Radiant Systems & VeriFone Enter a Pact

Atlanta-based Radiant Systems has signed a deal to offer VeriFone’s “ON THE SPOT” mobile electronic payment systems with Radiant’s “Aloha Point-of-Sale” systems to restaurant operators in North America VeriFone’s ON THE SPOT solutions feature the Vx 670, the industry’s smallest all-in-one handheld secure payment device designed specifically for customer-facing operation in the restaurant and hospitality environment. VeriFone will work with Radiant sales and its channel partners to market these new restaurant solutions. Radiant Systems, Inc. (www.radiantsystems.com) is a leader in providing innovative technology to the hospitality and retail industries. VeriFone Holdings, Inc. (“VeriFone”) (NYSE: PAY; TASE: PAY) is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions.

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VISA Scores High in Customer Respect

A new survey reveals that VISA scored a 7.7 in how they treat their online customers compared to an overall industry average of 5.7. The Customer Respect Group says its overall score was in line with the overall cross-industry average of all sites evaluated in 2006 to date. However, the score was marginally higher than that achieved six months ago. Financial services firms demonstrated a strong improvement in online communications, but a slight drop in site usability, especially for users with visual impairments and other disabilities.

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JWARE Payment Suite Tested on a Linux Server

JWARE Technologies has run a series of successful acceptance, functional and performance tests on the “Stratus ftServer Fault Tolerant Linux Server.” These tests were carried out to demonstrate the portability of the “JWARE Payment Suite” and the results demonstrate complete interoperability. The entire “JWARE Payment Suite” including POS and ATM drivers was installed on the “Stratus ftServer” in less than an hour without a single error. A traffic simulator generated a transaction flow of fifty transactions per second which the “JWARE Payment Suite” was able to process in a timely fashion without any functional issues. Higher transaction volumes can easily be managed by choosing better optimized Stratus servers from the “ftServer Linux Series” and by optimizing the database configuration.

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Ingenico selects PicoRead from INSIDE Contactless

INSIDE Contactless has selected the “PicoRead” reader chip for integration into its “i3070” contactless PIN Pad. “PicoRead” is a 13.56Mhz RF interface which supports all major protocols within the industry – “ISO 14443 A/B,” “FeliCa” and “ISO 15693” protocols.
With support for contactless interaction up to 10cm, “PicoRead” has
outstanding performance characteristics and is also a low-power device,
well suited for use in low-power or battery powered devices. “PicoRead” was specifically designed to address the needs of OEMs in consumer electronics and devices requiring small footprint at low-cost, without compromising on performance.

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ANZ Offers Personally Customized VISA Cards

ANZ has partnered with Serverside to create online customized VISA
cards. Since October 9th, new and existing holders of “ANZ First VISA”
or “ANZ Access” cards have been able to customize their card plastic
with a photo of their own, or an image chosen from a creative
collection of online gallery images. Gallery categories include pictures
of animals, sports, Australian heritage, cartoon characters and action
superheroes. For cardholders, the design process is straightforward. No
software downloads are needed and the entire process can be completed in
seconds. Customers simply design their own cards online using intuitive
editing tools within a branded section of ANZ’s Web site. Serverside
Group is headquartered in London.

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Cash Systems Signs Two cashclub Deployments

Las Vegas-based Cash Systems announced the Agua Caliente Casino and The Spa Resort Casino will be the first casino properties in Southern California to install Cash Systems’ “cashclub” product. The cashclub installation is part of an enhanced contract renewal with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of Southern California. Cash Systems previously provided Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage and Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs with credit and debit card cash advance services and will now provide a complete line of cash access services including all-in-1 and check cashing. Cash Systems, Inc., located in Las Vegas, with additional offices in San Diego and Minneapolis, is a provider of cash-access and related services to the retail and gaming industries.

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Hypercom Intros First Universal Contactless PIN Pad

Hypercom has introduced the first PIN entry device that includes a choice of contactless, EMV smart card or magnetic stripe payments, a touchscreen display, and a vendor-agnostic architecture enabling integration with Hypercom, VeriFone or Ingenico card payment terminals as well as leading electronic cash register systems. The new “P4100 PIN Pad” also offers a WiFi option. Other features include a contactless ISO 14443-compliant RF reader that supports “ExpressPay” from American Express, MasterCard “PayPass” and “VISA Contactless” payment programs. Plus, multi-application support for multiple smart card-enabled payment and value-added applications and high security designed to meet PCI PED standards for secure PIN entry.

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Ingenico Introduces the i6780 Touch Screen Terminal

Ingenico has introduced the first color touch screen payment terminal with integrated tactile keypad to meet requirements for the visually impaired. The new “i6780” meets California Legislation and proposed ECBS guidelines for PIN entry devices for use by the visually impaired. The “i6780” enables retailers to reduce their cost of payment with online debit while streamlining credit card payment and contract finalization with electronic signature capture. With a TFT color screen, vivid and bright colors are easily produced to enhance the interaction with customers. Additional features of the i6780 are its tempered glass capacitive screen to reduce scratches and damage, electronic pen for signature accuracy and EMV levels I and II approved smart card capabilities.

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CreditCards.com Hires the Former Bankrate CEO

TX-based Austin Ventures announced the recapitalization of CreditCards.com and hiring of a new CEO. Elisabeth DeMarse, former CEO of Bankrate, was named the Company’s top executive. Founder Dan Smith is stepping down as CEO. During DeMarse’s tenure at Bankrate, she quintupled unique visitors and page views; increased revenue 560%; significantly expanded operating margins to 32%; and delivered 11 quarters of consecutive EPS. Her accomplishments led to a market cap increase from $12 million at her hiring to $300 million, representing an increase in stock price of 1200% in three years. CreditCards.com was founded in 2003.

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SpareBank 1 Inks a Deal with EnterCard Norge

SpareBank 1 has signed a seven-year strategic partnership agreement with EnterCard Norge, a subsidiary of EnterCard International, the top Nordic credit-card issuer. The agreement involves developing new
concepts and issuing credit cards for the independent banks within the
SpareBank 1 Group, with the ambition of becoming a major player in the
Norwegian credit-card market. When EnterCard International was founded more than a year ago by the two owners, Barclays Bank and Swedbank, the Norwegian company gained market leading credit-card expertise derived from Barclaycard, Europe’s leading credit- card issuer. Earlier this year EnterCard signed new partnership agreements with LO in Norway and FDB/Coop in Denmark. In December last year, EnterCard signed an agreement with Coop in Norway.

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Planet Payment Acquires a Card Platform

NY-based Planet Payment has acquired the credit card processing platform and related Bermuda assets of TransWorld Payment Solutions. As a result of the acquisition, Planet Payment’s processing agreement with TransWorld will be terminated, thus saving the substantial processing fees otherwise payable by Planet Payment. Under the new agreement, Planet Payment will assume the running costs of the processing platform. TransWorld will continue to operate the assets during a transitional period, to allow Planet Payment to secure the necessary approvals and regulatory consents from third parties, including Visa and MasterCard. Planet Payment is a multi-currency payment and data processor, enabling processors, acquiring banks and their merchants to accept, process and reconcile credit card transactions in multiple currencies, allowing cardholders to view prices and settle transactions in their native currency.

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Global Cash Access Expands into Asia Pacific

Global Cash Access has entered the Macau and Asia Pacific region with its signing of a sponsorship agreement with Banco Weng Hang. The deal GCA to offer Macau operators its full suite of technology, products and services, including the processing of both PIN and signature-based bank card transactions. GCA will offer Macau casinos a number of products and services, including ATM technology, cashless gaming products and marketing services.

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