NCR to Lab Test RFID at the Retail POS

NCR has integrated a scanner that reads RFID labels as well as bar codes with its “Advanced Store” POS application. The solution is being offered for lab testing to retailers who want to evaluate the potential impact of item-level RFID tagging on POS operations and other store processes. Currently, NCR offers data warehousing, labeling solutions and a range of services for RFID implementations. NCR has been testing RFID self-checkout stations in Europe.

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Upromise Names a Former Cap One Exec as CEO

Upromise has hired Thomas Anderson, former CEO of Capital One’s AmeriFee medical finance business, as CEO. Before serving as chief executive officer of AmeriFee, Anderson ran the Young Adult credit card line of business at Capital One. Prior to Capital One, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on financial institutions, retail banking and consumer credit. Upromise is the country’s largest non-governmental service helping families save for college.

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Wincor Nixdorf Introduces U.S. Self-Checkout

Wincor Nixdorf announced this week it is introducing the “BEETLE /iScan” self check-out system to the USA. The system is currently being piloted at French hypermarket retailer, Auchan. The modular system is available as a compact “Scan and Bag” model, or a “Scan and Pass” model with conveyor belt, and a “Scan and Pay” model with a payment tower at the end of the conveyor belt. The “BEETLE/iScan” also provides a choice of languages for the user interface and has an option for a coin recycling device that can minimize cash handling costs.

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Moneris, InfoTouch, and MP Team for Touch-Screen POS

Moneris Solutions, InfoTouch Corporation, and Merchant Partners have teamed to integrate payment processing with touch screen technology. The integrated offering consists of a Moneris Solutions’ merchant account, InfoTouch’s “Store Manager” touch screen POS software, and Merchant Partner’s “Virtual Point of Sale.” The Moneris merchant account supports credit and debit cards as well as paper and electronic checks, PIN debit, gift cards. InfoTouch’s “Store Manager” provides real-time inventory record management, customizable customer relationship programs, purchase order aggregation, and advanced reporting. Merchant Partners “VPOS” allows retailers to process real-time credit card transactions using an existing computer
with an Internet connection. Frost and Sullivan estimates that the growth of touch screen technology in the retail industry will reach $2.4 billion over the next three years.

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Cap One Rejiggers its Intersections Contract

VA-based Intersections, a provider of cardholder services, and Capital One have amended their relationship to cut pricing terms on existing services, and add the marketing of new products. The amended pricing terms are expected to reduce earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2004 by approximately one cent. Such pricing terms also are expected to have a negative impact on earnings per share during 2005.

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FCAC Updates its Consumer Card Publication

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada released an updated version of its popular publication “Credit Cards and You.” The publication compares the interest rates, fees, rewards and
coverage of more than 200 credit cards in Canada. The guide also has tips on saving money, protecting against credit card fraud, and
how to get the most from a credit card. The FCAC ensures compliance with the consumer protection laws that apply to banks and federally incorporated trust, loan and insurance companies.

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VeriFone to Go Public Again; Seeks Deals

VeriFone Holdings, Inc. has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. A portion of the shares will be issued and sold by VeriFone, and a portion will be sold by certain of its stockholders.

Credit Suisse First Boston and JP Morgan Securities Inc. will act as joint book-running managers for the proposed offering. A copy of the prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained, when available, from: Credit Suisse First Boston LLC, Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010 or JP Morgan Securities Inc. 277 Park Avenue, New York NY 10172.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such State.

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Trintech Obtains MasterCard TQM Label

Trintech Group has been granted a “Terminal Quality Management” label from MasterCard for its range of “Chip and PIN” terminals for POS
and unattended environments. MasterCard audited Trintech’s hardware development facility in Ireland and manufacturing facility in the UK. The audit covered the two IFMs which are implemented in Trintech’s range of “Chip and PIN” terminals – “Compact 950 PIN Pad,” “Smart 5000 PIN Pad” and the “OpenPay” series. MasterCard’s TQM program was created in 2002 to help ensure the quality and reliability of EMV-compliant terminals worldwide.

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Clarke to Keynote the CTST Conference

The former counterterrorism czar, Richard Clarke, has been tapped for the opening keynote address at the “15th Annual CardTech/SecurTech Conference” being held in April in Las Vegas. Drawing from his extraordinary experience involving America’s decades-long confrontation with terrorism, Mr. Clarke will provide a fascinating insider’s look at how the current administration is tackling the potential for terrorist attacks with initiatives such as Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, a mandatory, Government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the Federal Government to its employees and contractors. Thomson Media Conferences & Exhibitions, a division of Thomson Media, is the premier provider of mission-critical information for the financial services, advanced technologies, capital markets and benefit management industries.

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Cash Systems’ New CEO Elected Chairman

MN-based Cash Systems has elected CEO Michael Rumbolz as Chairman, effective immediately. Michael D. Rumbolz became the Company’s CEO on January 1st. Mr. Rumbolz has over 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. Mr. Rumbolz is the former Vice Chairman and board member of Casino Data Systems, prior to its acquisition by Aristocrat. Cash Systems, Inc., located in Minneapolis and Las Vegas, is a provider of cash access and related services to the retail and gaming industries.

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