Turkcell Implements OTI COPNI Mobile Payment for its NFC Program

Turkcell mobile network operator with over 33 million subscribers selected On Track Innovations contactless smart card solutions’ “COPNI” mobile payment solution for its NFC program for its “Turkcell Cep-T Cüzdan.” Turkcell has commenced a rollout of an NFC program, with initial focus on contactless payment applications that will enable to increase transaction flow and provide additional business, as well as strengthen even further Turkcell’s position as a leading technology and service provider for the Turkish market. OTI’s “COPNI” (Contactless Payment and NFC Insert) enables Turkcell’s own branded handset the T10 to support NFC functionality and contactless payment applications from major card associations. Following payment applications, other applications such as transportation, ticketing or loyalty will be available to Turkcell Cep-T Cüzdan subscribers by the end of the year, and customers will experience the real wallet concept with the convenience of their mobile equivalent.

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Bumpy Month in Consumer Confidence Goes Out With a Fizzle

Down the long bumpy road that was April 2010, consumer confidence was shaken, but in the end remained flat on the Discover U.S. Spending Monitor. The discrepancy in the final numbers from March to April was practically nil, dropping only from 89.5 to 89.4. This was no indication, however, of variation throughout the month. From April 6 to April 20 alone, there was a near 10-point increase in consumers who felt the economy was worsening, from 46% to 56%, while the number of consumers rating their personal finances as poor shot from 20%-28%. Meanwhile, those who said their finances were getting worse exploded from 46 to 55% in conjunction with skyrocketing gas prices.
But when all was said and done, those feeling economic conditions were getting worse stood at 51%-the same as in March- as 18% feel conditions are the same, down 2 points from the previous month, and 26% feel the economy is improving, a 1-point increase from March. To blame: Gas Prices. This is clear to the 57% planning to change their summer vacation because of unmanageable fuel costs while 68% are forced to cut back on discretionary spending. Also throughout the month of April, only 34% described their finances as good or excellent, while 64% say their finances are fair or poor, 49% of whom disclosed they are only worsening-compared to the 48% in March. Only 21% say their finances are improving, compared to 22% in March, for a telling sign of the times.

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Fifth Third Processing Certifies Hypercom Payment Software

Fifth Third Processing Solutions payment solutions provider now supports Hypercom payment software with Voltage Security’s point-to-point data encryption. The counter top terminal solutions encrypt card data for retailers in the terminal until it is received for processing at Fifth Third Processing. With this, Fifth Third Processing Solutions has Class A certified Hypercom’s “SPOS32” payment software with Voltage Security’s point-to-point data encryption to help U.S. retailers and restaurants using Hypercom’s Optimum T4205, T4210 and T4220 countertop terminals securely process payments.

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Citadel EFT Card Processing Gets Ticker

It’s official; Citadel EFT credit card terminals and card processing services has received its stock symbol (otcqb:CDFT). To allow more merchants to accept Visa and MasterCard credit card transactions by offering free processing equipment along with affordable, high-quality merchant services, Citadel EFT can customize Visa and/or MasterCard card processing program for merchant accounts. In conjunction, the Company is offering a free pin pad and a $200 sign-on bonus to any new merchant credit card processing account signing with Citadel EFT by May 30, 2011. Citadel EFT also offers merchants who have an iPhone, Android or Blackberry cellular phone a free swiper, making for a pocket-size credit card processor.

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United Credit Union Implements VSoft Solutions

VSoft announced United Credit Union has selected its image exchange solutions to streamline check processing and accommodate anticipated growth. United Credit Union chose VSoft solutions to consolidate check processing, which will accelerate internal operations and improve member service. VSoft’s image exchange technology offers the capability to send and receive images either through direct exchange or through exchange. The solution expedites transaction clearing and returns processing, reducing transportation expenses.

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InfoTouch Promotes VP From Within

Douglas MacIver has been promoted VP, Sales and Marketing with InfoTouch touch screen developer for Retail POS Software (POS). InfoTouch Corporation developed the first-to-market Retail Touch Screen POS Software in 1986, and has implemented and serviced thousands of Touch Screen Retail POS businesses over its 25 history. Based on proprietary market research, InfoTouch believes this decade is the start of the POS paradigm shift for retailers, similar to the shift experienced in hospitality POS over the last two decades.

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Cypherbridge Systems announces Design Kit

Cypherbridge Systems has made availabile its “AK200” Design Kit. Offering a turnkey solution for the payment transaction market for POS Terminals, the “AK200” standards based approach eliminates proprietary proxy servers, hosting and expense, resulting in a lower system capital and maintenance cost. It is also adaptable to just about anything that needs a Point-of-Sale (POS) solution using TCP 802.11 or cellular wireless WAN, including power managed battery operated systems. A range of transaction models can be used including standard swipe, P2PE encryption, or hosted payments depending on business model.

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Tokenization Summit to Address Financial Services Success

Liaison Technologies VP, Product Management is set to illustrate benefits of data tokenization for financial services companies. This includes risk reduction and compliance with PCI DSS and data privacy laws at the 2011 FS-ISAC, BITS Annual Summit. Liaison will present several use cases illustrating how tokenization is being used by financial services companies to protect data at rest in databases, files and applications. For those not yet familiar with tokenization, the presentation will also include an introduction to the technology. It will touch on how financial services companies have implemented tokenization to protect both payment card numbers (PCI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) through real-life use cases.

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TSYS Expands Share Repurchase Plan

The TSYS Board of Directors has approved increasing the number of shares that may be repurchased under its current share repurchase plan from up to 10 million shares to up to 15 million shares. With the increase, TSYS has 9.9 million shares available to be repurchased. In addition, the Board of Directors extended the expiration date of the plan to April 30, 2013. The shares may be repurchased from time to time over the next two years at prices considered attractive to management. Repurchased shares will be used for general corporate purposes.

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Entrust Introduces Strong Authentication For Mobile Apps

Entrust has kicked off its “IdentityGuard Mobile Software Development Kit” (SDK) for popular mobile platforms. The security toolkit is compatible with Apple, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry and Java and helps banks embed authentication technology into its new or existing mobile-banking application. The “SDK” also will assist financial institutions with deploying stronger authentication for online customer security, a requirement expected to be at the center of upcoming guidance from regulatory agencies of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). Advances in criminal technology demands stronger guidelines to help stop advanced attacks that target the identities and transactions of consumers and business-banking customers.

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T-Gate Partners With ID TECH

ID TECH’s “SL Secure Line” products has teamed with T-Gate’s “SecureLINK” to offer merchants a complete Point-to-Point Encryption solution for processing transactions independent of any processor. ID TECH’s “SL Secure Line” products deliver reading performance while encrypting sensitive data that complies with PCI-DSS requirements. The “SL Secure Line” products support industry proven Triple DES (TDES) encryption and uses Derived Unique Key Per Transaction (DUKPT) key management. Data encryption technology is available on IDTECH’s wide range of point-of-sale financial transaction products including their growing line of mobile readers.

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