GuestLogix’ “Mobile Virtual Store” technology. The “Mobile Virtual
Store” offers proprietary handheld devices designed for the passenger
travel market and a customizable
Web-based back-end payment processing, inventory tracking, merchandising
and promotions management system. The solution enables airlines to
process on-board transactions using cash, credit cards, gift cards,
loyalty rewards, and coupons. It can also be integrated with existing
airline front-end and back-office applications. The GuestLogix solution
will be deployed in part to automate SAAC airline partner shopping
services which are offered on-board, on ground and online.



Citi India has launched “Citibank Commercial Cards,” a comprehensive
expense management tool for corporate clients
front ended by a unique, chip-embedded commercial card for enhanced
security. The “Citibank Commercial Cards” proposition offers automated
reporting capabilities, specialized travel management solutions, greater
control and visibility of expenses, financial savings and the Global
Service Network.



RBC Royal Bank is testing “RBC Mobex Mobile
Payment Service”, that enables users to easily and securely send and
receive money instantly using a text message on their mobile phone.
Participants in the trial are able to use the RBC Mobex payment service
on their existing mobile phone, providing it has SMS – text messaging
capability. Users simply send a text message to RBC Mobex with the
dollar amount and the recipient’s cell phone number. Funds are then
taken from the sender’s Mobex account and moved to the recipient’s Mobex
account. The recipient also receives an instant text message on their
cell phone to let them know when the money has been sent to them.
Amounts of up to $100 per day can be sent to anyone with a mobile phone
serviced by any Canadian wireless carrier, even if they do not have an
RBC Mobex account. Recipients just need to register for the payment
service to access their funds. The RBC Mobex account is a stored value
account and enrollment is through the RBC Mobex web-site, where money
can be loaded from any bank account with any financial institution in
Canada, or by using a credit card.


Seastone Prepaid Signs Presley/Beatles

Gift card provider Seastone has signed multiple licensing deals to
utilize popular brands such as
Elvis Presley and The Beatles in its gift card packaging.
Following its recent success with Peanuts and Disney, Seastone will now
offer its customers a complete lineup of products featuring popular
icons and nostalgic entertainment figures that appeal to all ages.
Through its
Give-A-Gift™ brand, Seastone will offer shoppers innovative packages to
personalize their gift card purchases, which now also include Batman,
Betty Boop, Marilyn Monroe, I Love Lucy, Superman, John Wayne, Wizard of
Oz, and Wonder Woman. Christmas and birthdays are the top occasions for
gift card giving, and
this holiday season, younger consumers are expected to buy more gift
cards, with 78% of purchasers between the ages of 18-24. Nearly half of
consumers say the perception that gift cards are impersonal is their top
inhibitor for purchasing gift cards.* As a result, stores are now
offering personalized gift cards and packaging to make the gift more


Opticard Inks the NCPA Loyalty/STV Card

AZ-based loyalty program provider Opticard has partnered with the
National Community Pharmacists Association to provide loyalty and stored
value processing for the NCPA and its 23,000+ members. Through this new
benefit, NCPA members can choose a frequency, dollar or
discount-based rewards program with customized loyalty cards featuring
store logos and information. These programs will reward pharmacy
consumers with in-store dollars, free services or products, or
discounts. Opticard processes over 20 million transactions per
year at over 50,000 installed POS locations, representing billions in
transaction volume annually


FTC Settles with 4 Debt-Negotiation Firms

Four debt-negotiation companies have agreed to settle FTC charges that
they violated federal law by falsely claiming they could reduce
consumers’ debt by up to 60%. The firms involved include: National
Support Services, Homeland Financial Services, Financial Liberty
Services, and United Debt Recovery. All of the defendants in the
nationwide operation were charged with misrepresenting how much they
could reduce consumers’ debt, and not adequately disclosing the
likelihood that consumers would be sued if they took the defendants’
advice and stopped paying creditors. The FTC also charged the defendants
with not disclosing that consumers’ account balances would grow from
interest, interest rate increases, late fees, and other charges; and
falsely advising consumers that negative information that appeared on
their credit report as a result of participating in the defendants’
program would be removed upon completion of the program.


Pinnacle Corporation Joins the PCI SSC

The Pinnacle Corporation has joined the Payment Card Industry
Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) as a new participating
organization. Joining the PCI Security Standards Council further
solidifies Pinnacle’s
growing commitment to dedicate resources to the protection of cardholder
data. The Pinnacle Corporation has already surpassed current PCI
Security requirements with Palm POS as of September 2007, and has been
listed on the VISA List of Validated Payment Applications since March
2008. Pinnacle provides products
that automate the broad spectrum of convenience store operations and
supply chain management of fuel operations.


Visa Integrates with Google’s Android

Visa and Chase revealed yesterday plans to make mobile payment-related services broadly available in the U.S. via Google’s new “Android” platform. The new Visa mobile services developed for the “Android” platform include near real-time notification of purchase activity based on customized cardholder preferences; receipt of targeted offers from merchants directly to the phone; and a locator service integrated with “Google Maps.” During an introductory period, Visa mobile services that will be developed for the “Android” platform will first be offered to Chase Visa account holders. Following this initial launch phase, Visa plans to work with additional card-issuing financial institutions to extend availability of its mobile services for “Android” to their Visa account holders. Visa is also developing a payment application that will enable consumers with Visa accounts to make mobile payments in retail locations nationwide, or while on the go, over wireless networks.