Sybase 365 Expands Global mBanking Portfolio

Sybase 365 has partnered with Mexico’s Ixe Bank to launch ‘Ixe Net Movil’, the Bank’s new multi-channel mBanking service. This partnership equips Ixe customers with immediate on-the-go account access and multiple banking functions through all channels – Intelligent SMS, mobile browser and rich-client Mobile Banking. Ixe Bank customers now have the ability to access banking services including alerts and notifications, account transfers, bill payment and monitoring of recent transactions. The Sybase 365® leading end-to-end mobile banking solution is a key component of the Sybase Mobility Platform, the industry’s first and most expansive framework of best-in-class mobility servers, mobile applications and mobile services, empowering enterprises, including financial institutions, to transform the way they connect with their customers and enable their employees. With more than 150 local branch offices across Mexico, this new mobile service also enables Ixe Bank to interact with its customers in real-time through mobile alerts, marketing campaigns and two-way banking services. Ixe customers can register for the free mobile service quickly and easily through Ixe Net, the bank’s online customer portal, or through their mobile device.

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TransFS Lets Merchants Screen Credit Card Processors by Payment Gateway

Having helped its users save an average of 40% on their credit card processing costs since inception, Transparent Financial Services announced online merchants can now comparison shop for better deals on credit card processing that work with their existing gateway providers. This allows online merchants to find better deals on credit card processing that work with their existing e-commerce systems without having to rebuild their infrastructure. The TransFS.com marketplace is focal on getting merchants the lowest rates from the provider that best matches their needs. Participants in the TransFS marketplace offer Interchange Plus pricing which provides the most transparent fee structure. In order to get binding, no-obligation bids from processors on the TransFS marketplace, merchants need to enter information about their credit card processing needs into a short form on TransFS.com, which then runs a proprietary “reverse auction” where pre-screened credit card processors competitively bid for the merchant’s business.

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MasterCard Smart Hub Form Joint Venture

MasterCard Worldwide has forged its most recent joint venture to bring together its global brand, network and electronic payments legacy with Smart Hub’s tested mobile payments platform and telecom experience. With this venture, the entities hope to establish an optimal mobile payments infrastructure for the world’s developing economies, leveraging the intersection of mobile telecommunications and electronic payments to meet the needs of the expanding mobile payments marketplace and grow their businesses. It will build upon their introduction of the MasterCard Mobile Payments Gateway open mobile payment processing platform designed to facilitate MasterCard Mobile Payment Solutions in developing markets.

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MoneyGram Reaches 200,000th Agent Milestone

MoneyGram International, a leading global payment services company, announced that it has successfully expanded its global network to 200,000 agent locations. This significant milestone was reached with the addition of SRD MP and its partner Bimedia, a value-added services provider for tobacco and news retailers throughout France, which will bring MoneyGram money transfer services to 2,500 tobacco shops across the country. SRD MP, which has signed a five-year contract, will serve as a super-agent and will sign additional retail agents across the country. This partnership — MoneyGram’s first in France with a non-bank agent — will create a new channel for distribution, enable key retail network growth opportunities, and dramatically expand MoneyGram’s presence in France. The relationship is a positive example of the European Union’s Payment Services Directive (PSD) instituted in 2009, which allows for retailers and other non-bank organizations to provide payment services that were previously offered only by financial institutions in the EU. In celebration of opening of its 200,000th agent location and in recognition of the events taking place in different regions across the world, MoneyGram is donating a total of $200,000 to non-profit organizations working in El Salvador, China and organizations working in Ivory Coast and Senegal, parts of Africa that rely on remittances from France. Among the agencies receiving funds are the Pan American Development Foundation in El Salvador, ChinaSource in China, Friends of Therese Haury in Ivory Coast, and Grameen Foundation for microfinance programs in Senegal.

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Motion to Dismiss SmartMetric Infringement Lawsuit Denied

SmartMetric has announced on June 2 the US District Court for the Central District of California entered an Order Denying the Motion to Dismiss filed by defendants VISA and MasterCard. This is the latest development to the March 15 SmartMetric complaint for patent infringement against VISA and MasterCard. In response, on May 6 VISA and on May 14 MasterCard filed motions to dismiss. On May 28, 2010 plaintiff SMME filed a first amended complaint. SmartMetric representatives were please with the decision to deny dismissal and look forward to stating its case alleging infringements through VISA’s “PAYWAVE” and MasterCard’s “PAYPASS” card infringe on the Company’s various patents

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TrustCash Completes iPhone Device Management Specifications

TrustCash has implemented the device management specifications in its proprietary database for the Apple iPhone. Using the previously developed proprietary TrustCash JAVA device management web application, all versions and variations of the iPhone shall be fully supported as part of the mobile payments product strategy. The TrustCash Device Manager shall support all future versions of the iPhone globally with an automated real-time update process to any hardware, software and firmware upgrades done by Apple. Future sales projections for the iPhone shows they will reach 142.5 million in 2019 from 37.2 million this year, assuming the global smart phone market grows from 170.2 million units in 2009 to 569.8 million in 2019, and that Apple’s market share grows from 15% to 25%.

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U.S. Credit Card ABS Issuance Trusts Updated

Fitch Ratings published its U.S. Credit Card ABS Issuance Trust
Updates for American Express Issuance Trust; BA Credit Card Trust;Capital One
Multi-asset Execution Trust;Chase Issuance Trust; Citibank Credit Card Issuance Trust;
Citibank Omni Master Trust;Discover Card Execution Note Trust and Washington Mutual Master Note Trust.
The “Credit Card ABS Issuance Trust Updates” offer a wide array of
performance data and trust detail. Fitch designed these comprehensive
reports to provide investors with timely and innovative research on
credit card issuance trusts updated monthly. The “Issuance Trust
Updates” link will access a compilation of parent company and trust
descriptions, collateral performance measures, trust capital structures
and maturity schedules, and break-even stress scenarios.

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Cardlytics Adds Southeast Regional Account Executive

Gordon Caldwell has joined the Cardlytics transaction marketing team as southeastern regional account executive in Nashville. He will oversee managing Cardlytics’ customer accounts throughout the Southeast region. Caldwell was a project manager and sales and marketing consultant for Piscataway, NJ-based D2M Solutions, an engineering solutions provider that specializes in prepaid and debit card development where he designed and launched two of the company’s card programs. Prior to this, he was a product development, marketing and sales consultant for Nashville-based edo Interactive/Facecard prepaid card and mobile direct marketing firm. Additionally, he was director of sales and marketing for Nolensville, Tenn.-based NBP’s card marketing services department.

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43% of US Northeasterners Say Economy On its Way Up

Among Northeasterners, 43% see the economy already having hit bottom while 53% say there is still a ways to go. This compared to the 36% of Americans nationwide who feel we have hit bottom and the 59% who believe the country has a ways to go. This, according to a nationwide survey issued by Citi and conducted by Hart Research, reflects the 62% of northeastern investors with more than $100,000 of investible asset whom believe the investment climate is better than it was a year ago while only 32% think it is worse than a year ago. This compared to the only 50% of investors nationally who feel the investment climate is better than a year ago while 41% think its worse. Additional findings show 77% in the Northeast are somewhat (63%) or very (14%) optimistic the investment climate will get better compared to 62%, 52% and 10%, respectively; 65% of Northeasterners ages 18-39 say things will get better compared to 57% over 40; and 60% believe that this is only a fair (28%) or poor (32%) time to make a major household purchase, compares to the national average of 61%, 27% and 34%, respectively.

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VNBC

Viet Nam Bank Card Joint-Stock Co (VNBC) reports that the number of Smartlink cardholders withdrawing
money at the ATMs of Dong A Bank soared to 80,000.
The company has connected with three banks belonging to the Viet Nam
National Financial Switching Joint-Stock Co (Banknetvn).
The number of Banknetvn cardholders withdrawing money from ATMs climbed
to 40,000 last month and the amount of money Dong A Bank has put into its ATMs
has increased gradually every month. The latest co-operation between the VNBC, which has nine bank members,
and Banknetvn, with 15 bank members, was the first step to connect the
ATM network of Dong A Bank with Agribank, VietinBank and the BIDV.
The VNBC has also connected its ATMs with two banks, Vietcombank and
Techcombank, via the Smartlink Card Service Joint-Stock Co, which has a
total of 29 bank members. Cardholders of any bank belonging to these
bank-card companies can make transactions at ATM machines of the member
banks, and use ATMs at the bank-card companies. Currently, cardholders can use only the POS machines of their bank-card
company. VNBC was expected to connect with every member of
Smartlink and with at least 60-70% of Banknetvn’s members by the
end of the year. Cardholders now can make only four basic transactions: checking account
balances, withdrawing cash, printing transaction histories, and
transferring money between accounts of the bank.

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Elavon Expands End-to-End Encryption and Advanced Tokenization

Global payment provider Elavon has chosen to extend its comprehensive security solutions suite by adapting
technologies from Semtek and Voltage Security to include end-to-end
encryption capabilities for its acquiring and gateway solutions.
Additionally, Elavon has developed advanced tokenization schemes that
will allow merchants to securely access card data for future transactions.
Elavon’s suite of security solutions supports multiple configurations
that are mapped to the business needs, point-of-sale infrastructure and
processing environment for merchants from a variety of industries. The
adaptation of Semtek’s and Voltage Security’s encryption technologies
further complements Elavon’s delivery of secure solutions while
providing a single source for all payment solutions — from security to
processing, funding and support. Semtek is focused on resolving the security
vulnerabilities of magnetic stripe, contactless, and EMV based payment
systems. Voltage Security solutions are based on next generation cryptography,
provide end-to-end encryption, tokenization, masking and simplified key
management for protecting sensitive information such as card holder
data.

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OTI Inks $2mm ID Project Order

Micro-processor smart card solution provider On Track Innovations has signed a contract to supply part of its “Magna” platform in order to assist the efforts for the harmonization and modernization of a certain developing country’s ID system. The expected revenues from the contract are close to $2 million, with deliveries expected to commence in the second half of the year. The new project comes after successful implementations of multiple ID projects in the same country. OTI designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking and loyalty programs.

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