GlobalPlatform Updates SCMS Functional Requirements

GlobalPlatform has published a revised version of its “Smart Card Management System” functional requirements. The new “SCMS v4.0” addresses smart card management features required to pre-authorize part of the card management to a third party. The overall purpose of the “SCMS” is to describe the necessary features of a smart card management environment in order to effectively manage the lifecycle of a multi-application smart card and its related applications during the pre-production, production and post-production phases. The new document is utilized primarily by system architects and integrators as well as business analysts and project managers. Card issuers can also use this document to evaluate a proposed vendor solution.

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GlobalPlatform Releases SCMS v4.0

GlobalPlatform has published a revised version of its “Smart Card Management System” functional requirements. The new “SCMS v4.0” addresses smart card management features required to pre-authorize part of the card management to a third party. The overall purpose of the “SCMS” is to describe the necessary features of a smart card management environment in order to effectively manage the lifecycle of a multi-application smart card and its related applications during the pre-production, production and post-production phases. The new document is utilized primarily by system architects and integrators as well as business analysts and project managers. Card issuers can also use this document to evaluate a proposed vendor solution.

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TNS Inks a Major Deal with CARDNET

Transaction Network Services has expanded into the Japanese
retail POS transactions market with a five-year deal with Japan
Card Network. TNS will transport dial-up transactions from terminals in retail outlets, enabling CARDNET to accommodate expanding credit and debit card transaction volumes. The transactions will be transported from CARDNET terminals across Japan to CARDNET’s server at its headquarters in Tokyo. TNS’ secure and private network will route transactions that CARDNET’s network currently cannot process. CARDNET was formed in 1995 by the major Japanese credit card organizations as a credit card authorization data service providing support and services for credit card companies and member stores.

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JD Sports Deploys Comms XL’s SmartCCARD

The John David Group has implemented its “Chip and PIN” program using
“SmartCCARD” from Comms XL. There are 370 JD Sports stores throughout
the UK processing around 15,000 credit card transactions a day, and half
of these are “Chip and PIN”. A key factor in JD Sports’ choice was Comms
XL’s ability to provide a Chip and PIN solution that operates on DOS,
Windows and LINUX. The company is currently upgrading its IT
infrastructure, and needed the flexibility to start with DOS
point-of-sale terminals with the ability to migrate to LINUX in the near
future. The JD Sports’ system also incorporates Transax, the cheque
guarantee service from Certegy. Comms XL is a major developer and
supplier of credit card processing and authorization software in the UK.

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JCB Joins the Near Field Communication Forum

The Near Field Communication Forum has added several new members including JCB, 3ALogics, CETECOM Spain, Gemplus, Giesecke & Devrient, Innovision Research & Technology, LG Electronics, Logitech, MeT, Mobey Forum, SKIDATA AG and SmartSystem Technologies. MasterCard International, Matsushita, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Visa International have become Sponsor Members, receiving seats on the Forum’s Board of Directors. The first NFC Forum Members Meeting will take place in New York City, March 17-18. The NFC Forum is a global standards development and advocacy group dedicated to advancing near field communication technology, educating the public about its benefits and furthering its implementation worldwide.

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State Bank of Vietnam Approves VISA

The State Bank of Vietnam has presented VISA International with a license to set up a representative office in the country. Since the first merchant in Vietnam began accepting VISA cards in 1991, annual transaction volume by VISA cardholders visiting the country has
grown to reach US$237 million in 2004. The total number of Visa credit
and debit cards issued in Vietnam reached 62,000 in the same year,
generating US$72 million in transaction volume – a 78% increase over 2003. VISA has launched various initiatives in the last six months to help expand electronic payments in Vietnam.

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Datastrip Selects Shera Technology Terminals

Shera Technology has signed an agreement to provide
manufacturing services to Datastrip Group for its “DSVII” family
of biometric smart card terminals. The “DSVII-SC” terminal is a handheld WindowsCE.NET device specifically designed to provide identity verification by reading contact and contactless chips on identification documents and fingerprints. It supports optional internal wireless communication for data and fingerprint transmission for identity search and verification against a back-end system. Datastrip has recently announced the addition of three new swipe-style models: “DSVII-SW,” “DSVII-PS” and “DSVII-PA.” These new readers add an automatic 600dpi swipe-style scanner. Shera Technology is a China-based, American-run electronic manufacturing service provider located near Shanghai.

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Xinhua Finance to Market FreeStar Technology

Xinhua Finance is working with FreeStar Technology to market FreeStar’s prepaid debit card technology in the China market. FreeStar is looking to establish a joint venture with a major China bank to
distribute pre-paid debit cards as a payment mechanism for the country’s
millions of itinerant workers. FreeStar and its Finland-based subsidiary
Rahaxi Processing Oy, and its Asian partner SDS PaySafe, provide smart
card technology capable of processing all major credit and debit cards,
technology which is still in the early stages of implementation by China’s banks.

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GlobalPlatform Hosts a Business Seminar in April

GlobalPlatform is hosting two business seminars in Beijing and Singapore in April. The GlobalPlatform Beijing Seminar will take place on April 21st and the Singapore Seminar on April 26th. The free, one-day seminars will aim to educate Asian markets on the benefits of adopting GlobalPlatform technology for single and multi-application smart card programs and will present real world examples of successful implementations deployed in the finance, government, mobile telecommunication and health care industries.

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Euronet Signs ATM Agreement with Centurion Bank

Euronet Worldwide announced a multi-year ATM outsourcing and deployment agreement with Centurion Bank. Under the agreement, Centurion Bank will outsource its entire network of 152 ATMs to Euronet India. The company will take over the operation of the bank’s ATMs within the next sixty days and provide end-to-end ATM outsourcing services from its operations center in Mumbai. In addition to ATM outsourcing services, Euronet provides shared ATM networking services to Centurion Bank through its Cashnet network, the largest nationwide multi-lateral shared ATM network in India today comprising nine member banks with more than 3,500 ATMs across the country.

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Consumer Borrowing Rises 10% in 2004

A new study has found that consumer borrowing via credit cards, motor and retail finance deals, overdrafts and unsecured personal loans has risen to GBP 4,004 per average UK adult at the end of 2004. According to Datamonitor, this figure translates into a 10% increase on the previous year’s levels and a 45% increase since 2000. Datamonitor is a business information company specializing in industry analysis.

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