Discover Offers Cardmembers Improved Cash Rewards

Discover has kicked off more seasonal opportunities for its cardmembers to earn Cashback Bonus and redeem cash rewards with additional merchant partners. From April 1 through June 30, Discover Cardmembers can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $400 in department store, home improvement and clothing store purchases. This category is the second of four rotating categories that change each quarter, giving cardmembers the opportunity to earn 5% Cashback Bonus all year long. After reaching the $400 spending limit for the quarter, cardmembers will still automatically earn up to 1% Cashback Bonus every time they use their cards. Improved offers include an additional 5% Cashback Bonus; expanded redemption options; and “ShopDiscover” improvements, allowing cardmembers already earning 5%-20% cashback on purchases made through the Discover online shopping mall access to new retailers.

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APAC Customer Services Earns PCI DSS Certification

APAC Customer Services has been certified as enterprise-wide compliant with the PCI DSS V2.0 as a Level 1 Service Provider by Tech Lock. APAC Customer Services is a leading provider of customer care services and solutions to market leaders in healthcare, business services, communications, media & publishing, travel & entertainment and financial services industries. APAC partners with its clients to deliver custom solutions that enhance bottom-line performance. Tech Lock is a Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor that specializes in holistic and multi-regulatory compliance.

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Diebold to Implement Advanced Security Solutions at WTC Hub

Diebold is implementing advanced security solutions at the new World Trade Center (WTC) Transportation Hub in New York City. These integrated solutions will create a more secure environment at the hub, which is located on the historic WTC site. Diebold’s integrated system will include the installation of video surveillance, access control and alarm devices throughout the hub. In addition, Diebold will expand the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation’s (PATH) existing security system at the PATH WTC station.Diebold will incorporate access control points that will utilize both secure credentials and biometrics to identify and grant access to employees, contractors and security personnel.

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NACHA Announces 2011 Payments System Awards Recipients

NACHA Electronic Payments Association announced the recipients of its 2011 Payments System Awards. The winners are being recognized during the Payments Systems Award Luncheon, sponsored by TD Bank, at NACHA’s PAYMENTS 2011 conference. The Payments System Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their superior leadership, innovation, and excellence in the development, implementation, or advancement of electronic payments. This year’s awards recipients include the 2011 Kevin O’Brien ACH Quality Award; the 2011 NACHA PayItGreen Award; and the 2011 George Mitchell Payments System Excellence Award. NACHA celebrates the achievements of these three award winners for outstanding contributions to the industry.

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Ceridian Deploys Sales & Service Help

PeopleAnswers and Ceridian have inked a software licensing agreement in which Ceridian will use the PeopleAnswers HR solution across its U.S. Sales organization to pre-screen, select and hire new employees. Ceridian expects to create a consistent employee recruiting process focused on identifying, selecting and hiring candidates who share many of the same behavioral traits with its current strong performers to improve performance companywide.

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3t Systems Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer

Jan Rutherford has joined the 3t IT consulting firm as Chief Commercial Officer to oversee regional and national sales and marketing efforts, focusing on designing and directing diverse communications programs to target the healthcare, construction, and finance industries. With over 20 years of leadership training, education and sales and marketing experience, Rutherford brings an impressive track record for helping companies and organizations strategically expand their market foothold through creative and innovative campaigns. Prior to joining 3t Systems, Rutherford focused on training, educating, and helping others achieve their maximum potential both personally and professionally, most recently with MedKeeper healthcare software.

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Response CRM Now Accepts Check 21

Response CRM direct response marketing platform has made available an electronic check solution for its direct response marketing merchants. This law allows merchants to create a digital image of paper checks, or use a computer to capture images, and then deposit them remotely. Response CRM’s development team has worked diligently over the past few months building a system that integrates the Check 21 Act criteria with its robust CRM solution, allowing its direct response merchants the ability to process electronic check orders online.

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Cashzone Acquires OmniCash

Cashzone independent ATM provider has acquired OmniCash and is integrating its operations. This development significantly strengthens Cashzone’s market position in the independent ATM sector and will up its operable units to around 6000 ATMs. Combining the shared strengths and success factors of the two companies will further enhance all elements of Cashzone’s service. With continued commitment to delivering high quality customer service and a highly effective response to maintenance issues; retailers are assured of maximum potential profits from their ATM and end users will continue to be offered a convenient service.

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SIMalliance Open Mobile API boosts Smartphone App Security

The SIMalliance announces the availability of its “Open Mobile API.” Allowing application providers to access and utilize the Secure Element within the internet-connected mobile device, “Open Mobile API” provides highly secure two-factor authentication to enable the secure delivery of a host of NFC, payment and identity services. Current levels of single factor authentication has been shown to be inadequate as attacks on smartphone and tablet applications increase in number and sophistication. By connecting the application to the Secure Element via the Open Mobile API, many security breaches we see today will become easily preventable.

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VigiTrust Completes PCI DSS Road Show

VigiTrust organized its PCI DSS roadshow in Dublin, Paris and London in February 2011, which is being hailed as a success thanks to keynote speakers and timing. While EMV helps prevent some types of fraud, in order for a merchant to secure their payment data they must also adopt all elements of the PCI DSS. Focal on Data Protection and PCI DSS as comprehensive way for merchants/retailers to comply with the Irish Data Protection Act. Also addressed was tokenization as a means of further securing card data as it is being processed.

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ScanSource to Acquire CDC Brasil AIDC/POS Distributor

ScanSource through its wholly-owned subsidiary, ScanSource do Brasil Participações LTDA, has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with CDC Brasil AIDC and POS solutions distributor. Offering many of the same products as ScanSource, the CDC Brasil management team of CDC Brasil will remain in place, bringing with it more than 55 years’ combined industry experience while the current CDC Brasil president, Alexandre Conde, will be named president of ScanSource Brasil and will report to Elias Botbol, president of ScanSource Latin America. CDC Brasil has grown revenue to approximately R$246,186,000 (approx. $140,400,000). CDC Brasil has more than 30 vendor partners, including Bematech, Honeywell, HP, Motorola and Zebra. The company employs approximately 200 people. Like ScanSource, CDC Brasil is committed to providing value-added services to its reseller partners, including technical support, financing, training and sales support.

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