DataCard unveiled a new card issuance solution designed for low-volume, centralized applications. DataCard WinLec card issuance software allows financial institutions and service bureaus to use DataCard’s mid- and low-volume card personalization systems to issue batches of credit, debit or stored value cards. The WinLec software drives a variety of DataCard card personalization systems, including the DataCard 280 Series System and the new DataCard 150i Instant Issuance System. The software allows these systems to accept the same batch data that is used for the DataCard 9000 and 7000 Series Systems.


CyberCash Germany

The hi-tech company COIN Corporate Interactive AG reached another important milestone at this year’s CeBIT .  Together with CyberCash GmbH, Frankfurt,, it has been agreed that the Internet payment system of the same name will be implemented within the interact! 2.0 technology.  Thus, Internet trading becomes reality.

Corporate Interactive will implement CyberCash — already functioning in a pilot project of Germany’s Dresdner Bank —  within the industry-specific solutions interact!/publish 2.0 and interact!/shopping 2.0.  Both these solutions, based on the transaction-oriented interact! 2.0 technology, are aimed at reliable, high-value transfer of editorial and business processes within the Internet, Intranet, and Extranet.  For example, interact!/publish 2.0 — particularly appropriate for use in publishing houses and media companies — enables micro payments via CyberCash in order to use content and services.  Small amounts of money can be transferred efficiently in this way for data base research in on-line archives, for example — and can be paid without delay.  Impeccable, uncomplicated processing is assured through the user administration of interact! solutions.  Interact!/shopping 2.0, developed for catalogue and other shopping applications, will use the CyberCash in providing fast and uncomplicated payment processing.  Secure payment is assured for customers and providers without additional procedures involving signature transfers or direct debit authority.

CyberCash makes easy and convenient payment transactions possible on the Internet.  Its particular focus is on security  —  no-problem flow of transaction payments is assured through coding algorithms which are recognized world-wide.  All sections of the three main applied software systems and all transactions are protected by crypto-technology.  Sensitive data (for example card numbers) is not transmitted to third parties — the user data is held on one’s own PC and is not stored centrally.  And using it is easy; payments are made very quickly via very few user initiatives.  Amongst the choices for payment methods are electronic coins (CyberCoins), an electronic direct debiting system, and SET credit cards.


Expanded Smart Card Interfaces

SCM Microsystems, Inc. announced Monday the extension of its smart card interface product line to include universal, standards-based smart card readers for RS-232 and USB interfaces. SCM Microsystems now provides complete solutions for enabling smart card use in virtually any computing environment. Several versions of the readers will be available, including Plug and Play RS-232 and USB readers, a B1 compliant RS-232 reader, and an RS-232 reader with the ability to attach a serial mouse. All of SCM Microsystems’ smart card interface products integrate SmartOS(TM) technology which maximizes interoperability while preventing obsolescence. The first production units of these new readers will ship in Q2 of 1998.

“Our product line is now more adaptable and cost-effective for our OEM customers,” explains Steven Humphreys President and CEO of SCM Microsystems. “By focusing on interface technology, SCM Microsystems frees our customers of ongoing development costs and worries of incompatibility.”

SCM Microsystems has recently announced two activities which will contribute to the success of its smart card interface product line. First, a plan to acquire Intellicard Systems of Singapore, the manufacturer of some SCM products, was announced on March 10, 1998.

This agreement will help the company manage costs. Next, a development and manufacturing agreement with Gemplus, the world’s leading provider of plastic and smart card-based solutions, was signed and announced on March 25, 1998. This agreement, along with several other OEM customers, help achieve economies of scale to reduce costs.

SCM Microsystems’ smart card interface products can communicate with all ISO 7816 smart cards, providing an ideal interface for multi-function environments.

The readers support open standards including PC/SC, OpenCard and CT-API and can be used on a wide variety of operating systems including Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows CE and JavaOS.

About the Company

SCM Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Los Gatos, California, European headquarters in Germany, research and development centers in Germany and France, and offices in Japan and Singapore, is a leading provider of products and technologies which give individuals the ability to quickly and securely control access to, and effect the exchange of, digital information. By bridging smart cards and other secure devices with PCs and workstations, SCM Microsystems provides cost-effective solutions for conditional access to mobile, handheld and desktop computers, workstations, digital video broadcasts, virtual private networks, electronic files, e-mail and Internet firewalls. For additional information, contact SCM Microsystems in the United States at 408/370-4888 or in Europe at 49-84-418960 or e-mail [][1]. The company maintains a Web site at [][2].



Schlumberger Multos Cards

Schlumberger said Monday it will offer ‘Multos’ smart cards in its product portfolio and has acquired a license to develop applications for the MULTOS operating system. Schlumberger can now offer its large existing customer base applications such as loyalty, incentive programs, ID and ticketing, as well as the ability to convert or create application software for use on any MULTOS card. These applications can be loaded on the Multos platform beside Mondex e-purse and/or MasterCard EMV Debit/Credit application. These applications may be added to MULTOS cards after they have been issued.


MS NT 5.0 Smart Cards

Schlumberger today announced the introduction of smart card products that support the Microsoft NT5.0 platform.

The products, which include smart cards, readers and PC software enable software developers, value added resellers (VARs) and corporations to roll out comprehensive enterprise security solutions based on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Windows NT5.0. These products support the PC/SC Workgroup specifications providing opportunities to leverage new applications across a large platform base.

The Schlumberger products integrated with the NT5.0 platform include
—   Cryptoflex(TM), the industry’s leading cryptographic smart card
     with strong 1024-bit RSA security
—   Reflex(TM) 20 PCMCIA reader
—   SafePaK(TM), a client PC package for information security
     supporting Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, bundling the above
     card and readers and associated software to personalize/customize
     the smart card . This package, along with the Microsoft software
     developers kit (SDK), also serves as a development kit for VARs
     and other software developers.

Access software for Cryptoflex and Reflex 20 is included in the NT5.0 package. “We are pleased that Schlumberger is delivering smart card products for Microsoft NT5.0,” said Dave Thompson, director of development at Microsoft. “This will enable our mutual customers to take advantage of the enhanced security and convenience of smart cards to design and build unique new applications for a wide range of market segments based on the Windows NT5.0 platform.”

“Smart cards are the most personal, secure and portable computing device,” stated Paul Beverly, vice president of marketing, Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals.

“Integration of this product with NT5.0 enables implementation of scaleable IT security across the enterprise. The products that we are introducing show the power of smart card technology to bring the best security, privacy and portability to PC applications. The smart card-enabled PKI infrastructure will help drive growth of smart card usage in a range of markets, including electronic commerce, health and ID.”

Cryptoflex and Reflex 20 are being demonstrated at CardTech/SecurTech at Microsoft and Schlumberger booths. In addition, Litronic Industries, Inc., a Schlumberger associate, and SCM Microsystems are demonstrating the Windows NT5.0 single sign on application with the Cryptoflex card in their booths. “As a strategic partner of Schlumberger, this announcement is important to Litronic because it enables us to leverage Schlumberger technology in the development of our NETSIGN smart products on the NT5.0 and other Microsoft platforms,” stated Richard M. Depew, director, Strategic Markets, for Litronic Industries, Inc.

“As a Schlumberger Associate, we will build on their market-leading smart card technology to take network security applications for our customers to the next level.”

“While the single sign-on feature of Windows NT 5.0 demonstrates the benefits of smart cards in a PC environment, it also shows a real-world implementation of the efforts of Schlumberger, Microsoft, SCM Microsystems and the PC/SC Workgroup in general,” stated Aaron Zitzer, worldwide product manager — Smart Card Interface Products at SCM Microsystems. “We see this as the first in a new wave of smart card-based security and electronic commerce solutions for the PC.”

Each of these products is built on the PC/SC Workgroup specifications, developed by the leaders in smart cards and PC hardware and software. The specifications provide a uniform API for smart card readers and smart cards themselves when used with personal computers.

About Schlumberger

Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals offers a flexible portfolio of smart card-based solutions for businesses and communities of all kinds. The company provides cards, terminals, development tools and support in open configurations for operators, developers, integrators and distributors worldwide. Under The Smart Village(R) brand, the Schlumberger offer includes the milestone Cyberflex card, the industry’s first Java(TM)-based smart card. The Smart Cards & Terminals group operates 45 facilities in 34 countries across the globe. Additional information is available on the World Wide Web at [http//][1].

Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals is a business segment of Schlumberger Limited, a $10.65 billion global technology service company providing oilfield services, natural resource management, transactions based technology and associated systems, and semiconductor test equipment.



Gov Version Multos

MasterCard International announced Monday that MasterCard issuers participating in the GSA Master Contract for card services will now have access to Constructive Key Management, a data encryption application developed by TECSEC Inc., that will run on a MULTOS chip. TECSEC is the first applications developer to unveil plans to bring a MULTOS-based security application to market. TECSEC expects to have their MULTOS-based version of CKM available by year-end. MasterCard entered into yesterday’s agreement with TECSEC in support of MasterCard GSA issuers including First Chicago NBD. The issuers will be granted exclusive rights to TECSEC’s CKM smart card application for their MasterCard-branded travel, purchasing, fleet, or integrated cards issued under the GSA Master Contract.


Transaction System Acquisition

Transaction Systems Architects announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IntraNet, Inc., of Newton, MA.  Transaction Systems will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of IntraNet in exchange for approximately 1.225 million shares of  TSA common stock. IntraNet is a leading provider of electronic payment systems for the worldwide banking community. The company’s Money Transfer System (MTS) and CACHE application software products are used by nearly half of the 50 largest U.S. banks and by financial institutions in Europe and Australia.  IntraNet products provide the critical payments processing infrastructure that keeps money moving across town or around the globe.


ICVERIFY & MS Site Server

ICVERIFY also announced Monday that its popular NetVERIFY software now works with Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition. Merchants use NetVERIFY to process and settle transactions for all major card brands as well as Mastercard or Visa-branded debit/check cards. Transactions can be processed from the Internet in real time or batch mode. Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition helps Windows NT-based web developers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) address complex e-commerce requirements.


VISA Java Card

Symantec Corp.  announced Monday that work has begun with Visa International and Sun Microsystems to integrate ‘Java Card’ technology and ‘Visa Open Platform’ libraries within the popular Visual Cafe for ‘Java Rapid Application Development’ environment. The integration will give JavaCard developers the ability to build applications that support Visa’s libraries as easily as they build Java desktop applications today.  The Java Card API enables a new generation of networking capabilities for payment cards, electronic commerce, network access, affinity programs, gaming applications and authentication — capitalizing on the power of smart card technology.


Vital Honored

Vital Processing Services was honored with the Commitment to Caring Award by the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Gold Award by the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Georgia.

Vital was one of three organizations honored with the Commitment to Caring Award at a recent Valley of the Sun United Way Awards Ceremony held at the world-renown Phoenician Resort. The Awards Ceremony is an annual event held to recognize organizations that significantly contributed to the yearly campaign. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to fund one of 300 charities or programs in the metro-Phoenix community.

This year, the Valley of the Sun United Way raised a record-breaking $35 million, a 16 percent increase from 1996.  These results catapulted the Valley of the Sun chapter to one of the top five United Ways in the country. Vital was key to that success, contributing an increase of 216 percent over its 1996 campaign.

One of Vital’s more popular fundraisers is an annual Golf Tournament where its clients, local celebrities and athletes, friends, employees and their families teed off to raise more than $14,000 this year.  In addition, Vital’s employee donations grew 444 percent over its 1996 campaign.

“Vital has always been a responsible and active corporate citizen, and the United Way is a perfect example of our commitment.  We are proud to receive the United Way’s prestigious awards.  Our employees look forward to making an even greater contribution to the Phoenix and Columbus communities next year,” said Fred Gumbel, president and CEO of Vital.

For Vital’s contribution to this year’s campaign in Columbus, Dick Hagan, vice president and campaign director for the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, presented Fred Gumbel with one of the United Way’s highest awards, the Gold Award, at a recent Vital employee forum.  Vital increased its contribution by 473 percent over last year.

Out of 250 companies, Vital was one of 34 companies to achieve the Gold Award.  The criteria for the receiving the Gold Award is that a company has more than 60 percent employee participation, more than 10 percent increase in employee per capita giving, a minimum of $100. donation per employee with one or more employees making a $1,000. or more donation.

The United Way of America, the national office, is headquartered in Alexandria, Va.  There are approximately 2,000 community-based United Way organizations.  Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.  The system began in 1887 in Denver and was once known as “Community Chest.”

Vital Processing Services (Vital) is a leading full-service merchant processing company.  Its clients include financial institutions that provide credit card processing to their merchant customers.  Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., Vital offers financial institutions operational services that enhance business solutions without competing for their merchant business.  Its services include merchant POS products, electronic authorization and data capture; clearing, settlement and exception processing; merchant accounting, billing, and reporting; operational fulfillment services (including the outsourcing of chargeback and retrieval processing); risk management; and customer service.  Vital is a merchant processing joint venture of Visa(R) U.S.A. and Total System Services, Inc.(TSYS(R)) ([][1]).  Vital’s Internet address is [][2].