TSA Buys WorkPoint

Transaction Systems Architects, Inc. announced it has acquired WorkPoint Systems, Inc., an Omaha-based technology company focused on business process automation software. WorkPoint Systems will become a part of Insession Technologies, TSA’s business unit specializing in e-infrastructure solutions.

About Transaction Systems Architects

Transaction Systems Architects’ software facilitates electronic commerce and e-payments by providing consumers and companies access to their money. Its products are used to process a wide range of e-payment transactions involving credit cards, debit cards, smart cards, Internet banking services, checks and high-value money transfers, as well as e-payment clearing, settlement and management. Transaction Systems’ solutions are used on more than 3,550 product systems in 79 countries on six continents.


MerchantOnline Snags Dueweke

MerchantOnline.com named international electronic commerce expert Scott Dueweke its vice president of strategic development. Dueweke most recently held the same title with Cardservice International.

“Scott Dueweke comes to us with an outstanding international reputation for knowing what is happening in the Internet marketplace,” said Jim Gitney, MerchantOnline.com’s chief operating officer. “His expertise spans a tremendous range, including worldwide marketing, branding and development, international electronic payment systems and corporate communications. Scott is a key addition for MerchantOnline.com becoming the global trendsetter for integrated payment solutions.”

While at Cardservice International, Dueweke was responsible for the creation and branding of NanoMerchant. Prior to joining Cardservice, Dueweke was marketing manager for IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) Internet Payments and Digital Certificates group, heading the brand management and technical marketing efforts for the CommercePOINT family of products. From 1994 to 1996 Dueweke was senior national account executive with NaBANCO (now Chase Merchant Services) (NYSE:CMB), where he led the company’s charge into the e-commerce age. Throughout his career, Dueweke has spoken at numerous high-tech conferences as a leading e-commerce authority.

“MerchantOnline.com is in a unique position to enable the e-commerce marketplace with products that redefine security, ease of use and functionality,” Dueweke said. “No other company can match its ability to combine secure e-commerce solutions such as micropayments and merchant processing with a secure hardware device and proprietary ATM/debit network. This combination will lead to MerchantOnline.com emerging as the dominant provider of back-end secure payment products and services. It’s an exciting time to join this team.”

After earning his International Relations degree in 1986 from Michigan State’s James Madison College, Dueweke was appointed by the Reagan Administration to the U.S. Department of State. While at the Department of State, Dueweke acted in roles including the Department’s liaison with the Soviet Embassy during the relief efforts for the Armenian earthquake, the U.S. Congress, and as spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International development.

Founded in December 1997, MerchantOnline.com provides a secure transaction network that enables businesses and consumers to use one payment system for both their real world and virtual world needs utilizing credit card, ATM/debit card and other payment programs.


ORR Offers iPlace Services

Online Resources & Communications Corp. announced it now offers a credit monitoring service through a new alliance with iPlace, Inc. (formerly ConsumerInfo.Com). The alliance is the latest in a series of Online Resources’ Internet partnerships that expand the range of services financial institutions can offer their customers while providing another source of online revenue for the company and its client institutions.

iPlace’s CreditCheck Monitoring Service enables institutions to offer their online customers a free copy of their credit report with a free trial membership. Customers are invited to purchase a membership to receive continued benefits beyond the trial period. Regular members receive unlimited free credit reports along with ongoing monitoring of their credit files so that they can check their credit status at any time during the paid membership period. Online Monthly Monitoring Alerts, a highlight of the service, inform members of important changes to their credit files, including new derogatory information, recent inquiries and several indicators of possible credit fraud. (For those customers who prefer to receive their reports through U.S. mail, Monitoring Alerts are provided on a quarterly basis.)

The CreditCheck Monitoring Service also offers many additional features and benefits. Members receive the quarterly CreditCheck Newsletter, either online or through the mail, with helpful information about managing credit. Knowledgeable customer service representatives provide assistance via a toll-free number. For members who wish to dispute inaccurate information on their credit reports, the service gives online guidelines on how to do this. Membership also includes access to Members-Only extra tools and features such as neighborhood and home sales’ reports.

‘This CreditCheck Monitoring Service empowers online customers who want to make sure their credit status is always up to date and correct, and at the same time, generates a new revenue opportunity for institutions, which will receive a percentage of the membership fee paid by their customers,’ said Ron Bergamesca, Online Resources’ senior vice president of marketing. ‘We will seamlessly integrate the service into an institution’s Web site, providing their customers with yet another reason to use the institution’s site as their online financial hub.’

‘Because of Online Resources’ leadership in the community bank market, we’re very excited to have our service offered through its clients Web sites,’ said Ed Ojdana, president of the credit division of iPlace, Inc. ‘We believe our CreditCheck Monitoring Service is an important ‘value-add’ for institutions looking to leverage the power of the Internet.’

Over the past few months, Online Resources has signed agreements with the industry’s leading Internet companies to provide services such as personalized consumer start pages bearing a financial institution’s brand, brokerage services, Web-based data mining to improve customer service and marketing, and sophisticated cash management solutions for institutions’ commercial clients.

Online Resources & Communications Corporation ([http://www.orcc.com][1]) is a leading outsourcer of privately-branded Internet financial services for regional and community banking institutions. The McLean, Virginia-based company has more than 400 institutional clients nationwide. It provides consumer bill paying and banking services and aggregates lending, insurance, securities trading and investment services. Online Resources performs real-time processing through its patented EFT gateway and full customer service for client institutions, giving them a comprehensive ‘hub’ solution from a single vendor. Client consumer marketing programs are conducted under the bankonline.com co-brand.

iPlace,Inc., ([http://www.iplace.com][2]) created by the merger of eNeighborhoods and ConsumerInfo.com, provides consumers with access to recent home sales, neighborhood information, credit education & services, and information on maintaining protecting and improving the value of consumer’s homes. Within its auspices are eNeighborhoods, a provider of timely neighborhood and home value information software for real estate professionals. [http://www.freecreditreport.com][3], a site offering users online delivery of their credit report and a credit monitoring service. [http://www.creditmatters.com][4] , site offering expert information on consumer credit reporting.

[1]: http://www.orcc.com/
[2]: http://www.iplace.com/
[3]: http://www.freecreditreport.com/
[4]: http://www.creditmatters.com/


UPP Deploys ePic ICE 5500

Hypercom Corporation (NYSE:HYC) — Universal Payment Processing is deploying Hypercom(R) ePic ICE(tm) 5500 touch-screen based payment terminals to enhance its Universal Total Check(tm) and Universal Connect(tm) products. The number of terminals initially planned is 3,500. Universal Payment Processing is a vertically integrated electronic transaction processor.

“Hypercom’s ePic ICE 5500 card payment terminals are extremely user-friendly devices that allow us to support the many new value-added services that we are taking to our merchant base, which translates into more revenue and profit opportunities for the company,” said Florian DeVitis, senior vice president of Sales, Universal Payment Processing. “We are partnering with Hypercom to differentiate ourselves in the industry with the first touch screen point-of-sale solution that along with ePic applications and solutions, will change the course of payment processing completely.”

Packed with value-added features, Hypercom’s ePic applications and ICE 5500 terminal platforms form a powerful, multi-function payment system incorporating high-speed communications using Hypercom’s FastPOS modem technology and screen-based operations, an absolute requirement in supporting Internet browser access. This browser capability will allow the management of Hypercom’s or any other vendor’s e-commerce web storefront, cost-effectively bridging the merchant’s physical retail payments needs and the merchant’s web-based e-commerce storefront management needs. ePic (ePOS-infocommerce(tm)) will also enable merchants to access a range of Internet-based services via their in-store ICE terminals, including e-mail, on-screen advertising, interactive electronic coupons, electronic receipt capture, access to DDA account information and cash management reporting — in addition to traditional secure payment processing functions.

“We are pleased that Universal has chosen the ePic ICE 5500 terminal platforms for its merchant customers,” said John Marshall, senior vice president and general manager, Hypercom North America POS.

“Touch screens are the new medium in point-of-sale transaction technology, and form the minimum basis to move forward with all of the new value-added services that Universal’s customers are demanding from their point-of-sale platform in the 21st century,” Marshall said.

Universal Payment Processing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Savings Bank, F.A., a federally chartered savings bank, is a vertically integrated electronic transaction processor. Universal provides transaction authorization, data capture, settlement and funds transfer services to over 45,000 business clients nationwide. Universal offers credit and debit card processing, electronic check processing, time/attendance and payroll processing, pre-paid phone products, electronic gift cards, and e-commerce solutions. Visit Universal online at http://www.usb.com.

Hypercom Corporation (NYSE:HYC) is a global provider of end-to-end electronic payment solutions, including card payment systems, peripherals, network products, software and e-commerce payment solutions that add value at the point-of-sale for consumers, merchants and acquirers.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Hypercom markets its products in more than 70 countries through a global network of affiliates and offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Venezuela. Hypercom’s Internet address is www.hypercom.com.


CFN Funding

The Consumer Financial Network announced this morning it has received investments totaling $130.5 million. This is one of the largest rounds of equity funding for an Internet company. New CFN investors include: Capital Research and Management Company; Chase Capital Partners; Royal Bank of Canada; First Union; Hearst-Argyle Television; J. & W. Seligman & Co.; Equifax Communications, Westway Capital; and several private investors. These companies join original CFN investors GE Capital Equity Investments Group and iXL Enterprises.


VISA Smart Cards

Smart VISA cards are finally coming to the U.S. Yesterday, First Data Resources announced it has become the first processor in the industry to be registered to personalize all VISA chip card products. FDR’s secure embossing facility in Omaha was audited in November and was recently granted the registration by VISA. First Data has the capability to encode the VISA chip with information such as credit limit, maximum dollar amount, and expiration date, depending on the card issuer’s needs and the type of card. First Data, one of the first 30 members of the VISA-led Global Platform consortium launched last year to create cross industry standards for multi-application smart cards, has been providing smart card personalization services since 1997. Internationally, the company provides smart card processing services for more than eight clients in the United Kingdom representing 2.8 million smart cards on file.


MasterCard US Board

MasterCard International announced this morning that its U.S. Region Board of Directors has elected Michael Rhodes as its new chairman. MasterCard also announced that John Klein, Richard Srednicki, and Patrick Swanick were named to the U.S. Board. Rhodes is a vice chairman of MBNA America Bank. He was named vice chairman and a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Region of MasterCard International in 1998. Rhodes will succeed Ronald Zebeck of Metris Companies, as chairman. John Klein is chairman of the Board, President and CEO of People’s Bank. Richard Srednicki is EVP of The Chase Manhattan Bank. Patrick Swanick is president and CEO of Key Electronic Services, the electronic commerce subsidiary of KeyCorp.



First USA announced that it has been selected as the new credit card provider for the American Business Women’s Association.

The program offers no-fee, low-interest Platinum Visa credit cards to ABWA members. The ABWA provides leadership, education, networking support and national recognition opportunities for businesswomen of diverse occupations. Revenue from the credit card program will be used to support the efforts of the non-profit organization.

Current ABWA cardholders are encouraged to make the switch to the new First USA program. Only the ABWA Visa credit cards issued by First USA will provide revenue to support the organization’s programs.

First USA serves the needs of some of America’s most prestigious professional associations including: the American Medical Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Association of Realtors.

First USA ([http://www.firstusa.com][1]), a subsidiary of Bank One Corporation (NYSE: ONE), is the world’s largest issuer of Visa credit cards. First USA offers credit cards for consumers and businesses under the First USA, First Card and Bank One names and on behalf of its marketing partners. Bank One is the nation’s fourth-largest bank holding company with assets of more than $265 billion.

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


Welcome Real-Time & Bull

Smart marketing software leader Welcome Real-time and secured smart card provider Bull Smart Cards & Terminals announced they have joined forces to accelerate EMV (Europay – MasterCard – VISA) migration. By integrating Welcome Real-time’s XLS(TM) software with Bull’s SmartEMV payment card family, the companies provide banks and retailers with a complete smart marketing solution based on today’s smart payment devices.

“EMV migration by banks, retailers and telcos will be accelerated,” said Jean-Yves Grall, Welcome Real-time’s COO. “Welcome Real-time’s smart marketing software allows merchants to boost their business through personalized loyalty and electronic couponing programs. This helps banks because it strengthens the business case for merchant acceptance of smart EMV devices.”

“The SmartEMV range is a ready-to-use multi-functional card designed to host several payment applications while offering an optimum flexibility in risk management. By definition multi-application, SmartEMV can house additional services, such as home banking application through authentication processes, loyalty, health file, administrative data. SmartEMV is based on a complete file system architecture and enables secure update of any kind of data, even after card delivery,” said Philippe David, marketing and sales development director for the banking sector, Bull Smart Cards & Terminals.

Welcome Real-time supplies the underlying software that makes chip cards really smart and allows chip payment devices to deliver targeted coupons and incentives.

XLS(TM) offers card issuers a new opportunity for differentiation through the ability to leverage emerging chip based payment instruments – smart cards and smart card equipped consumer devices like mobile phones – for instant delivery of behavior driven coupons and incentives.

By automatically storing the customer’s purchase history within the payment instrument itself, the company’s patented technology uniquely provides merchants the ability to use a simple, inexpensive payment terminal to deliver targeted coupons, messages and incentives directly at the point of sale, at very low cost. Transactions are very fast, since they require no connection to a central data base. Merchants do not have to issue their own loyalty cards as their frequent buyer promotions run on general purpose bank cards or mobile phones. In addition, the software allows increased security over traditional paper incentives like coupons and frequent buyer cards punched or stamped at each visit.

As the leader in secure smart cards, Bull has included in the SmartEMV range its Bull’s unique know-how in security. In addition to the internal data protection mechanisms ensuring the inviolability of the secrets stored in the card, a set of systems provides flawless security, fully configurable PIN management, active anti-withdrawal systems, use of the triple-DES algorithm, external authentication, validation of writing in memory, access to parameter files, secure messaging and generation of cryptograms in compliance with EMV specifications.

About Welcome Real-time

Welcome Real-time is a leading supplier of software and marketing strategies that boost the use of smart payment devices. The company’s software leverages emerging chip based payment instruments – smart cards and smart card equipped consumer devices like mobile phones – for instant delivery of behavior driven coupons and incentives.

Welcome Real-time is headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France. Management includes smart card marketing pioneers who have been running electronic cash programs since 1987 and smart card based electronic couponing applications as early as 1993. The company has delivered its software on close to 4 million smart loyalty cards used by specialty retailers, airlines, movie theaters, quick service restaurants and supermarkets. Welcome Real-time has been granted several patents covering smart card based electronic couponing and electronic punch cards.

The company’s core product is XLS(TM) (eXtended Loyalty System(TM)), a multi-platform promotional marketing system for smart cards, merchant payment terminals, web sites and mobile phones. The software uses the customer’s smart payment instrument to seamlessly move incentives between the offline, online and mobile worlds.

Welcome Real-time is a charter member of VISA USA’s workgroup integrating loyalty and payment onto one card and a member of the MULTOS supplier network. Welcome Real-time also supports Microsoft’s Smart Cards for Windows.

For more information, visit the company’s website at [www.welcome-rt.com][1]

About Bull Smart Cards

Since 1998, under the direction of fourty year-old CEO David Levy, Bull Smart Cards has been focusing its strategy on the development and marketing of software for microprocessor cards, more popularly known as smart cards(1), integrating a high level of security.

The history of Bull Smart Cards goes back to 1977, the year in which the company filed its first patent. Since then, Bull has been the undisputed leader in smart card technology. Today, 20% of all microprocessor cards in circulation worldwide operate with software developed by Bull. Bull is the world leader in the field of software for bank cards, and has a 30% share of the world electronic purse market. In 1999, the company ventured into the GSM market and is now at the leading edge in the development of UMTS, the third generation of SIM cards. It is also promoting the world’s first “Internet” smart card.

With its ongoing technological development, supported by an aggressive marketing and sales policy, Bull Smart Cards wishes to maintain, each year, a 20% share of the world market in software for microprocessor cards.

(1) There are in fact two types of smart card: microprocessor cards, which have nothing less than an embedded microcomputer; and memory cards (e.g. the telephone card) which are used simply to store data. The microprocessor card was invented in 1977 by Michel Ugon, a researcher at Bull, who produced the first working model two years later.

More information on these activities can be found on the World Wide Web at: [http://www.cp8.bull.net][2], on Groupe Bull at: [http://www.bull.com][3]

[1]: http://www.welcome-rt.com/
[2]: http://www.cp8.bull.net/
[3]: http://www.bull.com/


Wireless Paytrust

Paytrust announced Tuesday it has taken its bill payment service to wireless access using the ‘PalmPilot VII’. To help promote the launch of its wireless application, Paytrust is giving away a ‘Palm VII’ each week before April 16. All new subscribers before March 31 also qualify for the Grand Prize drawing of $5,000 to help pay their bills. Paytrust.com has partnered with Everypath to enable their customers to access their ‘Paytrust Bill Center’ anywhere and at anytime from their ‘Palm VII’. Paytrust’s ‘SmartBalance’ information is also available through the wireless interface, allowing consumers to easily check their account balance information.