TransFirst Buys DPI

TransFirst has acquired DPI Merchant Services, the exclusively endorsed provider of merchant services for the Electronic Retailing Association. DPI is a domestic mail order and Internet payment processor specializing in software, batch, and e-commerce transaction driven solutions. DPI reported $850 million in processing volume last year. TransFirst was recapitalized in 2000 by GTCR Golder Rauner and is looking for strategic acquisitions and mergers. TransFirst recently merged with PulseCard. PulseCard is a health services transaction processing firm with $500 million in annual transactions. TransFirst serves nearly 400 community banks and 44,500 merchant customers nationwide and reported more than $3 billion in processing volume last year. (CF Library 1/25/02)

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GASPER MANAGER

Gasper Corporation, the leading
provider of self-service management solutions, announced the
licensing of
its Gasper Manager software to State Bank of Mauritius. The leading
Commercial Bank in Mauritius–an island country in the Indian Ocean–and the
winner of the 2001 Bank of the Year Award for Mauritius, SBM is recognized as
one of the world’s top 1,000 banks. State Bank of Mauritius will use Gasper
Manager to effectively manage its ATM network, and to improve the availability
of ATMs in Mauritius as well as nearby branches in India.

“SBM requires reliable software that allows us to improve our banking
infrastructure, while supporting our continuing efforts to modernize and
globalize,” said Sailesh Sewpaul, Team Leader of Online Services for SBM.
“Gasper Manager allows our ATMs to operate reliably, so that our banking
services are more convenient and easily accessible.”

Gasper Manager will enable SBM to monitor the performance of the ATM network,
identify a problem if one should occur, and resolve it in the shortest
possible
time. Gasper manger works with SBM’s service provider to effectively address
and resolve ATM support and maintenance quickly and easily. Additionally, SBM
will benefit from Gasper Manager’s accurate reporting features, which provide
up-to-date information about the status of the network and the performance of
the service providers.

“We are happy to see State Bank of Mauritius join Gasper’s community of users
from around the world,” said Kamal Sibai, Sales Manager of Gasper Corp. for
Middle East Africa and Eastern Europe. “Our solution will help SBM improve
availability of its ATM network that will support the Bank’s goal of offering
the best service to its customers.”

Gasper Manager is used in over 170 financial institutions around the world,
managing a range of self-service terminals from various vendors.

About State Bank of Mauritius

State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) was founded in 1973 and is the largest
company in
Mauritius as measured by market capitalization, commanding just under 27
percent of market share in domestic commercial banking business. In the
domestic market, SBM has a leading position in information technology and the
lowest cost-to-income ratio in the industry. SBM’s delivery network
includes 45
branches and counters, 85 ATMs, and 1,000 point-of-sale merchant terminals
serving over 380,000 individuals and business customers. Apart from commercial
banking, SBM through its subsidiaries and associates also offers financial
leasing, investment banking, fiduciary, stock broking and asset management
services.

The Bank opened its first overseas branch in Mumbai (India) in 1994 and has
since then opened two additional branches, one in Chennai and one in
Hyderabad.

In 1998, the bank started operations in Madagascar through its subsidiary
bank,
Banque SBM Madagascar. The overseas operations focus mainly on corporate
banking, trade finance, correspondent banking and treasury services to
business
customers. The Banker recently named SBM its 2001 Bank of the Year for
Mauritius. The award reflects outstanding quality and innovation in the
financial world, and the 106 individual country winners represent the cream of
the global banking community.

About Gasper Corporation

Gasper Corporation, a leading provider of Self-Service management software,
offers comprehensive solutions that are specifically tailored to solve
Self-Service management problems. The company’s solutions monitor Self-Service
Terminals (SSTs) and manage the entire SST support process to maximize SST
availability, profitability and customer satisfaction for SST networks
worldwide. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, the company’s solutions are used to
manage more than 170,000 SSTs worldwide. Visit the Gasper Corporation web site
at www.gasper-corp.com.

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Destination Points

American Express has launched its first destination-wide double Membership Rewards points program since the program’s inception in 1989. Yesterday, the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau and AmEx teamed up to offer double points at more than 50 Orlando establishments including accommodations, retail outlets, restaurants, attractions and golf courses. The program will run from May 1 through June 30.

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EMV + UCAF

MasterCard International and Europay International announced a unified solution for authenticating EMV smart card cardholders using MasterCard’s Universal Cardholder Authentication Field as a standard. The solution will be able to extend a payment guarantee to online merchants. Once read through the PC reader, the EMV smart card can serve to both authenticate the cardholder at the time of the transaction and provide a cryptographic signature for the main transaction data elements, thereby completing the authentication cycle. MasterCard is currently supporting 90 EMV chip migration projects in Europe. Europe’s first EMV smart card and card reader combination utilizing the UCAF railway are underway. Germany’s EURO Kartensysteme has recently teamed up with other key industry players to deploy this combined solution to its German-based cardholders. In MasterCard’s European region, online transactions will be guaranteed when both merchant and acquirer support the UCAF specification, effective April 2002. In the U.S., plans are currently under review for the payment guarantee to be extended for fully authenticated cross-border online transactions in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Smart Gaming Card

San Francisco-based Performance Technology is gearing up to begin a pilot using the PlayersCash stored value smart chip and magnetic stripe cards. The pilot will consist of 300 participants using their eConnect eCashPad, inserting their PlayersCash card in their eCashPad and then using a Web site to load value from their checking account. Consumers can “Cash Out” to their PlayersCash card and funds will be moved from the merchant bank account to the card bank account. OffTrackBettingOnLine.com was started by Bentley Communications to address the market of same as cash Off Track Betting gaming, and will be the participating gaming company in the pilot.

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GEMPLUS CFO

Following the departure of Steven Gomo, we confirm that Yves Guillaumot has assumed the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed.

Frederic Spagnou, Chief Operating Officer since May 2000, will be leaving Gemplus on March 31, 2002. Frederic’s responsibilities have been allocated to managers within the Group.

About Gemplus

GEMPLUS: the world’s number one provider of solutions empowered by Smart Cards

Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized solutions that bring security and convenience to people’s lives. These include mobile Internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e-commerce, and a wealth of other applications.

Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an outstanding track record of technological innovation.

Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the Nasdaq Stock Market as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2001 was 1.023 Billion Euros. It employs 6721 people in 37 countries throughout the world.

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Ranier Pacific i-Wealthview

Fincentric Corporation, a leading global provider of enterprise wealth management and core banking software, announced it has signed a software licensing agreement with Rainier Pacific Bank, a US community bank. The initial agreement includes licensing, implementation, and maintenance for Fincentric’s core banking and wealth management system, i-Wealthview. The Fincentric systems, to be implemented in the second half of 2002 with additional functionality added in first half of 2003, will enable Rainier Pacific to manage its customers’ total net worth, and to cost-effectively offer enhanced services to its customer base.

Based in Tacoma, WA, Rainier Pacific Bank manages US $465 million of assets for more than 43,000 customers in the Pacific Northwest. It provides a full range of banking services, property and casualty insurance, and financial planning and investment services. The Bank will be implementing Fincentric’s full suite of wealth management products to accommodate its converged offering of banking, insurance, and investment services. Modules of i-Wealthview to be implemented by Rainier Pacific include i-Wealthview Banking(tm), i-Wealthview Data Aggregation(tm), i-Wealthview Enterprise Server(tm), and i-Wealthview Personal Portal(tm), which will provide Rainier Pacific customers a single-point-of access to their entire financial services portfolio.

“We were impressed with Fincentric’s vision and product development direction, which are very much in-line with our strategic business goals and vision,” said John Hall, Rainier Pacific’s president and CEO. “By possessing a complete view of the customers’ financial information, we can have a better understanding of their current outlook and provide financial products to meet their long term goals.

“As Rainier Pacific continues its course of rapid growth, wealth management capabilities will be a competitive advantage that differentiates their services in the marketplace,” said Mike Cardiff, Fincentric president and CEO. “The i-Wealthview system will serve as the catalyst for enabling Rainier Pacific Bank to increase customer retention and profitability.”

About Fincentric

Fincentric Corporation is a leading global provider of enterprise wealth management and core banking software. Fincentric’s i-Wealthview(tm) wealth management software products include ‘next generation’ core banking, Customer Value Management(tm), data aggregation, Internet and wireless financial portals and full multi-channel support. Its revolutionary Customer Value Management(tm) capabilities provide profitability and relationship analysis that allow financial institutions to recognize the value of each customer, and maximize their profitability. Fincentric products enable financial institutions to quickly deploy solutions for their converging financial service offerings, while also supporting capabilities for increasing customer profitability, customer acquisition, and retention. Fincentric has approximately 300 customers worldwide, and has strategic relationships with Microsoft, Compaq, and other international partners. For more information, visit Fincentric’s home page at [www.fincentric.com][1], or call (604) 278-6470.

[1]: http://www.fincentric.com/

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OPEN Cards

American Express’ OPEN: Small Business Network yesterday introduced two new card products designed to help small business owners better manage cash flow. The new Business Purchase Account card and the Business Management Account card are targeted at the OPEN Network’s three million customers and to companies with fewer than 100 employees. The Business Purchase Account is a charge card that provides no pre-set spending limit with the flexibility to pay over time through a new product called the balance payment option. The Business Management Account is a no-fee credit card that provides cardholders with the option of paying over time. It offers a six month, 0% rate on new purchases; an annual percentage rate as low as prime + 2.99% and 9.99% fixed rate on balance transfers for the life of the balance. AmEx says a recent survey showed that small businesses are using credit and charge cards in non-traditional ways like in the purchase of wholesale and office supplies. While travel (48%) was the most common item purchased with plastic, 41% of respondents said they used their cards to buy wholesale goods such as manufacturing supplies, food products, inventory equipment, or goods for re-sale. Other purchases include “everyday” business items, such as computer hardware, software and office supplies (39%), entertainment, such as restaurants, concerts, or shows (36%), and business services, such as shipping, reproduction services, or legal advice (14%). (CF Library 1/18/02)

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New Equitex Card

Equitex, Inc. announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to utilize its resources to develop a credit card program for an existing financial institution. Completion of this transaction is subject to further due diligence by both parties, negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement, necessary state or federal regulatory approvals, board of director approval and any necessary stockholder approvals.

Equitex, Inc. is a holding company operating through its wholly owned subsidiaries Nova Financial Systems and Key Financial Systems of Clearwater, Florida and Chex Services of Minnetonka, Minnesota. Nova and Key design, market and service credit card products. Chex Services provides comprehensive cash access services to casinos and other gaming facilities.

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ERNEX & COGNOS

Retail is the second-largest
industry in the United States, generating more than $3 trillion in sales
annually. Using Cognos powerful business intelligence capabilities via an
extranet, Ernex Marketing Technologies, a leading provider of real-time
electronic marketing and customer loyalty solutions, is helping their
customers to maximize revenue opportunities in this highly lucrative market.
Cognos is the leading global provider of business
intelligence solutions.

Using Cognos PowerPlay(R) and Impromptu(R) Web Reports, Ernex helps
customers like Nike Canada Ltd. and Eddie Bauer build more targeted electronic
marketing programs that maximize customer loyalty and marketing ROI. Retailers
can identify and target their most profitable customers– right at the point
of sale– thanks to shopping information made available via a Cognos-powered
extranet.

“With Cognos’ robust, Web-based reporting and analysis, our customers are
able to dig insightfully into their collected purchasing data, allowing them
to perform profitability analysis as well as deliver personalized
communications to the consumer in the form of loyalty points, customer
coupons, or instant prizes,” said Malcolm Fowler, executive vice president,
products and marketing, Ernex Marketing Technologies. “Cognos allows quick and
easy access via the Internet, which means that our customers always have
access to the most up-to-date information.”

Nike Canada Ltd. uses this system to view reports on their Air Max Club
loyalty program at their flagship store in Toronto, allowing marketing
executives to gain a more comprehensive view of the customer base. “We simply
log onto the reporting site and can quickly obtain information on customers in
our loyalty program, such as sales, transactions, top customers, new member
acquisitions and more,” said Kerry Fleiser, retail marketing coordinator, Nike
Canada Ltd.

“Cognos solutions are designed to leverage the speed and ease of use of
the Web and the information and analysis delivered through these extranets
help companies coordinate their interactions and strengthen relationships with
customers and suppliers,” said Dave Laverty, senior vice president, global
marketing, Cognos. “Ernex is an excellent example of the many leading
companies that have recognized the inherent cost advantage and knowledge-
sharing opportunities that Cognos offers and are using these solutions to
improve the ways in which they do business.”

About Ernex Marketing Technologies:

Ernex Marketing Technologies is a provider of innovative real-time
marketing solutions for merchants, credit card and bankcard issuers, and large
membership organizations. Its solutions include loyalty programs, stored-value
gift card programs, reward fulfillment services and loyalty database hosting
services. For more information, contact Ernex at 877-GO-ERNEX or visit
www.ernexinc.com. Ernex is a wholly owned
subsidiary
of RBC Financial Group.

About Cognos:

Cognos is the leading provider of enterprise business intelligence
solutions that optimize the performance of the world’s largest and most
successful organizations. Founded in 1969, Cognos serves more than 19,000
customers in 120 countries around the world. Cognos business intelligence
solutions and services are also available from more than 3,000 worldwide
partners and resellers. For more information, visit the Cognos Web site at
http://www.cognos.com.

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Imagitas Nabs Catalina Founder

Imagitas has named Michael R. O’Brien to its Board of Directors expanding an already distinguished group of public and private sector leaders. Co-founder of Catalina Marketing Corporation, O’Brien was the company’s Chairman and CEO from its inception in 1983 until 1992.

“Imagitas is honored to have Michael O’Brien join our Board of Directors,” said Brett Matthews, CEO of Imagitas. “His knowledge and business experience in targeted marketing and building fast-growth profitable businesses make him exceptionally qualified to help guide Imagitas to continued success.”

Imagitas provides targeted marketing solutions to national, regional and local advertisers by forging public and private partnerships, including the United States Postal Service and state department of motor vehicles. The company’s unique life-stage marketing approach provides service for over 200 advertisers and provides important public service information and savings to more than 50 million people annually.

Mr. O’Brien joins fellow Board members: Stephen Clearman, Managing Partner – Geocapital; Patricia McGinnis, President and CEO- Council for Excellence in Government; Glenn Youngkin, Managing Director -The Carlyle Group; Charles Farber, Senior Investment Officer – Liberty Mutual; Chris Hessler, President and Brett Matthews, Chairman and CEO – Imagitas.

Lauded as a “pioneer” by Business Week magazine, Michael O’Brien has received numerous honors including being named one of Orange County, California’s Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1991. Prior to his involvement with Catalina, Mr. O’Brien founded TRIM, Inc. a successful marketing research company. He also served on the Board of Directors for Memberworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBRS).

About Imagitas: Imagitas is a privately held, marketing solutions firm based in Waltham, Mass. Founded in 1992, the company is focused on creating public and private partnerships that help government save money, help advertisers reach customers during major life events and provide consumers savings on products related to those events. Imagitas blue chip list of advertisers include: Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, ATT, SBC, AOL/Time Warner, Sprint, Verizon, DirecTV, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Geico, Garden State, AAA, Ryder, TransWorld Van Lines, Visa, Bank One, Bank of America, Staples, Blockbuster, Wakefern Food Corp, A&P.

Imagitas has won two Hammer Awards from the Vice President of the United States for helping to create a government that works better and cost less while serving the needs of its citizens.

For more information, about Imagitas visit .

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Gemplus CFO & COO

Gemplus announed Thursday that following the departure of Steven Gomo, the company confirmed that Yves Guillaumot has assumed the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed.

Frederic Spagnou, Chief Operating Officer since May 2000, will be leaving Gemplus on March 31, 2002. Frederic’s responsibilities have been allocated to managers within the Group.

About Gemplus

GEMPLUS: the world’s number one provider of solutions empowered by Smart Cards

Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized solutions that bring security and convenience to people’s lives. These include mobile Internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e-commerce, and a wealth of other applications.

Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an outstanding track record of technological innovation.

Gemplus trades its shares on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on the Nasdaq Stock Market as GEMP in the form of ADSs. Its revenue in 2001 was 1.023 Billion Euros. It employs 6721 people in 37 countries throughout the world.

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