Thales Showcasing Crypographic Solutions

Thales will be showcasing its high assurance cryptographic solutions for protecting big data, public key infrastructures (PKIs), cloud and mobile payments at this year’s RSA Conference, San Francisco, February 24 – 28, 2014. As organizations increasingly rely on cryptography as part of their data protection strategy and to protect their critical systems, the trustworthiness of these crypto systems becomes paramount. This is particularly relevant in light of recent concerns over back doors, poorly implemented crypto systems, out of date algorithms, weak key management systems and the increasing burdens arising from privacy mandates. Thales can help organizations re-assess and re-evaluate their crypto security and key management infrastructure and deliver solutions that ensure their integrity and trustworthiness.

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SD Association and NFC Forum Sign Agreement

The SD Association (SDA), a global ecosystem of companies setting industry-leading memory card standards, and the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced a formal Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the two organizations to jointly educate the market and help build the ecosystem for NFC among users of smartSD memory cards. The SDA will work with NFC Forum Special Interest Groups to educate and promote adoption of NFC in conjunction with smartSD memory cards to target vertical markets including consumer electronics, mobile payment, retail, transport and health care. Some of the joint activities under consideration include workshops for target vertical markets, white papers, case studies, consumer research, webcasts, and hosted events or trade shows that demonstrate the business and consumer benefits of using NFC and smartSD memory cards together.

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CHINA UNION-PAY 2013

China UnionPay, the national bankcard association in China, reached a number of milestones in 2013 and is now accepted in more than 140 countries and regions and covering more than 10 million POS terminals and 1.1 million ATMs outside of China. Over 24 million UnionPay cards have been issued in about 30 overseas markets. Among major developments last year: The first UnionPay card was issued in Africa; the first time UnionPay has come into cooperation with an international tourism retail group; the first UnionPay credit card is issued in North America; the first time that CUP has cooperated with a local institution in Nigeria to expand the acceptance of UnionPay cards on a large scale; the first UnionPay debit card issued in Australia; and the first UnionPay travel card outside China is issued in Singapore.

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EMVCo Qualifies Clear2Pay

Clear2Pay today announces that EMVCo, the EMV standards body has qualified the Clear2Pay EMV Contactless Card and Device Type Approval Level 1 Test Suites. The update of the EMV Contactless Card Test Suite is particularly interesting since it now incorporates EMVCo enhanced scenarios for card emulation in mobile devices testing. Dedicated test scenarios are fundamental because a mobile device that emulates a contactless payment card typically has a more dynamic behavior than a “traditional” chip-based contactless payment card. The enhanced test scenarios simulate ‘real life’ mobile payment behavior (including the UICC) and allow for more extensive testing.

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Dominican Republic’s First Mobile Wallet

The first mobile wallet was launched in the Dominican Republic by the leading prepaid telco operator (Orange) and the largest bank (Banco Popular Dominicano). M-peso is a mobile money initiative created to cater financial services to the bottom of the pyramid, which represent 72% of the Dominican population (9.4 million, 2010 census). The product was launched after 6 months of preparation and roughly 8 months after the regulators published the framework for virtual prepaid cards and branchless banking. The design, development and implementation of the turn-key solution was handled by GCS International, the same company that has created and commercialized great success the acclaimed regional products tPago® and Citi® Mobile Collect.

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CARD ROA EARNINGS CONTINUE THE LONG SLOW CLIMB

In this year-end card industry trend report, R.K. Hammer cites the current card industry Pre-tax ROA, compared to prior periods. Company Founder and Chairman Bob Hammer notes, “It has been a difficult past five years since 2008, when average ROA was calculated at 4.25% pre-tax. Since then changes have occurred, from the dramatic drop to 1.50% ROA in 2009 (the lowest card ROA return in over three decades), then up to 2.10% ROA in 2010, to 3.00% in 2011, 3.30% for 2012, and now 3.50% for 2013.”

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Ingo Money Names Former Visa, Amex Exec

Ingo Money announced the addition of Lisa McFarland as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. In this role, she will lead product strategy and marketing for the company’s Ingo Money Network and Ingo Enterprise Solutions business lines. McFarland brings nearly two decades of expertise in product development, marketing and strategic sales support for B2B and B2C payment card programs. Most recently at Visa, McFarland served as head of Consumer Prepaid Products, where she conceived and executed the company’s product, channel and network development strategies for its consumer prepaid group.

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IHS Names New VP, Investor Relations

IHS announced Eric J. Boyer joined the company as Vice President of Investor Relations. Boyer comes to IHS from Wells Fargo Securities in Baltimore, MD, where he most recently served as vice president and senior equity analyst within their Equity Research Division responsible for the information and business services sector, which includes IHS. His decade-plus experience has also involved work within the Equity Research Division of Deutsche Bank and as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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BPC’s SmartATM Solution

BPC Banking Technologies today announced the launch of a new, innovative solution designed to improve the profitability of ATM networks in the U.S. marketplace. With its new cash management and forecasting solution, deployed as part of the Company’s SmartATM offering, operators can dramatically reduce ATM network costs. SmartATM provides all the capabilities needed to monitor, automate and manage ATM networks of all sizes, including ATM driving, marketing tools, EMV migration and complete support for a sophisticated set of products and services. With SmartATM, clients have achieved savings of $2,000 per ATM annually which translates into $2 million in savings each year for an ATM network of 1,000 machines.

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Collis Brand Tool Visa Confirmed

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] UL is pleased to announce that the Collis Brand Test Tool is confirmed by Visa to simulate the newest test cards included in the Contactless Device Evaluation Toolkit (CDET). The newest Visa CDET test cards (version 2.1) are now simulated by the Collis Brand Test Tool (version 4.6.2). Also the associated…

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VisuCard First for GCCPVR Customization

Based on Visa Global Chip Card Personalization Validation Requirements (GCCPVR), Galitt has updated VisuCard® GPVT, its Global Card Personalization Validation Tool, to reflect these evolutions. The new version of Galitt tool has been presented to Visa, which just confirmed that Galitt’s VisuCard® is the first to allow card and mobile personalization validation according to GCCPVR version 2.1.1.

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