BMO FUNDRAISING

BMO Bank of Montreal has announced two fundraising initiatives in support of the three Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge area hospitals – Cambridge Memorial, Grand River and St. Mary’s General. During the campaign, when a customer applies for and uses their BMO MasterCard for the first time, $50 will be donated to the hospital foundations. Customers can apply for a BMO MasterCard in any branch in the Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge areas as well as online through the three separate hospital foundation websites (link will be added to each website for May 1).
The fund raisers will help the three hospitals purchase, upgrade and
replace equipment necessary to deliver top-notch clinical care. In 2009, BMO contributed $55 million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities.

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ViVotech Launches PCI Certified Contactless ViVOpay 8100

CA-based NFC solution provider ViVOtech has launched the
PCI 2.1-certified, “ViVOpay 8100” next-generation customer-facing
device. With contactless NFC payment and promotion technology to enable
small and medium-size merchants to accept mag-stripe,
contactless and NFC mobile payments, as well as deliver personalized
mobile loyalty and marketing programs to their customers,
the “ViVOpay 8100” offers advanced functionality from the
mobile phenomenon. With the “ViVOpay 8100”, consumers tap their
mobile phone to electronically redeem a coupon or discount voucher,
swipe or tap to make a payment or enter their PIN for debit payments to
complete a transaction. ViVOtech’s mLoyalty software allows ISOs and
acquirers to offer merchants the ability to deliver personalized coupons
and offers to their customers’ existing mobile phones, driving more
traffic to their stores and creating up-sell opportunities.
All “ViVOpay 8000” series products are PCI 2.1 certified for highly
secured PIN entry of debit card transactions using an ADA-compliant
keypad and optional signature capture for other payment card
transactions.

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Next Generation Loyalty USA Appoints President

edatanetworks has announced Jerry Bulger has been appointed as the President of Next Generation Loyalty USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of edatanetworks. Most recently having served as the VP of Business Development at TSYS Acquiring, Bulger, will be spearheading NGL’s expansion in the United States and international markets. Bringing with him over 19 years’ experience, Jerry has provided strategic and financial advice to a wide variety of financial institutions, merchant acquirers, third-party processors, merchants and associations throughout the United States. He is also a leader in new product development, product strategy, business case analysis, and benchmarking and operations improvement of registered card and card loyalty programs.

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MBNA & AMERICAN EXPRESS

MBNA has launched the “American Airlines AAdvantage American Express Credit Card” that offers a competitive rate of interest plus a range of unique rewards through the exclusive American Airlines AAdvantage travel rewards programme. Every customer spending GBP250 within the first 90 days of opening an account will receive a sky high 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles. By using the new AAdvantage credit card, customers will earn three AAdvantage miles for all supermarket, petrol and American Airlines purchases within the first six months of the account opening. Other card purchases or purchases made after the first six months will earn 1.5 AAdvantage(R) miles for every GBP1 spent. The card will offer 0% on all American Airlines flights purchased with the card for 12 months from the date the account is opened, and customers will be eligible for a range of exclusive promotions throughout the year. The new American Airlines AAdvantage American Express credit card offers 0% on balance transfers and money transfers for six months from the date the account is opened.

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Monitise Achieves Two Million Customers

Monitise mobile banking and payments provider has achieved over 2 million registered users for its services in the UK and the US, driven by increased uptake of its smartphone apps. In the UK, Monitise has partnerships with major retail banks including HSBC, Lloyds TSB, first direct, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Ulster Bank. In the US, Monitise Americas provides mobile banking and payments services to over 200 financial institutions including banks, credit unions, and prepaid card issuers. In June of 2009, Monitise signed a five-year Global Alliance Agreement to supply its Mobile Money Manager platform to Visa Inc., which has 1.7 billion card-holders across the world

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CIBC MOBILE APP

CIBC has introduced an innovative mobile banking experience for clients using an Internet-enabled BlackBerry or another smartphone.
These further innovations follow the launch of the CIBC Mobile Banking App for iPhone in February, which made CIBC the first major bank in Canada to launch a mobile banking App for iPhone. The App surpassed 100,000 downloads in just over one month following launch, and continues to grow rapidly in popularity, with over 1 million client logins to CIBC Mobile Banking since its introduction.
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients.

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Itron Smart Payment Solution for Azerigas PU Launched in Azerbaijan

Itron announced today that Azerigas Production Union (PU), dealing with
transmission, distribution and sale of natural gas in the territory of
Azerbaijan Republic will implement Itron’s integrated smart payment
solution in the capital city, Baku. This new project will include the installation of smart payment meters,
together with Itron’s Eclipse prepayment management software allowing
consumers to purchase meter credit with their smart cards through a
network of vending channels including self service terminals.
Itron will deliver smart payment meters and smart cards, along with Itron’s Eclipse Enterprise Edition,
the prepayment management software. Deliveries will take place during
the coming year, starting in March 2010, as a part of a phased
nationwide roll-out plan by the Azerbaijan Government. Through the implementation of Itron’s smart payment system, Azerigas PU aims
to provide convenience to the consumers by improving the level of
utility services rendered.

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TSYS and Central Payment Co. Sign Agreement

TSYS Acquiring Solutions will provide authorization and capture services to Central Payment Co. (CPC) transaction processing. This allows Central Payment to leverage TSYS’ flexible and efficient technology, and benefit from a wide array of cost-saving and revenue-generating products and services. Central Payment is currently boarding more than 1,700 merchants a month through TSYS. TSYS outsourced payment services offers a broad range of issuer- and acquirer-processing technologies that support consumer-finance, credit, debit, healthcare, loyalty and prepaid services for financial institutions and retail companies. Central Payment Co. (CPC) transaction processing services provides credit card processing and a host of other electronic payment solutions to more than 35,000 small, medium and large businesses.

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Progress Software Intros Privacy Solution to Open Edge Platform

Enterprise software provider Progress Software has
added a compliant and cost effective data privacy solution to the
“Progress OpenEdge” SaaS platform to enable full life-cycle data encryption that, for example, complies with
the latest Payment Card Industry (PCI) regulations, an important
requisite for the ongoing expansion of Cloud Computing. The Progress OpenEdge Enterprise RDBMS now
supports Transparent Data Encryption (TDE). TDE encrypts data on disk,
whether the data is in the database, a backup, or a binary dump, and
stays encrypted throughout its lifecycle. It uses industry-standard
encryption libraries and adheres to payment card industry data security
standards, which are important for every company that processes, stores,
or transmits credit card information, or any company with a Merchant ID.

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Switch Commerce MobileTMS Now Available as iPhone App

ATM& POS processor Switch Commerce’s Mobile Terminal Management System (MobileTMS) is now available
on the Apple App store for iPhone and iPod touch users. MobileTMS
includes a secure comprehensive ATM portfolio
management component, for the Company’s customers, and an ATM locator
available to anyone who carries an iPhone or iPod touch.
With the iPhone’s GPS capabilities, MobileTMS App users can quickly find
multiple ATM terminals close to their current location. ATM terminals
can also be found by searching for a specific zip code. Surcharge
amounts are displayed along with the terminal’s address, distance in
miles to the terminal’s location, and a convenient link to Google Maps
for more detailed directions.

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RetailEdge Launches 8.1 POS With Encrypted Swipe Security

High Meadow Business Solutions has deployed Payment Processing’s “Point-2-Point” Security solution with RetailEdge POS software version 8.1. The PA-DSS validated solution with encrypted swipe has been delivered to eleven businesses. Integrating seamlessly with the PPI “PayMover” hosted payment service “Point-2-Point” utilizes Magtek “MagnaSafe” technology using open standards technology to encrypt credit card track data within the reader, ensuring the merchant’s POS system never handles clear text cardholder data. Encrypted track data is decrypted upon reaching PPI PayMover, which communicates with the processor in a secure manner and returns the transaction status to the POS. Meanwhile, RetailEdge 8.1 is a validated Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) application, compliant with PCI DSS and provides a host of valuable features for businesses: gift card and loyalty programs, deposit tracking, integrated PIN debit, hundreds of new reports, and integrated credit card processing.

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