99-CENT ONE-SMART

MasterCard has teamed with Australia’s Keycorp, Germany’s Infineon Technologies and a number of smart card manufacturers to deliver the US$0.99 white card, based on the new “MULTOS” step/one platform. MasterCard first offered a $2.99 “MULTOS”-based smart card in December 2000. In late 2003, MasterCard was able to bring the price down to $1.99. The new lower-priced smart card contains “M/Chip,” the MasterCard EMV credit/debit application and the MasterCard “Open Data Storage” program, which allows for the secure storage and retrieval of personal data for loyalty, e-ticketing and more. Issuers also have the option of loading other value-added applications of their choice to the card. MasterCard currently has more than 233 million smart cards issued
worldwide. About 50% of these smart cards carry EMV chips. Also, more than half of these smart cards carry value-added applications such
as loyalty, digital ID, e-ticketing, e-coupons and personal data storage.

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Distribution of New Diners Club Card Set for May

Diners Club says it will send out its enhanced charge cards that offer MasterCard acceptance to existing U.S. cardholders in May and early June. Information packets are now being distributed to cardholders outlining changes in the program that become effective March 23rd. One major change affecting consumer cardholders is the reduction of the period before a late charge is imposed. Diners Club is cutting the period from two billing cycles to one for all consumer cardholders. Corporate cardholders will continue to have two billing cycles to pay without penalty. Also, additional cardholders on an account will no longer be liable to Diners Club for their charges, only the primary cardholder will be responsible. Diners is also modifying its “Club Rewards” program by cutting the points awarded in half, along with reducing the point requirements of redemption options by 50%. Diners says the “Club Rewards” changes will not result in any reduction in the value of the points. There are no changes in annual fees for the new enhanced Diners Club cards, Additionally, Diners is adding some new complimentary benefits on all cards such as “Roadside Assistance.” “Diners Club” cards issued by Diners Club International franchises (outside the USA and Canada) will include the MasterCard brand on the back of the card, enabling these cards to be accepted at MasterCard merchants in the U.S. and Canada and processed as MasterCard credit card transactions. When these cards are used outside of the USA or Canada, they will continue to be accepted and processed by “Diners Club” as they are today. (CF Library 9-28-04; 4-29-04)

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Givex Interfaces with the Geac POS system

Toronto-based Givex has integrated its gift card program with the Geac POS system, UltraTouch “V8.1.32,” and Southern DataComm’s “ProtoBase Software”. Givex is a card management company specializing in stored value transaction processing services for a wide range of industries including retail, hospitality, grocery, shopping centers and petroleum. Geac has 25 years of experience in enterprise information systems and point of sale systems for quick service and table service restaurants, hotels and resorts worldwide. Southern DataComm, Inc., developer of ProtoBase Software, is a software and services provider specializing in high-speed integrated transaction processing to deploy a flexible, comprehensive solution for multiple electronic payment types and transaction processors.

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Regis Corporation Expands AmEx U.S. Acceptance

Hair care specialist Regis Corporation announced plans to expand its American Express acceptance at all corporate-owned U.S. locations by the end of this year. Regis Corporation is the industry leader in the hair service business. As of December 31, 2004, the Company owned or franchised 10,412 hair salons, 91 hair restoration centers and 15 beauty schools operating under concepts such as Supercuts, jean Louis David, Vidal Sassoon, Regis Salons, MasterCuts, Trade Secret, SmartStyle, Cost Cutters and Hair Club for Men and Women. American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, network, and financial services provider founded in 1850.

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OTI’S EasyPark Transaction Fees Up 78%

On Track Innovations reports that its “EasyPark” parking payment system has reached more than 166,000 subscribers in 25 cities in Israel.
OTI says about 5,000 new “EasyPark” devices are being sold monthly, with
60,000 new “EasyPark” devices sold in 2004, an increase of 82% over the
33,000 devices sold in 2003. Transaction fees from “EasyPark” in 2004 were $325,000, up 78% from $183,000 collected in 2003. With “EasyPark,” drivers park their car, turn on the contactless in-vehicle parking device and display it in their window; when they return to
the car, they simply turn off the device.

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MasterCard Offers a 99-Cent Smart EMV Card

MasterCard has teamed with Australia’s Keycorp, Germany’s Infineon Technologies and a number of smart card manufacturers to deliver the $0.99 white card, based on the new “MULTOS” step/one platform. MasterCard first offered a $2.99 “MULTOS”-based smart card in December 2000. In late 2003, MasterCard was able to bring the price down to $1.99. The new lower-priced smart card contains “M/Chip,” the MasterCard EMV credit/debit application and the MasterCard “Open Data Storage” program, which allows for the secure storage and retrieval of personal data for loyalty, e-ticketing and more. Issuers also have the option of loading other value-added applications of their choice to the card. MasterCard currently has more than 233 million smart cards issued worldwide. About 50% of these smart cards carry EMV chips. Also, more than half of these smart cards carry value-added applications such as loyalty, digital ID, e-ticketing, e-coupons and personal data storage. (CF Library 4-8-02; 3-17-03)

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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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