AmEx Travel Lands a Smithsonian Partnership

American Express Travel has partnered with Smithsonian Journeys to offer Smithsonian Journeys’ cultural and educational group trips. When booking with an American Express Charge Card, Cardmembers will receive a gift certificate to Longitude, an on-line travel bookstore. Cardmembers with a Platinum Card or Gold Card will receive a $100 gift certificate when purchasing vacations $3,000 or more and a $50 certificate for vacations under that amount. American Express Green Card members receive a $50 gift certificate for any vacation. Smithsonian Journeys, the travel program of the renowned Smithsonian Institution, is the largest museum-based travel program in the world with more than 250 annual departures to all seven continents.

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Nomad To Participate In BSA Conference

Nomad processing will participate in the Building Society Annual Conference
(BSA) and offers various solutions ideal to the market. Among these
solutions is a travelers’ check card, corporate gift cards, payroll
cards, and
reloadable chipped funds access cards. The company’s outsourced solution
delivers processing software that integrates with existing IT
infrastructures
allowing organizations to offer alternative or complimentary card products.

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GEMALTO 1Q/07

Smart card specialist Gemalto reports that first quarter revenue
declined 7% to 362 million euros due to lower revenue in Mobile
Communication and Public Telephony offset by solid growth on the back of
higher microprocessor card volumes delivered for payment and pay-TV
applications. The Secure Transactions unit which includes Financial
Services and pay-TV rose 7% to 96 million euros. Deliveries of
microprocessor cards were up by 16%, driven by on-going EMV deployment,
primarily in Europe and certain Latin America countries. Average selling
prices decreased due to more intense competition in certain high growth
markets which are migrating to EMV and to a greater share of modules in
total deliveries on the back of rapid development in North Asia. The
contactless payment market confirms its strong potential with initial
launches in North Asia and the United Kingdom, and new deployments in
the USA. Gemalto is currently participating in about 20 mobile
contactless payment pilots throughout the world. For complete details on
Gemalto’s latest performance visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

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Cellular South to Offer Obopay M-Payments

Cellular South and Obopay have announced the availability of Obopay’s mobile payments solution on Cellular South handsets. Cellular South wireless users can send money directly from their mobile device to any mobile phone number and instantly receive money from any Obopay user. Users can check account balances, get money owed from other mobile users, and view transaction histories as well as invite friends to use the service. The service also comes with an optional “Obopay Prepaid MasterCard”, which gives Obopay users instant access to the funds that are sent to their Obopay account. Obopay is a service provider for payments over mobile phones.

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Singapore Consumers Concerned With Security

According to a recent poll conducted for the Unisys Security Index,
consumers in Singapore currently express more concern for National,
Financial, Internet and Personal security than in September of 2006.
Polling 908 adults, the survey reveals more concern regarding identity
theft with misuse of personal information and credit card theft than about
terrorism and war. The survey reveals that 87% of Singaporeans
demonstrate concern about unauthorized access to or misuse of their
personal information, 83% are concerned about other people obtaining
their credit and or debit card details, and 77% say they are worried about
the prospect of a health epidemic. The single highest increase in concern
is in Personal Security with 67%, an increase in 10% since the previous
survey. For the development of secure business operations, consultants
apply Unisys expertise in consulting, systems integration, outsourcing,
infrastructure, and server technology to help clients.

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SBC Bank Deploys Diebold EMV ATMs

SBC Bank has certified and implemented EMV, the first institution in Asia
Pacific to do so, using Diebold “Opteva” ATMs and software. Deploying 17
“Opteva” terminals run on “Agilis” open software, this will provide customers with ATM security and interoperability chip cards, terminals and networks. Furthermore, SBC’s ATMs employ Diebold’s “OptiEye”
surveillance cameras. Diebold provides integrated self-service delivery
and security systems such as EMV smartcard technology and reported
revenue of $2.9 billion in 2006.

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Debt Collector North Shore Agency is Sued

A class action lawsuit has been filed against NY-based North Shore Agency, alleging the use of illegal debt collection practices. The law firm of James, Hoyer, Newcomer, and Smiljanich, P.A. has filed a class action lawsuit of plaintiff Casey Joy, who alleges in the lawsuit that NorthShore Agency’s collection practices violate the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act. It is further alleged in the complaint that North Shore Agency, Inc. mass mailed threatening debt collection letters to intimidate consumers into paying non-existent debts. Further, these collection letters fail to notify customers how to challenge the validity of the debt as required by law.

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Ingenico Earns Chase Paymentech Certification

Ingenico has announced that Chase Paymentech has awarded the
company’s “i7780” terminal, “i5100” terminal and “3010” PIN pad with
“Class A” certification. Therefore, Chase Paymentech will fully support
the products and features that enable wireless payments for stores and
restaurants. The Ingenico “i7780” is a short-range portable transaction
terminal that allows credit, PIN debit, stored value and EBT payment to
be brought to the customer. The “i5100” is an IP-enabled counter-top
transaction terminal operating in either dial or IP communication modes.
The “3010” PIN Pad can be attached to terminal products for PIN entry.

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UDPay Card More Accessible Through Post

In collaboration with China Post, Beijing Perfect World has launched
the “Post UDpay Card” payment mode, to coincide with the company’s
new “Post UDpay Card”. This allows users living in less
developed areas to purchase the card at local post offices, and other
sales points, giving access to Beijing Perfect World’s games. These
games include “Perfect World,” “Perfect World: International Version,”
“Wulin2” and current CB testing of “True Love Online Game”. “UDpay”
is an online payment service based on China post’s digital mailing system
and can be purchased through national post offices. Perfect World is a
3D online game presented by Beijing Perfect World Technology Co., Ltd.
The company invested more than 30 million RMB into finishing the whole
project over three years.

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MC Q1 REGIONS

MasterCard’s worldwide growth rate in quarterly gross dollar volume increased from 12.3% in 1Q/06 to 16.4% in 1Q/07, however, it was primarily driven by growth in the U.S. which rose from 13.1% to 15.7% during the same period. The other five MasterCard regions slightly slipped except in the Asia/Pacific where GDV growth increased from 6.9% in 1Q/06 to 15.1% in 1Q/07. In the U.S. the uptick was primarily due to a 41% jump in debit program GDV. Worldwide, MasterCard’s debit programs were up 34% in 1Q/07 GDV. Europe, the second largest region for MasterCard, posted a 15% rise in first quarter GDV to $141 billion from 156 million cardholders. Asia-Pacific reported GDV of $69 billion and 160 million cardholders. Latin America, which has 89 million cardholders, had $34 billion in first quarter volume, a 24% gain. Canada experienced a 14% rise in Q1 GDV of $18 billion and 33 million cardholders. The South Asia/Middle East/Africa region posted $9 billion in gross dollar volume, a 47% increase, from 27 million cardholders. As of March 31st, the Company’s customers had issued 835 million MasterCard cards worldwide, an increase of 11% over the same period in 2006. MasterCard now has 25.1 million acceptance locations worldwide. For complete details on MasterCard’s first quarter results, visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

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