EUDEBIT

2000Charge.com is now adapted to the clearing and settlement processing
formats
mandated by SEPA with its “EUDEBIT” solution allowing its merchants to
process, clear and settle in new SEPA credit transfers and direct debit
formats. “EUDEBIT” all-electronic straight through processing solution
operates across borders to maximize the conversion of European traffic
into sales for more than 700 million consumers in 31 countries,
including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
Italy, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland and United Kingdom. US-based 2000Charge payments processor
has European and Asian offices.

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VPS & INSIDE

Vertical Payment Solutions has deployed INSIDE “Contactless Technology”
to power the “CAMPUS” cashless payments at the International School of
Bangkok. With the INSIDE “PicoPass” contactless memory card technology,
its “Accesso” desktop USB contactless reader, its “M210-2G” contactless
coupler and its “Hand’IT-2G Compact Flash” contactless reader, the
“CAMPUS” cashless payment application is to be integrated with
student/staff identity cards. This initiative will help ISB become a
cashless school by October of 2008, allowing students to purchase school
supplies and meals from campus restaurants. Also, funds can be added to
the CAMPUS smart card through its online payment gateway. INSIDE
provides advanced contactless microprocessor platforms on its more than
100 million products delivered worldwide.

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Delta SkyMiles Expands to 500 Partners

Delta has taken its loyalty program to a new altitude with a Mall
Networks partnership. The “SkyMiles” program has added 350 new
retailers. “SkyMiles” members now can shop at more than 500 online
retailers while searching and comparing more than 20 million products
through the new and improved “SkyMiles Shopping.” Members also can earn
up to 10 miles per dollar spent and receive special mileage bonuses and
savings. Now in its 27th year, “SkyMiles” is one of the longest-running
and most successful loyalty programs in the travel industry. It was
named “Best Frequent Flyer Program” for 2006 and 2007 by Business
Traveler magazine and received top honors for “Best Bonus Promotion”
from InsideFlyer magazine at the 2007 “Freddie Awards.”

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NORDEA & WINCOR

Nordea bank has ordered 500 transaction terminals from Wincor Nixdorf,
to which the bank is delegating ATM operation administration across
Finland for at least the next 5 years as well. For the Nordea ATMs,
Wincor will provide printer paper replenishment, system monitoring,
software management and network operation as part of its “Managed
Services” on its “ProClassic Enterprise.” The systems are scheduled for
deployment by the end of 2009 to afford users the convenience of funds
transfers, bill payment and account statement printing. Nordea Bank
serves nearly 10 million customers through its nearly 1,300 branch offices.

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JUMA MAJID & POSTILION

Juma al-Majid Group retail has deployed a new EMV-compliant POS Payment
Infrastructure provided by Postilion self-service banking software
solutions and the Network International payment processing firm. Every
transaction processed by Juma al-Majid through nearly 1,000 of its EPOS
terminals are to be switched and processed by the Postilion platform
using the “Postilion for Retailers” software solution integrated with
in-store EPOS devices. Network International card payment services
provides payment products and services in both the Issuing and Acquiring
across the region while the S1 subsidiary, Postilion, provides
integrated solutions for self-service banking and payment processing in
more than 50 countries with more than 100,000 ATMs and 500,000 POS
terminals.

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Global ATM Installations Near 1.8MM in 2007

The number of global ATM installations grew by 130,000 units last year to a total of 1,778,187, the fastest growth rate in seven years. A new study now projects that global ATM installations will exceed 2.5 million by 2013. London-based Retail Banking Research just released a new survey showing that growth continues to be stronger in the developing and emerging regions such as CEE and the Middle East and Africa. In contrast, growth in the more mature markets of North America and western Europe has continued to slow, with the focus shifting towards replacement terminals. Asia-Pacific remains the largest region and made the largest contribution to the growth in the worldwide ATM base last year, having added over 50,000 machines. China alone accounted for a staggering 40% of this increase. CEE also stood out, contributing 25% of growth despite only representing 7% of the global ATM market. RBR says that in the world as a whole, replacement machines will represent an increasingly important component of shipments. By 2013, two-thirds of all machines shipped worldwide are forecast to be replacements for existing ATMs. In most cases these replacement machines are a substantial upgrade in terms of performance and functionality, compared to the units they replace. In the mature North American market, the total proportion of shipments represented by replacements is more than 90%, and is set to rise to 99% by 2013 as the deployment of new installations stalls.

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AARP Tops 40 Million Members in the U.S.

AARP is celebrating its 50th anniversary with $7,000 that includes gift
cards awarded to AARP’s 40 millionth member. The prize package, awarded
David Squires of North Carolina includes a $500 Gift Card from
Walgreens, a $200 Gas Card, courtesy of The Hartford, provider of AARP
Automobile Insurance, a $100 Gas Card, courtesy of AARP Legal Services
Network by GE, a $100 Visa Gift Card, courtesy of Delta Dental, provider
of the AARP Dental Insurance Plan and a $200 Amazon.com Gift Card,
courtesy of Foremost Insurance Group, provider of AARP Mobile Home
Insurance & AARP Motorcycle Insurance.

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CHARGE Anywhere Offers E-Signature Capture

POS Solution provider CHARGE Anywhere has released signature capture on
the VeriFone’s “NUIRT 8000” wireless POS terminal. Once a transaction is
completed and a signature is placed on the screen of the device, the
signature is transmitted wirelessly and stored securely on
“ComsGate”, a PCI DSS Level 1 certified payment gateway. The signature
is available for retrieval, review, and printing
via “Transaction Manager” along with a
complete receipt for that transaction. Receipts with signatures will be
stored securely and made available on ComsGate for six months.

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MICROTEC RFID

Based on the ABI Research vendor matrices for innovation and
implementation, KSW Microtec RFID component supplier has been ranked
among the top ten for the “Contactless Inlays,” “UHF Passive RFID Label
Inlay” and “HF Passive RFID Label Inlays” categories. Determining
ranking are the product and company characteristics and how, which are
aggregated and analyzed based on industry leadership, knowledge
transfer, application strategies, standards adherence market range,
penetration and breadth. Germany-based KSW Microtec supplier of Radio
Frequency Identification components for special and standard across many
sectors was founded in 1994 and employs 60 staff.

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eCom to Re-Sell Metavante Mobile Services

E-finance service provider Corporate Network eCom has named Metavante
Corporation as its provider of mobile banking and payments solutions and
will resell Metavante Mobile Financial Services, powered by Monitise
Americas. eCom is offering “Metavante Mobile Financial
Services” to U.S. Central’s which serves the nation’s nearly 8,400
consumer credit unions.
Initial mobile features, which Metavante delivers using the secure
Monitise application, will include registration from the mobile phone
and credit union Web sites, the ability to obtain account balances, bill
payment and funds transfers between accounts. Metavante Payment
Solutions delivers electronic money movement through
an integrated payments network, including an ATM/PIN-debit network in
NYCE, mobile banking and payments, online bill pay, healthcare payment
solutions, a suite of payment cards and automated clearing house (ACH)
processing.

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OTS CUSO Selects FIS for Card Processing

Fidelity National Information Services has been selected by CO-based
Open Technology Solutions, a credit union service organization (CUSO),
as its credit card processor. OTS credit unions, First Tech
Credit Union of Beaverton, Ore., SECU of Baltimore, Md. and Bellco
Credit Union of Denver, Colo., will process their combined 150,000
credit card accounts and $320 million in credit card outstandings on
FIS’ BASE2000, a credit card processing platform that supports both
consumer and commercial accounts, including business, corporate, fleet
and purchasing cards.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Filings Top 96K in August

U.S. consumer bankruptcy filings in August set a single month high since the October 2005 implementation of new bankruptcy laws. More than 96,000 filings were made last month, compared to 94,124 in the prior month and 86,165 six months ago. Year-on-year bankruptcy filings are up more than 29%. According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, Chapter 13 filings constituted 33% of all consumer cases in August, a
slight increase from July. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts total bankruptcy filings jumped 31% in the second quarter compared to the year ago period, and increased 12.5% sequentially. The number of filings is the highest in more than two years. During the second quarter total filings hit 276,510 compared to 245,695 for the first quarter and 210,449 one-year ago. (CF Library 8/28/08)

BANKRUPTCY FILINGS
Mar 08: 86,165
Apr 08: 92,291
May 08: 91,214
Jun 08: 82,770
Jul 08: 94,124
Aug 08: 96,413
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)

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