Chase Card Services and Continental Airlines have launched the “Continental Airlines OnePass Plus Card” and made available improved travel benefits, customer service and miles redemption on the “Continental Airlines Presidential Plus Card.” The “OnePass Plus Card” offers cardholders checked-bag fee waivers; access to Continental Airlines Presidents Club; two miles for every $1 spent on Continental tickets purchased with the card; 24/7 customer service and concierge; and Luxury Hotel and Resorts Collection for special treatment and amenities at more than 650 hotels. These include daily complimentary breakfast for two, early check-in and late check-out, complimentary room upgrades and a special amenity such as a spa treatment, green fees or welcome gift. Both products now offer cardmembers exclusive opportunities to redeem their OnePass miles at more than 60,000 hotels and for car rentals in addition to flights on Continental and the other 26 Star Alliance network partners. Improvements to the “Presidential Plus Card” include the the earn rate having increased to 1,000 Flex Elite status with Flexible Elite Qualifying (EQM) per $5,000 in purchases, previously 2,000 Flex EQMs for each $15,000 in spending with a yearly cap and reset. Also, “Blue Carpet Treatment” has been introduced in which Chase and Continental offer members priority check-in, boarding and express security screening where available and priority baggage handling.Details
Shopping cart software solution provider 3DCart has been PCI DSS
Validated by Visa. 3DCart was officially named PCI DSS compliant by the PCI Security
Standards Council on February 26, 2009 following rigorous testing by
third-party PCI DSS compliance experts SecurityMetrics. In order to gain
compliant standing, twelve stringent requirements must be met or
exceeded to help build and maintain a secure network, protect cardholder
data, maintain a vulnerability management program, implement strong
access control measures, regularly monitor and test networks and
maintain an information security policy. 3DCart is a complete e-commerce solution for new or
existing websites. The company’s services include the tools, advice,
support, and technology to manage an entire online operation, so clients
can focus on managing their orders.
Kristian Karppi has been appointed Channel Manager for EMEA and Asia-Pacific (APAC) for Trustwave information security and compliance. Bringing to the role more than 12 years’ experience developing information security channel partnerships with leading global organizations, Karppi most recently was a managing director and chief strategy officer at K&K Global Consulting where he offered data protection software vendors specialized business development services, including the development of channel partner programs. Prior to this, he was a value added distribution manager at the PGP Corporation for EMEA, India and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) after having worked for Symantec managing software distribution channel partners in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In his new role he will oversee channel development, partnering with key security and technology integrators, value-added resellers and value-added distributors in EMEA and APAC.Details
NJ-based TD Retail Card Services been selected by Zale Corporation to
administer the private label credit card program for the retailer’s 216
stores in Canada, effective July 1.
Under the five-year agreement, TD will direct all facets of the private label credit card program for
Zale’s 147 Peoples Jewellers stores and 69 Mappins Jewellers locations
across Canada. The program replaces the Company’s existing agreement
with Citi Cards Canada Inc. that expires on June 30. Branded under the Peoples and Mappins names, the cards will offer
Canadian consumers a number of financing options, including
interest-free and no-payment offerings. In addition, the cards can be
used interchangeably between Peoples and Mappins.
Barclaycard has reduced the APR on the Barclaycard Simplicity card to 6.8%. The new rate, which is one of the lowest rates available on any card in the UK, applies to both purchases and balance transfers. Barclaycard Simplicity offers customers an affordable way to manage their finances, from significant purchases such as large household goods and holidays, to everyday spending. In addition to the low rate offered by Barclaycard Simplicity, Barclaycard has also increased the balance transfer deal on Barclaycard Platinum. Barclaycard Platinum now offers 15 months at 0% for new customers with a handling charge of 2.9%. Barclaycard Platinum also offers 0% interest on purchases for the first 3 months. The typical APR on Barclaycard Platinum is 16.9%. Barclaycard Freedom allows customers to earn and redeem Reward Money in pounds and pence in thousands of retailers across the UK without the need to carry additional cards or vouchers. Customers will also enjoy the flexibility of contactless technology: payments of ÃÂ£15 and under can be made by simply holding the card over the contactless reader, all backed up by Barclaycard’s advanced security and fraud prevention measures.Details
Financial institution security provider NetSecure Technologies has reported high consumer adoption of its personal credit card reader, “SmartSwipe.” Recently made available to financial institutions for their customers, “SmartSwipe” encrypts the userâs card information using end-to-end encryption technology, rendering it unreadable to hackers and malicious programs. To ensure online security, financial institutionsâ customers plug the reader into their computerâs USB port and install the provided software. When completing an online purchase, they swipe their credit card and the information is automatically encrypted and populated into the required fields. NetSecureâs Dynamic SSL end-to-end encryption technology secures this sensitive data at the point of origin, protecting both financial and personal information from fraud. This subsequently provides proactive protection against all existing attacks as well as new emerging attacks designed to steal sensitive personal information. NetSecure Technologies technology company is focused on developing breakthrough security solutions for online
INSIDE Contactless and card producer CPI Card Group have received type approval from Discover Financial Services for mobile payment stickers based upon INSIDE’s “MicroPass 4002” contactless payment processor. The MicroPass 4002 chip became the first Discover-certified Zip implementation on the market in 2007. These Discover stickers combine the MicroPass 4002 with a uniquely tuned RF antenna in a compact prelam that features an innovative shielding design that improves performance in payment sticker applications. The shielding protects the chip and antenna inside the sticker from interference that might be caused by the metals and radio signals within mobile phones and other electronic devices.
The stickers are delivered already pre-cut from ID1 card devices and pre-personalized to allow for personalization and fulfillment using traditional card processing equipment.
Incorporating the Discover Zip payment application, the certified stickers contain all the functionality of a traditional Discover credit, debit or prepaid card, and enable Discover card issuers to offer their customers the additional convenience of using their mobile phones or other portable devices to make contactless payments anywhere using the Discover Zip standard.
A2iA document analysis announced its “CheckReader” comprehensive check-processing toolkit has been integrated into “CFS DepositWizard ATM” for the image capture of a check-deposit at the ATM. This scalable integration accelerates timelines, reduces operating costs, combats fraud at the point of deposit, and allows community banks and credit unions to enhance their customer service and provide additional benefits to their patrons. All checks captured at ATMs equipped with “DepositWizard ATM” are uploaded to the financial institution for reconciliation with little to no input from the customer. Banking customers are also given the convenience of making secure deposit transactions at any time of the day or night, despite teller hours.Details
Online accounting software provider Xero has entered into a regional agreement with ANZ to distribute its online accounting services to ANZ customers. The agreement allows for exclusive distribution in Australia and to explore opportunities in Singapore, New Zealand and more broadly across the Asia Pacific region. Xero will offer ANZ’s 450,000 small business customers in Australia an online, integrated banking and accounting solution that allows them to understand trading performance and cashflow position in real-time.Details
MasterCard Worldwide and Obopay have teamed to offer the “MasterCard MoneySend” service for iPhone and iPad users. MasterCard MoneySend allows users in the U.S. to send or request money via their iPhone through participating banks and credit unions, or when
they create a virtual prepaid account through Bancorp Bank that is
linked to an existing MasterCard payment card or checking account. The
designated account funds the MoneySend transaction, and users can manage
and trigger the exchanges through the app. Personal and financial
information is never stored on the iPhone or iPad.MasterCard MoneySend is available for free
download at the iPhone App Store.
Application software provider Misys announced that Bank of Papua New Guinea has gone live with “Misys Opics Plus v3.0”, “Misys Opics Risk Plus” and “Misys Eagleye”. Misys Opics Risk Plus and Misys Eagleye provide a comprehensive risk management framework for the central bank including performance and return attribution analysis, portfolio and currency compliance limits and policy controls. The integrated front-to-back system will provide for easier reconciliation and regulatory reporting. The Bank of Papua New Guinea is a contemporary central bank and regulator, employing best practice in the development of monetary policy, financial sector supervision and payment system. The Bank’s objective was to significantly update its systems in order to improve its operational efficiency and risk management capabilities to ensure it had a comprehensive reserves management system. Misys Solutions for Treasury & Capital Markets has 31 years of experience and unrivalled software development expertise. It creates integrated, comprehensive solutions for financial institutions to manage their capital market activities across multiple asset classes.Details
DATATEL Hosted IVR, Managed Services and Telephony Automation Solutions has made available its PCI Compliant Hosted Telephone (IVR) Credit Card Payment Service. Datatel’s Hosted Telephone Credit Card Payment Service provides organizations the ability to automate payment processing over the telephone on a PCI-compliant platform. Datatel provides a telephone payment platform, secure connectivity to credit card processors, secure connectivity to back-office systems, plus a Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant environment and dedicated support. By avoiding the time commitment of dedicating development resources, keeping up with payment card industry security requirements, hardware and telecommunication infrastructure; customers enjoy rapid and worry free implementation.Details