The Chicago Transit Authority has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a $5.2 million contract for additional smart card-enabled equipment. The CTA’s introduction this month of the new Cubic contactless technology made Chicago the first U.S. city to introduce systemwide a multi-agency, intermodal smart card-based mass transit fare collection system. Under terms of yesterday’s deal, Cubic will provide new equipment such as wheelchair accessible gates designed to comply with the ADA; mass use gates designed to accept both smart cards and magnetic stripe tickets; exit gates; high-barrier security gates; smart card-enabled ticket vending machines; and information center/passenger units that will allow passengers to check the value and expiration date of smart cards and magnetic stripe cards.Details
American Express has renewed its commitment to raising awareness and money for breast cancer by launching “Shop for the Cure,” a campaign to raise $500,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
American Express will donate 1-cent for every purchase made on an American Express Card at participating retailers and malls from September 1st through the end of October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since 1998, through similar retail promotions, American Express has raised $800,000 for the fight against breast cancer. Donations are not tax deductible for Cardmembers.
! “Being a good corporate citizen in the communities in which we live and work is a core value at American Express,” said John Theiss, vice president, retail industries, American Express. “We are pleased that so many new retailers have partnered with us this year in the battle against breast cancer which allows us the opportunity to raise awareness about this terrible disease among a greater number of Cardmembers and consumers.”
As part of this year’s campaign, American Express is also sponsoring “Ten Stories, One Journey: Surviving Breast Cancer” at Westfield Shoppingtown Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. This photo essay will feature the portraits of eleven New Jersey-area women who have survived breast cancer. Their stories, along with breast cancer detection tips and contact numbers for breast cancer organizations, will be available in free books that will be available to mall shoppers while the gallery is open from September 18th – October 28th.
American Express is committed to raising awareness and making donations towards finding a cure for breast cancer. In addition to donating $800,000 to breast cancer causes over the last two years, American Express is also a longstanding sponsor and participant in the annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation New York City Race for the Cure(R). The company also received the U.S. Postal Service’s first Social Awareness Award in May 1999 for its role in promoting nationwide awareness of the Breast Cancer Research Semi-Postal Stamp.
“On behalf of everyone at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, I want to thank American Express, as well as its Cardmembers and participating retailers, for sharing this exciting opportunity to join our fight against breast cancer,” said Nancy Brinker, founding chair of the Komen Foundation. “The Shop for the Cure program is the ultimate “gift with purchase” — the gift of hope. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of women and their families facing this life-threatening disease.”
In all, American Express Cardmembers will be able to “Shop for the Cure(R)” at nearly 50,000 retail locations nationwide including over 150 malls and approximately 750 national retail chains and local stores. Cardmembers will also be able to “Shop for the Cure(R)” at participating Web retailers. Cardmembers can visit to search for the retailers and malls that are participating in their local area.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of volunteers working through local Affiliates and Komen Race for the Cure(R) events to eradicate breast cancer as a life- threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. For breast health or breast cancer information, contact the Komen Foundation’s National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline, 1.800.I’M AWARE(R), or visit its award-winning Website, .
American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel and financial services company founded in 1850. It is a leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Cheques, travel, investment products, insurance and international and online banking. For more information on American Express, visit our website at .
Greenland Corporation announced that it had signed an agreement with the Cash and Save Division of Union Bank of California. The Agreement is for the provision of a limited number of Greenland’s automated check cashing ATM machines and for the processing services for these machines.
Dr. Lou Montulli, CEO of Greenland Corporation stated, “Greenland Corporation is very excited to have entered into this Agreement with Union Bank of California. We hope this is just one of many agreements with a financial institution that is progressive in recognizing the opportunities that the Greenland machine presents. The Union Bank of California Agreement will allow Greenland to not only demonstrate the effectiveness of its automated check cashing machine but also to demonstrate the quality of its processing services that will hopefully become the new standard of technology for the industry.”
Dr. Montulli reported that Union Bank of California is a wholly owned subsidiary of UnionBanCal (NYSE: UB), a bank holding company with assets of $33.7 billion. Union Bank of California is the second largest commercial bank headquartered in California, with over 246 branches in offices in California, Oregon and Washington, and 18 international facilities.
Ms. Yolanda Brown, Union Bank of California vice president and manager of the Cash and Save Division indicated, “Union Bank of California is a forerunner in developing and providing comprehensive personal and commercial financial products and services to individuals, businesses and government agencies, and are differentiated from our competitors by providing personalized, high-quality and responsive service. Union Bank of California has taken a lead role in providing a range of financial services to underserved neighborhoods and to the inner city.”
“We recently acquired a 40% equity position in a privately held company that operates 47 check cashing offices throughout Southern California. We believe there is a need to bring convenient banking services such as check cashing, traditional and non-traditional banking services including money orders, money transfer, telephone debit cards and loans back to the community. Our Agreement with Greenland will allow us to expand our services in this arena.”
About Greenland Corporation
Greenland Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of automated payroll check-cashing machines with full ATM functionality, phone card sales, money order dispensing and payday advance services. The Company’s automated financial services machines are being developed to provide dispensing of travelers checks, wire transfers, bill paying and electronic benefit transfers in addition to cashing payroll and government checks. The company’s common stock trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol “GLCP”. Visit Greenland Corporation on the Internet at .Details
In advance of the launch of ‘VISA Smart’, Gemplus, Sun Microsystems and VISA announced from Brussels yesterday, the availability of a three dollar ‘Open Platform’ smart card. The ‘GemXpresso Lite’ smart card is a cost breakthrough product based on the multi-application ‘Java Card’ platform. While inexpensive, the card can host various combinations of applications, such as loyalty, secure Internet access and electronic purse, which can coexist alongside VISA’s debit/credit payment applications. With ‘Open Platform’ also offers a dynamic downloading capability that enables applications to be securely loaded or removed from a card after it has been issued. The card will use an 8K chip that offers 8K RAM and 24K ROM. A 32K RAM version is under development. VISA says it has also negotiated other discounts with terminal and systems vendors to provide a complete multi-functional smart card solution that can be easily cost justified. VISA has more than 80 smart card programs in 35 countries and on the Internet, with 23 million VISA chip cards, including eight million ‘VISA Cash’ cards.Details
A new study found that ‘Gen 1’, or kids 2-24, is the most financially savvy demographic group ever. According to the new research, these consumers have been born into an environment overloaded with advertising, and, consequently, have become desensitized to its motivational purpose. Bombarded by more marketing messages than any preceding demographic group, members of ‘Gen I’ are not impressed with flashy graphics, games, gimmicks or celebrity endorsements. The study by Kalorama Information says Internet retailers have to overcome two obstacles to capture online youth spending, namely, parental reservations and the lack of credit card access. The teen payment cards hitting the marketplace are opening the way for retailers to tap into the $14 billion of annual offline and online spending that is expected to be generated by ‘Gen 1’ consumers in 2004.Details
Bank of America is bringing picture-perfect security to customers in Florida with its introduction of the Photo Security Check Card and Photo Security Credit Card. Bank of America, the largest Check Card issuer, is the first bank in this state to offer the check card product.
Each Photo Security Card features a customer’s photograph and signature. Both the Check Card and Credit Card offer a new level of protection against card fraud and theft. Merchants who accept the card for payment can easily verify a customer’s identification by just looking at the card. Customers are additionally protected by the Bank of America coverage of any liability incurred for properly reported unauthorized transactions and 24-hour monitoring of suspicious account activity.
The Photo Security(R) Cards are available free of charge to new and existing Bank of America checking account customers and credit card customers. Customers can sign up to receive the cards at Florida banking centers, where customers’ photographs are taken onsite.
“Bank of America is committed to protecting our customer’s financial relationship. With the introduction of Photo Security cards, we will reduce fraudulent use of our customer’s Check Cards and set the standard for consumer protection among financial institutions,” said Katherine Lacoste, senior vice president for Consumer Card Sales at the Charlotte-based bank.
The Photo Security Check Card can be used for ATM transactions as well as for purchases anywhere the Visa(R) symbol is displayed. The Check Card offers the convenience and ease of a credit card, but purchases are deducted directly from the customer’s checking account with no monthly fee or interest charges.
Bank of America was the first bank to offer complete liability protection for its Check Cards and ATM cards. Before its leading industry move in 1997 to waive liability, customers could be held responsible for unauthorized transactions.
Bank of America is the largest check card issuer with more than 22 million cards issued. Additionally, Bank of America has more than 13,000 ATMs nationwide. Bank of America is also the third largest bank credit card issuer, as measured by purchase volume.
Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), with $680 billion in assets, is the largest bank in the United States. It has full-service operations in 21 states and the District of Columbia and provides financial products and services to 30 million households and two million businesses, as well as international corporate financial services for business transactions in 190 countries. The company’s stock (ticker: BAC) is listed on the New York, Pacific and London stock exchanges, and certain shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.Details
Oberthur Card Systems has named Ken Blakeley chief financial officer of Oberthur Card Systems for consolidation of all financial activities in the U.S. His extensive background as a financial manager provides Oberthur with broad-based financial planning and analysis that enhances strategic decision-making.
“With Oberthur’s expansion in the U.S. market coupled with the reporting requirements of the COB (Commission des Operations de Bourse, the French securities commission), we needed to expand our senior management team with top level financial expertise,” noted CEO Philippe Tartavull. “Ken’s record of leadership and ability to build strong financial teams will further support our efforts to expand our software development and manufacturing capacity as well as identify and analyze prospective acquisitions.”
Most recently, Blakeley was a financial manager for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) where he successfully developed strategic operations plans and advised senior management on investment decisions for the $30 billion company. He also acquired international experience by working for ARCO in London for a few years.
Blakeley received his MBA and BSBA with honors in Accounting at the University of Southern California and is a certified public accountant in the state of California.
About Oberthur Card Systems
Oberthur Card Systems (Paris Stock Exchange, Code SICOVAM 12413), a global leader and innovator in the smart card industry, is shaping the future by offering the ultimate in SIM, WAP, UMTS, e-wallet technologies & card management systems coupled with a firm commitment to open standards. As the world No. 1 supplier of MasterCard and Visa cards, No. 1 in banking, e-commerce, m-commerce and pay-TV, Oberthur is also No. 1 in Java(TM) and GSM technologies.
Employing 3,000 people worldwide, Oberthur Card Systems has an international reach ensured by 30 sales offices and 13 manufacturing sites across the five continents. Oberthur Card Systems had sales of 185.8 million Euros in 1999.Details
HNC Software has acquired privately held Card Alert Services Inc., an Arlington, VA-based, risk management company that provides early detection and common-purchase-point analysis of payment card fraud on shared ATM and POS systems. HNC has acquired all of Card Alert’s outstanding stock and other securities in a merger in exchange for approximately 200,000 shares of HNC common stock. Card Alert Services was founded in 1995 and has more than 9,000 financial institutions using its services. The company worked with leading regional ATM networks, including CU Cooperative Systems, MAC, NYCE, PULSE, STAR, TYME, and LINK.Details
The big day for smart cards in the U.S. has finally arrived. Fleet Credit Card Services and Providian will announce the launch of the first ‘smart VISA’ cards this morning. First USA will also issue the ‘smart VISA’ later this year. ‘smart VISA’ is VISA’s answer the American Express ‘Blue Card’. VISA says its new payment product is the first multi-functional card that is accepted wherever VISA is accepted worldwide. The AmEx ‘Blue Card’, the first general purpose smart card issued in the U.S., has signed up more than three million cardholders since its launch in Sept. 1999. AmEx expects to reach the four million card mark by the end of this year for its translucent smart card. The new ‘smart VISA’ card will be based on a multi-application ‘Java Card’ platform. The new ‘smart VISA’ card will also cost about one third less than other smart cards in the marketplace. Providian is offering a clear plastic version of smart VISA card. The new Providian smart card is being marketed around the “Clear” theme i.e. “Clear Advantage”, “Clear Security”, “Clear Problem Resolution”, “Clear Satisfaction”, and “Clear Future”. Stay tuned as more details unravel by visiting CardFlash Online ([www.cardflash.com]) throughout the day.
SLMsoft.com, Inc., a leading global provider of electronic financial transaction solutions for the e-commerce market, announced that Shenzhen Development Bank has selected SLMsoft.com’s credit card issuing and management, and ATM network management solutions.
“We’re very pleased to have Shenzhen Development Bank as a new client,” said Chairman and CEO Govin Misir. “Building on our reputation as an established provider of networking, card system and electronic banking technology within the region, this new client was referred to us by an existing customer, the Bank of China. We expect to continue expanding our business into the Asian market as regional banks further adopt the type of new electronic and Internet banking solutions currently being established as standards in North America.”
Under the agreement, SLMsoft.com will provide its ESP-Link/FTS Financial Transaction Solution for ATM network management and the ESP-Link/CCS credit card issuing and management solution to the Bank as it modernizes to meet the growing demand for customer-focused services.
“We selected SLMsoft.com for our technology partner because, in our opinion, the Company’s technology offers us the greatest ease of installation and broadest range of applications as we and China in general move toward a fully modernized, customer-focused banking system,” said Lin Zhou, President of Shenzhen Development Bank. “We recognize customer services as key to driving revenue growth in China. The ESP-Link ATM network management and credit card issuing and management solutions will allow us to issue our own revolving-credit credit cards and acquire transactions from local credit, debit and virtual cards. In addition, SLMsoft.com’s solutions will interface with the National Bank Card Center, along with Shenzhen Net, Shanghai Net and Guangdong Net, all of which are national and local Golden Card Networks connecting regional banks’ branches with larger central banks. Important to our ongoing expansion toward the ability to offer truly international services, the ESP-Link/FTS solution will provide us with connectivity to VISA International.”
SLMsoft.com’s technology will enable the Bank to provide its customers with service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – a marked improvement from what is currently used at Shenzhen Development Bank. The Bank’s present system shuts down daily from midnight to 6 am. Bank President Lin Zhou concluded by commenting that, “SLMsoft.com’s solutions are flexible and modular, allowing us to add new functionalities with ease. We intend to continue our strategy of increasing the use of technological solutions to attract more local and international clientele.”
About Shenzhen Development Bank
The Shenzhen Development Bank is the first independent, public-owned, full-service bank in China, unlike most banks that are Government State-owned. Its shares are traded on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Shenzhen Development Bank has gained a reputation for outstanding customer service and is very small-business friendly. The Shenzhen Development Bank is recognized as one of the fastest growing banks in China and continues to introduce leading-edge products and services to satisfy a new generation of clients. As of 1999 Shenzhen Development Bank has over 50 branches in 12 cities and total assets of over US$5 billion.
About SLMsoft.com, Inc.
SLMsoft.com is a leading provider of end-to-end open system e-commerce solutions to financial institutions, governments and healthcare organizations. Founded in 1986, SLMsoft.com delivers the world’s broadest array of electronic transaction management solutions to customers in 53 countries around the globe. SLMsoft.com provides all the software, services and infrastructure businesses need to offer complete B2B and B2C e-commerce services to their customers. The Company is a single-source provider of in-house and outsourced solutions through its EC-street(TM) network of e-commerce products and services. The EC-street network includes Internet banking, ATM and kiosk networks and services, core banking systems, check imaging, telephone banking, electronic bill presentment and bill payment, point-of-sale and point-of- service management, debit and credit card solutions, web site design and hosting, and e-financial portal development. EC-street’s real-time connectivity is facilitated through SLMsoft.com’s ESP-Link(TM) middleware. The Company has over 620 employees in 22 offices worldwide.Details
First Data Corp. reiterated its 2000 and long-term revenue and earnings outlook.
The company said it expects to achieve 2000 revenue growth from continuing operations in the low double digits and pro forma revenue growth from continuing operations in the range of 13 – 17 percent. First Data also said it expects earnings per share growth for the year of 17 – 20 percent.
In addition, the company reiterated that its stated long-term objective is to achieve pro forma revenue growth from continuing operations as well as EPS growth in the range of 13-16 percent.
“While we’re still in the planning process for next year, we are confident we will achieve our stated growth rates for 2001. Key growth drivers include continued expansion of Western Union international and our merchant processing business as well as effective cost management in card issuer services,” said Ric Duques, chairman and CEO of First Data Corp. “The company has operated successfully in an evolving banking environment for the last several years and will continue to leverage our core strengths to enhance our leadership position.”
Atlanta-based First Data Corp. helps move the world’s money. As the leader in electronic commerce and payment services, First Data serves more than two million merchant locations, 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, making it easier, faster and more secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services. With more than 30,000 employees worldwide, the company provides credit, debit and stored-value card issuing and merchant transaction processing services; Internet commerce solutions; money transfers and money orders; and check processing and verification services throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Spain and Germany. In addition, its Western Union(R) network includes approximately 90,000 agent locations with operations in 182 countries and territories. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at .Details
American Bank Note Holographics, Inc. announced Friday that Douglas Wechsler has been named Vice President, Marketing.
ABNH is a leader in the design, origination and production of security holograms for clients such as MasterCard, VISA, The United States Government, Merck and Eli Lilly.
Mr. Wechsler is responsible for the design and implementation of marketing programs, market analysis and new business development. He reports to Russell LaCoste, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. He will also work closely with Michael Banahan, Vice President of Sales, to support the Company’s sales team.
Mr. Wechsler comes to ABNH with an extensive background in the graphic arts industry. He has held senior marketing positions with industry leaders, including The Lehigh Press as Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development and Worldwide Director of Marketing for Pantone, Inc. At American Signature, Mr. Wechsler designed and implemented new marketing initiatives that drove a significant increase in company sales.
Commenting on the appointment, Kenneth Traub, President and CEO said, “Doug Wechsler is an experienced marketing professional who brings keen insights to our management team. We are delighted to be working with Doug, particularly now that we are increasing our emphasis on corporate and product marketing to support our long-term growth objectives.”
Mr. Wechsler stated, “I am honored to join the management team of ABNH. The Company’s accomplishments over the past year and a half have been very impressive. I believe that with increased attention to product marketing as well as the needs of our target markets, we will develop more effective solutions and increase the awareness of these offerings in the marketplace.” American Bank Note Holographics is a world leader in the origination, production and marketing of mass-produced holograms. The Company’s products are used primarily for security applications such as counterfeiting protection and authentication for transaction cards, identification cards and documents of value, and consumer and industrial products, as well as for packaging and promotional applications.Details