Smart Card Integrator to Work with Corporate Payment Systems Division to Develop Multi- Application Systems for Public and Private Enterprises
U.S.Bancorp, Corporate Payment Systems division and 3-G International, Inc., Springfield, VA today announced an agreement to jointly develop and market multi-application smart card systems.
As the largest and most experienced issuer of Visa(R) corporate and purchasing cards, U.S. Bancorp plays a key role in official government purchase cards as the sole contractor for the highly successful International Merchant Purchase Authorization Card (I.M.P.A.C.(R)) program. 3GI is the leading smart card integrator and software development company in North America. The company has six years experience in designing and building multi-function smart card systems for the Federal Government, having contracts with the General Services Administration (GSA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the State Department, Department of Defense (DoD), and for smart card security at the 1997 presidential inauguration. Within one DoD project, the MARC Program, 3GI has issued well over 100,000 multi- application smart cards.
“This is a natural progression of our leadership role in the arena of travel, purchasing and government payment systems,” said Steven M. Putney, President, Corporate Payment Systems. “Our intent is to offer our customers cutting edge smart card technology in totally secure, multi-application systems.
“We’re particularly pleased to have 3GI as our partner in this venture, because they have designed and implemented some of the world’s most advanced smart card projects. This partnership extends not only to the Federal Government, but also to several projects in the commercial market.”
Indicators point to the Federal Government taking the lead in implementing smart card technology in the United States. The DoD is already testing smart cards for mobility and readiness processing, as well as identification. 3GI helped launch these projects and other tests that include stored value cards, emergency medical documentation, food service and prison management. Smart Card testing is expected to include government purchasing and travel cards, and expanded use of the existing fleet fuel card system.
“Our partnership with U.S. Bancorp is a direct result of our many successes in building large-scale smart card systems,” said Thomas L. Gregg, President, 3G International, Inc. “We have developed flexible PC and terminal software and leading edge development tools which allow a single card to support multiple applications very securely. Our software also solves many of the card interoperability problems in the smart card industry today. Through our partnership with U.S. Bancorp and the work we are doing jointly with Visa, 3GI is one of the few companies combining chip-based payment functions with non-financial applications on the same card. Our partnership with U.S. Bancorp for these projects is really a natural for both companies.”
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), is the result of a merger between First Bank System, Inc. of Minneapolis and U.S. Bancorp, formerly headquartered in Portland, Oregon. With $72 billion in assets, USB is the 14th largest bank holding company in the nation, operating more than 1,000 banking offices in 17 states: Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, California, Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, Nevada, South Dakota, Montana, Iowa, Illinois, Utah, Wisconsin, Kansas and Wyoming. The company provides comprehensive banking, trust, investment and payment systems products and services to consumers, businesses and institutions. It operates a network of 4,500 ATMs throughout the U.S. and 24-hour, seven days a week telephone customer services centers. The company is the largest provider of Visa corporate travel and purchasing cards in the world and one of the largest providers of corporate trust services in the U.S.
3-G International is headquartered in Springfield, VA. The company has offices in Williamsburg, VA, Honolulu, HI, and Chengdu, PRC, and currently provides smart card solutions for health care, network access, physical access security, payments, transportation and specialized government applications.Details