Level Four Software Expands ATM TrueTest

Level Four Software announced that its flagship ATM testing
product, “ATM TrueTest,” can now be configured to support all major
migration paths being adopted by ATM network operators moving from OS/2
to MS Windows technology. Level Four has identified two main
approaches that financial institutions are taking in migrating their ATM
software to the MS Windows operating system. The first approach is represented by banks taking a low-risk approach to updating their ATM software by migrating to a multi-vendor Windows platform, whilst, in the short term, retaining existing NDC/912 software architecture and host communications. The second approach involves taking the opportunity of the migration to Windows to replace long-standing ATM software applications with new applications tailored to the banks’ specific needs.

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FTC Plans Public Hearings in November

The FTC has scheduled three days of public hearings in early November entitled “Protecting Consumers in the Next Tech-ade”. The event will bring together experts from business, government and technology sectors, consumer advocates, academicians, and law enforcement officials to examine technologies that have emerged and to explore technologies that are currently evolving. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.

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Cashbox to Supply Chevron ATMs

Cashbox has signed an agreement to be the preferred supplier
of internal ATMs for the Texaco service station network whose brand
rights are owned by Chevron. There are about 1,100 Texaco-branded petrol service stations across the U.K. all of which are now independently owned or operated. The first promotional phase of the ATM program to Texaco’s retailer network has already commenced, initially involving 420 sites.

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Graphnet Introduces Maximail

NY-based Graphnet has introduced “Maximail,” an transaction electronic email service. Graphnet, Inc. is an Application Service Provider developing business solutions and systems integration. 24×7 facilities for hosting outsourced client gateway servers and switching systems. Graphnet is one of the most experienced and recognized information technology companies in the business messaging and electronic document delivery industry.

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CCB to Deploy 1200 Diebold Terminals

China Construction Bank has signed a deal Diebold for approximately 1,200 self-service terminals. The deal includes Diebold’s “Bulk Cash Recycle Machines” and its advanced-function “Opteva” ATMs running on “Agilis” software. Diebold also offers “S.A.F.E.” which includes 14 integrated ATM security features, ranging from consumer awareness mirrors to operating system software security.

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US Dataworks Q2 Revenues Climb 20%

Houston-based US Dataworks reported that second quarter revenues increased 20% to $1.2 million. Operating loss for the first quarter was $1,103,219 compared to an operating loss of $939,962 for the first quarter ended June 30, 2005. Net loss for the first quarter was $1,600,370 or $(0.05) per share, compared to a net loss of $778,499 or $(0.03) per share, for the corresponding period in the prior year. US Dataworks is a developer of payment processing solutions, focused on the Financial Services market, Federal, State and local governments, billers and retailers.

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Charge-Offs & Delinquencies Head South

Performance among more than $350 billion in credit card asset-backed securities for June show that charge-offs and delinquency both dropped 10 basis points from the prior month to 3.5%. Also, during June, the payment rate increased by 30 basis points remaining above 20%. According to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ “Bank Card Credit Card Quality Index,” charge-offs have been steadily rising this year but reversed course in June. Delinquencies remained level over the past four months at 3.6% before dropping in June. Standard & Poor’s noted that the Capital One Master Trust has replaced the First USA Credit Card Master Trust as the third-largest trust within the context of the “CCQI.”

ABS MONTHLY METRICS
Charge-Offs Delinquency
Feb 3.0% 3.6%
Mar 3.2% 3.6%
Apr 3.6% 3.6%
May 3.6% 3.6%
Jun 3.5% 3.5%
Source: Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service

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Unibanco’s Credit Card Portfolio Rises 43% in Q2

Unibanco reports that its loan portfolio increased 5.7% from the first quarter. Over the past year credit operations grew
19.3%, despite a 7.9% U.S. currency devaluation against the
Brazilian Real. In the individuals credit operations, the highlight was
the evolution of the credit card portfolio, which posted a 42.9%
growth over the past 12 months. The Retail loan portfolio reached R$23,438 million, a 18.5% growth over the past 12 months, positively affected by SMEs transactions, and consumer financing, mainly by loans from credit card operations. Total fees reached R$901 million in 2Q06, up 15.1% from the same period in 2005, mainly due to a 19.5% increase in revenues from credit cards. For complete details on Unibanco’s second quarter performance visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

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Westpac Signs 163K for E-Statements

Westpac says it is extending its e-statements initiative after more than 160,000 customers signed-up for the new option. The bank began the program for savings and transaction accounts in June 2005. Westpac is the only major bank in Australia to allow our customers to opt-out of
receiving paper statements. The bank also recently increased the online statement history to seven years. Westpac estimates that program has saved about 400 trees or 30 tons of paper.

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APACS Releases a Credit Bureau Guide

APACS, the U.K. payments association, has released a new guide on “Checking your Credit Record.” The guide is available from www.choosingandusing.com. Research from Experian’s “CreditExpert” monitoring service shows that just one in twenty people with credit cards in the U.K. have requested to see their credit report
and one in five people admit they have no idea whether
they have a good or bad credit score.

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