GEMALTO LTE

MetroPCS has selected Gemalto digital security to provide a Long Term Evolution (LTE) over-the-air platform and Universal Integrated Circuit Cards for its 2010 fourth generation LTE broadband service launch. Gemalto’s technology will enable MetroPCS to provide its subscribers with high speed Internet access from their mobile devices. MetroPCS, the fifth largest facilities-based carrier in the United States, offers unlimited, flat-rate, no signed contract wireless services to its more than 6.6 million subscribers. Gemalto’s OTA remote management platform will help MetroPCS manage wireless devices and subscriber service delivery in its combined LTE and CDMA network.

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CARTES & BUSINESS WIRE

New distribution service Business Wire and CARTES in Asia, the digital security and smart technologies exhibition and congress to be held in Hong Kong
March 16-18, 2010 at the AsiaWorld
Expo, have announced that they have signed a partnership agreement.
Smart technologies industry leaders, key players in innovations and
decision-makers from all over the Asia Pacific region will gather in
Hong Kong for 3 days of conferences and 2 days of exhibition on smart
cards, identification technology, contactless payments, etc.
The market in this industry is growing faster than in any other region
in the world due to the dynamism of the telecommunications, the
deployment of the EMV standard and governments promoting smart card and
high technology adoption.

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VOICECASH EXEC

Pascal Beij has been appointed VP, sales and marketing with VoiceCash Mobile Bank international mobile money transfer services to oversee increasing marketing activities and growing sales revenue. Pascal Beij comes to VoiceCash from ZBG Group private equity company, where he was in charge of Commercial Strategy and Business Development for the Consumer Finance businesses. Bringing with him over 13 years of Sales & Marketing experience in Financial Services and FMCG and worked for companies like Nike and GE Capital, where the 36-year old held various leadership positions in GE Money and GE Commercial Finance.

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PayPal to Double Workforce in Asia Pacific

PayPal plans to double the number of employees in Asia Pacific from 1,000 currently to
more than 2,000 by the end of the year. The company plans to add more
than 100 new jobs at its international headquarters in Singapore.
PayPal processed more than $6 billion of total payment volume in Asia
Pacific in 2009, an increase of 38% from 2008. Since its
establishment in the region in 2006, the company has struck dozens of
strategic partnerships with Asian companies including announcements
today with DBS, Singapore’s largest bank, and China UnionPay, China’s
bankcard association. PayPal’s new international headquarters
in Suntec City, Singapore’s technology hub in the middle of the nation’s
central business district represents all of PayPal’s business outside of the USA.

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GLOBALCOLLECT

Wazzamba online virtual world has partnered with GlobalCollect for processing all its online payments across the world. By using the single interface Merchant Link solution, Wazzamba has full control over the check out pages while gaining access to GlobalCollect’s unrivalled portfolio of payment methods – the current agreement covers international and local credit and debit cards. In addition, GlobalCollect applies Fraud Screening services to all card transactions to detect suspicious patterns and minimize fraudulent transactions. The Wazzamba virtual world combines exploration with skill-based casual games to provide a rich and rewarding experience while offering players the chance to win real world travel prizes.

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PenFed Waives Amex Foreign Transaction Fees

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) announced that all foreign transaction fees will be
removed from the “PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express Card.”
The Premium Travel Rewards Card earns rewards at the best rate within
PenFed’s credit card portfolio, and is one of the most rewarding
products in the marketplace today. The Card offers a combination of earn
rates across air, hotel and dining categories, with no caps or limits on
the amount of points a Cardmember can earn. Cardmembers can earn 5
points for every $1 spent on Airfare, 1 point for every $1 spent on all
other purchases. And, until December 31, 2010, Cardmembers earn 3 points
for every $1 spent on hotels and dining. Pentagon Federal Credit Union,
has more than 950,000 members and assets in excess of $14.5 billion, and provides
worldwide service to Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Department of
Defense, and Department of Homeland Security personnel; members of the
VFW; employees or volunteers of the American Red Cross; and others in
the defense community and their families.

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Sagem Orga Presents Wireless LAN SIM Card

Smart card solution provider Sagem Orga will present the world’s first Wireless LAN SIM card at
the international CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas. “ConnectSIM” brings both new freedom
and security for mobile phone users. The flexibility of a wireless LAN
connection can now be enjoyed with any mobile phone – combined with the
high security of a SIM card. The WLAN SIM card can be used in any mobile
phone to enable fixed-mobile convergence, proximity transactions,
trusted peer-to-peer operations between two SIM cards, strong
authentication services, WEB security and a large and varied set of
other use cases. Some of the most interesting use cases will be
demonstrated by Sagem Orga at the CTIA.

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ExaDigm Joins VoltageOpen License Program

ExaDigm wired, wireless and integrated payment solutions has joined the Voltage “SecureData” Open License Program, and will integrate Voltage Security end-to-end encryption technology in its family of payment solutions. ExaDigm solutions with Voltage SecureData™ will provide merchants with an end-to-end data protection solution that significantly reduces the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) audit scope and meets or exceeds the recently published Visa Best Practices for Data Field Encryption. A number of ExaDigm payment solutions will be powered by the unique combination of Voltage’s breakthrough Format-Preserving Encryption™ (Voltage FPE) and Voltage Identity-Based Encryption™ (Voltage IBE) which, while dramatically simplifying the deployment and administration of encryption and key management, immediately encrypts cardholder data at point of capture for end-to-end protection and requires no need to inject keys into devices or manually rotate encryption keys.

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Avenue Bank Offers Customers Mobile Banking

Avenue Bank has made available mobile banking services for its clients. Avenue Bank clients can now access their accounts via their web-enabled mobile device for free to review accounts and balances, transfer funds, view account transactions, history, and details – all from their hand-held mobile device. Mobile banking links directly to the bank’s online banking with screens modified to be viewed on a mobile device. Clients must be signed up for online banking to have mobile access; however, there is no additional enrollment, nor applications to download. TN-based Avenue Bank opened in July, 2007, and aims to be Nashville’s signature bank.

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ClairMail Launches Mobile Connectivity Architecture

ClairMail mobile banking and payment solutions has introduced its “Mobile Connectivity Architecture” (MCA) as a platform to help Financial Institutions (FIs) future-proof their mobile delivery channel powered offerings. Banks are looking to deliver relevant mobile services to customers to empower them with more control over their personal finances, and to do this must have a mobile financial services platform offering 2nd generation mobile banking models, and eventually 3rd generation. With “MCA,” banks can offer complex multi-channel conversations with customers about new banking products and services. MCA connects to any core provider, but also operates as an open platform that can independently access multiple financial services and related operational systems, such as marketing automation, fraud management, payment networks and contact center applications, delivering maximum flexibility and extensibility across lines of business.

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