MTS Selects OTI mPayment for NFC Program

On Track Innovations contactless smart card solutions announced that MTS communications group- with over 100 million subscribers , 70 million of which are in Russia- deployed the OTI “COPNI” mobile payment solution for its NFC projects. Working with SITRONICS Smart Technology as its technological partner , MTS allows LUKOIL retail customers use their mobile phone to pay for fuel transactions at the dispenser using a COPNI-enabled cell phone and accruing loyalty points for LUKOIL’s loyalty program. OTI’s COPNI (Contactless Payment and NFC Add-On) was selected after rigorous testing which represents the first commercial NFC project in Russia based on SIM-cards with SWP/HCI-protocol (Single Wire Protocol (“SWP”) and Host Controller Interface (“HCI”)).

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Giesecke & Devrient Supplies SIM Cards for NFC Project

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is to manufacture and personalize the NFC-capable SIM cards for a mobile payment system in cooperation with Sitronics Smart Technologies. The first commercial NFC project in the Russian Federation was implemented by Lukoil, Russia’s biggest oil company, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the country’s leading mobile network operator and SST. The collaboration will give customers of MTS the convenience of paying their bills at Lukoil filling stations by cell phone. A wide range of commercially available mobile devices can be used for these contactless payment transactions. G&D’s commercially available NFC-capable SIM cards are being deployed in the project. The contactless payment system, which is being set up in Perm, a city of around one million inhabitants in the Ural region, involves equipping the cell phones of MTS customers with an NFC-capable SIM card and a special NFC antenna solution.

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No Change Yet on the Unemployment Rate %

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Given the pre-recession unemployment rate averaged around 5%, the unemployment rate has been relatively high for the past few years and has not budged from the 9.1% mark- most recently posted in September- since April. Also, it has been within .2% of this rate since November 2010 when it neared 10%,…

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AmEx & Virgin America Partner on Rewards Program

American Express welcomes Virgin America Airlines to its Membership Rewards program, encouraging Cardmembers to transfer Membership Rewards points into Virgin America’s “Elevate” frequent flyer program. Based on a simple “points per dollar” system, “Elevate” members earn five points per dollar on their base fare and the ability to earn even more points with Virgin America’s Elevate partners. Reward flights can be earned with as few as four roundtrips or 2,500 points. This corresponds with the Virgin America-American Express two-week Facebook promotion, giving Cardmembers the chance to win prizes that include of a pair of free first-class roundtrip tickets to any Virgin America destination. Contestants upload a photo to their Facebook profile of themselves striking their best glamour pose in their favorite “plain seat”, then go to http://elevateyourseat.com to share their best shot. The top two photo submissions will win a grand prize of two First Class round-trip tickets on Virgin America and an annual Aircell Gogo WiFi pass while a random voter or “chair pose” entrant will be chosen daily through October 20 to receive two round-trip Main Cabin tickets, plus 30-day Gogo WiFi passes and three runners up who submit a photo will also receive two round-trip Main Cabin Select tickets on Virgin America and a 30-day Gogo WiFi pass.

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Top Food Trucks To Serve Chase’ Eater’s Choice Awards

Chase Card Services announced the top ten food trucks in the Eater’s Choice Awards presented by Chase Sapphire Visa Signature in partnership with Off the Grid, an organizer of street food events in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ten San Francisco food trucks will be serving up their beloved fare at the Eater’s Choice Awards event October 15 at Fort Mason Center from 12 to 4 p.m. Liam Mayclem of “Eye on the Bay” will emcee the culinary celebration where the number-one favorite “mobile eatery” – and donation to the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks – will be revealed. From September 21 to October 5, Bay Area food truck fans voted for their favorite of nearly 30 participating food trucks online, with Chase Sapphire Visa Signature donating $1 for each vote cast up to $10,000 to the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks.

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SUBWAY Restaurants Implement MasterCard Contactless Payment

SUBWAY sandwich franchise will accept MasterCard PayPass contactless payments at more than 7,000 U.S. locations by the end of 1Q/12. Extending to customers the option to pay for their meal by simply tapping a MasterCard PayPass-enabled card or device at the register, MasterCard’s PayPass technology offers consumers a simple, easy and convenient way to pay for goods and services at 341,000 merchant locations worldwide. With MasterCard PayPass, SUBWAY customers simply tap their PayPass-enabled MasterCard card, phone or device on a PayPass-accepting reader at check-out.

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Harbor-Touch.net Intros Free POS System

Touch.net announced free pos system for a wide range of business sectors. Modern pos systems along with new flexible features are making its venture regularly in the global market to satisfy the needs of the businessmen. Pos systems have a wide range of applications ranging from transaction to tracking and monitoring employee schedules, stocks, business productivity and much more. The harbortouch pos system is gaining momentum in the business arena due to its access to sales history, identify sales trends, best selling items and productive employees, manage wide range of built-in reports, monitor financial transaction, refunds, discounts, and more.

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ClearPoint Analytics Taps Underbanked Market

ClearPoint Analytics reported it opens its US operations with the predictive analytic resources to deliver sustainable improvements in portfolio performance to investors, lenders, check cashers, payment card firms, remittance agents and other financial services providers serving the sub and near-prime consumer markets. This after having identified 21 percent of all US households, representing over 43 million adults, as underbanked. This segment of the population is shifting their basic financial transactions to alternative financial services (AFS) providers creating more than $520 billion in revenues by 2015 as projected in July.

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iBizSoft Implements CRE Secure Payment Security

iBizSoft Oracle Platinum Partner and implementor of the Oracle E-Business Suite will incorporate CRE Secure’s HTML Clone technology to remove Oracle E-Business Suite users from the scope of PCI compliance. iBizSoft integrates Oracle applications with leading payment providers while HTML Clone allows E-Business users to outsource PCI-sensitive parts of the payment process. As a result, the user’s systems are no longer within the scope of PCI-DSS. The solution can be specifically configured for the Oracle iPayment module, Payments R12, Portal BRM and PeopleSoft solutions to seamlessly integrate with leading backend credit card payment processing systems.

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DataMotion Introduces Cyber Security Solution

DataMotion secure email encryption solutions is offering new customers its “SecureMail” technology free for a month. Allowing organizations meet regulatory compliance requirements, reduce costs and provide better service to their customers, “SecureMail” email users can send confidential business information such as documents, files or images to anyone over the Internet in a completely safe manner. By leveraging a company’s existing messaging infrastructure, middleware and applications, DataMotion empowers companies to work securely outside their already established, closed network.

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