SCM Microsystems and Gemplus signed agreements Wednesday for the development and manufacturing smart card readers. The agreement contains firm, non-cancelable orders of approximately $1 million to SCM Microsystems in 1998, and contains volume forecasts which could result in SCM providing in excess of $20 million of smart card readers to Gemplus over the next three years. The product development part of the agreement covers a USB-based, PC/SC compliant smart card reader and development of a B1/CT API compatible transparent serial smart card reader. The manufacturing supply agreement requires Gemplus to utilize SCM Microsystems’ cost-effective manufacturing capabilities to produce certain Gemplus reader products including the PCMCIA Type II reader targeted at the mobile PC market.Details
VeriFone, Inc and Ariba Technologies announced yesterday plans to integrate VeriFone’s vPOS merchant Internet payment software with Ariba ORMS.
With business-to-business transactions outnumbering those between businesses and consumers, the combined VeriFone and Ariba solution represents a major step in enabling widespread secure electronic network payment among businesses over the Internet.
The Ariba ORM solution uses corporate Intranets and the Internet to automate the entire process of acquiring operating resources, from requisition creation, through approval, payment, and receiving. By integrating VeriFone’s vPOS Internet payment software based on the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and SET Secure Electronic Transaction(TM) protocols to this process:
— purchasing organizations can make secure online payment easily, cost effectively and in an organized manner – significantly reducing accounts payable costs;
— suppliers can also dramatically reduce costs and payment cycles – significantly improving cash flow.
“Today, most business-to-business payment is accomplished through paper invoicing, purchase orders and checks — an expensive, tedious and labor-intensive process,” said Bobby Lent, vice president strategic alliances, Ariba Technologies, Inc. “Issuing a check may cost a purchasing organization as much as $65, and collection of a payment may cost the supplier as much as $35. Through online payment, this can be reduced to pennies for purchasing organizations and a few dollars for the supplier.”
In the ORM solution model, vPOS software resides with suppliers. Purchasing organizations pay the supplier using online purchase cards — credit cards designed to serve the business-to-business market. The suppliers with vPOS software receive payment through vGATE-enabled financial institutions. The vPOS product is the merchant component of VeriFone’s complete Internet payment solution based on SSL and SET, which also includes vGATE gateway software for financial institutions and vWALLET software for consumers.
“The Ariba ORM system using VeriFone vPOS creates an opportunity to use purchase cards to extend business-to-business on-line payment to corporations and suppliers that cannot cost-justify EDI,” said George Hoyem, vice president and general manager, Internet Commerce Division, VeriFone, Inc. “The purchasing card model provides smaller suppliers access to the considerable reporting and infrastructure support of the credit card industry.”
“The use of the Visa purchasing card can open on-line business-to-business payment to a much broader set of businesses,” said Thomas Proctor, vice president Electronic Commerce, Visa International. “Through the established credit card infrastructure, businesses of all sizes can take advantage of on-line payment. VeriFone’s delivery of vPOS to suppliers is a significant step in enabling this new means of business-to-business electronic commerce.”
Ariba ORMS combined with VeriFone’s vPOS software is designed to accelerate the use of business-to-business electronic systems by large and small suppliers alike. While 95 percent of the Fortune 1,000 companies are using electronic data interchange (EDI), according to Forrester Research, only 2 percent of the 6 million businesses in the U.S. use such technology. The low transaction costs and standardized communication protocols of Internet should encourage the adoption of business-to-business electronic commerce by even the smallest of businesses.
Operating Resources are items that support a company’s day-to-day operations, such as office supplies or capital equipment. They account for a third or more of the expenditures made by a typical Fortune 1000 company. More importantly, nearly 95 percent of all operating resources are acquired and managed using paper-based processes. According to Killen & Associates, a 5 percent savings in these purchasing costs will commonly result in a 28 percent increase in a company’s profits.
The integrated vPOS and ORM network payment solution will be discussed in detail as part of the ORM Supplier Summit, March 24 in Santa Clara, Calif. The Summit is co-sponsored by Ariba, VeriFone, Visa and Federal Express and is intended to help suppliers learn to support buying organizations in the ORM model. For more information regarding the ORM Supplier Summit call 1-800/355-5808.
Ariba Technologies, Inc. is the leader in Operating Resource Management (ORM) solutions for Global 2000 corporations. The company’s products deliver a high Return on Investment through reduced ORM transaction costs and improved management of the acquisition of the goods and services required to operate a company. The products leverage the Internet and Intranets to connect buyers to suppliers and thin-client network computing to make deployment to every desktop possible. The Ariba Internet address is .
VeriFone, Inc. (), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Company, is the leading global provider of secure electronic payment solutions for financial institutions, merchants and consumers. VeriFone has shipped more than six million electronic payment systems, which are used in over 100 countries.Details
SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics released figures this morning that confirms its leadership in the manufacture and sales of smartcard chips. Last year sales of smartcard chips totaled $222 million of the estimated $515 million market giving SGS-THOMSON a 43% market share. This also represented a 30% increase over 1996. In 1997 the firm shipped more than 100 million units of MCU-based smartcard chips. According to smartcard industry tracker IMS, 1.15 billion smartcard chips were shipped in 1997. This figure is forecasted to rise to 2.5 billion units in the year 2000. SGS-THOMSON anticipates the market to rise to $600 million this year and to more than $1.4 billion in the year 2000. Some $500 million of the 1998 market is projected to be for MCU-based chips, a portion expected to rise to more than $1.25 billion in the year 2000. The company’s analysis for MCU-based smartcard applications in 1998 shows the network market, such as GSM SIM, dominating with 41%, followed by the financial sector with 38% and the government sector with 19%. The remaining 2% are attributed to the newly emerging market for transport cards.Details
San Jose-based American Microdevice Manufacturing rolled out the world’s first 4 megabit smart card yesterday. The ‘MEGACARD’ was created by a unique ABS injection molding semiconductor manufacturing technology and a new 4MB Flash IC. It resembles standard smart card, unlike the laser cards manufactured by Drexler. The company said yesterday the card has enough space to store 40 x-rays, making it ideal for healthcare applications. The company has booked its first order from a hospital in China.Details
People’s Bank announced Tuesday that People’s Bank Credit Card Master Trust has priced $400 million of five-year floating rate credit card asset-backed securities.
The securitization transaction features two classes of publicly traded securities (Class A and Class B) and a separate privately placed collateral invested amount.
The transaction, Series 1998-1, includes $343 million of Class A (senior) floating rate asset-backed certificates, $27 million of Class B (subordinate) floating rate asset-backed certificates and a $30 million privately placed floating rate collateral invested amount.
The Class A certificates accrue interest at 14 basis points over the one month London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). The Class B certificates accrue interest at 34 basis points over the one month LIBOR. Both the Class A and Class B certificates were priced at par. Goldman Sachs & Co. was the lead manager of the transaction; J.P. Morgan & Co., Lehman Brothers, and Salomon Smith Barney were co-managers. The transaction is scheduled to close April 1, 1998.
The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus. This press release does 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.
People’s Bank is a 156-year-old financial services institution offering consumer and commercial banking as well as asset management, investment and leasing services. With managed assets of more than $10.8 billion and 128 branches, it is the largest independent bank in Connecticut. Based in Bridgeport, People’s leads the state in mortgage lending and Savings Bank Life Insurance sales. An international issuer of bank credit cards, People’s ranks as the 24th largest issuer nationally of Visa and MasterCard.
People’s Securities, Inc. in Bridgeport, People’s Capital and Leasing Corp. in Waterbury and Olson Mobeck & Associates in Rocky Hill and Litchfield, are subsidiaries of People’s Bank.Details
VISA offered up its answer to the ‘World MasterCard’ yesterday with the introduction of the ‘VISA Signature Card’. Associates National Bank began test marketing the card last week and expects to begin national marketing by the end of April. The high-end, hybrid charge card/credit card, offers cardholders two key benefits: a ‘Preferred Access’ program and a ‘Preferred Travel’ program. The ‘Preferred Access’ program offers cardholders VIP access to exclusive and unusual events. For example, VISA says cardholders will enjoy special hospitality and access to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. VISA says the program will capitalize on other exclusive sponsorships. The ‘Preferred Travel’ program offers cardholders automatic upgrades, late check-out and access to special room blocks through VISA’s alliances with various T&E partners. Currently VISA has alliances with Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Le Meridien Hotels and Avis. VISA indicated it is developing an airmile rewards program that may include the option for cardholders to apply mileage bonus points to any line carrier.Details
MA-based LitleNet changed its name yesterday to OrderTrust and announced its has landed a deal with 1-800-FLOWERS. The firm process an average of 1.5 million transactions per day with an annual volume of more than $1 billion. OrderTrust offers a range of merchant services including complex electronic order processing, fulfillment integration, fraud screening, payment presentment and loyalty development. The company says it will now provide order processing services for real-time online credit card authorizations for 1-800-FLOWERS.Details
Four major firms joined together yesterday to develop a system to deliver financial services to consumers over their television sets. BankAmerica, Intuit, TCI and the @Home Network have signed agreements to automate financial services for millions of cable subscribers who don’t have Internet access. @Home Network is a pioneer in high speed Internet access via the cable television infrastructure. TCI said yesterday it expects to deliver the new service to its cable customers, via advanced digital set-top devices, next year. Initially the service will provide access to a wide variety of financial services from Bank of America including e-bills, investments, mortgages, consumer loans, insurance and tax assistance.Details
NBD Bank will offer the convenience of electronic banking at Detroit’s Renaissance Center Thursday when it powers up its first Access Banking Center available to customers.
NBD’s Access Banking Center in Tower 200 Level Two will offer electronic banking to save customers time and introduce them to a wide range of services, said Sandra E. Pierce, senior vice president for Metropolitan Banking.
“The Access Banking Center gives customers the freedom to do their banking electronically without waiting in a teller line,” she said, “We are committed to meeting customers’ financial needs now and into the future by offering them more convenient ways to do their banking.”
The center features a newly developed touch-screen kiosk that helps customers learn more about NBD’s electronic banking channels. The kiosk even has an electronic host, “Ed Access”, who appears on the screen to make it easy to find information on a variety of products and services, including online banking.
The kiosk also provides customers with access to the bank’s Internet site (), where they can explore NBD’s full range of retail, business, insurance and investment services and apply for loans and other products.
In addition to two large-screen, full-service ATMs, the Access Banking Center includes a telephone banking kiosk that will link customers with:
* NBD’s Telephone Banking Center for fund transfers, account balance inquiries, loan and mortgage applications and other inquiries.
* NBD Mortgage Information Hotline for prospective buyers seeking information about rates and qualifications.
* First Chicago NBD Investment Services for information on investments, including mutual funds and investment accounts.
From March 26 through April 3, NBD representatives will demonstrate the touch-screen and telephone kiosks, the Internet site and the ATMs to help customers see how NBD’s Access Banking Center can make electronic banking easy. NBD opened its first Access Banking Center for employees last August in the Bank’s Troy Tower on Crooks Road.
NBD Bank is a subsidiary of First Chicago NBD Corporation (NYSE: FCN), the 9th largest U.S. bank holding company and the Midwest’s number one provider of financial products and services to consumers, middle market companies and large corporations. NBD Bank serves about 1.1 million consumers in Michigan.Details
American Express reported yesterday its ‘Everyday Spending Index’ shows 22% of Americans want to pay their annual tax bill with a credit or charge card. AmEx says last year its cardholders charged 49% more than 1996 for federal, state and local government services. The ‘Index’ also revealed the amount of taxes due had a strong influence on consumers’ willingness to use cards for taxes. Only 10% of those owing an average of $2,704 were inclined to use a payment card.Details
Bull is demonstrating electronic purse and loyalty applications using its new Odyssey smart card at the JavaOne conference underway in San Francisco. The applications are based on the Java Card 2.0 API (application programming interface).
Bull introduced the Odyssey smart card range last month as further evidence of its ongoing principle of bringing products to market that embody a long term vision, address realistic criteria and reflect market needs. Bull’s Odyssey range of Java cards is based on the specifications of the Java(TM) Card Forum, currently presided over by Bull, and on the concepts developed in the European MASSC (Multi-Application Secure Smart Card) project. The Odyssey range is the most effective combination in terms of security, performance and price to date.
“Citibank is an enthusiastic supporter of Java Card and multi-application smart cards,” said Henry Lichstein, vice president in Citibank’s Advanced Development Group. “We are pleased that Bull is taking an active role in providing tools to facilitate the rapid deployment of Java Card-based applications. The availability of Odyssey confirms our confidence in the viability of Java Card’s open platform to support industry efforts to develop multiple application smart cards.”
“‘Odyssey 1’ is the first stage of Bull’s ongoing work to develop a Java smart card platform, incorporating Bull’s 20 years of expertise in developing optimized secure smart card operating systems, in order to give the most advanced solution to its customers,” said Gerald Hubbard, VP of marketing for Bull’s Smart Card & Terminals Division in the U.S. “Odyssey I complies with the Java Card API 2.0 specifications, defined by the Java Card Forum. In addition, the card’s Java Virtual Machine is one of the most powerful on the market, allowing us to use a less expensive microprocessor while at the same time improving transaction processing performance by several orders of magnitude.”
As a leading provider of secure smart card systems, Bull has designed the Odyssey card to combine openness and the latest security concepts. Odyssey controls access to partitioned memory zones, enabling it to separate applications efficiently. Its applet loader enables signed, encrypted applications to be downloaded on to the card, guaranteeing the highest levels of confidentiality and integrity. At the same time, Odyssey enables both symmetrical and asymmetrical cryptographic functions.
About Bull’s Smart Card & Terminals Division
With more than 200 million card customers worldwide, Bull Smart Cards & Terminals division is the industry leader in secure smart card solutions for financial transactions. Every card manufacturer in the world has signed a license with Bull. All microprocessor smart cards throughout the world use Bull technology, and roughly half of these use either an operating system or application developed by Bull. Bull is the leader in banking, where more than 60 percent of the smart cards use a Bull operating system. Bull has supplied 27 million electronic purse smart cards in 10 countries.
Bull develops and offers a range of products, including: contact/contactless smart cards, secure card operating systems, turnkey payment cards and electronic purse systems, automated teller machines (ATMs), electronic cash dispensers, POS terminals and software. Services include full technical and applications consulting, training and customer service support. More information is available at: .
With a presence in more than 85 countries, more than 21,000 employees and combined revenues of more than $4.2 billion in 1997, Bull offers a wide range of systems, infrastructure software and IT services through focused innovation, alliances with the best partners and its own integration expertise. Based in France, the company’s worldwide software division and its North/South America operations are headquartered in Billerica, Mass. The company’s Web address is http://www.bull.com and, in the U.S., .
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CyberCash, Inc. announced that James J. Condon, 41, has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Condon continues as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer.
Commenting on the appointment, CyberCash CEO Bill Melton said, “Since joining CyberCash as Chief Financial Officer in March 1997, Mr. Condon has successfully trimmed our operating expenses significantly while our revenues have increased by almost $2 million, from $51,000 in the fourth quarter 1996 to $2,005,000 in the fourth quarter 1997, and has been instrumental in raising $30 million in equity through private placements. His charge is to manage our growth as CyberCash realizes its revenue potential and solidifies its position as the leader in secure Internet payment software and services — globally.”
On Tuesday, March 17, 1998, CyberCash announced plans to merge with ICVERIFY, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions for authorizing credit card, purchasing card, debit/ATM card and check transactions for merchants. The merger is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 1998.
Mr. Condon has more than 15 years of broad-based experience in strategic planning and operations cost management. Most recently, he was director of performance improvement services in the information communication and entertainment (ICE) sector of KPMG, led a re-engineering effort for a software and services company, and provided expertise in the selection and implementation of accounting and operational systems for technology companies. In 1996, Mr. Condon was elected to KPMG’s Global Software Leadership Council.
Additionally, Mr. Condon was corporate vice president, financial planning and administration and vice president operations — customer support and development divisions for Legent Corporation where he led the business practice re-engineering effort which significantly reduced annual operating expenses. Mr. Condon received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and graduated Dean’s Honor List with a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago.
CyberCash, Inc., headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is a pioneer and leading provider of payment software and services — globally. The Company offers a complete suite of Internet payment solutions including a payment card service which supports credit, debit and purchase cards; an innovative electronic cash service which enables micropayments and other cash transactions; and a secure electronic check service which allows consumer-to- business and business-to-business payments from a bank account. CyberCash is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market, under the symbol CYCH. CyberCash’s Web address is .
This press release contains statements that are forward-looking. They are based on the Company’s current expectations, and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks. The Company’s actual results may differ materially. The uncertainties and risks include the pace of growth of Internet commerce, the development by the Company and its competitors of new products and services, strategic decisions by major participants in the industry, competitive pricing pressures, legal and regulatory developments and general economic conditions. Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in the Company’s report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available from the Commission and from the Company’s worldwide web site , as well as other sources.Details